A sculpture of a black woman who took part in a Black Lives Matter #BLM protest in Bristol, England has been installed on the plinth where a statue of slave trader Edward Colston used to stand. It lasted 24 hours. The city council removed it without consultation or vote. Another missed opportunity.
As the plutocracy's assault on the nation's social safety net intensifies, recent data shows that billionaires and corporations are refusing to pay hundreds of billions of dollars in owed taxes every single year. Criminal evasion on such a scale should put all the hand-wringing about recent George Floyd "looting" into perspective.
Can we restore normality - law and order - in the face of civil unrest that's polarizing America? In other words, as Sam Harris asks in episode 207 of the Making Sense podcast: "Can we pull back from the brink?" to restore normality or is this the start of the culture wars?
America, more than anywhere else, is a perpetual winner-takes-all contest of wealth and power. Racism is a piece of this dynamic. Police brutality is the front-line; keeping winners winning and losers trapped in generations of exploitation.
But how can the working classes be so f*c*i*g dumb? Ungrateful self-interested M.A.G.A. lemmings. Fat, opiate-addled herd.And then there are the pointless libtards arguing about pronouns. The bovine majority! Blue collar, working class, proletariat suckers. White collar, craven enablers. Worst instincts sabotaging best interests. Time and time again. When does it end?
Universal Basic Income is going to happen. Sooner or later. The real question is whether it'll be truly universal and without strings or whether it's weaponized by authority into a control mechanism. If the latter is what happens, we can kiss democracy goodbye. Forever.
Boris Johnson and his government have failed to tackle coronavirus but, despite public criticism, the agenda of the Boris cabal is nothing to do with public service. Their objectives are deregulation, authoritarian power consolidation and the unparalleled profit from a coordinated program of public-private partnership grift. Why should it matter if half the country wastes time arguing the toss about what Boris should do, how the PM should care for the people? Naive fools.
Three fairytales: The Nature of Boris, Jeremy Spoke In, and Circle Casting Pearls Before Swing. They're supposed to be allegorical.
Public-private partnerships share traits with military-industrial wealth appropriation. Both invert the wealth redistribution ideal to send money up the ladder, from poor to rich, rather than trickling down rich to poor. This piece recasts British government failure on coronavirus as the latest success for Boris Johnson and his cabal. Their agenda isn't public service. They prosecute their aims with great skill: deregulation, authoritarian power consolidation and an unparalleled program of public-private partnership grift.
It's often said that Judeo-Christian religion, whether or not you believe in the God part, has been an absolute force for good; that it's the basis of Western culture, morality and science. Is this true, or is this codswallop?
Friend versus enemy, faithful versus corrupted, good versus evil: choose your favorite dichotomy, it doesn't matter. Tribalism is compelling. It's melodrama designed to misdirect public discourse away from scrutinizing the real business of exploitation. Governments, corporations, institutions, vested interests, city halls, these power dynamics use the same method. Democracy itself subordinates to this corrupt pantomime.
Utilitarianism defines good as “the greatest happiness for the greatest number”. It's an aspiration to make real choices based on an ultimate goal that's an ideal, not a dogma. This short article tries to explain what that means.