Archive for October, 2008

News from Neptune, the TV Edition, cablecast October 17, 2008

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

This is a sample of the new video version of News from Neptune (radio with pictures), from the studios of Urbana (IL) Public Television, with thanks to Jason Liggett.  It features CGE and David Green. Topics include *elitism and contempt*, *class in America*, and *the Pareto principle*. New programs will be posted inshallah in the […]

Tax and Expend

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Don’t tax productive economic activity, tax wealth. Remove all corporate taxes (that’s practically been done) but also remove the civil rights of corporations as “legal persons.” But wealth owned by corporations should be assigned to individuals (principally shareholders) for accounting purposes and then taxed. (We do that now informally — that’s why we say Bill […]

Left or Right?

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Friday’s NYT has an obit for an Italian anti-fascist, Vittorio Foa, who recently died at 98. Jailed by Mussolini, he led a left-wing labor union after WWII and was a socialist senator. The Times describes him delicately as “a leading intellectual of the non-Communist left [who] in the 1960s inspired some extra-parliamentary leftist groups.” La […]

The Democrats and Obama have co-opted the anti-war movement

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Senator Barack Obama said Wednesday he would order a surge of U.S. troops – perhaps 15,000 or more – to Afghanistan as soon as he reached the White House [Globe & Mail 20081022]. Obama’s position has been clear for some time. But it’s been expressed in such a way that he and the Democrats have […]

The Presidential Election Did Not Take Place

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

“The people can vote for whoever they want. I control the nominations.” –Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall, ca. 1870 The presidential election campaign was primarily a distraction.  There were serious issues presumably at stake, notably the war and the economy, and the campaign not only ignored them but purposely obscured them. The reason’s not far […]

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” –Noam Chomsky