Monthly Archives: December 2011

Skin in the Game

What he said.

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Luggage

One of the challenging things about blogging is that it entails endless unpacking of conventional wisdom (CW). What do I mean? Unpacking is a term that means breaking down and explaining complicated issues, especially issues that go against the accepted … Continue reading

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History Lessons

America’s very own historian is at it again. Over the weekend Newt Gingrich vowed that as a future president he would overrule “activist judges” who rule contrary to American cultural heritage. He warned of an uprising against the courts unless … Continue reading

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It’s the Political Economy Stupid

Wall Street bankers crashed our economy three years ago, and their “too big to fail banks” received trillions, courtesy of the Federal Reserve. Now¬†they and their political allies are clamoring to cut social programs like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, … Continue reading

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TINA

The phrase “there is no alternative,’ proclaimed by Margaret Thatcher about the superiority of neo-liberal capitalism, always pissed me off. I wasn’t very old or sophisticated but I knew it was bullshit. I mean fuck! there are lots of alternatives. … Continue reading

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threat of a good example

Occupy Wall Street–OWS, with its anti-hierarchical structure, communal facilities and socialist ethos is deeply threatening to American elites. It is, to recall a forgotten phrase, the threat of a good example. During the Cold War the Soviet Union and China … Continue reading

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leakage

Leakage: Since WWII the US has effectively functioned as an empire. The Cold War gave our worldwide system of military bases and authoritarian proxies a veneer of respectability, especially coupled with our oft described mission of spreading freedom and democracy. … Continue reading

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