April 3, 2014
In the midst of the Ukraine/Crimea situation, you can’t get very far into any mainstream media story these days about current events and not see Russia casually and routinely described pejoratively (in straight news reporting, never mind opinion pieces) as a land of oligarchs. True enough. Although it’s probably also at least equally irrelevant since none of the voices say this because they particularly care that such is the case. After all, most of them hail from another land of oligarchs, but refuse to use the word. In fact, this reality was further cemented into law just today. This in the U.S. where the Supreme Court voted along ideological lines to strike down caps limiting how much an individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year cycle. Somehow, none of the reporting, from Bloomberg, to the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to the Washington Post and beyond manages to note that this development de facto enshrines oligarchy as a legal force. It’s an observation left instead to the thousands of commenters lamenting the “death of democracy,” etc. They’re right.
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March 12, 2014
Wait till Putin starts the “Move your business to Russia” campaign. More natural resources, better educated workforce, fewer regulations, lower taxes and they know how to treat green peace, strikers, and “Occupiers.” The USA has the most onerous corporate tax and the largest number of regulations in the world, That is one reason they move off shore to begin with. Small wonder they want to lower their tax legally, which is exactly what they are doing.
—”jabusse,” March 12, 2014 in “Cash Abroad Rises $206 Billion as Apple to IBM Avoid Tax,” Bloomberg reader comment
February 26, 2014
In the future American society will look back at this behavior with the same shame and embarrassment we look at how black people were treated in much of our history. These people disgust me. How can we talk about equality and freedom, and then turn and enact this kind of legislation?
—”gallantpompano,” February 25, 2014 in “Arizona House passes controversial ‘freedom bill’,” AlJazeera America reader comment
December 11, 2013
all prigressices [sic] care about isnthis [sic] income gap! they don’t lime [sic] to focus on the overall picture. the fact is the poor are the richest poor in history. they are much better off than they were even 30 years ago. progressivrs [sic] want everybidy [sic] poorer so long as the gap is smaller.
—”Matthew McLane,” December 11, 2013 in “Americans Say Dream Fading as Income Gap Hurts Chances,” Bloomberg reader comment
December 8, 2013
I’ve never watched the critically acclaimed show The Wire. No particular reason—just never got around to it like most TV and film. I simply don’t have the time. But I’ll take critics and fans alike at their word when they say it’s a fantastic show. I believe it’s essentially a police drama about inner city life in Baltimore. The show’s creator, David Simon, was recently in Sydney, Australia, participating in something interestingly named the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. And what he had to say about the divide in America between rich and poor was dangerous indeed. It was in fact just the truth, but that’s the most dangerous thing these days. We prefer fraud and lies.
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