Democracy and its pal capitalism

Had a thought on the way to work this morning — in a democratic country with an essentially capitalistic economy, war instincts are sublimated to other kinds of survival efforts, like making money. If this is true, democracies are healthy things.

Or to reverse it…

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The More Things Change…

Received an interesting email forwarded by a friend:

“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

(Cicero, 55 B.C.)
 
So, what have we learned in two millennia?” 

Are we really that badly off?


 

Why I love newspapers

Or is it newscreens, newswebs or newsnets?  I haven’t bought a paper paper in more than a year.  One of my fav’s, TOI, isn’t available at my local newsstand. What’s the newsstand guy going to do when we’re all reading digitally?

Today at NYTimes.com

Green Waves of Revolution

There’s a green revolution, like a tsunami, coming.
Wave after wave of green technology that has been pent up for many years, hiding behind Bushes, well more like hiding from the Bushes.
The flood gates are open, the garage scientists bent on saving our planetary lives can come out of the closet and mass produce their passionate dreamy techno greeny products.

I have been asking around to see if any of these green jobs are on the grow, retrofitting our cribs to the new green grid. Maybe installing solar systems on your roof or twisty turbines, with two way power play and checks from utility shmecks.

Yo

derek

Death To The Running Dogs Of Capitalism!

The Sunday Times of India carries a nice article by Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar ” Capitalism is reinventing itself.” He points out how the current dooms day forecasts about capitalism being in its last throes are nothing new.

For almost 150 years, experts have been writing its obituary:

Karl Marx claimed capitalism was dying in the 1850s.
Rosa Luxemburg – 1913 The Accumulation of Private Capital pronounced “..imperialism is ..prolonging…capitalism. It is also a sure means of bringing it to a swift conslusion.”
Lenin in 1916 Imperialism:the last stage of capitalism.
Ferdinand Fried, 1930, The End of Capitalism.
Karl Mannheim in 1940, Man and Society in an Age of Reconstruction said democracy could only survive without capitalism.
AJP Taylor declared on the BBC in 1955 nobody believes in the American way of life.
The Indian communists have for the last 60 years been declaring capitalism is now in its last death throes.

Isn’t it strange then that the only death throes we have witnessed in our lifetimes have been that of the  fountainhead of communism?  I am now firmly of the opinion that a sure fire way of losing money is to listen to the left. I’m happy to manage my own affairs tyvm and let them keep redistributing their poverty.

Have a great week end all of you. Am off for a break till Thursday.

Dara