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Bertrand Russell’s Message to Future Yields Two Watchwords

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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This is my second recent post about Bertrand Russell, the famous philosopher, mathematician, Nobel laureate in literature, and champion of peace. The first post is long — a 21-question pretend interview, where the answers all come from Russell’s book, “Political Ideals,” published in 1917. The present post is short — based on one question and […]

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George Washington Warned of Those Like Reagan, Norquist, Cruz – Enemies to National Government

Sunday, October 13th, 2013
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In his farewell address, George Washington gave advice and warnings to help the citizens of the United States keep the Constitution and their liberty. He warned of “overgrown military establishments,” political parties, favoritism for a foreign nation, change to the Constitution based on “mere hypothesis and opinion”, encroachment of one department of government upon another, […]

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Fat Cats Push Big Benefit Cuts, Prompt Time-Tested Tax Hikes

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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Since the onset of the greed-is-good era, and even more so with the clamor over the “fiscal cliff,” some fat cats have been pushing hard to cut benefits to the old, the disabled and the poor from the big public insurance programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. For instance, Peter Peterson ($1.2B net worth), […]

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Welcome to the Plutonomy Backlash

Monday, November 7th, 2011
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Occupy Cleveland – circa 2011-10-21 “Welcome to the Plutonomy Machine,” began a 2005 report by three Citigroup analysts to their investor clients.1 The report called the United States a “plutonomy” — an “economy powered by the wealthy,” where “there is no such animal as ‘the U.S. Consumer’ …” There are rich consumers, few in number, […]

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1.3 Million Signers, 6000 Marchers and a Semi-Truck Bring Referendum on Ohio SB5

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
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On the last day of March, Ohio governor John Kasich signed the Republicans’ anti-democratic law, Senate Bill 5 (SB5). Soon after, a citizens alliance began using the state’s democratic public referendum law to repeal it.1 9 With 40-some clauses that weaken workers and their unions, SB5 practically cancels the public worker’s right to collective bargaining, […]

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