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Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

April 10, 2013 by toritto1942

Margaret Thatcher visits with Augusto Pinochet while he was under house arrest in London.

Margaret Thatcher is dead.

While we in the United States tend to lionize our departed Presidents, a la St. Ronnie of Santa Barbara, British politics is not nearly so genteel or forgiving. Her legacy will be debated much more critically in Britain than Reagans’s has been in the U.S.

Aging punk-rockers, Irish Republicans and trade unionists greeted the passing of Baroness Thatcher which much less solemnity. On Face book, a movement began to push “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” temporarily to iphone’s number one downloaded song.

Thatcherism embodied the ultimate unrestricted “free market” anarcho-capitalist principles. And Thatcherism did not see industrial unions as part of a “free market”. Her policies destroyed the union movement in Britain and essentially de-industrialized vast swathes of the country.    Read more

"Less Government" and the Social Contract

June 7, 2012 by toritto1942

"In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal a loaf of bread."

Anatole France - 1894

I've actually seen the line translated as "piss in the streets"

Anatole France was of course being facetious but his words are a devastating indictment of a society without a social safety net.

Routinely today we hear politicians advocating the dismantling of social security, medicare, public education, the privatization of roads, the elimination of unemployment insurance, food stamps and the minimum wage. Routinely we hear calls for repeal of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the popular election of Senators, the uselessness of the EPA, the Department of Education and most of all the IRS.

We have witnessed in Wisconsin the triumph of a blatant attack on public sector unionism, the right of individuals to organize and to collectively bargain which will undoubtedly spread to other states.     Read more

The Death of Innocence: Taking the Life of a Child

February 7, 2012 by fidlerten

Yesterday I heard of yet another parent; a father, taking the life of his two young sons by burning the house down around them when they arrived for a supervised visit with a social worker. He allowed the two boys into the house and then blocked the entrance to the social worker who immediately called her supervisor, saying she smelled petro. The house shortly went up in flames.    Read more

Western Web Design in China

May 25, 2011 by petter9090

In a country where the economy has grown at an average rate of 9% a year over the past three years, and one that receives more than 70% of its power through burning coal the words Eco and China are not often associated with each other. However, a pioneering entrepreneur who has lived and worked in China for over 17 years, he made a sustainable business vision come true in Yangshuo.    Read more

Why Progressives Are Batshit Crazy to Oppose the Senate Bill

December 16, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

Why Progressives Are Crazy
Senate Bill. These estimates are straightforward -- they're taken directly from the CBO's report on premiums.

Why Progressives Are Batshit Crazy to Oppose the Senate Bill
by Nate Silver @ 3:42 AM on Tuesday 12/15/09
(This article originally appeared at fivethirtyeight.com)

Pick your subheadline:

a) It's time to stop being polite and start getting real.
b) Here's hoping a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Any questions?    Read more

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