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Politics, Re-Spun: What’s Wrong with America, Billionaires and Corporations?

Riotously popular economist Umair Haque had a few interesting tweets about America, corporations and billionaires this week. [View the story “What’s Wrong with America, Corporations and Billionaires?” on Storify]

December 30, 2013 How the Occupy Movement is Enriching People’s Lives (1) April 18, 2011 Embracing BC NDP Corporate Tax Increases (8) March 27, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What’s Wrong with America, Billionaires and Corporations?

Progressive Proselytizing: Why we should hope that Bitcoin doesn’t succeed

Most people who currently own bitcoin don’t own it to use it in the short term. The amount of uses for people to spend bitcoins is trivial in comparison to the main reason people buy bitcoins: to store them. Some people store them because they are doing short or medium term speculating – this . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Why we should hope that Bitcoin doesn’t succeed

Autonomy For All: What a Free Market Municipal Transit "System" Looks Like

Former Rob Ford chief of Staff Mark Towhey gained some notoriety in the 2010 mayor’s race for a blog post he wrote prior to joining Ford’s team where he advocated the city simply shut down the TTC and sell off whatever assets that anyone wants to buy.&… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: What a Free Market Municipal Transit "System" Looks Like

Autonomy For All: What a Free Market Municipal Transit "System" Looks Like

Former Rob Ford chief of Staff Mark Towhey gained some notoriety in the 2010 mayor’s race for a blog post he wrote prior to joining Ford’s team where he advocated the city simply shut down the TTC and sell off whatever assets that anyone wants to buy.  For anyone familiar with internet libertarians, it is . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: What a Free Market Municipal Transit "System" Looks Like

Accidental Deliberations: On glibertarianism

One of the more obvious points of convergence in political thought over the past 70-80 years is the greater appreciation of systemic complexity – the recognition that different decisions by many types of actors may collide in unpredictable ways, with the results potentially far outweighing the perceived impact of any single action and reaching people . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On glibertarianism

Dead Wild Roses: Anarchism vs. Libertarianism – Noam Chomsky

The uniquely toxic form of libertarianism in the US and is a symptom of private power and influence run amok.

This is just a snippet of the interview with Noam Chomsky, I recommend you go read the entire article on Alternet.

Wilson: Why should we choose anarchy, as opposed to, say, libertarianism?

Chomsky:Well what’s . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Anarchism vs. Libertarianism – Noam Chomsky

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist…

Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist activist and Western separatist wannabe politician from British Columbia – died on March 11, 2013 at the age of 66 from liver disease.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Historical revisionists – and others who may be well-intended but misguided — are (sieg) . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist…

The Ranting Canadian: Any fool who still says “better dead than red” in…

Any fool who still says “better dead than red” in this day and age should have to prove it.

Try both options and get back to us.

Autonomy For All: Why Liberalism? Part 2

In part 1, I outlined a view of what liberalism is, and an understanding of what “ideology” is.  In part 2, let’s look at some evidence for the views I’m promoting, in summary, the thesis that: [Liberalism] does not start from a sacred writ that outlines all outcomes and presupposes all solutions.  It attempts to . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Why Liberalism? Part 2

Autonomy For All: Why Liberalism?

In early January, Paul Krugman wrote something that actually cuts to the heart of perhaps the most important distinction between liberalism and other ideologies, particularly right wing ideologies like conservativism and libertarianism.  Discussing the idea of minting a platinum coin in order to circumvent the Republicans’ ability cause a US debt default, Krugman writes: For . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Why Liberalism?

Autonomy For All: One Liberalism Through the Ages

This was originally published at Open Left, I am republishing it here as a starting point to further updates on these topics and themes. – D.

Last weekend Paul wrote:

Moreover, by the 1870s, British liberals had become quite aware that their previous understanding of economic freedom was a hollow joke, producing vast legions of . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: One Liberalism Through the Ages

The Ranting Canadian: Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other…

Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other websites, the pushiest proselytizers are almost always the libertarian capitalists? They are like cult members.

The glassy-eyed worshippers of the fortunate rich (who are rarely rich themselves) are by far the most persistent of the zealots who spread propaganda and attempt . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Why is it that on Wikipedia, Facebook and various other…

Autonomy For All: Newtown: Another Expose on Conservative Ideological Bankruptcy

While liberals debate various forms of gun control, improvements to the psychiatric care system, and other actual measures to make slaughters like Newtown less likely, the abject bankruptcy of conservative thought is something to behold.

The Tea Party suggests more George Zimmermans are the answer.  Armed vigilante squads patrolling school zones.

