A partial answer to my question is given by Paul Krugman in his column in today's "New York Times". See http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/opinion/…®ion=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0
The enslaved middle and working classes are made up of the unthinking people he describes, and it seems that the sheep just cannot be rattled out of their unthinking ways, no matter how bad things get for them. Yet, this answer only begs the question. The question is why are they so unthinking? Is thinking that hard?
Well, the conservatives trounced the Labour Party in Britain's elections. How do we explain this, when it is precisely these plutocrats who are subjugating and destroying both the middle and working classes? I agree with Watcher that this is what is happening in Great Britain and the United States, but why do the people of these "classes" keep voting for the very parasites that are the source of their misery? I have wondered this for a long time and still have no answers.
Bill……The TTP……“probably some good and some bad” eh?
You’re right on the money with that statement, since there’s a lot of good for the greedy parasitic transnational corporations, as well as their stockholders, and a lot of bad for the working classes.
TTP, for Pacific nations excluding China, would transfer regulations of corporations to corporations themselves, and away from democratically elected governments. Regulation of working conditions and of the environment, as well as of product-safety including toxic foods and poisonous air and other consumer issues, would be placed into the hands of panels whose members will be appointed by large international corporations. Their decisions will remove the power of democratically elected governments to control these things. “Red tape” that’s imposed by elected national governments would be eliminated — replaced by the international mega-corporate version.
It’s time to get a clue here and recognize that since Obama and Clinton 2.0 are supporting this, it’s clear, as evidenced by both of them repeatedly, that their loyalties lie with the parasitic capitalist class and not with the working class.
This is just more evidence that these two globalists have a clear agenda provided by their puppetmasters.
Britain is like America - governed of, by and for its privileged elites….er….parasites alone.
Neoliberal harshness, financialization, weak unions, offshoring manufacturing, privatizing state enterprises, deregulation, and disappearing social justice characterize Britain and the U.S. economies.
Rich parasites run things more than ever. They doubled their wealth since 2009. The average worker earns less when adjusted for inflation and wage cuts.
Millions are suffering. Food banks are proliferating.
Inequality is booming. Politicians able to make a difference don't care. Increasing amounts of public wealth in private hands is a slippery slope to third world status.
Margaret Thatcher and Actor Reagan escalated inequality. They oversaw one of the greatest ever transfers of wealth to the parasites at the top of the economic pyramid.
All politicians lie. Nothing they say can be believed.
Politicians come and go. One major party or the other wins. Things stay the same.
In Britain middle class society is fast disappearing – just like in America. Britain's weekly Spectator magazine says it's "shrinking and sinking."
Former Bank of England governor Mervyn King said middle class society is enduring the longest squeeze in living memory. Rich folks never had it better.
TPP = bad for American workers.
Psychology and its investigators and practitioners are tools of the medical-judicial-military complex, existing primarily to aid in the subjugation and control of the people for the profit of the ruling class, aka, the rich. Psychologists (also called counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists)--under the guise of providing "therapy"--are there to get us all to shape up and act like the slaves that we are by "getting with the program."
Watcher, are you watching?
Bill, you're right – it's time for this country to have a female president. But this country needs a president it can trust, which leaves Hillary out. After years of getting nauseous while reading over political candidate biographies, including Hillary's, I'm actually excited at the prospect of voting for Elizabeth Warren (even if I have to write her in due to her refusal to run).
Hey Bill,I see what you're saying.
We as a people need intelligence in the public dialogue. Mr. Sanders seems interested in running a government. As a candidate maybe he'll bring the necessary conversation about actually running said government to the public display. Refreshing in light of the current crap, imagine seeing a grown up conversation on the TV.
But Bill, Hillary is a reptile. She is a princess descended from an alien species far different from our own. Her and her kind are raising us for food and indentured servitude. I will write in Colin Powell if she gets the nomination.
Maybe Bill doesn't hear that gurgling sound, which is Hitlery's presidential hopes circling the drain. Her blatant and long, ongoing pattern of ineptitude and corruption has finally caught up to her. Liberals need to find a new kook to hitch their wagons to.....
Bill…….Unfortunately (deliberately?), as demonstrated by you in this screed, the meaning of the word socialism has been diluted to the point where it has become a mishmash of different social and economic concepts, used by capitalist puppet-masters and their politicians to confuse the voters into electing pre-selected political tools and to support their agenda.
As a result of this dilution, socialists don’t always agree among each other what the content of Socialism is, but at the very least it contains the social ownership and control of the means of production, such as factories, offices, resources and firms, along with co-operative management of the economy.
