Thursday, January 24, 2008

Why Greens ought to support Ron Paul
Not using the state to try and protect the environment is better for it as well as more economical says Carlo Stagnaro

Moral equivalency vs outorwelling Orwell
‘The West must nuke other countries in order to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction!’
Danse macabre
Veteran journo John Pilger takes no prisoners:
Of the presidential candidates I have interviewed, only George C. Wallace, governor of Alabama, spoke the truth. “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans,” he said. And he was shot.

What struck me, living and working in the United States, was that presidential campaigns were a parody, entertaining and often grotesque. They are a ritual
danse macabre of flags, balloons and bullshit, designed to camouflage a venal system based on money power, human division and a culture of permanent war.
whilst
the destruction of American democracy: the dismantling of the Bill of Rights, habeas corpus and separation of powers
proceeds unchecked and perhaps helped along by this distraction.

BBC sycophant Justin Webb:
It is a celebration of the one-to-one relationship between an individual American and his or her putative commander-in-chief.
Heil Hitler!
To audiences of the poor, [Robert] Kennedy would present himself as a savior. The words “change” and “hope” were used relentlessly and cynically. For audiences of fearful whites, he would use racist codes, such as “law and order.” With those opposed to the invasion of Vietnam, he would attack “putting American boys in the line of fire,” but never say when he would withdraw them. That year (after Kennedy was assassinated), Richard Nixon used a version of the same, malleable speech to win the presidency.

Barack Obama is a glossy Uncle Tom who would bomb Pakistan. Hillary Clinton, another bomber, is anti-feminist. John McCain’s one distinction is that he has personally bombed a country. They all believe the US is not subject to the rules of human behavior, because it is “a city upon a hill,” regardless that most of humanity sees it as a monumental bully which, since 1945, has overthrown 50 governments, many of them democracies, and bombed 30 nations, destroying millions of lives.
The absurdity of prosecuting thought crime
To the left trying to be charitable, no thanks, says William Grigg
Every human being is, to use Will Durant’s phrase, a colorful medley of discordant fragments. Each of us has his prejudices; most of them are benign, some of them invidious, and none of them of any consequence to others as long as they are not coupled with deceit or coercion. It is when force or fraud is introduced in a way that impinges on individual rights that we should take alarm over prejudice.
The religious left gets it right on Iraq

From LRC.

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