There is a new book out which does a good job explaining our horrendous income and wealth inequality and their impact on our freedom. Lee Camp interviewed the author. It’s a really good interview:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “ Raoul Martinez On Why Our Society Is Constructed Completely Wrong”)
I’ll summarize: Continue reading
Yesterday a friend showed me a cartoon which you can eyeball here:
The cartoon featured a little girl covering an ant with sand, watching it dig itself out, covering it with sand again, watching it dig itself out again, covering it with sand again, and so on. She proudly explained her game to her watching dad, who – mentally putting himself in the place of the ant and probably speaking for the cartoonist – thought to himself: “I’ve had days like that.”
My instant reaction was: I have had a life like that. Continue reading
Posts about the DNC lawsuit and the current efforts to create a People’s Party have been getting me polemic reactions of this sort: “Another Clintonite is trying to get Berners to leave the Democratic Party so the Clintonite neoliberals can continue to control it? What a shock!”
Here is my reply, which any of you may borrow who are similarly besmirched with (insincere?), illogical, and downright insulting accusations of your alleged insincerity. Continue reading
Richard Wolff compresses it into nine minutes (and I into a short written paragraph following the video):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff: Why Efforts To End Inequality Will Fail”) Continue reading
U.S. policy in the Middle East since the 1950s:
- Who isn’t for us is against us.
- Oil, oil, oil.
- Lies, lies, lies. (remember Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, for example?)
- War mongering for war profiteering and for painting our worst politicians as heroes.
- Different parts of the government pursue different goals, even supporting foreign groups which fight EACH OTHER.
- We created Al-Qaeda.
- We created ISIS.
- Islamist terrorism as a whole is mostly our creation.
- War, war, war, terrorism, deaths and refugees galore.
- A huge portion of the weapons (even chemical ones) are supplied by us.
All this in a region which is a powder keg because Islam has never undergone a modernizing reform (only the reverse: fundamentalist turn-back-the-clock reforms) and therefore is steeped in medieval mentality with all its superstition and barbarity.
Bravo! (←sarcasm) Continue reading
Remember the moment you may have had telling yourself you must become more skeptical about what you hear on the mainstream media and coming out of the mouths of politicians? Remember, perhaps, Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction?
Remember also the horrific chemical gas attack in Syria a few days ago, the one which allegedly prompted Trump to commit an act of war against Syria (for OUR national security somehow)? Continue reading
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
— Frederic Bastiat, Economic Sophisms
And this, my friends, is why the rest of us (the victims of the goons described above) must learn to unite in solidarity.
Poverty, of course. The UK chose to follow its daughter country’s trickle down theory and deregulate its economy. The result (unsurprisingly to me who has watched the decline of the U.S.) was economic mayhem: the rich get much richer, the poor too poor, and suicides by jumping from balconies have become a plague.
At least Britain has universal healthcare. In the U.S., we don’t even have that. How much longer will anybody but the rich cling on to the insane trickle down theory which has so thoroughly proven itself wrong? All you get, when there is no police, is the bandits taking over. The same happens when government stops enforcing some basic rules of economic decency.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why are the UK’s poor getting poorer?”)
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