• masaccio commented on the blog post The Supreme Conservatives

    2014-08-31 16:18:41View | Delete

    I’ve been thinking about this problem, but I don’t have a good answer yet. It seems to me that there is good agreement between the filthy rich and the right wing screamers, at least to date. I try to distinguish these interests when it seems natural, but on the Supreme Court, the interests seem pretty well aligned.

    Of course, the current crop isn’t crazy enough for the truly bizarre denizens of the right wing, either of the shoot-em school or the Dixie Forever school, but I think it works well enough in this post.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Supreme Conservatives

    2014-08-31 14:14:34View | Delete

    I don’t know about this, but there is a strong influence of neoliberal “law and economics” even among the so-called liberals. That helps explain why there are a lot of wins for business.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Supreme Conservatives

    2014-08-31 12:23:38View | Delete

    That doesn’t mean much. Lots of cases don’t involve what Cole calls values. For example, consider patent cases. As yet there are no clear liberal/conservative lines. The same is true of lots of other kinds of cases. In fact, 2/3 of the 72 cases decided this term were unanimous.

  • masaccio commented on the diary post CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims by spocko.

    2014-08-30 10:04:19View | Delete

    That guy with the minimum wage job at Centerplate pouring beer won’t lose his job. He’ll simply get a new employer when Aramark takes over. Same for all the other people. And he won’t get hurt if sales drop at the park. They can’t afford to fire anyone or lay them off because they don’t [...]

  • masaccio commented on the diary post Studies Confirm Huge Wealth Loss of Middle Class by masaccio.

    2014-08-27 07:41:20View | Delete

    Thanks, DW. Piketty points out these trend lines, and he too predicts social unrest that can only be tamped down by massive repression or by ideological pressure. When you look at the wild-eyed defense of the status quo by the armed and dangerous wing-nuts, you have to be concerned.

  • masaccio wrote a new diary post: Studies Confirm Huge Wealth Loss of Middle Class

    2014-08-26 14:38:57View | Delete

    Thumbnail Chart from Saez and Zucman, link in post. Remember, total wealth of bottom 50% is effectively zero, so this chart is the middle class as Piketty defines it. Three recent studies using different data sets and methodology show the horrendous losses inflicted on what used to be the middle class by the Great Crash. In [...]

  • masaccio commented on the blog post Ferguson Organizer on Life Under Police Occupation (Video)

    2014-08-24 11:56:42View | Delete

    I hope Poe runs for office in Ferguson. He sounds like a real leader.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post Domination in Ferguson

    2014-08-17 16:22:46View | Delete

    Link, please?

  • masaccio commented on the blog post Domination in Ferguson

    2014-08-17 15:52:15View | Delete

    I’m not quite sure why it doesn’t work, but if you go to the link and type Discipline and Punish into the search box, it works; you can download a copy. I got mine at Barnes and Noble.

  • Rick, do you think there were connections between Reagan and the John Birch Society? Reagan apparently denied this repeatedly in his gubernatorial race, but there are hints, for example, he appointed Daniel Manion to the Seventh Circuit; Daniel was the son of Clarence, an original board member of the John Birch Society.

  • Who is your target audience?

  • masaccio commented on the diary post For Robin & Mom by rosalind.

    2014-08-13 20:26:10View | Delete

    That is a wonderful story! It’s sad to think that he couldn’t find the help he needed despite his fame.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Panoptic Effect

    2014-08-10 14:17:00View | Delete

    And there you are. The all-seeing eye pushed women into the home barefoot and pregnant. They went on their own, subordinating their will and desire to the will and desires of others. Maybe they thought they were doing it for their menfolk, but that was wrong at every level.

    Who benefited? Not their menfolk. But someone profited.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Panoptic Effect

    2014-08-10 13:34:13View | Delete

    Again, there are reasons, but what was the real outcome, and how was it enforced?

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Panoptic Effect

    2014-08-10 13:13:47View | Delete

    Of course there were economic reasons why women returned, but the new jobs in consumer products could easily have been handled by women who came from ammunition and land mine lines. I’d expect the economics crowd to focus on the kinds of factors you mention to the exclusion of personal concerns like satisfaction, personal fulfillment and so on. Some women doubtless were thrilled to be able to quit, especially those holding jobs for which they were overqualified, or which were boring.

    It’s obvious that most of them taught their daughters that staying home was a bad idea, since most of their daughters work. A great deal of the impetus for the women’s rights movement sprang out of their discontent.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post Discipline for the Benefit of the Rich

    2014-08-03 14:00:50View | Delete

    To clarify a bit, the quotes and the discussion concern the period beginning around 1750 or so. There were massive changes in military tactics as well as industrial production, starting then and going forward.

  • I’ve read Harvey’s article, and it does nothing for me. I’m on the road and don’t have my copy of Piketty’s book, so I won’t go into detail here.

    Let’s look at this sentence: “Capital is a process not a thing.” Really? Marx says

    The composition of capital is to be understood in a two-fold sense. On the side of value, it is determined by the proportion in which it is divided into constant capital or value of the means of production, and variable capital or value of labour power, the sum total of wages. On the side of material, as it functions in the process of production, all capital is divided into means of production and living labour power. This latter composition is determined by the relation between the mass of the means of production employed, on the one hand, and the mass of labour necessary for their employment on the other. I call the former the value-composition, the latter the technical composition of capital.

    The “means of production” are factories, machines, and so on. They are most certainly things.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Dangers of Wealth Inequality

    2014-07-27 13:25:06View | Delete

    Nice, thanks.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Dangers of Wealth Inequality

    2014-07-27 13:12:22View | Delete

    If you think charter schools are superior to your public schools, read the article. It doesn’t sound like these kids are learning anything beyond specific behaviors.

  • masaccio commented on the blog post The Dangers of Wealth Inequality

    2014-07-27 12:18:27View | Delete

    There is little or no choice for parents in New Orleans. Pretty much all the schools are charter schools, and there are no regular public schools to talk about. Again, the article is worth a read.

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