Thursday, May 10, 2012

Education via omission of politically incorrect

It's no wonder we're so stupid.  Try to find a public school text that mentions Wobblies, or Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, or Emma Goldman. No wonder also that what we take as a great divide between Left and Right is an insider struggle between two shades of the same, huddled, side by side, at the Right end of the political spectrum.

Given the tilt of education information it is easy to think women's rights struggles, along with a lot of other lefty stuff, began with hippies, when it fact, the left side is an integral thread in our history going all the way back to Thomas Morton going toe to toe with Governor Bradford, and farther back yet.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


Sometime every inch of the planet will be covered by cameras recording and transmitting live to the powers that be every moment of everyone's life.  Sort of like being watched and judged constantly by the all seeing biblical god, though techno/plutocrats will likely be not so wise. That is, if we don't blow ourselves up or squeeze and pollute ourselves backwards into a post technology dark age.

Iceland: grandiosity fueled collapse to profound recovery

Iceland weathered an economic collapse (generated by delusions of economic grandeur, something like what hits rookie day traders on a national scale) through: "external assistance, debt repudiation, currency depreciation and capital controls." (from the second link below).

The U.S. could learn from Iceland's recovery and sensible economists could use the example to refute the nuttiness of Right wing austerity (for its own sake?) advocates.

Exposing the land of the stupid: three links

 The first link presents some of the ways the 9/11 attacks have altered our way of life, perhaps changing America (moving toward  worse) perhaps forever, with endlessly expanding security apparatus (apparati?), inconvenience, loss of privacy, and all present fear. The link goes to Fareed Zacharia

The second (which also references the first) concentrates on the  Guantanamo trials which the Bush torturers boxed us into and which Obama seems unable or unwilling to extricate us from.  The simple answer, of course, is what many of thought before the War on Terror was declared.  The bombers were (are) criminals, should be hunted down as such, hauled into U.S. court and packed away on ice forever in supermax (if convicted, of course). That would have been the way to go if we had strong enough faith in our justice system, conviction that our way was the best way and were not so stupid, (as a nation) as to be easily manipulated into bogus wars that served Bush political agendas. We did not have such faith or confidence and so timidly marched into the box. This, the second, is to the great Charles P. Pierce in Esquire.

Now, the third link is only obliquely political but it goes a long way to exposing how stupid, as a way of life, shows up everywhere.