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The_AnonymusProfit cannot conceive of morality without some sort of god because he's a born again christian who, without taking orders from some entity of questionable existence, would still be shoving cocaine up his nose, stealing from others, touching children inappropriately and kidnapping doggies otherwise. So it makes sense, I guess. Do what you've gotta do to stop yourself from being a monster, man.
It doesn't help that Romney's pick for VP, Paul Ryan, borrows his moral philosophy from a woman who had this to say about a brutal serial killer who kidnapped and dismembered a young girl back in the 1920's:
Hickman represented “the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul. Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should.”
When the serial killer was arrested and hanged, Paul Ryan's crush denounced the hanging as "the mob’s murderous desire to revenge its hurt vanity against the man who dared to be alone.”
And here is what Paul Ryan's preferred source of moral commentary has to say about friendship and family:
“If [people] place such things as friendship and family ties above their own productive work, yes, then they are immoral. Friendship, family life and human relationships are not primary in a man’s life. A man who places others first, above his own creative work, is an emotional parasite.”
Saying that the Democratic Party as a party of socialism is like saying the Republican Party is the party of free market capitalism; neither claim is grounded in reality. Both parties almost certainly cater, first and foremost, to corporate donors and their buddies in the private sector. Any concessions made to the masses is secondary to either party's primary function, which is to ensure that one elite group of individuals is a little more dominant than some other elite group of individuals. Even though the Democratic Party seems to be more humane in carrying out its function, they are a far cry from socialists. And even though Republicans have the tendency to go on and on about free markets, they are more interested in markets which are free to extract economic rents and surplus value at the expense of labor and the environment.
This has nothing to do with college or communism and you're being dense by even bringing those two topics into the conversation.
"Explain what is a system better then what we have?"
If we're talking about U.S. hegemony, then from the article:
"We must seek not a benevolent superpower, but no superpower at all. Multilateralism, in which the nations of the world work together to promote liberty, stability and democracy, would avoid the problems of imperialism."
I agree that multilateralism is preferable to hegemony. But then again I don't see foreign policy as a game of soccer where we (the U.S.) must constantly dominate other nations (economically or militarily).
And let's be honest, any time we indulge ourselves with foreign excursions (post-WWII) in the name of "stabilizing" a region, we almost always end up destabilizing that region. Of course, "stability" is a relative concept. What may be considered stability by the masses in a foreign nation may be considered instability by U.S. officials if that foreign nation's stability means no unfettered U.S. access to that foreign nation's resources.
Dustyrhoades has a point. The Democratic party is a center-right political organization.
What? The U.S. is very systematic in who, and how, it kills.
How is dropping two atom bombs not systematic? How are drone attacks on funerals and weddings not systematic?
How was the Reagan administration's backing of terrorists in Nicaragua, which resulted in the killings of priests and other clergyman who dared to assist the poor and empower them to rise above, not systematic? How was the United States' role in the over throw of the Chilean government to install Pinochet as dictator in chief not systematic? How was arming the Taliban in the 1970's not systematic? Am I missing something?
Andrew, your Reader's Blog is far more biting and honest than some of your past writing, which I imagine is why it's been posted in the Reader's Blog section. I like it. I'm almost positive you're already aware of his works but I highly recommend Noam Chomsky's commentary on power, hegemony and the manufacturing of consent. Also recommended is anything on the history of world trade, our world economies and how all that factors in to U.S. foreign excursions.
Libertarianism is just a clever way to convince hippies and disaffected youth to adopt far right economic doctrine.
Smoke weed and have sex with whoever you want, but please don't try to prevent the Invisible Hand from fisting you.
MikeNC, the more you comment, the more ignorant you sound.
There is nothing vaguely communist or socialist about the letter. Its just a recognition that no man is an island. I see nothing here about workers rising up and seizing the factors of production.
Atlas Shrugged is the worst book in the history of literature ((exaggeration, I'll concede) and that's not even taking in to account the thinly veiled, morally bankrupt ideological message.
Funny how Ayn Rand was a serial-killer-worshiping, cousin-leeching, welfare-receiving, rape-fantasizing hag whose sole reason for endorsing a "Free Market With No Government" was because her parents took her toys from her as a child and gave them away to needy children. And she gave ideological birth to Alan Freaking Greenspan, Central Banker Extraordinaire who manipulated interest rates to spur financial bubbles because he thought a bubble economy driven by debt was a productive economy.
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