Western Europe and the Mid-West: Why Austerity...
What does a Mid-Western governor have in common with Western European leaders? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stands among Angela Merkel and David Cameron in the argument for austerity and budget cuts. Their answer to the economy is to erase their deficits through large cuts in public funding, that way investors will feel “confidence”, and create jobs in their nation/state. But the jobs haven’t...
Rednecks, Good old-boys, and the meaning of...
Undoubtedly you’ve seen these people. They’re not “bad” people, usually. They’re merely archetypal and predictable. They play sports, are clean cut, go to church, good with tools and fixing things, blue jeans, probably hunt & fish. You know, a “real man”. One who is strong and tough. Doesn’t like nerds, fancy book learnin’, “liberals”, or fruity things like food that is actually fruit. This...
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.– Fyodor Dostoevsky
Salman Rushdie on censorship →
One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the...– George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Noam Chomsky Interview →
Great, lengthy interview with Noam Chomsky over at The Nation. “Concision is a technique of propaganda. It ensures you cannot do anything except repeat clichés, the standard doctrine, or sound like a lunatic.”
Privatization: Useless Maxim
One of the most popular phrases in American politics is that an ideal government should function like a business. It stems from the notion that government is inherently flawed and inefficient because there is no incentive to earn a profit. Therefore, the smaller government is and the larger the private sector is; the better. Yet in a democracy, this rhetoric is illogical. In a democratic...
to take apart the system of illusions and deception which functions to prevent...– The Chomsky Reader - Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
"Avoid All Protests" →
This is what a police state looks like.
International Workers Day is now "Loyalty Day" →
“WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, AND IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” -George Orwell, 1984
Paul Ryan's Claim That His Budget Reflects... →
A look at the hypocrisy of Paul Ryan’s budget.
Colbert and Don McElroy →
Former Texas Board of Education Chairman Don McElroy’s appearance on The Colbert Report from Monday night. McElroy was influential in the Texas board’s decision to re-write the school curriculum to favor conservative views. This is Colbert at his wittiest. “I have always been a fan of reality by majority vote”.
To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy...– George Orwell, preface to Animal Farm
His system was so idiotically simple that some people can’t understand it, no...– Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan