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… And Goodbye To All That

April 8, 2016 8:26 pm
VOLNEY'S RUINS: CHAPTER XIV: THE GREAT OBSTACLE TO  IMPROVEMENT. "... Here, sunk in sorrow, my oppressed heart no longer found utterance. The Genius answered not, but I heard him whisper to himself:  Let us revive the hope of this man; for if he who loves his fellow creatures be suffered to despair, what will become of nations? The past is perhaps too discouraging; I must anticipate futurity, and disclose to the eye of virtue the astonishing age that is ready to begin; that, on viewing the object she desires, she may be animated with new ardor, and redouble her efforts to attain it."   ENJOY JoeC  

A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Avi Melamed/Forbes

April 5, 2016 4:10 pm
... "Dramatic events in the Middle East offer unprecedented conditions for such a breakthrough, because today, for the first time, Israel and major Arab states share long-term strategic interests: blocking Iran’s expansion; fostering stability; and diminishing militant Islamic momentum." WhatCrap

Republican Presidential Debate – February 25th, 2016

February 26, 2016 2:02 pm
2016 Presidential Campaign "All in the Family" Leading Cast of Characters Archie Bunker played bt Donald Trump Gloria Bunker-Stivic played by Hillary Rodham-Clinton Michael Stivic played by Bernie Sanders  

American Empire’s Shifting Strategies in the Middle East

February 4, 2016 2:30 pm
VOLNEY'S RUINS; “CHAPTER VIII. SOURCES OF THE EVILS OF SOCIETY. In truth, scarcely were the faculties of men developed, when, inveigled by objects which gratify the senses, they gave themselves up to unbridled desires. The sweet sensations which nature had attached to their real wants, to endear to them their existence, no longer satisfied them. Not content with the abundance offered by the earth or produced by industry, they wished to accumulate enjoyments and coveted those possessed by their fellow men. The strong man rose up against the feeble, to take from him the fruit of his labor; the feeble invoked another feeble one to repel the violence. Two strong ones then said: "Why fatigue ourselves to produce enjoyments which we may find in the hands of the weak? Let us join and despoil them; they shall labor for us, and we will enjoy without labor." And the strong associating for oppression and the weak for resistance, men mutually afflicted each other; and a general and fatal discord spread over the earth, in which the passions, assuming a thousand new forms, have generated a continued chain of misfortunes. Thus the same self-love which, moderate and prudent, was a principle of[…]” Excerpt From: C.-F. Volney. “The Ruins.” iBooks.

War, Indifference, Empathy

December 28, 2015 4:08 am
"... the realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases; thus in the very nature of things it lies beyond the sphere of actual material production. Just as the savage must wrestle with Nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilized man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production. With his development this realm of physical necessity expands as a result of his wants; but, at the same time, the forces of production which satisfy these wants also increase. Freedom in this field can only consist in socialized man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature; and achieving this with the least expenditure of energy and under conditions most favorable to, and worthy of, their human nature. But it nonetheless still remains a realm of necessity. Beyond it begins that development of human energy which is an end in itself, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can blossom forth only with this realm of necessity as its basis. The shortening of the working-day is its basic prerequisite”.   Karl Marx: From Capital, vol. III WW I never ended. (JoeC) Lessons and Consequences of World War I: Back to the Future? by Andrew Korybko    

Talmudism, Imperialism, Terrorism

November 14, 2015 6:42 pm
No BS in this article. I salute the author for the precision used describing the root cause of our self-destruction in our time. SALUTE