Category Archives: State Capitalism–How the system works

Citations for struggle and protest

Full text here: https://politicalcrumbs.wordpress.com/citations-for-struggle-and-protest/ Summaries: Piven: Disruption of the status quo in the US by withholding cooperation can wield significant leverage and force new ideas into political discussion and eventually significant legislative concessions. The lack of disruption over years inevitably … Continue reading

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Wealth gap in America

Much of the anger and frustration driving the Occupy protest movement is a reaction to the enormous and systemic inequality of wealth in our society. It is hard to see real unemployment hit Depression Era levels while bankers incomes continue … Continue reading

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Why support the Occupy Wall Street movement?

The occupiers themselves are pretty clear about the issues, so it’s a real sham that the television journalists on CNN and FOX claim not to understand. Perhaps they can avert the gaze of the media for a while longer, but … Continue reading

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Seven in ten American think we should raise taxes on corporations and the rich

Do we live in a democracy? Then we should be taxing the rich more! Taxes have been a primary target for ideology in America. In the days of Rockefeller and Carnegie, the superrich paid around 90 percent taxes, and still … Continue reading

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The Daily Show and Class Warfare

Updates: Daily Show 092111 on Obama’s tax plan (and schooling Indiana governor Mitch Daniels) Daily Show 011911 Small government? Really? Jon Stewart and the Daily Show pulled out all the stops last night on their “say it like it is” … Continue reading

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The Debt “Crisis” and what it means

The debt crisis is pulling me out of my hiatus. There is much to say, but here are the basics. 1. This is a false crisis. If you yell fire, people will panic and do things they otherwise would not. … Continue reading

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The obscene irony of the DSK rape case

Let’s review the of relevant facts: DSK is Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a major figure on the French center-left and, until last month, president of the IMF. He was accused of rape while in NYC a month ago. This forced him to … Continue reading

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Yay for democracy!

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Wisconsin wealth: its about redistribution, stupid!

You know, like from the rich to the poor. That is, says gov’nr Walker, let’s give tax-cuts to the rich and make the poor pay more. We could call it an “emergency.” Rachel Maddow does a great job explaining the … Continue reading

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What’s going on in Madison II: Shock Doctrine Analysis, or contesting right-wing crisis tactics

Naomi Klein is refreshingly clear and incredibly persuasive in her analysis of what is at stake in Wisconsin. According to her, the antidote to the “Shock Doctrine” tactic, or the right’s signature tactic: is to “name it while it’s happening.” … Continue reading

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More on pharmaprofits and psychiatry: friendly cures and expensive pills

Following up on my last post, I remembered an article that appeared last May in the NYTimes magazine. The author, a psychology professor and practicing psychiatrist at Tufts, shed some critical light on the current situation in psychiatry, which he … Continue reading

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When profit leads the way to diagnosis: doctors and profit-mongers

Here are some excerpts from Borch-Jacobsen’s review of David Healy’s new book on bi-polar disorder. Healy’s findings are deeply troubling, since they sketch out a pattern of pharmaceuticals influencing the deep structure of how medical knowledge is formed, and therefore … Continue reading

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Philanthropic capitalism, or the pretty face of ruthless violence

Is Bill Gates a good guy? He used to just be the man who was richer than God. Then he became “the one who gave back,” when he created the largest philanthropic institution in the world, commanding 38 billion dollars … Continue reading

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Against Chomsky?

AGAINST CHOMSKY Rancourt on Chomsky: Among activist readers Chomsky mainly serves to deepen the pathological pacifism of neutralized mainstream movements. This is mainly because almost all First World activists are of the latter variety [4] but Chomsky does not challenge … Continue reading

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On Advertising

We are continually being  taught, out there, in society. But what are we being taught? In the advertisments I see, we are taught how, precisely, according to someone, we are to live with each other: how to think, how to … Continue reading

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A Che who missed his mark, or: Terrorism reconsidered

Carlos is the new biopic/docufiction about the ultrafamous superterrorist would-be revolutionary named Carlos. He was actually named Illich, but Carlos sounded better. It was his stage name. It’s way cooler. The film is three hours long, and only about two … Continue reading

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Review of Toy Story 3

In sum, this is a film produced by the decadent society that has so much “stuff” it makes movies about how their surplus things feel when they’re gotten rid of. Only an American society could produce this film. The kind … Continue reading

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Speaking of George Armstrong Custer…

He wins the award this week for most over-rated American icon, according to this week’s book review of The Last Stand, by Nathaniel Philbrick: He was a gambler, a probable adulterer, a braggart, a petulant boss and an impulsive blabbermouth. … Continue reading

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Greece: where even the frogs come out in protest

As if the political and economic tumult wasn’t enough to rattle the people of Greece, little frogs — “millions,’ according to the police chief of Thessaloniki, Giorgos Thanoglou — closed one of the country’s major highways for more than two … Continue reading

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King vs. Obama

If you have time to watch/read this video (or its attached transcript), it is enlightening and revealing. With surprising acumen, commentators compare Martin Luther King to Obama and find Obama hard to distinguish from any of his predecessors, even George … Continue reading

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