Where's the Revolution? In America and across the
globe, citizens are desperate and angry at the social, economic,
political forces crushing their hopes and dreams. The "objective
conditions" for revolution would seem to be in place. What's
keeping it from happening?
REPRISE: Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine": Corporatism in Extremis.
Klein's breakthrough analysis of
"disaster capitalism" provides a brilliant analytical prism
through which to view and make sense of the politics and
economics of our current 2013 problems. (Book review first
published April 15, 2008)
R.I.P. American Democracy.
The winner of the upcoming
Presidential election will be the candidate preferred by the
“oligarchy” – the one-percent of the one-percent who
effectively own the Congress, the Courts, the Media, half of
the nation’s private wealth, and the machines and software
that count and compile the votes. This apparently means that
Mitt Romney will be the next President, for he is one of the
oligarchs. The preference of the American voters is
"Shut Up!" -- They Explain. Those of us who suspect that the
2004 election was stolen (a.k.a. “conspiracy
nuts”), have presented an impressive array of evidence – statistical,
anecdotal and circumstantial – to support our claims. In response to this we
have been provided scant rebuttal evidence. Instead, we have been
ridiculed, vilified, and, most damaging of all, ignored.
(From February 1, 2005).
Romney, Mormonism, and "The Religious Test." The
leaders of the Latter-Day Saint Church in Salt Lake City may be
finding the candidacy of Mitt Romney to be a mixed blessing.
Which leads one to wonder if a candidate's religious conviction
should always be totally "out of bounds" in considering his or
her qualifications for public office.
(A revision of "About
This Mormonism Thing" from December 18, 2007.
Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress