Posts Tagged ‘ democracy ’

Laughing Around the World (via A Feather Adrift)

Another funny, insightful, and comprehensive post from Sherry–I wish I’d written it!!!!!!

Laughing Around the World Well, HI! Half way through another week, and on Friday I’ll be heading to town to stock up on grub. That’s what we in Iowa call food. A sack of flour, a sack of sugar, some bags of beans, some salt pork, you know the routine. Meanwhile, from my telescope on the world, I see things are still in basically a chitty mess. Everyone is babbling the same old rhetoric, the same lies are perpetrated by the same suspects, the same folks seek power at anyone … Read More

via A Feather Adrift

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Foxconn Chinese Employees just one symptom of the disease

Chris Prillo's headMy favorite Iowa expat, Chris Prillo, shone a light on an injustice in the tech community again on his blog. Writing from information gleaned from an article on M.I.C. Gadget:  The Real Truth Behind Foxconn’s Suicide Cluster. The M.I.C. Gadget article had a translation of the text from an article by a Chinese journalist who went undercover at the factory to see the conditions first hand.

Chris points out that the company is treating their employees as less than human and since they are making hundreds of millions of dollars in profits, they could pay them more, make them work fewer hours, and offer them a more stimulating work environment.

Kudos to you Chris!!

One of the commenters made the observation that the conditions are the result of the open market for labor. Another blamed the oppressive Chinese government. After these two comments, I just couldn’t remain silent! I spoke directly to the second issue, but the first is the underlying problem with unregulated capitalism.

These people are living in the worst position at the conjunction of several bad cultural paradigms. China is experimenting with allowing private enterprise to produce rewards for its citizens. The North American & much of the European market is full of people clamoring for more and more technology and other stuff for less and less money. Continue reading

A Lesson for the Media – from a Conservative!

Talkers Magazine   April CoverThe rise of Newsmax cover story in the Talkers Magazine April 2010 issue from the talkers.com/online website examines the rise of Newsmax as an information source in the last 12 years while other media is failing.

TALKERS magazine is the leading trade publication serving the talk media industries in America. The term “talk media” includes broadcast talk radio and television, cable news/talk television, as well as the new talk media delivered via the internet, podcasting and satellite radio. On this site you will find brief opening excerpts from the current stories in each monthly print edition. (from it’s website)

The story details the history of the organization and names many of its contributors and users. According to the author, Beverly Santaniello Talkers Magazine Assistant Editor, Newsmax founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy found a formula for success. The slant of the site is to the right, but the content has sought to remained free of sensationalism and scandal and report the details of stories that may be missed by mainstream media.

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Health Care for All Illinois

Health Care for All Illinois.

Supporting a Single-Payer State Health Insurance Program

Free, Tolerant, and Happy – International – The Atlantic

Free, Tolerant, and Happy – International – The Atlantic.

The US follows the stats for nations with high levels of economic freedom in all measures except equality. In that respect, we fall far short. The author notes that we need to keep that in mind when we consider the future–for people at the top to have more, the people on the bottom don’t need to stay so far down. The rising ocean should raise all boats. Our income inequality is closer to Cambodia, Azerbaijan, and other SE Asia and former Soviet countries that with the rest of the English speaking world (except UK) & Northern Europe.

Political “Humor”

I have a friend that I think is a great person. He’s intelligent, witty, accomplished, and has a big heart. He’s also a Republican.

Despite the fact that he is a Republican, I like him very much and we exchange messages via email often. Most are forwarded messages that have some witticism or inspirational tone. Often they poke fun at public officials and politicians. For a while, he actually lampooned both sides of the aisle. But lately he’s been dissing Democrats and liberals almost exclusively.

I try to ignore much of what he sends that are irritating, but when they arrive uninterrupted one after the other, I get inspired to reply. Continue reading

PP101: Political Philosophy, an Overview

Image of Voting BoothI mentioned earlier that the conservatives were throwing around the words Socialist and Socialism when talking about Health Care Reform and proposed changes to the Income Tax System. I think it would be a good idea to examine just what these words mean and how they fit into the broader political Spectrum.

I won’t do it all in one post!!

I know that 1000+ words creating a solid mass of text on a computer screen is not necessarily an attractive feature. I will take the subject one piece at a time. I hope you will stick around for the entire course of my reflection.

I will compare and contrast many ideas of political and economic thought and philosophy from Capitalism to Socialism to Communism and what it means to live in a Democracy, Republic, or Dictatorship. These terms are not all mutually exclusive. You can have a Capitalistic Dictatorship and a Socialist Democracy.

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