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The Corrupt Influence of Money in the American Political System
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Harper's Conservatives and Israeli Money?
Posted, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:30 pm
I have read your latest blog about money and the American political system.
I am beginning to suspect that Israeli money is also finding it way to the Conservative Party of Canada.
Posted, Thursday, March 8, 2012 6:02 am
Very well written "fundamental" article.
Wrong About Ron Paul?
Posted, Thursday, March 8, 2012 2:41 pm
You are so wrong about RON PAUL!!!
Calling a Spade a Spade
Posted, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 11:28 pm
Please call a spade a spade. This is what is running your country, mine and many governments of Europe. They (the oligarchy) have the money and they pull the strings. Obama is just another golem.
Have you noticed how all of the Republican candidates are l****** every Jewish American and Israeli a** they can get their tongue into? Obama has a long tongue too. He was tutored by the rich Jewish community from Chicago. Obama has been dancing to the tune of the Fiddler on the Roof for almost 4 years and the next four years he'll waltz to Rozsa's Ben-Hur conducted by Lee Rosenberg of the AIPAC Symphony (Sympathy?) Orchestra. Mark my word.
It's always amazed me why we aren't sucking up to Canada as you are our biggest trading partner. Israel gives us nothing. Just takes and what it can't take it steals. I'm disgusted with all of these phoney creeps.
We have so many serious problems here in the States and Israel always seems to steal the headlines. I don't give a crap about gay rights one way or another and I feel the same about abortion. Let's get the economy fixed and get people back to work. I could give a crap about Israel's right to exist, gays in the military, immigration etc. Just more distractions.
As far as Iran is concerned they have a perfect right to detest us as we backed a murderous thug Shaw who behaved towards his own nationals like The Chosen deal with the helpless Palestinians. Iran has just as much a right to nuclear weapons as Israel. I say let them have nuclear weapons. With a bunch of crazed Zionist zealots right next door I don't blame them. Sorry that I'm so blunt, but I'm sick of wars and more wars.
I served in Vietnam in the Marines in 65/66 and saw the same poverty (some worse) that I grew up in and I did not understand why I was fighting the people who came from the same socio-economic background as myself. Why do rich countries abuse the poor nations?
Malthus Was Right!
Posted, Friday, March 9, 2012 5:02 Pm
Money used to influence American politics, but now it absolutely determines political outcomes!
Perhaps you know this, but language got in the way. English is necessarily an awkward tongue, as it is largely French stuffed into a German corset.
Long ago, I realized Malthus was right.
The coincidence of the mechanization of manufacturing and agriculture in the 19th century created productive surpluses too large for the plutocracy to capture, given the technology of the day. Thus a 'blip' in popular human misery appeared -- the Industrial & Agricultural Revolutions, the Enlightenment, widespread anti-monarchal revolutions throughout the Americas and then Europe, epochal medical discoveries by Harvey, Pasteur, et al.
The plutocracy had the guns, dungeons, and 'security' personnel, but they could not sufficiently detect, monitor, and respond to resistance until spy satellites, street corner cameras, the internet, RFD and GPS technology, etc were readily available and integrated into extant 'security' systems. But now, with continuous, universal surveillance and instantaneous worldwide transmission of voice, text, data, and images -- all in real time -- one cannot say or do anything in a clandestine or covert way. Resistance is no longer a risky enterprise, as detection and capture are certain.
Now unable even to bloody their nose and live to tell of it, the general public has become fair game for plutocrats and their agents to rob and rape at will. And the data seem to reflect this. Ever greater shares of incomes go to capital, while ever smaller shares go to labor. Also, the income distribution has become more and more skewed in favor of the richest among us.
—Thus, Malthus was right. As technology and autocracy enable the plutocracy to capture more and more of productive surpluses the blip of Galbraith's 'Affluent Society' more so erodes, returning humanity to its miserable long run equilibrium.
And, as though that technological advantage were not enough, mass media of all sorts, shopping malls, and various entertainments or sports now distract and narcoticize the general population with more 'bread & circus' than any 1st century emperor had provided.
Stop C-30 (in Canada)
Posted, Thursday, March 8, 2012 3:35 pm
Thank you for your good articles, and for helping to wake up the public. It is time people of Canada say enough is enough already. Have you seen the Bank of Canada Court Challenge? See my next email. There is a group called Open Media who is involved in stopping C 30.
Listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rZrkCAM_J8&sns=fb
Posted, Monday, March 12, 2012 3:46 am
A friend forwarded me your excellent article "The Corrupt Influence of Money in the American Political System".
It looks to me like you haven't heard of "Ismet's Law" because everything you've written are corollaries of Ismet's Law, and as such only normal.
For your future benefit then, here it is:
“Given enough time, all right wing, free-market governments will reach the same level of corruption sanctioned by laws that they make to legalize corruption that serves their best interests.” (3 Nov. 2010, Halifax, N.S.)
Netanyahu and World War?
Posted, Monday, March 12, 2012 3:09 pm
I am beginning to genuinely fear that, if left unchecked, Israel's Netanyahu may trigger a world war.
Answer by R.T.:
Natanyahu has already struck a deal with Obama that he will stop pushing the price of oil up with his bellicose statements in exchange for bombs and refueling planes:
“The US administration offered to supply Israel with advanced bunker-busting bombs and long-range refuelling planes. In return, Israel would agree to put off a possible attack on Iran till 2013, after the US elections in November 2012.”
—2013 may turn out to be a dandy of a year!
Wikipedia As the Encyclopedia of Choice!
Posted, Friday, March 16, 2012 2:03 pm
I came across your site “Big Picture World” and saw that you had referenced some Wiki articles from Wikipedia. With that said, I wanted to reach out and pass along an infographic about how Wikipedia is redefining the way we research.
The graphic I was referring to lives here: http://open-site.org/wikipedia/
I think your readers will enjoy it, so feel free to share it and let me know if you do! I’d love to get your thoughts as well.
Answer by R. T.:
My own experience with Wikipedia teaches me to be careful with the info provided. Indeed, some of the volunteer managers on Wikipedia can be very ignorant.
Posted, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:17 am
As usual I agree whole-heartedly.
About Ron Paul
Posted, Monday, April 16, 2012 1:24 pm
I very much enjoyed your blog article “The Corrupt Influence of Money in the American Political System”, but can you elaborate/ explain why you present Ron Paul's stances on social security, medicare and medicaid in a bad light? I don't quite understand the economics behind the programs, and would like to get your view, if possible.
Answer by R. T.
As you know, Ron Paul is a libertarian. That means that he rejects government intervention in most fields, except in the fields of law and order.
Therefore, I am in agreement with him regarding U.S. foreign policy. A policy of perpetual wars is bound to ruin the USA if it continues.
However, domestically, we live in a world of large corporations, large banks and large media. The individual alone is powerless when facing these giants. In a democracy, the countervailing force is the government. For example, the 2009 financial crisis could have been avoided if the Bush-Cheney administration had not gutted out the government regulations of the financial sectors. But Ron Paul is against government regulation. That means that he is siding in effect with large corporations, large banks and large media.
Moreover, even though public insurance programs like Social Security and other similar programs need to be reformed to be financially sound, to abolish them or to privatize them as Ron Paul and his son propose would only place the poor at the mercy of these large private organizations which have proven in the past that they only care about the big buck for themselves.
That is why I think that Ron Paul's approach to public affairs is both positive and negative.
However, I must say that as compared to the other Republican presidential candidates, Ron Paul looks pretty good. I would hope he would run on a third party ticket, since, of course, he will not get the Republican nomination.
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