Political Misinformation

admin on November 11th, 2010

*ALC = Author’s Learning Curve, cut and pasted from my Goodreads blog. In the last post I stated I felt compelled to write Systems out of Balance. This begs the question “Why?” Though this is tangential to my author’s learning curve, explaining why I wrote the book helps to flush out my story. We were […]

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admin on July 30th, 2010

Unlike ACORN, the Tea Parties are not likely to be crushed by external sources.  They disproportionately serve the wealthy and well-educated who can come up with the resources and connections to withstand attacks.  For example, Fox News was behind a “sting” that helped to bring ACORN down, though it was later discovered that they distorted […]

Continue reading about ACORN and Tea Parties – Part 3

admin on July 29th, 2010

ACORN and the National Tea Party Federation were/are both community organizers in their own separate ways.  However, neither organized communities in the natural sense of that word.   People who belong to each other due to their living situation forms a community, independently of class, beliefs, education, etc., etc.  ACORN and NTPF each catered to a […]

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admin on July 27th, 2010

I recently stumbled upon some old news about ACORN, the now defunct organization whose main purpose was to register the disenfranchised to vote.  The alleged purpose of the now popular Tea Parties is to protest centralized government.  With the advantage of hindsight I was struck by the similarities between ACORN and the National Tea Party […]

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admin on July 17th, 2010

The NYT article I linked to in the last post detailed how the oil industry reaps subsidies.  In responding to the article, the oil industry representatives did not refute the tax breaks that the oil industry gets, but rather justified them.  One thing to keep in mind is how big and consolidated the oil industry […]

Continue reading about The Indulgence of Oil – Part 5

admin on July 16th, 2010

This feature started with a NYT article about risks that BP has been taking for years.  There recently was a related NYT article, titled “As Oil Industry Fights a Tax It Reaps Subsidies,” by David Kocieniewski.  This hearkens back to when I first started this blog, in late spring of 2008.  At the time oil […]

Continue reading about The Indulgence of Oil – Part 4

admin on July 15th, 2010

The last post established that the power of nation states serves to legitimize corporate wealth.  The most striking application of this principle has been in the Middle East, where since the start of the twentieth century western intervention has formed nation states in the region with an eye towards oil.  Though the indulgence of oil […]

Continue reading about The Indulgence of Oil – Part 3

admin on July 14th, 2010

Our indulgence through oil begins, historically, with the indulgence of corporations.  The explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig begins with the first stock issued to the Dutch East Indies Corporation.  Here’s a question for you to ponder.  What do nation states have that previous city states did not have? The answer is not great territories […]

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admin on July 7th, 2010

Blogs have the means to see which posts get the most traffic, an indication of both quality and appeal.  Yet occasionally a popular post is being hijacked and distorted by another blogger to mean something other than intended.  One of my posts stands alone in regards to being frequently hijacked – the one on presidential […]

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admin on April 15th, 2010

On the face of it, turning Tea Parties into a federation is a good thing from my perspective as a staunch advocate of federation.  However, this movement towards “Federation” actually reinforces my earlier criticisms of the Tea Parties as special interest groups.  It is really akin to putting lipstick on a pig. For those who […]

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