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Updated on June 2, 2011 at 6:26 AM

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Re: “Why You Should Support the Protests

Thanks for this thoughtful and well written piece, Jay.

I'm not far from regarding the heavily militarized and increasingly well integrated "police" as being an occupying army these days, asking as many have "who is it they are so well postured to go to war against?" Indeed, who do they serve and protect?

With about half the population being thrown mostly out into the economic cold, the answer to this question might seem obvious. Which I will state: Not Us, Usually. (If you haven't read it, you might take a look at this piece from SALON: ONE NATION UNDER SWAT: HOW AMERICA'S POLICE BECAME AN OCCUPYING FORCE)

Largely standing by while this process of "changing everything" moved quickly into our society, we now confront a monster that isn't much interested in what we think about it. They might at this stage not even be much interested in what we do about it.

It is possible to confront their authority and the authority of those directing them in the streets, but that is a conflict they are well enough going to win usually, especially in terms of violent confrontation. No news with that. Of course, they can escalate the street violence at will, as you observe. There's no such thing as playing fair in this.

This aspect of the larger class war is, in the corporate media, mostly colorized as being mostly disruptive, though they do genuflect now and again towards noticing the United States remains a very racist society. No mention of Class War At All. That's as forbidden as using the word "fascist." As forbidden as saying Working Class instead of Middle Class usually is. Changing the way people talk about such things is one thing the internet IS good for...

No mention of people generally being driven to extremes by The New Economy, the one that treats a too sizeable proportion of them as being disposable. Not just ghetto disposable. "Third World" disposable.

How many new prisons will be built to contain all of those millions of people newly criminalized or simply intolerably marginalized once they really step on the gas of the machine they've constructed? Alex Jones sounding stuff I suppose, this kind of thing. Conspiranoid nonsense, we're always being told. Or something like that. And in some constructions, that's mostly just what it is.

However,take a looke at all those fascist cops!


Posted by terrybake on 12/17/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “The Bay Area Has a Values Problem


Google's "engineers" recently issued something about their own take on cooperating with the NSA (a raised middle finger essentially). This has not been Google's response generally.

Regards values, I don't think the general case of corporate values supporting a tyranny (those of Silicon Valley one component of this) are to be doubted now. And the suggestion that somehow we are in an "evolutionary" no-choice zone regards an "Information Age" and its developments reminds me of the also specious argument that "Globalization" had to proceed just the way it has.

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Posted by terrybake on 11/13/2013 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The Forgotten King

This is my objection to removing a post because it "violates" your policy against anonymous comments.

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Posted by terrybake on 01/22/2012 at 8:45 AM

Re: “The Express' New Commenting Policy

Of course anonymous comments will present the problems you outline here. Probably also to include some you don't mention.

Still, I remain firmly against not allowing anonymous posting generally. A sufficient argument that this should not be done is that it restricts free speech, but I am also finding no comfort in the idea that disallowing anonymous comments results in an improvement of discourse. So what? That's not the point really. Keeping ignorance and stupidity and ill intent OUT will improve discourse...but these are ordinary components of free speech. I notice you are not suggesting not posting comments flavored by these.

Finally, as others observe, there might be a good reason for wanting to remain anonymous. I find the "let's check your papers" aspect of using Facebook and the like as an identifier extremely invasive. Wanting to keep your right to privacy by denying such a procedure should you wish to do so is worth protecting.

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Posted by terrybake on 11/04/2011 at 6:21 AM

Re: “A Ban on Sitting?

The astronomically negative accomplishments of such groups as The Banksters figure in to this somewhere...though, unfortunately, they are not kept homeless and out on the street. They are a caste of corporate criminals who's attack on the world economy was hugely successful, this not only allowed by but encouraged and supported by our national government. The "nose to the grindstone" people who are self righteously disturbed by homeless people in their neighborhoods might note that the socially most damaging and actively criminal people in the United States continue to live in the greatest luxury this world can provide. You don't have to step over them or walk around them as you make your daily trek. They may sometimes fly over you in their private jets.

Posted by terrybake on 05/26/2011 at 7:29 AM

Re: “The Anti-Rapture

I am very much looking forward to the world not ending once again. And I would ask those predicting that it WILL END to finally own up to having been wrong this go round, publicly...loudly...and often. I hope to see many of them touring the country admitting that, yes, they were wrong about this. I hope to see many of them reformulating at least a part of their belief structure to conform more closely with the world as we have known it. I know for many of them this will fall as a great disappointment; their omnipotent, outrageously unbalanced deity once again having let them down, or some such. The guilty, those most guilty the most, continuing to prosper heedless and indifferent, them in broad daylight hypocrisy and gross neglect of both ethical behavior and moral direction.

For my part, I'm always gratified when someone's dire prediction proves false. In this case, which most laugh at and scorn, my happiness is a good deal less because this so firmly is a not-to-be believed prediction. If only I'd been able to believe in it some little bit. But no. I can't manage it. It is laughable. Not quite hilarious.

Posted by terrybake on 05/19/2011 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Economics Fights for Relevancy

The dismal lack of scientific integrity is something I've often noticed about both economics AND many economists. What actually happens in the wild, wild world of money changing hands and productive and wrongful work is a fit subject for academic study, certainly, and there's real value in a good deal of the work that's been done. There is also a good bit of nakedly negative value that's arrived under the flag of "economic theory." I think immediately of the sly to silly "Reganomics" trickery...yes...especially "trickle down," which everyone should be laughing and crying about NOW.

But dogma's victims often don't relent, even as they get punished for their mistaken beliefs. And the institutions and individuals who benefit from these elements of ignorance and stupidity of course continue to generate the kinds of propaganda that keeps their casinos in operation.

Still salable somehow, for example, is the notion that a body shouldn't do anything to confront the interests of those really rich because SOME DAY you might get to be one of them! This is said, as recently in an article in The Atlantic that posed as an explanation of some of the attitudes of those very wealthy, to be an "optimistic" American viewpoint.

I'd suggest instead it's a bit like dreaming of becoming another Al Capone.

One more thing. There's a long recognized tendency to compartmentalize the studies of political science, economics and social science. Someone might remember who said that the really interesting questions arise within an academic range of studies that encompasses ALL THREE.

Posted by terrybake on 04/30/2011 at 9:16 AM

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