Bernie Sanders has sympathies for this as part of his 12-point proposal for the country, where he pushed for the opportunity for workers to set up worker-owned cooperatives. But it is questionable how far he will push it. When push comes to shove, he is a supporter of a social democratic Scandinavian-style welfare state in the form of better education, healthcare and social service provisions for the general population.
Very far from the primary aim of Socialism.
As for Clinton 2.0…..she’ll follow the agenda of the puppet-masters, just like Clinton 1.0, Bush 2.0 and Obama.
Bill….Could it be that some of these deadbeat legislators are deadbeat child support debtors?
Orrrrr…..maybe it’s just that the legislative Republican mindset is interested in attracting more fiscal conservative voters to the state, regardless of their delinquent fiscal obligations.
Orrrr…..maybe the puppet-masters are succeeding in their plan to convince the sheep that anything even remotely related to Islam is the devil’s work. Lord knows this state is chock full of gullible believers who are eager and willing to believe anything that is regurgitated from the pulpit.
And these gullible believers appear to be more than ready to elect narrow-minded, deluded representatives, to try and forcefeed their twisted view of reality to the entire population of Idaho.
Maybe this is what comes from building one’s life around a colossal fairy tale of unimaginable proportions. Having no frame of reference for what is actually real, it just gets easier and easier to be led into adopting other twisted contrived beliefs. Cult mentality becomes the order of the day.
In a sane world these people would be advised to get psychological help so that they may be able to clearly perceive reality, instead of remaining trapped in the Twilight Zone.
one mustn't forget good ole raoul's part in the fiasco......
(just so it looks like i'm from idaho)
"and where's he from anyways....the chihuahuan maritimes?......" lol
Don't forget to include this additional $80,000 expense:
Right on Bill ! Funny as hell and right on the mark !
What a dick this guy is. Not sure what I think about the gentleman from Homedale yet, though.
Idaho is way low on the US History totem pole and even farther down on the World History pole. I am constantly amazed at local's general ignorance of the rest of the USA's geography and history, but shocked at the fact that few people know where France is located, much less Iceland. Too many ID citizens can't even read a world map. 'Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it'......a pertinent adage today because the USA is doing it--making war--all over again only worse. President Obama certainly should have declined accepting the Nobel peace prize. His drone program has mostly destroyed the lives and homes of innocent citizens/families--including children. All at the behest of foreign countries: Israel and Saudi. Time to watch Democracy Now, on channel 4.
If you are a homosexual, in any of the 50 states you can live your life openly, unashamed, accepted and free from persecution. You can vote, attend church, have a job, have parades, and actually be quite popular. Some states will not recognize a marraige ( which I will give you). But this is not Saudi Arabia and you are still free to come out of and burn down the "closet". If however, you then decide to enter politics and change the judicial and legeslative landscape of this country, then that means war. You are tampering with government power. You are no longer a passenger on this airplane, you are now in the cockpit (no pun) where the controls are. And the ensuing resistance has nothing to do with the fact that your pee pees are the same. It's because you can't fly.
There is no authenticity to any argument that begins with "scientists say this" or "scientists say that". Those are just phrases that political people (who are not scientists) use when shouting "is NOT" seems to be loosing the argument to the other side shouting "is TOO"!
The truest acuity about Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies that is never mentioned in the mainstream culture's praise of it is that the work is mainly a one-sided account glorifying the conventional allopathic medical system (and how that industry views cancer) and its "advanced" technological cancer modalities.
You can see this type of politically/medically-correct "thinking" of Mukherjee in action in his perspective of cancer as a person as was mentioned in a write-up at the blog of nature.com in anticipation of this PBS documentary ("To Mukherjee, cancer was not something, but someone.") which is just about the same as the medical business' view of cancer as some mutated genetically deterministic "alien thing" that needs to be destroyed. It's a erroneous dogmatic perspective of allopathic medicine, instead of science (read "The Mammogram Myth" by Rolf Hefti - see TheMammogramMyth dot com). But... the dogmatic ideology is highly conductive to, and aligned with, their ridiculously profitable business model using expensive technological cancer interventions all of which are geared to eradicate the alien "someone."
This criminal medical cartel has, of course, also suppressed many good eligible alternative cancer therapies.
I have an Associate of Arts degree from Boise Junior College (BJC), the humble predecessor of that spreading football franchise on The River that is affectionately called BSU (the acronym for Bullshit University).
The best course I took at BJC was Elementary German. I use German every day (after learning it better by living and studying there) to read articles in Die Zeit, including that newspaper's excellent eulogy for Guenter Grass, a chronicaler of the history of Germany in the first half of the 20th centurty if there ever was one. Read especially "Mein Jahrhundert." Let us hope that history like that does not repeat itself.
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