Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Once More, Without Feeling: Europe has agreed that forcing even more austerity on Greece will solve the problems caused by forcing austerity on Greece. Ain't gonna happen. It is clear we are witnessing one of the most daring raids on national democracy in post-war political history. Greece will cease to be a sovereign state. It will not control its currency, nor its economy, nor even its laws and regulations. Brussels and Berlin are taking over Athens. The will of the Greek electorate is irrelevant to the needs of the lenders who made bad loans years ago. How long before Berlin drives the Greek people into the very types of politics the EU was established to prevent?
Noted: Having watched neoliberal greed devour the Third World and take another bite of the Developed World in Greece, why would anyone think they'll stop now?
The Masters: “[T]he most hideous aspect of the three trade agreements currently under negotiation is precisely that they describe a world devoid of any other political actors; it’s just companies out there.”
Paving The Road: Bernie Sanders is breaking one of the unwritten commandments of US politics. He believes that America’s leaders shouldn’t worry so much about economic growth when that growth serves to enrich only the wealthiest Americans. “Our economic goals have to be redistributing a significant amount of [wealth] back from the top 1 percent,” even if that redistribution slows the economy overall. “Unchecked growth – especially when 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent – is absurd.”
Yes, But: One excited Bernie Sanders supporter cheered his proposals by noting that “‘Jesus was a socialist”, which is the sort of misreading of the Bible we should all guard against.
Mr. Republican: Scott Walker is white (as are 87% of Republicans) male (as are 52% of GOP voters) evangelical protestant (the most loyal GOP group), from a small town (as are over half of GOP voters), did not finish college (along with 42% of GOP voters) and at 49 he is the same age as the average Republican voter. He's not just another Republican candidate, he's the Republicans.
Lullaby And Good Night: An airstrike by the vigilant defenders of the empire have killed ISIS's “head songwriter.”
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 6:47 AM