Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
In practice corporations have owned our politicians for as long as there have been corporations. but make no mistake, this ruling is very bad news. This is not merely a case of making the corporate control of our country more explicit; that control has now been extended.
There were limits on corporate spending and corporate endorsement of candidates. A number of states had rather tight limits on spending and endorsement. Those limits have been destroyed.
The supreme court has declared that corporations may govern us. Our politicians will be merely corporate employees - our laws passed to maximize profit. Yes, I know that we are already far down this road, be we have now opened the door to go all the way down it.
This nation never was truly democratic. But the kernel of democracy has always survived despite the evils and failures of our country. At last the special interests have won. They have smothered the small and dying ember of democracy, they have extinguished the lone spark of freedom.
We are all slaves now. Slaves to our corporate masters.
In the years to come we will see the dismantling of social services, the total exploitation of the poor and working class, the tearing of the veil which for some time has hidden from us the true gap between the haves and the have nots.
I do not know if we are without hope. But I do know that unless we undergo an immediate and dramatic social revolution - I am not advocating a literal call to arms. The revolution we need must be a non-violent one - unless the people rise up from the grassroots and at last demand genuine democracy, then we are in for a long era of doom and darkness.
The moment is at hand. The time has come. We must stand up and be counted now. We must fight with all of our might for our freedoms, for justice, for the people. If we do not battle full force, we will not prevail.
The choice is now crystal clear: we must side with human beings or corporations. We cannot choose both.
Which will it be?
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I have been reflecting of late on the role of reason and passion in our lives. What is the proper relationship of the two? Which is more central to what we are and what we should be? If either are. What exactly does it mean to be rational?
I won't attempt to answer these questions in a short blog post. Such questions are meditation for an entire life time. I do, however, recommend that we all reflect on them; and I can think of few better companions for such reflection than a very short short The Spinoza of Market Street by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Click on the link and read it. Basically the short story explores one man's flawed understanding of rationality and passion. The end of the story is a bit ambivalent and leaves one wondering if the story is a victory or a failure and what exactly, in the end, true rationality is.
Read it! You'll enjoy it and it will make you think.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This is clearly lunacy, seething hatred, and flagrant irrationality. It's time for the far Right Cranks to stop!
These men worship so vile a deity and are so disgusting, inhumane, and contemptible ... I'll stop there, the following video speaks for itself.