RFShunt

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  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Changes to MyFDL by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-09-18 11:05:16View | Delete

    Glad to see this happening. My hands-down favorite progressive site has been getting a bit creaky for a while now (Not unlike me, but that’s another matter)

    Can’t wait to see the improvements as they are rolled out.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Bautista, Crisp-Sauray, and McKibben: A Future to March For by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-09-16 07:23:21View | Delete

    If I were to drive my car to New York to participate in this march

    You neglect to mention that there are 1000 organizations organizing bus trips – forty people on a bus put much less carbon into the air. Let me anticipate your response – yes the buses will also put carbon into the air. [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Over Easy: Who Invented Email? by msmolly.

    2014-09-05 19:29:14View | Delete

    Huffpo is to journalism as professional wrestling is to the olympics.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Over Easy: Who Invented Email? by msmolly.

    2014-09-05 19:11:15View | Delete

    There’s a 24 hour diner close by my house and when I work late into the evening, I’ll sometimes go there to unwind before going back home and going to sleep. There must be something about my face, because people will sit next to me and tell me their life stories. I don’t encourage it, [...]

  • Great answer, Paul.

    And great to see you on this digital space that I so love.

  • Ignore my #110. There was glitch and I though my earlier, similar comment did not go through – hence the repeat. You answered it, Dianne.

  • An aspect of the militarization of the police points back to the themes of the book.

    There are many people who see the state, or at least a too-powerful state, as necessarily repressive. It is this qualm that makes people leery of the idea of a socialist economy. How do you address these fears, especially when we see actual jack-booted thugs in action in a place like Furgeson? How do you see a more benevolent while powerful government arising and functioning?

    Paul, you address this a little @87. Your comment, if I’m reading it correctly, is saying that it’s a problem of consciousness-raising. That’s a tough row to hoe without good, concrete examples to point to. Are, say, the Scandinavian economies that kind of good example? Ia that enough to get masses of people to shift their thinking from the overall, “government bad” prevailing opinion in the U.S.?

  • An aspect of the militarization of the police points back to the themes of the book.

    There are many people who see the state, or at least a too-powerful state, as necessarily repressive. It is this qualm that makes people leery of the idea of a socialist economy. How do you address these fears, especially when we see actual jack-booted thugs in action in place like Furgeson? How do you see a more benevolent while powerful government arising and functioning?

  • This is a question for both Paul and Dianne:

    Do you think that younger union staffers have a more democratic sensibility than the more senior officials that are at the currently at the top of union leadership?

    This is something I believe I see, but it might just be wishful thinking on my part. Do you see this phenomenon as well?

  • Hi Paul,

    (It’s your friend Dean here.)

    In light of the projects that we share participation in – would you care to comment on how action at the community level helps with the problem of socialism’s bad rap. How does face-to-face activism in neighborhoods open up opportunities to connect bigger ideological issues with the problems people face day to day that they might not ordinarily see in a broader context.

  • This was beyond fascinating. Thank you, thank you for taking time to answer questions and for giving us your incalculably valuable insight into one of the most important episodes in our history.

    And thank you for being one of the few mensches in that den of snakes that was the Nixon White House.

  • Spocko,

    I had the same thing happen to me from Conservatives Without Conscience, down to discovering Altmeyer (and also Adorno)

    Can’t wait to hear Mr. Dean’s response to your question

  • Hello Mr. Dean,

    I was wondering what you think the investigators into the Iran-Contra scandal did wrong. Reagan and his version of the plumbers pretty much got away with it (at least without significant punishment)

    If you had been on the investigating committee, what would you have done differently?

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Right Wing’s Latest Target: Poor Children Who Need Food

    2014-08-26 14:00:10View | Delete

    This makes sense.

    I mean, look at the moral example of the super rich, who are mortified and humiliated at the practice of only paying 15% tax on their capital gains while the top rate on wage-earners is more than twice that.

    Oh, wait…

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Bryson Andres, Secrets by Elliott.

    2014-08-25 21:16:55View | Delete

    Hey Elliot,

    That was terrific. It’s amazing what the right musician can do with an instrument and loop machine.

    Check out this, if you’re of a mind to:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DehtqLVmdcA

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Sinclair Lewis by dakine01.

    2014-08-24 11:36:38View | Delete

    He’s a little old for it now, but Al Pacino would make a great Elmer Gantry.

    Think about it, the over the top delivery that somehow you still buy into.

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Domination in Ferguson

    2014-08-17 13:20:49View | Delete

    Conservation of angular momentum maybe?

    I’m not a physicist, but that seems right.

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Domination in Ferguson

    2014-08-17 12:22:11View | Delete

    Different Foucault.

    The pendulum Foucault was Leon Foucault and he invented it in 1851.

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Domination in Ferguson

    2014-08-17 12:20:47View | Delete

    Another right-on-the-money post, masaccio,

    The point of the delinquency is to mark the accused as not human, not a decent person, not a person entitled to any rights, not a citizen, not one of us. It worked then, and it works now.

    The Ferguson police were more than happy to let us know the Mr. Brown had once been arrested for stealing some cigars. So of course he’s nothing like that patriotic Cliven Bundy, who rode around on a horse while carrying the American flag and being conspicuously white. Surprise, surprise.

  • Kurt Vonnegut, in an article about 10 years ago, described people like Wolfowitz as “guessers”. We’ve been lead since always by people who have no real idea, but can make their guesses sound good. The information age has arrived giving us a much better basis for policy, but this just pisses the guessers off and they keep on guessing.

    Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long–for all of human experience so far–that it is wholly unsurprising that most of the leaders of this planet, in spite of all the information that is suddenly ours, want the guessing to go on, because now it is their turn to guess and be listened to.

    God, I miss Vonnegut.

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