The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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America: A Nation of Idiots (?)

I added the question mark to the headline.

I have to say that we do some pretty stupid things. We vote for people who take away our rights, who lie straight faced to us. We continue to prop a banking system which plays us for, well, idiots. We continue to let a political class act as it wishes even as it gives the rest of America the finger. We allow wars to be waged in distant places at great cost to life,

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Robert’s Rules get raw, Nevada Dems revolt, Bernie folks draw the line in the desert? (VIDEO)

My favorite part of this video is when a guy holding a Bernie sign looks over at the other side of the room and says, “Democracy… You got something against it?”

Lights were turned on. Old people got upset. (As did the young people.) It was ugly. I’ve got to figure out which convention I’m going to go see this year and at this point the Democratic convention looks like it will be the most fun to watch.

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The Clinton Business Model . . .A case study in what to expect from a Hillary Presidency.

Many people in government, in the political class, think they can do this sort of thing forever. That in the end the voters either don’t understand, don’t care, or hopefully both. That in the end many voters will just vote for whatever candidate because that candidate is of the same party, or same gender, the same ethnicity or some combination. To date the American political class has been correct in its assessment.

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‘It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification’ – Congressman ‘X’

Looks like we might have a good book to take with us to the beach this year. It’s short, fewer than 100 pages, but it looks full of goodies. The Daily Mail reports that he (or she?) has much to say. It’s all stuff we know of course, but it’s a member of Congress saying it.

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Bribery Still Rife as 80 Percent of Executives Admit Seeing It

This is a broad international survey, but bribery, legal and otherwise is all over the place. It’s more rampant in some areas than others but it’s part of business to some degree everywhere. (Even in the USA can you believe it?) And it is an important piece of crony capitalism wherever it exists. (Though out and out bribery is one of the clumsiest forms of corruption.)

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Chicago’s corruption tour for tourists

This guy (or someone like him) should set up one of these in Washington DC. I’ll bet it would do serious business. No joke. I’d go on it and I go to DC all the time. Just start at the Watergate and work one’s way to the Capitol.

As for Chicago it’s pretty amazing the amount of corruption which comes from the place. Some people even believe that Nixon would have been president in 1960 if it were not for vote rigging in the city.

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Obama Admits Couldn’t “Convince Americans Of Recovery,” Bashes “The Big Short”

See you everyday Americans just don’t get it. I saved you. Me. The prez. You know – me. Me. That you make far less in real terms than you did when I took office? That 1 in 4  (at least) working age Americans aren’t working? All those people who dropped out of the unemployment numbers because they’ve been on unemployment for over 5 years? That we aren’t creating businesses anything like we used too?

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Government wastes your time and money with its paperwork and red tape (But what are you going to do about it?)

Government is massive. It is inefficient. It is wasteful. It bullies. It over regulates. It hinders commerce. It is the fundamental component of crony capitalism. Crony capitalism can not happen without government. The bigger the government the more crony.

Laws should be simple and straightforward. They should be few. They should be transparent.

To the degree that laws are not simple and straightforward, to the degree that they are many and not few, to the degree that laws are not transparent,

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Bluster: Obama says UK would be at ‘the back of the queue’ for trade deals if Britain leaves the EU (I doubt that very seriously, Obama’s gone soon.)

This is beginning to get ridiculous. Britain is our most important ally. We have the deepest historical ties with the United Kingdom. Right now many people in the UK are fighting for their country’s very survival. They are seeking to maintain their sovereignty in the face of a European Union which is a bureaucratic and some would argue authoritarian institution. Brussels grows cronies like the cow pasture down the road from my house grows mushrooms. (And both the mushrooms and the EU politicians are full of the same thing.) The EU is a technocratic and often unrepresentative administrative empire and this empire wants to rope Britain in (permanently) to take the country down a peg.

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U.S. Ranks 41st In Press Freedom Index Thanks To ‘War On Whistleblowers’

Authoritarianism has been an overriding element of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Many of our “liberal” friends were originally mystified by the dire (and in many cases hyperbolic) warnings of some when it came to the president. With time however even many “liberal” folks have come around on Obama. The USA should be number 1 in press freedom not deep in the pack just ahead of Burkina Faso.

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