...The Wrong Way - The English word "greed" usually is defined as attempting to possess more than one needs or deserves, especially at the expense of others. We're taught from childhood that we shouldn't be greedy.
“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” - Albert Camus
"When I was young, I thought money was the most important thing in life," said Oscar Wilde. "Now that I am old, I know that it is." Mr. Wilde was not wrong in his assessment; money has become the bloody lubrication for the gears of government, mass media manipulation and the steady erasure of basic human rights. To put it more bluntly, as Bob Dylan did, "Money doesn't talk, it swears."
"To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level." - Bertrand Russell
Let’s take back our democracy!
I believe, and everybody must grant, that no government can exist for a single moment without the co-operation of the people, willing or forced, and if people withdraw their co-operation in every detail, the government would come to a standstill.
Am I a bit older than you? I am in that group of people who are dying off and will soon be unable to worry about our country and its people.
"Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security." - Edmund Burke - If what Merkel says is true, he has just displayed the most guts of any British PM since Churchill.
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, took a decisive step to distance Britain from the European Union on Friday as he became the first Prime Minister to veto a new EU treaty.
Mr. Cameron provoked widespread anger among European leaders by refusing to back a deal to rescue the Eurozone, delighting Tories and raising questions about Britain’s future in the EU.
After Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, led objections to his “unacceptable” demands for legal protections for the City of London, the British Prime Minister refused to give Britain’s backing for a new treaty to create a “fiscal union” among Eurozone members.
"Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money." - Peter Drucker. - Robbing the rich and giving to the poor! Well, nothing wrong in that, I suppose. Didn’t the rich get rich by robbing the poor, after all? Why shouldn’t expropriators have their wealth expropriated? So, dear Robin, the quicker you’re here, even just symbolically, the better! Evidently, he’s not far off!
Beyond the immediate indicators of social distress—to which many more could be added—the ILO (International Labour Organisation) report points to an unprecedented state of global class relations. “Conditions are building up for a social explosion on a world scale”, it warned.
Right across the world, the Own Wall Street movement (OWS), which saw its birthplace in New York City, is gaining momentum. People are beginning to wake up to the fact that a handful of people in the world have grabbed most of the wealth while the bulk of us have been cheated and defrauded over and over again, even paying for the financial failures of those who are millionaires and billionaires. From the Arab Spring to the European ‘indignados’, revolution (or at least resistance) is in the air, and we are having a rare political opening for mass social change unlike anything else in a generation. In Western countries where the media usually uses the term “class warfare” to criticize people who merely recognize that income inequality exists, the Occupy movement has successfully – and rightly – framed our ongoing economic and political crisis as the fault of the capitalist system and the ruling 1%. Taking over public squares and confronting the private interests that control our lives, the protesters have captured the public’s recognition and repudiation of corporate capitalism.
"I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it." - Charles Dickens
Unbelievable! Not so long ago... such a smiling happy family! Where are they now?
I'm getting really sick and tired of the biased news reports on the current situation in Libya. Of course, you will see a lot of media operatives persuading you to think this is a good and justified war aimed at helping Libyans, but the facts and events just don’t add up to that.
To say that "Gaddafi's security forces cracked down ferociously when thousands of Libyans rebelled against his rule." is just a repetition of the western party line, which has no basis in fact.