Archive for the ‘The Economy’ Category

“The Price of Freedom”

Friday, December 14th, 2012

That’s what rightwingers always say about mass shootings in this country. And so it is — the freedom of gun manufacturers to make millions of dollars, if not billions. Capitalism is murder.

Why the Right Wants to Destroy PBS

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

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The Real Solution to Our Energy Needs: Advertising

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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Yesteryear’s Prediction, This Year’s Reality

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

“This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.”

Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
March 1, 1968, page 1

What’s for Dinner?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Pioneering news medium Al Jazeera actually airs a discussion with more than two points of view.

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Let’s Go Shopping to Fight Terrorism!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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Inside Job

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

On the Project for a New American Century

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Moreover, there was no moral restraint which could keep this ambition under control. Intoxicated by victory, by the prestige which victory had given her, and of which her commerce, her industry, her science even, had reaped the benefit. Germany plunged into a material prosperity such as she had never known, such as she would never have dared dream of. She told herself that if force had wrought this miracle, if force had given her riches and honour, it was because force had within it a hidden virtue, mysterious — nay, divine. Yes, brute force with its train of trickery and lies, when it comes with powers of attack sufficient for the conquest of the world, must needs be in direct line from heaven and a revelation of the will of God on earth. The people to whom this power of attack had come were the elect, a chosen race by who side the others are race if bondmen. To such a race nothing is forbidden . . . Thus Germany, struck with wonder in presence of her victories, of the brute force which had been their means, of the material prosperity which was the outcome, translated her amazement into an idea. And see how, at the call of this idea, a thousand thoughts, as if awaked from slumber, and shaking off the dust of libraries, came rushing in from every side — thoughts which Germany had suffered to sleep among her poets and philosophers, every one which could lend a seductive or striking form to a conviction already made! Henceforth German imperialism had a theory of its own. Taught in schools and universities, it easily moulded itself to a nation already broken-in to passive obedience and having no loftier ideal wherewith to oppose the official doctrine. Many persons have explained the aberrations of German policy as due to that theory. For my part, I see in it nothing more than a philosophy doomed to translate into ideas what was, in its essence, insatiable ambition and will perverted by pride. The doctrine is an effect rather than a cause; and should the day come when Germany, conscious of her moral humiliation, shall say, to excuse herself, that she had trusted herself too much to certain theories, that an error of judgement is not a crime, it will then be necessary to remind her that her philosophy was simply a translation into intellectual terms of her brutality, her appetites, and her vices. So, too, in most cases, doctrines are the means by which nations and individuals seek to explain what they are and what they do.

— Henri Bergson
The Meaning of the War (1915)

“Capitalism has failed . . .”

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

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“We’re not environmentalists . . . we’re citizens.”

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

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