The rise of the transnational corporation and the global elite, the concentration of wealth, the growth of inequality, political control, and the new class war.
“This steady transfer of money from the real to the financial sector is the exact opposite of what monetary policy-makers – and, indeed, the entire neoclassical/mainstream economic theory – claim or portray to happen: flow of money from financial to the real sector.”
“You popular governments have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me.”
“The rise of corporate power and the increasing importance accorded to markets mean that transnational corporations are eclipsing the nation state as the driving force behind policy-making. Free trade has been given precedence over goals such as environmental protection, improved working conditions, affordable and accessible electricity and water, universal health care and schooling.”
“San Francisco has another distinction placing it atop all others. It is number one with the fastest growing inequality spread between rich and poor anywhere in America.”
“The calculation seems to be that, when/if a country like Iran or Ukraine can be divided across the class lines, and alliances can be built with the wealthy oligarchs of the countries targeted for regime change, why embark on a wholesale military attack that could also hurt your own and your local allies’ interests.”
“When a few own the nation’s productive capital, strategic decisions are taken without consulting the people. When a few own the nation’s future incomes, the people need not be consulted as they are bound by debts. When a few own the nation, democracy becomes a farce.”
“Many of the 99%, sadly, vote against their own best interests; convinced that no one can or will ever help them, they live in some kind of awe of the money, fame and power of those they elect.”
“Maddow is thought, by some, to be a kind of war critic, but her critiques tend to be logistical. She did some segments where she contrasted the flowery language of Obama’s Libya attack, with the cowboy rhetoric of Bush’s Iraq invasion. But if you’re living in a country that’s being bombed, I don’t think you care very much whether the President is an idiot or a great orator.”
“When considering societies, we only think of individuals as being part of a society when they come together to work for a common goal, that is, when they cooperate. The society has no life until cooperation begins, so life is cooperation.”
“I never imagined that I could outlive this hundreds of years old grandmother oak. It felt like the loss of a family member from another generation.”
Whistleblowers, democracy funding, spy networks, government lies, and media control.
Commodity logic and its relation to libido, repressed sexuality, gender roles and representations.
From suicide bombing and terrorism to civilian law, protest and symbolic forms of resistance.
An open issue covering a whole host of political, economic and cultural discussions.
“Politics has arguably always been conducted at the level of fantasy, the image and spectacle, but it is particularly egregious at the present time. Indeed, what unites the Bush Administration and Al Qaeda is their obsession with the spectacle, a painful love affair with the image.”