Indeed. But to be clear for others, I’m really talking about how they shook off the centuries long Samurai conservatism and raced to be able to become a builder of warships and war planes when leading into the second world war. This pre WWII period was the forty years that I was referring to as their entire “Industrial Revolution”. I think…[Read more]
Globalisation is a stepping stone to lifting people out of poverty. In trading with Japan from 1890 onwards they got catapulted through 400 years of development in about 40 years. Indeed the whole of the Pacific rim and into the heartlands of China have been so elevated. Japan is now into an increasingly bucolic post industrial egalitarian…[Read more]
Perhaps now is the time to push for more radical policy formation.
Here is the stuff of new evidence based policy. Globalisation isn’t the problem. (rather I think it a virtue when properly managed.)
This could be a transformative new basis for the…[Read more]
Dan, stop being terrorised. Stop being their puppet and part of the problem.
Think of how to make things Better (eg for the mid terms, transforming the DP and making it fit for the task.)
Think of morale. Be a mensch. Be scary, hard as fucking nails, not a mouse.
Thank you for this encouragement, Marco.
I judge it as absolutely essential viewing.
And thanks again for tracking down an even fuller version on youtube. Its something he keeps adding to.
Here’s a version 6 minutes longer still! 2hrs 46minutes.
Its clearly a piece that will never be concluded….
Alan, everyone who can access it, I recommend viewing
Adam Curtis Hypernormalisation.
if not then get a pertinent taste from the six minute youtube clip-
Search “Charlie Brooker 2014 Adam Curtis”
I won’t link because of the delaying filter.
I don’t see it as a matter of individual rights or individual happiness at all. We are not discussing a means to make people happy. I know of no such processes.
For me it is the need of the state to provide the best value for money it can to its paymasters (and not those parasites who dishonestly and dishonourably buy favour). For a…[Read more]
But does need equate to an obligation?
Yes if it is a net profitable investment in a thriving society. Before anything the investment in children, education and health is paramount. Parents may not or cannot or simply won’t invest in their kids enough. The state should. On health in later life the state should as a matter of obligation…[Read more]
health care as a human right. Is it? Is education a human right?
Now? Yes. If we are to exploit the talents of our societies to their fullest. If we are to achieve the political and social stability that we need to justify long term investments to save the planet, then. Yes, yes, yes.
We have to learn how to make these long term…[Read more]
Glad you were convinced of Bernie’s plan. It is decent and he has the pragmatism to roll it out. Now about the populist rhetoric and psychology to better promote it…?
In my ideal scenario, I would not have Michael Moore endorse this but use Sanders supporter, Andy McKay, who intellectually runs rings around Moore, has an ability to…[Read more]
Phil. I guess I need to let go of that anger a bit and adopt a more constructive approach – like you.
But Brexit. I am still apoplectic about the degrading folly. I still have this need to hurt people. I understand your pain.
When things are better and we have both proved ourselves right and still fixed the mess others have made, then w…[Read more]
What the models miss is the second order impact of greater income equality on growth itself. There are suggestions that more robust immediate markets with greater spending power, can accelerate business development.
Wilkinson and Pickett (The Spirit Level) observed on this issue of mobility that the American Dream was alive and…[Read more]
They owe us all an apology.
Why wait? Buy them back with Bernie policies. Politics, not moral hand wringing. Move on. Fix it.
But how do you combat propaganda or connect with people who listen to bullshit and believe it? Look who they voted for.
Offer new policy, that says clearly you have heard them and think they (or some subset)…[Read more]
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