• Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post Who Should the Democrats Fire? by masaccio.

    2014-11-09 13:10:59View | Delete

    Natalie Tennant in West Virginia ran the same losing campaign for Senate as Lundgren did in KY. But in this case with the added advantage of turning over Jay Rockefeller’s seat to a republican (Shelly Capito, the daughter of Rockefeller’s deadly rival and federal convict, Arch Moore) thereby increasing the Republican majority in the Senate, [...]

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post Borrow From the Rich for Wars That Benefit the Rich

    2014-09-21 15:57:09View | Delete

    Don’t forget that the kings paid off debts to “nobles” with grants of land stolen from peasants in England and Native Americans in America, building their great estates that produced income. And the Congress paid off revolutionary war veterans with land west of the Blue Ridge, most of which were bought up by speculators to amass fortunes in timber and coal.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post Piketty and His Critics Chapter 4: Netroots Nation

    2014-07-20 11:30:29View | Delete

    It would require an worldwide international movement of working people dedicated to using the power of solidarity to break down national and international systems of law and economics that foster these vast differences in power between the wealthy and the rest of us. Has there ever been such a thing?

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post Piketty and His Critics Chapter 3: Galbraith

    2014-06-22 10:58:52View | Delete

    I majored in math in college, and I have studied philosophy for 40 years. I still can’t get any definition of “marginal” into my head that makes sense either in math or English.

    My basic understanding of the issue of wealth and inequality is that when amoral people accumulate enough wealth in society they can do whatever they want to take more wealth from weaker people whether by manipulation, deception, political power to use the government to subsidize themselves or even plain theft or extortion without fear of punishment. (See M. Taibbi, “The Divide”)

    The only way we have to reduce their power is to tax away their wealth and use it for social improvements to support the mass of weaker people. And since any attempt to tax away wealth in one county will make them move their wealth to other countries, there must be a worldwide movement to tax excessive wealth everywhere.

    Since the wealthy have all political power (with military and police power & total surveillance power) it is unlikely that there will be any mass uprising to do this. They will continue to extract whatever remaining wealth held by the bottom portion of society in a process similar to “fracking” the economy until we all live as Lazarus at the rich man’s door eating scraps from his table.

    Dare we hope for the coming of the Kingdom of God and true judgement?

  • There is no more constitution, no more law in the United States, only the will of the President and his patrons.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post Peace Philosophy and Public Life by David Swanson.

    2014-03-02 12:46:31View | Delete

    The book costs $50. Sorry I won’t be reading it.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post Vicco, Ky, Stays in Spotlight, Endorses Single Payer, HR 676 by Kay Tillow.

    2014-02-08 13:14:38View | Delete

    “Well I ain’t got no money, not much of a home I own my own land, but my land’s not my own But, if I had ten million, somewheres thereabout Well, I’d buy Perry county and throw them all out And just sit down on the banks with my bait and my can And watch [...]

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post The Blighted Future of the Middle Class

    2013-09-01 10:53:39View | Delete

    Will the ungrateful, unmindful capitalist class ever learn that it was the “middle class” that saved them from revolution?

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post War With Syria: Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand? by Jane Hamsher.

    2013-08-31 20:26:08View | Delete

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said President Barack Obama will have to make a strong case to Congress that any U.S. military strike on Syria is justified and in the best interests of the United States. As of Friday, Capito said she was opposed to such actions and would continue [...]

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post War With Syria: Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand? by Jane Hamsher.

    2013-08-31 12:15:22View | Delete

    I didn’t vote for him. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Third District Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV) says he thinks a limited U.S. military strike on Syria is appropriate. “It has to be a surgical strike. It has to be a penetrating strike at the sites of high value from which this chemical warfare was launched. It has [...]

