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Michele Bachman Fellates Footlong Corndogs

August 15, 2011 6 comments

I have decided to go Christine O’Donnell on Michele Bachmann.

The reasons are-

1. The story of her ascent into public life is deeply disturbing.

2. She represents an ideology that is just as bad as islamic fundamentalism.

3. She makes ‘I am not a witch O’Donnell’ look sane. Need I say more?

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Categories: Current Affairs, LOL

Good Video: Bankers As The Enemy

August 15, 2011 2 comments

Interesting video… must watch!

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Why Gradual and Common Sense Reforms Don’t Occur

August 15, 2011 11 comments

Have you ever wondered why gradual and common sense reforms to failing systems almost never occur? Why does it always have to end in revolution, deaths or lethal threats? The short answer is-

Vested interest who benefit from the old, but failing, system will try their best to keep it that way, damn the consequences.

The somewhat longer answer is both interesting and illuminating about the human psyche and social systems. Human beings, you see, are mostly delusional creatures who fancy themselves as miniature gods

The call for gradual, common sense and peaceful reforms is often put forth by those who will lose their currently advantaged position in the new order. You must understand one thing- they are not serious about following through on their modest promises. They just want to stall any real change, extract maximum profit and hope that calls for reform dies away.

This cynical game is dangerous for a variety of reasons-

1. Stalling reform or corrective action, without exception, only makes the problem worse in the longer run.

Examples: The French and Russian revolution allowed the rise of Napoleon and Stalin respectively and all the genocidal ‘fun’ that followed their ascent to power. pre-WW1 tensions gave rise to WW1, WW2 and a lot of the bad things which occurred in Eastern Europe from 1920-1950. Substituting Debt for Income is behind a lot of the economic problems today.

2. It corrodes the legitimacy of the system making their ultimate fall essentially irreversible.

Examples: The western roman empire was not resurrectable- just like every other empire in human history because they all had lost legitimacy. The war on drugs, TSA etc has effectively delegitimized belief in justice, law and order in the USA- especially within the last 15 years. Only a small percentage of people still believe that the current political setup (congress, senate, president, governors etc) can solve any major problems.

3. It essentially guarantees that reforms will go much further than anybody had imagined.

Examples: Prohibition created bar culture as we know it- as only whores and poor women used to drink in bars before speakeasies came along. Depression era reforms under FDR ultimately went far beyond what was envisioned (new deal, rural electrification, GI bill) just like those started by LBJ. In all these cases, and many more, stalling on small reforms essentially guaranteed much larger and fundamental reforms would occur.

So why do those currently in power never learn from history? Two words-

Magical thinking.

Every group of exploiters, grifters and abusers believes that they are special, unique and can get away with it. In some ways this is similar to a guy thinking his wife will never divorce him, or a woman believing that she will always be hot or a boss believing that he will always have a job and willing subordinates.

It almost never works that way.. but admitting that does spoil the dream.

Might write about this topic in more detail at some time in the future.

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