I celebrated the Fourth by going to a baseball game, which was followed by fireworks. Seemed like a good, all-American...
Power grows from the barrel of a gun. And the wealthy can purchase a whole lot of guns. There is only one power that has ever managed to even halfway prevent the wealthy from simply taking everything at gunpoint, and that is the power of the People as a whole getting together and using the wealth they produce to buy their own guns to offset the wealthy.
We call the organization thus produced “democratic government”, and the guns are “police”, directed by “laws” produced by “legislators” that are interpreted by “courts” that decide the punishment for those brought at gunpoint before them (said punishment, of course, being enforced at gunpoint too). At least, that was the notion during the 20th century. Today, of course, that all seems rather quaint.
We Americans, former Reagan White House budget director David Stockman told a reporter last week, “no longer have a democracy.” Instead, Stockman charged, we have “crony capitalism,” a system that’s rigging the economy to benefit the powerful few — at everyone else’s expense.
Last week brought still more evidence on how revoltingly raw this rigging has become. Wall Street and Corporate America, new data detail, have some incredibly thoughtful cronies who sit in some incredibly important places.
Your historic vote on a reformed Constitution is a wonder to behold, and we, the people of America, welcome you to a...
“You are with us, or you are against us.” Yin and Yang. Right and Wrong.
It is easy, and seductive, to view the world as a set of binary decisions, ideas, and events each, mutually opposed and antithetical to each other. Such a simplistic view, however, is detrimental to understanding history in general and the unfolding events in the Middle East specifically. To continue to engage in such a world view is dangerous in the extreme, as history has often highlighted. Instead, what needs to occur is an understanding of the precedents to this week’s uprisings and the reactions which could move democracy, social issues, human rights and freedom forward throughout the Middle East.