Hayek on the need for a universal basic income (UBI)

quote - Hayek via JimRose69872629 CjVswj3UgAAHi5o

the post Jim Rose links to in his tweet links to this Hayek interview transcript as his source

war and peace

Janine Giovanni has described war in a way that makes me think it never needs to be described again.
—Sebastian Junger (book cover above)

The link in the tweet above is to a short book excerpt.

“Tony Blair demands a ‘proper ground war’ to confront ISIS in Syria

Two to three thousand years of history have shown that war is not the way to peace. Peace is.

There is no way to peace, peace is the way. —A.J. Muste*

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Together We Are One (2010:223)


Chris Hedges: Welcome to 1984

from the Truthdig article by Chris Hedges:

The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly.

“Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”

This moment in American history is what Antonio Gramsci called the “interregnum”—the period when a discredited regime is collapsing but a new one has yet to take its place. There is no guarantee that what comes next will be better. But this space, which will close soon, offers citizens the final chance to embrace a new vision and a new direction.

read the whole article here

The Long Descent

book cover

John Michael Greer, author of The Long Descent included this list in a recent post:

All ten of my top ten posts, in terms of total unique page views, appeared between 2011 and this year. On the off chance my readers are interested, here they are:

  1. Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush, June 30, 2012
  2. Donald Trump and the Politics of Resentment, January 20, 2016
  3. How It Could Happen, Part One: Hubris, October 3, 2012
  4. How Not to Play the Game, June 29, 2011
  5. An Elegy for the Age of Space, August 24, 2011
  6. The Next Ten Billion Years, September 4, 2013
  7. Into an Unknown Country, January 2, 2013
  8. Fascism and the Future, Part Three: Weimar America, February 26, 2014
  9. The Recovery of the Human, February 1, 2012
  10. The Death of the Internet: A Pre-Mortem, April 29, 2015

suggestion: read in date order, earliest first


handling panhandling

from the article:

Sean Condon is executive director of Megaphone, the monthly magazine sold by about 40 vendors in Vancouver. Vendors buy each issue for 75 cents and sell it for a recommended $2.

Condon says it’s “totally up” to the person being asked whether to give money to a panhandler. He said he couldn’t say how much money a person should give.

“I don’t know how we can set rules on someone who is asking for money,” he said. “You can ask them how much they need.”

He said the worst thing for panhandlers isn’t someone saying no. It’s being ignored.

“It’s the people who see them as invisible,” he said. “When you’re panhandling you’re sending out a signal that you’re really desperate. Your desperation is on display for all the world to see.”

“When people just walk by without even glancing, it’s so disheartening. Even looking them in the eye and saying ‘I can’t help you out today. Have a good day’ acknowledges their presence.”


Waking Up from the American Dream

(adapted) from Chomsky Wants You to Wake Up from the American Dream:

Chomsky’s 10 Rules of Oligarchy

  1. reduce democracy
  2. shape ideology
  3. redesign the economy
  4. shift the burden
  5. attack solidarity
  6. run the regulators
  7. engineer elections
  8. keep the rabble in line
  9. manufacture consent
  10. marginalize the population

Swanson’s 11th Rule of Oligarchy

Dump Massive Funding into Militarism

Why should this be included? Well, militarism is the biggest public program in the United States. It’s over half of federal discretionary spending. If you’re going to claim that lobbyists are concentrating wealth through their influence on the government, why not notice the single budget item that eats up over half the budget? It does indeed concentrate wealth and also power. It’s a vast pot of unaccountable funding for cronies. And it generates public interest in fighting foreign enemies rather than enemies hanging out on Wall Street. It does militarize the police for free, however, just in case Wall Street generates any disgruntled customers.

please read the original

How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

image of opium poppy (Thomas Quine / CC-BY-2.0) via Truthdig – along with this:

After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years, deploying 100,000 of its finest troops, sacrificing the lives of 2,200 of those soldiers, spending more than a trillion dollars on its military operations, lavishing a record hundred billion more on “nation-building” and “reconstruction,” helping raise, fund, equip, and train an army of 350,000 Afghan allies, and still not be able to pacify one of the world’s most impoverished nations? So dismal is the prospect for stability in Afghanistan in 2016 that the Obama White House has recently cancelled a planned further withdrawal of its forces and will leave an estimated 10,000 troops in the country indefinitely.

You can read the rest of this excellent article – How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower: America’s Opium War in Afghanistan (Alfred W. McCoy) – at Truthdig or at TomDispatch, where it first appeared and included an introduction by Tom Engelhardt.