• welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post The Barbarian’s Book Review: The Opium War, by Julia Lovell by Ohio Barbarian.

    2015-02-17 03:43:50View | Delete

    Very interesting, Barbarian. Thanks!

    This caused a revenue shortfall for the Qing, and they saw all of the silver flowing into British coffers in exchange for opium as an unacceptable trade deficit, and they tried to ban the trade. Besides, they could do that self-righteously, since opium is just a wee bit addictive, after all. British [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Upstairs Downstairs: The new American class-system economy by Jane Stillwater.

    2015-01-27 13:35:28View | Delete

    They look at you with utter disdain and ask: “What are you saying? Are you saying that wealth and success are inherently evil? Are you saying that those who succeed by inventing great things and those who create jobs for the masses shouldn’t be rewarded by our system? Are you saying that investors who takes [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Jeb Bush: The Next, and Maybe the Last, Emperor of the American Empire by Ohio Barbarian.

    2015-01-03 20:00:04View | Delete

    Always good to see you, Little Doggie. I do hope you noticed, though, that even in satire I predicted no “enlightened” moves to the left when the current system comes apart. The best I hope for is a mostly benevolent dictatorship that will leave me and mine alone, or maybe even present an opportunity for us [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Jeb Bush: The Next, and Maybe the Last, Emperor of the American Empire by Ohio Barbarian.

    2015-01-03 17:46:02View | Delete

    Happy New Year FDL!! I have no real insight into the dreary machinations of electoral politics. Frankly, given the macrotrends, I see no importance to such analyses. If you thought the last banking collapse was bad, stay tuned. Has anything really changed? Do you think the same bailout bill-of-goods can be sold again? I doubt [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-08 17:05:08View | Delete

    Until we are able to architect an economic system that rewards those who produce societal benefits with their labor rather than those who contribute to mere profits, most of Mr. Sanders economic micromanagement is DOA. Minimum wage, fair trade, even a living wage … all good. The problem is, though, that we cannot continue to [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post The Last Waltz by Elliott.

    2014-11-27 22:12:42View | Delete
  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Grand Jury Testimony Unlikely To Be Released in Michael Brown Shooting by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-25 07:17:01View | Delete

    The transcript is available here.

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Just Don’t Call It Democracy by Big Al .

    2014-11-17 22:38:54View | Delete

    Excellent discussion everyone … here’s my two cents. First, let’s start with the fundamental idea that capitalism and democracy cannot co-exist. When a citizen or group of citizens is able to buy more influence either through the direct funding of candidates and parties or through their control of the mass media, democracy becomes a sham. [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-30 16:10:14View | Delete

    As far as the Democratic Party is concerned, I think it’s hopeless. It’s way too entangled with corporatism and fascism (yeah, I know, they’re synonyms) to ever be reformed from within. Better to kill it and start with something fresh.

    The Democratic Party, and perhaps all parties, are poisoned by groupthink. Parties are followers; not leaders. [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Why the National 2014 Elections Just Don’t Matter to Most Americans by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-10-29 04:53:31View | Delete

    I think there is a difference between the parties but neither party is willing to reject the undemocratic abuses that capitalism imposes on our system of governance. The fundamental measure is that when the rich get richer, they don’t just get richer economically; they gain a disproportionate share of power. Under capitalism, “one man, one [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post “Imagine Living in a Socialist USA!” Rehabilitating a Forbidden Word by Deena Stryker.

    2014-07-27 06:05:40View | Delete

    The holy grail is “equally shared power” both within the political system and within the economic system. Any system that perverts the objective of equally shared power, for example capitalism or corporatism, must be destroyed. For far too long, Socialism has been branded a system of state control and as such it has not been [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Thank You For Your Service: At Last, A Truthful Response by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-07-18 06:16:39View | Delete

    Great post, Barbarian! This issue of how to perceive veterans is still perplexing to me. On one hand, you have the whole “needed a job” and “needed an education” motivation to join up. That’s pretty tough to criticize … on one level. But you also have memes like “what if they gave a war and [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Considering Love’s Importance to pre-Revolution & Creating a Better World by wendydavis.

    2014-07-11 06:22:55View | Delete

    No, some oppressors may never change, WelshT, but what I’d imagined, and failed to convey, was this. In order for massive numbers of us to understand that our government is completely illegitimate, and should go down and go home, loving compassion for our fellow citizens would build that solidarity as it spread.

    Exactly. The values we [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Considering Love’s Importance to pre-Revolution & Creating a Better World by wendydavis.

    2014-07-11 04:53:42View | Delete

    Sometimes you have to float like a butterfly and sometimes you have to sting like a bee. Oppressors must sometimes be overpowered; some will never be converted with love. Nevertheless, in the spirit of the thread, I offer the following: George Harrison – Isn’t It a Pity

    Isn’t it a pity Isn’t it a shame That not [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Living in the Wasteland of the Free by wendydavis.

    2014-07-03 14:43:01View | Delete

    I was saddened to learn about the recent passing of the great Jesse Winchester. Jesse was an anti-war activist who went to Canada rather than participate in the Vietnam War. He left us this gem before he departed. Jesse Winchester – Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding And, here’s a haunting song written by the late Townes Van Zandt and performed [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Living in the Wasteland of the Free by wendydavis.

    2014-07-03 12:41:18View | Delete

    Thanks, Wendy! I’m a huge fan of Iris DeMent’s but this is one I missed. What an incredible song!

    Many here are relatively comfortable, but may indeed have friends and loved ones who are suffering the slings and burning arrows of outrageous fortune being loosed upon us. Yes, we fear for own futures, but even more [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post The “Piketty Effect,” or the 1% can be harmful to your health by David Seaton.

    2014-06-29 14:27:05View | Delete

    To seek alternatives to “capping wealth”, it seems to me, should first and foremost require a clear path to capping excessive, undemocratic power. This obligation must be acknowledged whether wealth is “legally earned”, whether it’s inherited or whether it is obtained through corruption. Recognition of societal benefits potentially provided by entrepreneurs, for example pharmaceutical breakthroughs [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Notes on the new populism by David Seaton.

    2014-06-24 15:20:48View | Delete

    Here’s a quote from some old guy named Franklin something-or-other. No idea if he knew much about the good old USA but here was his comment on all this confiscation of wealth business:

    All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Notes on the new populism by David Seaton.

    2014-06-23 13:49:50View | Delete

    I thought your intent was to render the 1% incapable of using wealth to buy political favors: was I wrong?

    No, you are not wrong with that statement but that’s not what you previously said. You used a phrase something like rendering the wealthy politically impotent. I don’t want any citizen to be politically impotent; I [...]

  • welshTerrier2 commented on the diary post Notes on the new populism by David Seaton.

    2014-06-23 11:12:04View | Delete

    The post I replied to specifically excluded higher taxes and spoke of “stripping wealth” and “confiscating”, but instead of arguing what the implication is why don’t you just say what you mean? Do you want to strip and confiscate them down to the 90th percentile? The 10th? I’ll even give you an easy number to work [...]

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