Gun “academic” John Lott . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Newtown: Another Expose on Conservative Ideological Bankruptcy

Eclectic Lip: Norquist knee-capped by Koch-backed “Shift Disturbers”

Well, it looks like Grover Norquist’s support for a carbon tax shift last Monday (Nov 12) lasted as long as a mayfly. By the time Tuesday (Nov 13) rolled around, he was back to opposing it, and likening government to a tapeworm. I suppose it’s a brave thing to say, considering that the highly-trained, armed […] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Norquist knee-capped by Koch-backed “Shift Disturbers”

Eclectic Lip: In praise of (some specific aspects of) libertarianism

(written Dec 8, 2010 — uploaded Aug 28, 2012)

I ridiculed the silliness of some aspects of libertarian thought in an earlier post, and planned to offer some balance by noting that their inherent suspicion-of-authority has played a big role in raising awareness of the financial crimes and improprieties of recent years. Alpha-dog libertarians are . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: In praise of (some specific aspects of) libertarianism

Eclectic Lip: How Libertarians brought America Big Religion and Bigger Lawsuits…

(originally written Nov 2010; uploaded Aug 21, 2012 as part of my Great Upload of Musings… for balance, I’ll soon post the follow-up which praises some portions of libertarian philosophy which are very dear to my progressive heart. Politics makes for strange bedfellows, and I’m not above shacking up with occasional allies. 🙂 )

. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: How Libertarians brought America Big Religion and Bigger Lawsuits…

BigCityLib Strikes Back: I’ll Be Playing Mini-Golf That Day

For a Libertarian, failing once is not enough.

 By the way, I found the pic here, a story about the latest failed attempted at corporate sock-puppeting.    That may or may not be ironic. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: I’ll Be Playing Mini-Golf That Day

Progressive Proselytizing: Anarchist right vs anarchist left ideologies

I don’t much care for the ideologies of either the so called anarchist right (libertarianism) or the anarchist left (a hodgepodge of post- and proto-communist, syndicalist, participatory economic, and other ideologies more common in Europe today). More generally, I don’t much care for ideologies period, especially those determined by a narrow set of . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Anarchist right vs anarchist left ideologies

bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

Don Lenihan has a must-read column up today, on how centralization of power to the Prime Minister’s office over the past several decades has atrophied the connection Canadians — especially youth — had with our government, and what he believes this could mean for Canada’s system of democracy:

In the early 1970s, the Trudeau government . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Libertarian Civil War!

When Libertarians fight, we all win.  Frankly, I can’t see much difference if the Koch brothers own or merely control The Cato Institute; its credibility remains zero either way.

And as to WHY the brothers have decided to move now, well, I’ve heard several rumours.  One is that an audit of the Institute’s computers . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Libertarian Civil War!

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ron Paul: “Fake” Libertarian?

When asked at the end of this week’s GOP debate to describe themselves in a single word, Ron Paul chose “consistent” as being the most appropriate moniker. But here Lawrence O’Donnell points out a glaring inconsistency in the old coot’s supposedly “libertarian” philosophy when it comes the matter of sex:

Of course, this is . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ron Paul: “Fake” Libertarian?

Progressive Proselytizing: The Left and Ron Paul

There is an ongoing debate amoung the left on how to view Ron Paul. Should we like him or hate him, support him or reject him? The fundamental distinction in my mind is between viewing Ron Paul as sometimes useful in the propagation of certain ideas in the larger political discussion, and between finding Ron Paul to be some . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The Left and Ron Paul

Progressive Proselytizing: The religious nature of the Libertarian movement

In many ways, the modern libertarian movement is deeply religious. Not in the sense of believing some mystical metaphysical claims about the nature of the universe, but in its structure and organizational principles, as well as similarities in many of its core ideas. While there are certainly many ways in which the libertarian movement . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The religious nature of the Libertarian movement

Progressive Proselytizing: Iowa ABC GOP Nomination Debate Analysis

The following is an assortment of unordered commentary on the people, politics and policies from the Iowa ABC/Yahoo GOP nomination debate.

Gingrich vs Romney et al: This was the first debate where Gingrich was now a clear front runner and it showed by many people going after him much as they did against Herman . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Iowa ABC GOP Nomination Debate Analysis

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ron Bless America

The other day, I expressed admiration for the aggressive new F-150ish “Big Dogs” ad from the Ron Paul campaign, but Conan O’Brian’s parody of it is even more brilliant.

“You want cuts? You got ‘em! He’ll cut $1 skrillion of government spending in week one! That’s skrillion… with a skrill!” Priceless.

Funnily . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ron Bless America