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Thomas Jefferson

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. ”        Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments. ”       James Madison

Abraham Lincoln

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the Country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed.”            Abraham Lincoln

From the inception of the American nation, there has been a chronic battle between those of great wealth, guarded by “corporate” status, and those who sought to defend the population against the predations of those parties. At this point, with corporate controls extended throughout the government, including the Courts, and especially the Supreme Court, through corruption in direct and indirect forms, as seen in the vast sums spent on “lobbying” (buying is the more correct word) in both legislative houses, and finally in the Executive, where the major figures of Wall Street and the corporate world chronically enter and leave the government in a revolving door apparatus transparent to all, it is clear that the corporations have won this battle decisively. Perhaps this election, warped by vast sums of corporate money, and guided by the corporately owned and controlled mass media and press, will give the public’s seal of approval to this victory, though ironically much of the protests of the day are directed against just those corporations. Their capacity to manipulate public sentiments through the media they own would make Joseph Goebbles green with envy.

Or perhaps we’ll awaken on the 3rd and find out it was all a dream.

Or a nightmare.


As it seems my posting, below, on Paul Krugman’s column today is – despite being sent before I replied to Douthat, and was listed there as #13 – either going to be not printed, or shunted so far down the list it may as well be not printed, I post it here.

Mr Krugman’s economic logic is impeccable. If you don’t have money you can’t spend it and the communal economy will slow, shrink and stop. Except his economic logic ignores a certain bit: the US, representing 5% of the world’s population, has in the last half century consumed 25% of the global resources and wealth. After getting up off its post-war knees, Europe has done similarly. And this is going to stop, and printing all the money in the world for Americans and Europeans to spend isn’t going to fix it. What “the West” needs to do is not figure out how to sustain the unsustainable, but to alter its essential philosophy of living so that less is more, and less if fine. Far better than being rapists of the world on the conscience too.

What Paul needs is a paradigm over-haul: our methods of thinking and the “economics” we build with it are no longer appropriate. We need to devise a steady-state economy (and population) that doesn’t need, as America does, constant wars in order to work.

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