June 10, 2006 § Leave a comment
The delay in writing is based on the tragic sense of our time. The amount of killing US inspired, the nature of oil, empire, decay, loss of the constitutional balances (over a long period, not just this administration).
The failure and potential consequences seems so deep, hard to know what really to do. I persist in the idea of garden world (see my latest draft .
A late empire trouble, necessary decine being poorly managed by elites that want to remain in control..
I think that we need to pay more attention to politics, not less. Our focus, as a society, as a world, has been on money. The shift needs to be to a lager and more interesting frame. Politics, since Aristotle, has been conceptually at the center. Religious and financial considerations intervened.
The US and the media, reading
First, let me restate something I’ve said in the past. The US is a propaganda state. There is no other explanation for the fact that pluralities or majorities of Americans believe things that are clearly untrue, and known to be untrue to the public in every other democratic state in the world. (The iconic example, which cannot be explained away, is the fact that most Americans thought that the Iraq was involved with 9/11. There is no credible evidence for this, there never was any credible evidence for this, and yet they believed it. As a result George Bush was able to sell an illegal war against a country that had done nothing to the US and offered no threat to the US. Simply put, the administration told a Big Lie, and the media didn’t call them on it.)
The news about Zarqawi and the manipulation by the US to make him look more important – and tied to Al qaeda – than he is, is just a sign of further deterioration of the nformation sphere.
And I wonder, information, energy, money. Are these not all in the same realm? Not just pragmatically, but at the root, almost fungible?
June 4, 2006 § Leave a comment
This is a very interesting article on how economics, as an administrative discipline, came to separate out economics from the rest of life.
To recapitulate: ideas about national economy, and about the “economic” as a distinct
part of life, were generated by a particular way of dividing up observable human
society. Economists began with a complexly interconnected social and historical world,
“an unresolved and prior combination of reason, force, imagination and resources,”41
and split it into economic and non-economic realms, and they did so in an indirect way.
Unable to define “the economic” on its own terms without vagueness, they seized on a
popular sentimentalized notion of the family, defined it as non-economic, and used that
idealized picture of the sentimental motherhood to define the economic as its opposite:
the economic was defined as the non-non-economic.
June 2, 2006 § Leave a comment
I’ve also started using gogle’s new notebook to dogear passages in daily on line reading, witha few comments. Its a prey intersting slice throgh the day.
May 15, 2006 § Leave a comment
May 9, 2006 § Leave a comment
dc:This article is typical of intentional/unintentional undermining. I am being intentionally analytical and negative here to make sure we see the problems with this kind of analysis.
Optimistic, Democrats Debate the Party’s Vision
By ROBIN TONER
Published: May 9, 2006
WASHINGTON, May 8 — With Democrats increasingly optimistic about this year’s midterm elections and the landscape for 2008, intellectuals in the center and on the left are debating how to sharpen the party’s identity and present a clear alternative to the conservatism that has dominated political thought for a generation.
dc: this is some key framing that will hurt development of an alternative.”center and left” has become useless, as has “conservative”. Almost all recognized politicians are to the right of center. The alternative is rethinking towards policies that are a mixture of what conservative and progressive mean. branding the dems as left guarantees that 90% of the country is center-right. But the alternative is also not to gain the center, but to realize that the left-center-right spectrum is not a meaningful description of what is or what should be, nor of what voters can respnd to.
May 5, 2006 § Leave a comment
ABC’s Dan Arnall reports, ” “Dow futures ticked up significantly on the news, as traders believe slowing jobs growth likely means an end to the Fed’s two-year rate tightening run. It could give us enough fuel to get to that new record Dow level (11,722.98).”
That slowing jobs is good for the economy shows that the economy is not equated to people earning money but to owners getting dividends. Now I know that there are secondary effects, such as money needs to be reinvested, slow inflation is good, but that it means lower incomes for those who work is not good. Period. The key point here is that the economy, like the workers, work for those who own, and they in turn are not concerned about social well being but about profit. The pressure from leadership to not talk about class warfare is intense. It is the rhino in the punch bowl.
Interesting to see where politicians are placing themselves towards 2006. George Allen is for innovation .
Allen is expected to speak to the class of 2006 about the importance of keeping America “the world capital of innovation.”
With the end of the cold war, and the fall of the soviet union the US had a great opportunity. We even talked about (remember?) the peace dividend. But we did not deal well with Russia, instead did everything to force it to a kind of capitalism that let assets be bought. the reaction towards Russian historical norms of governance filled the vacuum. So we have the current administration confused as to what to do now. I would be for admitting mistakes and trying to make a new beginning.
the political problems the Administration faces in deciding whether to attend July’s G8 conference in St. Petersburg, including calls by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to have Bush boycott the summit. “Administration officials are increasingly concerned about President Bush’s attending a meeting of the world’s major democracies in a country that by most definitions is not.”
But to give credit
The Wall Street Journal sees Cheney playing “bad cop against the good cop of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, architect of Mr. Bush’s original outreach to Moscow. Her tone lately has been much more moderate.” LINK
The following is an example that might trigger the Jospeh Taintor collapse scenario.
In what might be viewed as another defeat for the President yesterday, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation allocating $7.4 billion for port security, “just hours after the White House expressed strong misgivings over the cost and feasibility of the bill.” LINK