United Way Study: 44% of Americans Cannot Make Ends Meet

Hi, In October 16, 2005, Citigroup came out with a brochure for investors called “Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances”. The brochure was an honest assessment of the world where it explained that there is no such animal as “the U.S. consumer” or “the UK consumer”, or indeed the “Russian consumer”... There are rich consumers, …

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John Adams On Reasons for Restricting Democracy

26 May 1776, Philadelphia, USA. Letter from John Adams to James Sullivan (Lawyer and politician of Massachusetts) Adams is responding to Sulliavn's claim that "Laws and Government are founded on the Consent of the people, and that consent should by each member of Society be given in proportion to his Right. Every member of Society …

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Plato on the Evils of a “Government Resting on a Valuation of Property”

Hi. Here is a very interesting and timely exchange between Socrates and Glaucon in Plato's The Republic, ~360 BCE, Book 8:   GLAUCON: And what manner of government do you term oligarchy? SOCRATES: A government resting on a valuation of property, in which the rich have power and the poor man is deprived of it. GLAUCON: …

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Aristotle on the Inequality of Property

Politics by Aristotle. Written in 350 BCE Book 2 Our purpose is to consider what form of political community is best of all for those who are most able to realize their ideal of life. We must therefore examine not only this but other constitutions, both such as actually exist in well-governed states, and any …

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Defending the Welfare State: “Expanding The Floor Of The Cage”

Understanding Power (2002), Pgs. 344-346, "Defending the Welfare State": Question: Noam, since you're an anarchist and often say that you oppose the existence of the nation-state itself and think it's incompatible with true socialism, does that make you at all reluctant to defend welfare programs and other social services which are now under attack from …

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Creel Committee and State Propaganda

Karl Marx couldn't have said it more clearly when he wrote in The Communist Manifesto: The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. The ruling elite are a small group of people who analyze, execute, make decisions, and run things in the political, economic, and ideological systems. This …

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Palestine 2012 — Gaza and the UN resolution

By Noam Chomsky, December 1, 2012 http://chomsky.info/articles/20121201.htm An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I …

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