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  1. Feb 2015
    1. So community development still seems like some radical, untried idea. But it’s not. It was extensively tried. It just didn’t work.

      The tyranny of participation

    1. I think a properly-designed city could eliminate 80% of daily living expenses while providing a quality of life far beyond what we experience today. And I think this future will have to happen because the only other alternative is an aggressive transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor by force of law. I don’t see that happening.

      It's strange how he sees this crazy-well-designed city happening but not a transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor.

    1. Polls show that while voters do not like income inequality and think the government should try to reduce it, very few consider it a high-priority issue. In January, a CBS/New York Times poll asked Americans to identify the top issue facing the country. Only 3 percent cited the income gap between the rich and poor — well below the 18 percent who listed the economy and jobs. It’s a finding consistent with many other polls over the years. Last August, the Reason-Rupe poll asked whether Congress should concentrate more on increasing economic growth or reducing income inequality. Growth won, 74 percent to 20 percent.

      This is actually really interesting. I wonder how this compares to other countries. Do people care less about inequality all over the world than they care about job opportunities?

    1. "We are going to demand debt reduction, and the money Germany owes us from World War II, including reparations,"

      This is so interesting... it is very rare for a country to phrase its economic troubles in the context of a history of uneven development. In other words, Germany's economic success is attributable to the way it has coercively instituted unequal trade relationships, making countries like Greece economic 'peripheries' or backwaters, both dependent on and always more impoverished than their saviors. Demanding reparations is one way to change the conversation.

  2. Jan 2015
    1. Google styles itself as a friendly, funky, user-friendly tech firm that rose to prominence through a combination of skill, luck, and genuine innovation. This is true. But it is a mere fragment of the story. In reality, Google is a smokescreen behind which lurks the US military-industrial complex.

      Nafeez Ahmed is doing some interesting things to journalism now that he was fired from the Guardian. He funded this article through a kickstarter campaign. Excited to read this piece, haven't gotten around to it yet.

    1. similar to Boys and Girls Clubs in the United States

      You mean, similar to the Black Panthers Party and neighborhood watches... strange that these kinds of things are supported when fighting the war on drugs abroad, but criminalized when fighting the war on drugs at home.

    1. SYRIZA and its government are committed to business people in Texas, the Bilderberg Club, the City of London. . . They are already committed to big capital.

      It's hard to agree with this when Syriza is such a diverse party... I wouldn't be too sure, in the long run, and it's starting to look like they back up their claims with even more left-wing actions.