Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Paul Craig Roberts | Americans: Serfs Ruled by Oligarchs

A few choice quotes from Paul Craig Roberts' latest article:

"Americans think that they have “freedom and democracy” and that politicians are held accountable by elections. The fact of the matter is that the US is ruled by powerful interest groups who control politicians with campaign contributions. Our real rulers are an oligarchy of financial and military/security interests and AIPAC, which influences US foreign policy for the benefit of Israel."

"Will Americans realize that they are not ruled by elected representatives but by an oligarchy that owns the Washington whorehouse?"


http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts08192009.html

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Largest Street Gang in America

The Largest Street Gang in America

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

On the Evolution of Anarchy

As of late, there seems to be a lot of talk of bringing about a free, voluntary society through evolutionary means. While reading the transcript of Roderick Long's 2004 Mises University talk, I ran across the following, and it completely blew my mind. By looking to the past, can we actually see our own societal evolution moving towards freedom and a voluntary society? Lately, it doesn't seem that way, but think about the radicals of the 17th and 18th century. Think of the french revolution and the events and ideas that flowed from that. (this last part needs to be fleshed out more.. Proudhon, Bastiat, Locke? Hobbes?, Marx?!).

Roderick Long:

"And on the question of why we don’t see any industrialized country that has anarchy – of course, we also don’t see any industrialized county that has monarchy. But then industrialized countries haven’t been around all that long. There was a time when people said every civilized country (or just about every civilized country) is a monarchy. You find people in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saying: look, all the civilized countries are monarchies; democracy would never work. And by saying democracy would never work, they meant not just that it would have these various bad results in the long run; they just thought it would completely fall apart into chaos in a matter of months. Whatever you may think of democracy, it was more viable than they predicted. It could last longer, at any rate, than they predicted. So, things are in flux. There was a time when it was all monarchies. Now it’s all semi-oligarchical democracies. The night is young."