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  1. I think we've struck pay dirt. The crux of this problem is unaccountable power. The lament for an FDR reform is a nice sentiment however today's corporations have no responsibility to the workers or the public beyond those 80 year old FDR reforms. New rules should restore a private pension for full time workers at all S&P 500 Companies. Why is the work shared, and the profit focused? Take a look at employment ads from the 30's, "Our average worker puts in 25 full time years before receiving a full pension" No modern corporation has the goal of a stable work force. Our pay has become "the bottom line" and worthy of cutting. In fact "greater worker instability" is cited by Alan Greenspan as part of the 90's "boom". We have to change the nature of work to reform our political system.
  2. Ghandi is always held up as the pillar of non violent success. It absolutely was not shame that changed the mind of the British. In raw capitalist terms, India was no longer cost effective. Ghandi had been fighting imperial rule for 10-15 years before World War 2. He took full advantage of the opportunity. Driving up the costs hit the British right where it counts, the wallet. With resources depleted and the homeland bombed to bits, the decision to leave India was never based on shame. Sabotage is the best tactic while still operating under the rubric of pacifism. Our fast paced society is most vulnerable to these attacks because we are so reliant on comfort. Imagine the internet stops for just 7 days. Global markets would crash. I feel like the average person today would have a very tough time trying to survive with out heat and water provided to there home. That's when people get desperate and ante willing to surrender rights so they can survive. I suppose we could go that way, but what comforts are you willing to sacrifice? The average American is not willing to sacrifice, at all.
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  4. I think the Republican revision of history is comical. You'd think "Pro business" would reflect in the stock market market. Take a look at the data. https://www.macrotrends.net/2481/stock-market-performance-by-president By performance, over 8 years, the order of the last 4 two term Presidents is Clinton, Obama, Reagan, Bush Jr...What about less than 8 years? It goes Ford, Bush the 1st, Trump, Carter, Nixon. Trump has implemented policy that has failed historically, ie tariffs, and as they roll out the expansion slows. Companies pay less tax and have bought back shares and increased dividends. That short term benefit is quickly evaporating and soon enough, business will need more public handouts. I really hope Trump hangs his hat on the economy because a recession is about 18 months away. 8 more rate hikes and the true end of QE as central banks reduce government bond holdings to zero, will spur the recession. Q1 of next year will be filled with earnings misses on wall street, because they were over inflated this year, and the political scandals as the House moves in on impeachment is more than enough to shake confidence. The tightening of economic policy is to avoid another "moral hazard" created by nationalized banks. (9/2008-1/2009) More businesses will be allowed to fail by state planners, this time, so the overall system can succeed.
  5. A flower looks nice and is symbolic in the barrel of a rifle, but it does not stop it's function. Protesting at Red Hat rallies is limited. Maybe just make your way up front, give him the thumbs down or just cross your arms and turn your back to him. After quite a few years of fighting with Nazi's I feel the best way to protest their rallies is with comedic disruption. Nothing funnier than a gay kissing booth at a Westboro Baptist event. Or something as simple as an "Im with stupid" tee shirt. The cops are gonna kick the crap out of anyone they want to restore order. Do not think a non violent approach will buy favors with police. The absorption of violence is the difficult, morally disciplined, part of non violence. By attending a Nazi rally as a protester, you have to contend with the cops and the Nazi's equally. I dont even bother anymore, my attendance has changed nothing. Sunshine is the best sanitizer when it comes to ideology. I feel Trump will be impeached after the election and sometime next year we'll have President Pence. I also expect an Oklahoma city style bombing, as another disgruntled veteran uses his training against us, and Infowars for "the real" story. I think we need to scale down our military to an effective size. That's really just subsidy reduction for weapons manufacturers. Let the shareholders have more of the risk. The right endorses a business policy of welfare for the largest companies, but a social policy that limits welfare for humans. Strange days....
  6. Right around the time this website was founded I picked up an old pamphlet by Ward Churchill called "Pacifism as Pathology." His basic argument is similar to Peter Gelderloos' argument in How non-violence protects the state". Neither of the 2 advocate a violent approach to change, but they will not rule it out as a tactic of defense. The state has a monopoly on violence. The state is violent from conception to collapse and being morally superior to it via non-violence does not change it's nature. I see it as a spectrum. The more disruptive your group is to business that support the state the more state violence is tolerable. I think the bombing of the MOVE houses in Philadelphia in 1985 is a great example. The sentiment of the Philly PD was just "get rid of these anarchists, just burn them out" Seattle at the WTO protests in 1999, the cops dressed for war, and the most violence mounted by the protestors was broken Starbucks windows. How much different are the police today? Are we risking anything besides comfort when we protest? Rallies are nice, but what do they accomplish? I think until we are brave enough to really risk something, we will not see meaningful change.
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