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Crack Capitalism

I stumbled across this book, by John Holloway, entitled Crack Capitalism. No, it doesn't have anything to do with crack cocaine - it has to do with looking at the world completely differently, something that I've recently started to do. I'm so very, very tired of all the pointing fingers and daily atrocities. I'm posting pp. Read below the fold...

Thinking About Oakland

I'm still processing Hedges' rant on TruthDig - I was so struck by his endorsement of violence in Greece and his condemnation of violence her in this country. I found an interesting essay at Viewpointmag.com via a comment on SMBIVA and this passage struck me as something that we should all chew on: Read below the fold...

Thoughts on Oakland

I followed a link in Eureka Springs' comment on DCbloggers' Tweet of the Day post to Zunguzungu and then followed a link in that essay to an essay by Darwin Bond Graham, which provides some interesting background on the events that have taken place in Oakland in the last few years. It is very interesting reading and I recommend it. Read below the fold...

David Sirota on Bigotry

Perhaps this is cheating, but rather than giving a link to follow, I'm reproducing a newspaper column by David Sirota. The original can be found here. He makes a very good point - one that I think is the reason that liberals are foaming at the mouth about Ron Paul. Agree or disagree?

Our Selective Definition of Bigotry

"If they have any value at all anymore, presidential election campaigns at least remain larger-than-life mirrors reflecting back painful truths about our society. As evidence, ponder the two-sided debate over Republican candidate Ron Paul and bigotry. Read below the fold...

Ian Welsh on Ron Paul

Interesting post over at Ian Welsh's place on Ron Paul for those who don't subscribe to his feed. Read below the fold...

The Overton Window

On December 30th, Roman Berry posted a comment on the Robert Scheer on Ron Paul diary about the Overton Window. When I followed the link to the Corrente blog post about the Overton Window, I thought, what a great idea. But it wasn't until I started doing some research on the concept that I found out that Joseph Overton, who came up with the idea, was employed by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which was established in 1987. Read below the fold...

A Note from David DeGraw

I subscribe to Amped Status and got this e-mail from David DeGraw yesterday. I thought it might be of some interest to folks on this board:

Happy New Year! Whose Year? Our Year! Read below the fold...

Corporate Psychopaths

I got interested in psychopaths when I was sued by one - I lost. The court believed the psychopath. That spurred me to read up on psychopaths and I read The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout. I also have Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work and Without Conscience, both by Robert Hare. I've not read those yet, though. Read below the fold...

Twisted Arms

Obama is up to his usual fine form, explaining why he had to sign the NDAA tonight.

I fail to understand why he thinks we are falling for his explanation, though I guess he has good reason - tens of millions of good little Democrats are probably sighing with relief, now that those evil terrorists will be put away forever by their hero. Read below the fold...

Spare Me, Please!

Obama appointed Jerome Powell to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. From the article:

"Powell served as the undersecretary for finance under the president George H. W. Bush and was a partner of The Carlyle Group. The Carlyle Group is a massive private equity firm and one of the largest defense contractors in the world." Read below the fold...

Robert Scheer on Ron Paul

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I'm not a huge fan of Robert Scheer, but he does get it right from time to time. And Chris Hedges is also a columnist on TruthDig ...

This is from Scheer's latest piece, posted on TruthDig, entitled Marginalizing Ron Paul:

"Too much anti-Wall Street populism in the heartland can be a truly scary thing to the intellectual parasites residing in the belly of the beast that controls American capitalism."

Nothing like calling a spade a spade, eh? Read below the fold...

A Fool's Paradise?

Several times in the last few days, I have posted this quote from Paulo Freire:

"One of the gravest obstacles to the achievement of liberation is that oppressive reality absorbs those within it and thereby acts to submerge ... [our] consciousness. Functionally, oppression is domesticating. To no longer be prey to its force, one must emerge from it and turn upon it." Read below the fold...

Green Republicans??

Keith Preston has an interesting post over at Attack the System on Green Republicans and Ron Paul. Thought-provoking reading. Read below the fold...

Community Bill of Rights

If, as Jerry Fresia writes, we are mostly stuck in either the Congressional Technocrats or Abstract Spiritualists mode of thinking, what, then, is the answer? Jerry has an answer, but I'll not tell you what that is. You'll have to read the book to find his answer. Tom Atlee wrote about another answer in his latest newsletter: the Community Bill of Rights, which appears on The Future of Occupy website. The template draws heavily on the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which I've touted here before. Read below the fold...

The Tao of Democracy

I've subscribed to Tom Atlee's newsletters for awhile now, but haven't investigated his ideas in any depth. After reading Jerry Fresia's book, Towards an American Revolution: Exploring the Constitution & Other Illusions, I'm starting to understand where Atlee is coming from. He has some interesting ideas that I think some on Corrente might be interested in.

Check out this book, by Tom Atlee, The Tao of Democracy. Read below the fold...

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