Modern capitalist won’t just sell the rope; they will borrow the money, outsource its manufacture to china, and then hand the rope over as part of a “technology transfer.”
Archive for October, 2011
As I said in my previous post, I have some sympathy for the beliefs of Ron Paul. I certainly would like to see him win the Republican nomination, if only for the angst such a run would cause the Republican establishment. I suspect that he would not win a contest with Obama, but his losing margin would be smaller than many would predict.
Please note that I said, “sympathy for” and not “complete enthusiasm for” the Ron Paul agenda. I am less than a wholehearted re[love]utionary.
I recently watched a documentary on the Ron Paul movement. It runs for almost two hours, and I assumed I would only watch part of it. However, I ended up watching it all. You can watch it online for free either from the above address or directly on YouTube (official version).
I remember the Ron Paul run in 2008, and this documentary deals mostly with that period. I should point out it is not a strictly disinterested documentary as it is obviously made by Paul partisans. It does capture the enthusiasm of the Ron Paul fans.
One of the most powerful forces acting over the past thirty years has been the growth of computing power and prevalence.
Most see this as a good, even great, thing. I am not so sure.
I believe that shame may be one of the most debilitating emotions. Its toxicity arises from the fact that those who feel it strongest may deserve it least. The worst individuals may not feel it all. Feeling shame after committing a dishonorable act is a good thing; it is a lesson from your conscious. Feeling shame for some perceived shortfall of achievement is less so.
Regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests, I have marveled at two things: how more respectful the coverage is compared to the Tea Party, and the recurrent theme of student debt (as compared to government or mortgage debt).
The recent Occupy Wall Street and the earlier Tea Party have both generated plenty of discussion. In both cases, their aims are less than perfectly clear. This lack of clarity stems from their diffuse nature. Each group contains many sub-groups. However, both represent a certain populist outcry. What would a populist manifesto look like? I will attempt to list elements that might be part of such a manifesto.
I was trying to figure out a blog post when I saw notes from an earlier post where I offered advice (free advice at that) to young (beta) men. Discovering such notes offered an easy way out of actually writing something from new, so here it is.
[I was probably going to write on the Occupy Wall Street protests, so it is not as if you were going to get anything very original or incisive.]