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May 23, 2011

trad. it Comedonchisciotte

“Penso, quindi disturbo”, si poteva leggere ieri in uno dei banner che ornavano la Plaza del Carmen a Granada, la capitale dei nasridi, che in questi giorni ha ospitato l’accampamento e l’Assemblea del movimento degli “indignati” della città. Era un modo per trasformare in modo rivendicativo la famosa massima del filosofo francese René Descartes vecchia quasi quattrocento anni: “Penso, quindi esisto”.

È certo che il sistema che pretende di imporre un totalitarismo del pensiero unico a tutta la cittadinanza, e il capitalismo fa questo, non tollera il pensiero eterodosso, almeno quando queste idee possono in una qualche maniera avere la possibilità di arrivare a una larga fetta della società e mettere in pericolo il funzionamento stesso del sistema. “Penso, quindi disturbo ” è una frase che può essere perfettamente valida per la società capitalistico-consumista attuale, ma lo è anche per molti altri tipi di società, dalle tradizionali società teologiche a quelle imposte dai fascismi del XX secolo, a molte piccole società tribali dove tutta la popolazione si muove al passo di una struttura culturale uniforme, anche se le differenze dei fini ultimi di queste strutture rispetto a quelle citate prima sono abbastanza evidenti a patto di avere una minima conoscenza dell’antropologia sociale e culturale. (more…)


Was Dominique Strauss-Kahn Trying to Torpedo the Dollar?

May 21, 2011

by Mike Whitney

It’s all about perception management. The media is trying to dig up as much dirt as they can on Dominique Strauss-Kahn so they can hang the man before he ever sees the inside of a courthouse. It reminds me of the Terry Schiavo case, where devoted-husband Michael was pegged as an insensitive slimeball for carrying out the explicit wishes of his brain-dead wife. Do you remember how the media conducted their disgraceful 24 hour-a-day Blitzkrieg with the endless coverage of weepy Christian fanatics on the front lawn of the hospital while Hannity, Limbaugh and O’ Reilly fired away with their sanctimonious claptrap?

And now you’re telling me that that same media is just “doing their job?” (more…)

How Green Became the Color of Money

May 13, 2011

A consise hisotry of the rise and fall of the enviromental establishment


Over the past quarter-century, Greenpeace has gone from one of the more radical environmental groups around to a gateway into the corporate world. More and more a stint at Greenpeace seems to be prerequisite on the resumé of top-flight public relations honchos. Greenpeace has already seen former executive Patrick Moore defect to the timber industry in Canada and Paul Gilding (former CEO of Greenpeace International) set up a consulting firm for such corporate villains as DuPont, Monsanto and Placer Dome Mining.

One of the most high-profile Greenpeacers to cash in is Lord Peter Melchett, former head of Greenpeace UK, who in 2002 took a position with Burson-Marsteller, the notorious PR firm. While at Greenpeace, Lord Melchett led the group’s high-profile campaign against genetically-engineered foods, targeting, in particular, the products of Monsanto, a Burson-Marsteller client. (more…)

Kenya, un Paese a secco

May 9, 2011


Stazioni di servizio senza benzina, traffico paralizzato, panico generale. Il braccio di ferro tra governo e compagnie rischia di incendiare una regiione.

ALberto Tundo

La guerra del petrolio che sta paralizzando il Kenya non lascia morti per le strade, semmai auto ferme, in colonne chilometriche, e migliaia di automobilisti e motociclisti in una isterica disperazione. Però il conto da pagare, in termini economici, politici e sociali è comunque estremamente oneroso. La crisi è cominciata domenica ma i suoi effetti più evidenti si sono avuti mercoledì, quando in quasi tutte le stazioni di servizio del Paese è terminato il carburante. (more…)


April 28, 2011

by Ellen Brown


If the Gaddafi government goes down, it will be interesting to watch whether the new central bank joins the BIS, whether the nationalized oil industry gets sold off to investors, and whether education and health care continue to be free. 

Several writers have noted the odd fact that the Libyan rebels took time out from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank – this before they even had a government. Robert Wenzel wrote in the Economic Policy Journal:

I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising. This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences. (more…)

Financial Heist of the Century: Confiscating Libya’s Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF)

April 27, 2011

by Manlio Dinucci
The objective of the war against Libya is not just its oil reserves (now estimated at 60 billion barrels), which are the greatest in Africa and whose extraction costs are among the lowest in the world, nor the natural gas reserves of which are estimated at about 1,500 billion cubic meters. In the crosshairs of “willing” of the operation “Unified Protector” there are sovereign wealth funds, capital that the Libyan state has invested abroad. (more…)

Why patients are not consumers

April 25, 2011


Republican budget guru Paul Ryan has a plan to end Medicare as we know it to be replaced with a series of less-generous vouchers. The House of Representatives has voted to implement this plan. The political side of this has been written about a lot, and I am not going to rehash what has been better covered elsewhere. I do want to address what seems to be a persistent fallacy or delusion which is held to a near-religious level by many free-market conservatives: The idea that market economics can have an impact on health care costs.

This concept has underpinned every major Republican health care plan since, well, since Mitt Romney’s proto-ObamaCare reforms. The idea is that consumers, when they have “skin in the game,” and when they are empowered and incentivized to see that their money is spent efficiently and only as necessary, will change their health care consumption behavior in a way which will force providers to compete on cost and quality and thus drive down costs. (more…)

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