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Themes related to Politics include
sociology, banking, poverty.



recent Politics posts

idollartry political satire - money infects democracy

idollartry Of course, no one knew this was about to happen, but a critical mass of people – all ages, both genders, from all countries, some rich, many poor, and most completely indifferent – were carrying the image of a sane, creative, empathic future society. Then there was one more. Suppose the critical mass was one million people (and, for all we know, non human mammals). The million

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awakening, fiction, hope, idollartry, pathological wealth, politics, revolution, satire,
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Protest votes in politics - best outcome: sociology psychology education

Given that Trump and Clinton both serve the pathologically wealthy, who chose, in effect, both candidates, the best possible outcome to the protest votes, which have made Donald Duck the president of USA and exited Little England from the civilising and cooperative possibilities of Europe, is that the protest voters become a little more conscious. My 'sociological research' (listening to

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education, fantasy, hope, politics, psychology, sociology,
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corporate politics - presidential auctions

I was tempted to title this 'Corporate Democracy', but that would be such a glaring oxymoron. It is frustrating to witness the 'relatively' poor people of the world beating each other to death over whether to vote for Trump or Clinton in the 2nd $billion + US presidential auction. Both candidates are representing corporate interests, and a system that is in debt to a handful of

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books, consciousness, corporations, creativity, democracy, matrix, politics, psychology,
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The Eagle's Throne - Carlos Fuentes

A fine book, set in the very near future. Due to a disagreement with the USA, Mexico finds itself without telecommunications, so people begin writing letters again! This is a problem for hard hearted politicians, because they believe it is unwise to ever commit anything to writing. They like everything that other people say to be in writing, because that gives them power. The principal

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books, fiction, meaningful, politics, psychology,
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Broke and Free

For hundreds of years the landed 'nobles' of Europe stole the produce of their serfs (slaves) and stole land from each other using the 'patriotic' curse to propel their slaves into war: millions of dead millions of widows millions of widowers millions of orphans millions of sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and worse … much worse , and no treatment or understanding. And they no

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consumerism, fiction, freedom, history, politics, psychology, reinventing slavery,
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Projected Global Growth of renewable energy

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement from Business for Social Responsibility, a nonprofit organisation that works with companies to develop sustainable business strategies, takes a look at where clean energy investment is globally today and where it is expected to be over the next two decades. They predict that the world could get over 30% of its energy from renewables sources by 2030.

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climate change, miscellany 1, politics, renewable energy,
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fiction - career choices on leaving school

Ivor and Paul were chatting in the barn, out of the (rather unusual) blazing sun, when Ivor's grandson arrived. Ivor made a big deal of greeting him, very warmly, and Paul raised an eyebrow. Alex looked up now and then and smiled, but mostly frowned, his gaze downcast. Ivor caught Paul's quizzical expression and gave the tiniest nod, which Paul had learned to interpret as "trust me, I’ll

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banking, capital, fiction, freedom, hope, housing, politics, satire,
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energy policy for a sane species

Imagine that the human race was capable of consideration for others, rationality and honesty. What would the world's energy supply look like? The most recent estimate of global energy consumption is for 2013 - 5.67 10^20 joules A kilowatt hour is 1000 x 60 x 60 joules = 3,600,000 joules = 3.6 10^6 joules. So energy consumption is approximately 2.10^14 kilowatt hours per year. For those

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environment, politics, psychology, renewable energy, solar,
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The Second Book of Job - poem

The Second Book of Job Darkness Past F is for fear the steps lead down through cobwebs and damp to a tomb underground through memories lost embedded in ice trials and torments from lovers of vice all that destroy you those icons of lethargy feed their projections on unconscious envy all that control you say love is too dear and build domination on unconscious fear

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alchemy, empathy, gardens, hope, humanism, institutional mind, meaningful poems, poems, politics, psychology, sociology, spirit, wisdom,
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December 1941 - Evan Mawdsley

An excellent book about the first 12 days of 1941 and the events round the world that started World War 2 Gives a good balanced look at all the major countries and what and why they were doing them. A very good book for students looking at the events and how they started the war. Mawdsley, honorary professorial research fellow at the University of Glasgow, brings a remarkable breadth of vision

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books, Evan Mawdsley, history, politics, war,
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Nassim Taleb Anti-Fragile

Finally this tour de force of economist-bashing has been released in paperback. Independant: From the guru of the 'Black Swan' comes a passionate defence of tried and tested values Nassim Taleb Anti Fragility interview Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the Lebanese-born financial trader-turned-academic-turned-philosopher, in 2007 "foresaw" something very like the global blow-up of the coming year

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books, improvisation, Nassim Taleb, philosophy, politics, wisdom,
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The Last Kingdom - and beyond

The BBC drama The Last Kingdom is a fine story: The 'Teutonic' tribes from Denmark are a totally male dominated race and perpetually at war. The Christians in Wessex promise a better lot for women, and peace, but the state is already corrupted by the power of those with the most land. A meritocracy it certainly is not. Add the Roman model of political organisation and bureaucracy and we

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corporations, democracy, matrix, politics, reinventing slavery, video,
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Inherited wealth - Jens Beckert

Now available on offer at $35.58 in paperback format, this sociological study of wealth across the generations is a useful introduction for those of us that didn't begin life in a castle! THE CONTENTS: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii Chapter 1: Introduction 1 1.1 Inheritance and Modern Society 1 1.2 Social Dimensions of Inheritance Law 12 Chapter 2: The Right to Bequeath: Testamentary Freedom and the

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books, capital, democracy, matrix, pathological wealth, politics, sociology,
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Vanished Kingdoms - The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

by Norman Davies This book, together with Norman Davies' major work Europe: A History (to follow; 1365 pages!) and The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst are a prelude to my attempt to see where we are now, and why (to follow). This is a fascinating "story" of 15 states, 13 of which most people probably have never heard. But the most condensed wisdom (for me) comes in the introduction and

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books, corporations, democracy, history, matrix, Norman Davies, politics, wisdom,
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Democracy and money

Part 1 of Lawrence Lessig on the role of money in American (western) "democracy" and politics. Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption part1 Congress Talk begins at about 14 minutes:  Conclusions:  1. Those in power could care less who gets the votes, so long as they can choose the candidates. 2. Those in power, in the USA, spend upwards of 30% of their time in office conferring with

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corporations, corruption, institutional mind, Lawrence Lessig, lobbyists, matrix, meaningful, politics, popular,
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Bilderberg and Transparency

An excellent blog at the Guardian. It's never clear how much of conspiracy theories are true. That's exactly how conspirators like things to be! But when the group of the richest people and Transparency International USA have the same committee members any claim to democracy is farcical. Get the details from the Guardian bilderberg-2015-a-travesty-of-transparency related: Bilderberg,

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Bilderberg, conspiracy, democracy, Guardian, miscellany 1, politics,
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