December 30, 2011
The folk saying has it that “if it sounds too good to be true, probably it is.” OTOH, sometimes what sounds too good to be true sounds too good to be true only because many people have made it their business to make it sound too good to be true. Cases in point, from Global Research:
The World Of Free Energy
By Dr. Peter Lindemann
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28365
December 19, 2011
If you’re going to bring the nation’s finances under control, you’re going to have to bring under control the single most out-of-control part of the national budget, and that’s the military. In our descent toward empire since November, 1963, “we the people of the United States” have lost all control over the military, and the result is not only intervention everywhere, sometimes on the flimsiest of pretenses, but looming bankruptcy.
Some people think that the problem of unemployment or underemployment would be worse without massive military spending, but economic theory is quite clear that the repair expenditures that follow a rock breaking a window do not add to the total wealth, but divert it, forcing someone to spend on repairs what s/he otherwise would have had available to spend for other things, or invest. Spending doesn’t make one richer unless the spending is in the form of a productive investment.
Thinking about that argument sent me looking for an Eisenhower quotation about excessive military spending I remembered he had made very early in his presidency, and via Google I found this interesting website —
December 17, 2011
OCCUPY THE FUTURE
– Austin Chronicle – December 16, 2011
“I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.”
The person who created that sign in Zuccotti Park put her or his anonymous finger on the heartbeat of Occupy.
Many wonder what Occupy stands for and why Occupy has not made specific demands – as though it’s not enough that, in Occupy’s brief existence, its participants have emblazoned the difference between the 1% and the 99% upon the consciousness of America. As my longtime colleague Ginger Varney said, “They’ve changed the conversation.”
December 3, 2011
As always, Michael Ventura actually thinks, rather than merely reacting or echoing other people’s slogans. I read this proposed workers’ manifesto with interest and, perhaps, with special qualifications, having spent about half my working life as a worker (read: serf) in various large-scale enterprises and the other half as one of the owners of a small business. He’s right on target when he talks about how one’s time at work can amount to the theft of one’s life. And the inherent inequality of position between boss and worker is a major problem – on both sides, as I learned.
The major difference that he does not address here is that of permanent investment. Employees come and go, and the decisions they would make might not be the best for the longer-term interests of the enterprise. Management of larger corporations (as opposed to owners) also comes and goes, and makes bad decisions when considered long-term. There should be some recognition of the difference between those with only short-term interests and those with either permanent or longer-term interests. I don’t know what it would be, but that’s something to be addressed.
This essay leaves my admiration for Ventura’s thinking apparatus untouched. He’s an amazing individual.
December 1, 2011
This week’s Archdruid Report. John Greer, like Michael Ventura, is always interesting, usually has a long perspective, is refreshingly detached from the addiction to news-by-factoid, has a serious purpose for writing, and has a solid base of information to convey.
Naturally, he isn’t perfect. Some of his history isn’t quite right, and doesn’t quite prove what he thinks it does. A couple of serious examples in this week’s column. That isn’t necessarily fatal. After all, a supporting example that isn’t quite right doesn’t necessarily invalidate the argument it is supporting. A much more serious problem is that Greer seems to think he knows what the future will look like.