Couldn't agree more!"Our Policy on Cuba has been wrong starting with the Bay of Pigs."Absolutely. Kennedy chickened out at the last minute and left us in the lurch!"We need to respect other people's rights of self-determination."And demand that the Cuban people's right of self-determination be respected, as in for example, having a say on who governs the farm."Certainly Cuba today reflects greater economic and social equality than our own country."True. Other than one small family (and members of their close circle) with private jets, a maximum-security estate, their own bank in London (look up Havin International) and absolute power over the lives of 11 million servants, everyone else in the island is equally poor.
Why do people continue to refer to America as a democracy? Because we vote? People voted in the Eastern Bloc as well. We have freedom of speech? Yes, because it doesn't threaten anyone. Real political and economic power is concentrating in an ever smaller circle of hands. We are a democracy in name only. In practice, we are something else entirely.
That the U.S. is a plutocracy is a given. It is no different than Putin and his ilk. What needs to happen is a real depression, where all the 'too big to fail' guys, hiding under the skirts of auntie Sam, actually do fail and the oinkers who circle the trough lose their collective shirts. The big problem in the U.S. is, sadly, there is increasingly no voice for the 'little guy' in Washington. Where is the contemporary Mr. Smith?
We created these monsters and perpetuate them through our insane and illogical dependence on fossil fuels. In this country, we circle the Kabaa of the petrochemical tyrants who (along with the other corporate pirates) are the real power behind the throne no matter who is in the White House.
Thank you for pointing this out. Rarely will one hear about the real economic costs of the Hasidim community on the general taxpayer because the NY Times is petrified of even the threat of being labeled antisemitic, founded or unfounded. Instead, what we see in this paper are stories meant to evoke warm and fuzzy feelings for a culture that in reality shuns all those not enclosed within it's tight circle.
Just when I thought that I've become Desensitized to the Horror and Violence that War unleashes, I come across this single paragraph:(Each prisoner gave another a gift fashioned out of trash. Mr. Foley’s Secret Santa gave him a circle made from the wax of a discarded candle to cushion his forehead when he bowed down to pray on the hard floor.)......that brought tears to my eyes!There was nothing that these Cowardly Criminals could do, to strip away their Hostages' Humanity!!I am not Religious, but simple acts of Kindness (like that wax-circle). has helped to restore some of my (Lost) Faith in Humanity.......Peace, Love & Respect.
Dear Mr. EganThank you for the article and I could not agree with you more. I am now pushing 60 years of age and I have always considered myself, not just liberal, but far left. I use to think that liberals were smarter (I use the word “smart” very loosely and it encompasses things that we are not able to measure) than conservatives. I now believe that that is simply not true. I have found liberals, even when I agree with them, to be as hateful, bigoted, and dogmatic as their conservative counterparts. I have come to the conclusion that the political spectrum is not a line but a circle. If the top of the circle is middle of the road (a term that needs definition but is beyond the scope of this post), the nutcases meet at the bottom.