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post Capital Accumulation But Not For You

    2013-08-04 10:49:46View | Delete

    In the late seventies the capitalists began to realize they could make their money overseas.They didn’t need American workers anymore, so they didn’t have to share the profits with us. They began to take back all that they had been forced to give in terms of labor contracts, pensions, vacations, health insurance, etc. Do you remember what they used to call “profit sharing”? That was a laugh. Wage cuts, two tiered labor contracts, part time work, contract workers and the rest. We stupidly drained ourselves of wealth buying goods produced in other countries while we produced less and less. Workers spent their wealth as owners scrapped our industrial infrastructure and moved our factories overseas. They slowly took back everything they had “shared” with the middle working class and skinned us with rents, fees, wall street scams, interest and penalties. We have been used, abused and discarded. Now they have put in place a national security surveillance state to put down any organized resistance before it starts. This is what the NSA and Homeland Security are about, not terrorists 8,000 miles away who are so backward that they have to hand deliver bombs.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post High Class

    2013-07-28 16:09:36View | Delete

    I’m not a Marx scholar, but I think that he could have done a lot better in clarifying the ideas of “class”. He has the two classes: (1) those that own, pay wages and take the profit and (2)Those who own nothing but themselves, work and live on wages. And between those two there will be war.

    But he is not so clear about the people in the middle who own a little, work and accumulate enough goods to give themselves enough of a stake in the status quo that they back away from any uprising when it starts to threaten social stability.

    He didn’t anticipate people like my dad who had enough of a job that with some effort and some education and some luck, you could rise up enough to raise your family to live more comfortably than his parents did. He hated the unions because the electrician’s union closed him out by the members putting their sons on the waiting list when they were born. He resented the welfare people because he worked hard for his living. And he hated the demonstrators because they were disturbing the social order and making him insecure. He was a working class proletarian in theory, but voted for Goldwater and Nixon and Reagan.

    Marx never said how to make a man like that into a revolutionary. He got a lot of things right, but that part was left out.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post Who Decided There Are No Crimes in MF Global Collapse? by masaccio.

    2013-07-08 17:36:24View | Delete

    Because the customer money he was shifting around was already stolen from somebody by JP Morgan, and they would like to have the investigation before the trail leads to them. “It’s OK officer. This is just a misunderstanding. We will take care of it from here.”

  • What about the tax penalty for non insurance? Will they be obligated to provide something to buy before they can fine you?

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post MF Global Was Just Following The Law Sort Of by masaccio.

    2013-06-29 12:06:28View | Delete

    Meanwhile, here in my home state, a local meth-head was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing copper wire from the phone company.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post How Much Stress Can We Take?

    2013-06-16 12:12:48View | Delete

    I am afraid that any attempt to organize or resist will meet the same fate as the Occupy Wall Street movement which was crushed by a ruthless,coordinated, nation wide (even world wide) crackdown by police and security forces.

    It is clear to me that this dragnet data mining is not meant for those few pitiful “terrorists” out there. It is for the ability to snuff out any kind of domestic organization that threatens the financial and corporate oligarchy.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post C. Wright Mills Explains the End of Liberalism

    2013-05-12 10:21:05View | Delete

    I think that what you are saying is true. The question remains: what is going to happen as the situation for us continues to deteriorate?

    I have been reading a lot of history in the last year or so – American Revolution, French Revolution, the “European Spring” of 1848, The American Civil War, the Paris Commune, the Progressive Movement, Civil Rights Movement,etc. etc.. In all of them the spark started a flame that then extinguished itself. I am myself more than half way to being an anarchist such as I can understand what that is.All I can see ahead is a flash, a bang and black smoke clearing to reveal a ruin.

    Do you have hope?

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the blog post Chained-CPI, The Media and Governing by Con

    2013-04-10 11:07:09View | Delete

    The great con job of the tax cut extension was focusing attention on the extension of cuts for the gap between $250k and $400K. Completely unmentioned was the relatively enormous FICA tax increase dumped on the lower income people by the FICA tax holiday being allowed to expire.

    This con is focusing on some high income tax deductions while the chained CPI is increasing taxes all the way down by slowing down the upper movement of tax brackets. It would be interesting to see a balance between the savings of the chained CPI on benefits versus the increase tax revenue.

    Classic misdirection to cheat the rubes. Who are the people with the above $250K incomes? The Washington and New York news media people and the professional lobbyists and political operatives.

    Keep your eye on the pea.

  • Pragmatic Realist commented on the diary post Income Security For The 1%. by TomThumb.

    2013-04-10 11:00:20View | Delete

    The great con job of the tax cut extension was focusing attention on the extension of cuts for the gap between $250k and $400K. Completely unmentioned was the relatively enormous FICA tax increase dumped on the lower income by the FICA tax holiday being allowed to expire. This con is focusing on some high income [...]

  • It was clear to me that neither Al Gore or John Kerry really wanted to be president either. Certainly they didn’t put up a fight to keep from losing after the election.

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