A couple of points.
Saul Alinksy was a Chicago Marxist/socialist/statist etc. who wrote the very influential book (I had to read it in college) Rules for Radicals. It is safe to say that pretty much every solid lefty activist/politician in the game today has read the the book or is at least familiar with it. Former president Obama it is said was steeped in Alinskyite philosophy while he was a “community organizer.”
If one is not a lefty activist/politician one would also be wise to learn its lessons too however.
This is where crony capitalism gets super creepy. The surveillance state is very profitable and Taser is about to provide a “solution” to police departments which is sure to fatten the company’s bottom line. Soon software may be able to identify “people of interest” just from a feed from a police officer’s body camera.
And guess what? Even if you aren’t “of interest” you will soon be in the facial recognition database. Then imagine algorithms running over this data.
My own recent experience with prostate cancer may be useful to you in sorting out the options. I am an investment, not a medical, professional. But for that very reason, I have no biases, no axe to grind, and above all, no income that would be put at risk from progress in medicine.
We live in a world of government enforced medical monopolies. The general rule is that doctors will recommend whatever they do,
Hey, alright. This is good to see. We covered Reid’s original request HERE. We are glad to see that common sense (for once) seems to have triumphed.
Sorry, soon to be former senator Reid, but you’re going to have to pay for your personal assistant and Lord only knows what else by yourself. I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to cover the costs.
The best thing to come out of New York.
I like New York. Half of my family is from Manhattan (“Dry dock Country” as they say). I’ve been backstage at Carnegie Hall. I’ve run around Central Park plenty of times. I’ve wandered the canyons of Downtown and been in the kind of clubs many folks think died in 1981. I’ve spoken on the stage of the Cipriani and in the shadow of the new World Trade Center. I had too many beers in the straight bar (and former Kerouac hangout) right next to the Stonewall.
For the record, we have been calling this for a good while now. We warned of slowing in the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, China. We warned that the great neo-Keynesian experiment was destined for an ugly end (and we are by no means the only ones who said this).
Is this THE turn? It looks increasingly so but the next few months will show us for sure. Will it be worse than 2008?
An excellent piece of history here. Sweden became an economic leader because of its long commitment to liberal markets and free trade. The wealth created from this free market situation (more free market than the US at the time according to the author) was then taken for granted and many believed that this wealth could be used to finance a cradle to grave welfare state. Turns out wealth needs to be generated on an ongoing basis and regulating commerce into oblivion is not a prescription for long term prosperity.
This article reminded me of a parody Funny or Die did of a Dodge truck commercial a couple of years ago entitled “God made a factory farmer.”
Farming is one of the croniest areas of the American economy. The industry is rife with subsidies of all sorts, herds of lobbyists, Republican pandering (and Democrat pandering too though most of the Dems have been chased to the cities), and inside political deals of all sorts.
Word is that the St. Louis Rams are headed back to Los Angeles. The reason? St. Louis wouldn’t spend enough of its taxpayer’s money on a new stadium to keep the franchise.
I say, St. Louis, good for you. Let the NFL owners pay for their own stadiums. (Not that politicians in other cities won’t put their constituents on the hook.) The NFL has gotten boring anyway.
Let’s just make sure everything’s in order…
It’s for your own good you know. If the government didn’t track your whereabouts who would? And what if you’re a terrorist? What then? Yes, everyone must now subject themselves to the ever prying state wherever one goes. Because you know, that’s the spirit of America, land of the free and home of the brave.
Big surprise that the NPR coverage of this story this morning emphasized the European Union’s supposed commitment to “the rule of law.” The backward Poles we were to understand were the ones in the wrong, and now Brussels (really Berlin) had to deal with the Warsaw yokels.
That’s a bold statement. So bold that if Mr. Edwards turns out to be right it will be one of the greatest calls ever.
The underpinnings of his analysis are sound. Financial assets have been inflated artificially since March of 2009 and we are now (according to Edwards) going to see the deflation of that bubble back to more or less where we were around the time of the Crash.
Here’s another list to cross check with whether your senator voted “yea” on the Omnibus bill.
I look at it this way. We are starting to get a very clear picture of who is on what side of the great crony debate. Those who think that the status quo can continue, even at this late date, need a wake up call in November.