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"There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees", Rick Perry. Astonishing numbers of people want to separate and move to the other side, be it blue or red . Posted by Michael Butler, Thursday, December 29, 2011
This article is so important it has now been posted twice. I fear we may go to war again. The rational behind the scenes will be to stimulate the economy through supporting jobs in the corporate Merchants of Death. So we go war to save our economy. That will not work. The best chance is if we borrow heavily at the current low rates to stimulate education and infrastructure. We cannot go back to the period of Hunter/Gatherers. It is gone as are the other cycles. Now we to have to create. Creativity is what America is great for. Now is the time for change. Take the historical lessons, know our history-the world's history, and act upon tem. This is a very exciting time. Let us take the high road. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Sunday, December 25, 2011
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Posted by Michael Butler, Friday, December 16, 2011
I think what we have here is a 'globalization of awareness' . Humanity has reached a near point-of-no-return. It may be we are beyond that point. Let us try to be optimistic and posit that there are some chances for change. We had a burst of hope with Barak Obama's promise. That hope has pretty well disappeared due to the gravity of our problems, his dependence on who were picked to guide him. The financial rape of the world's economy, the plundering of our planets resources and the growth of fascism have thrown humanity into such disarray that the most unsophisticated recognize something is wrong. This awareness, coupled with rapid communication of the internet, have created common concern.
Bit by bit we are seeing, in varying degrees, approaches to revolution. Let us pray for non-violence, evolution instead of revolution. For America, with our attitudes and history of violence this does not bode well. Progressive causes will be lost for fear of lack of security. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Sunday, December 11, 2011
This is a double-header:
Now we have 'The End of the Consumerist Model' which was posted last week on MBCivic by Mike Blaxil and I include again the link.
Now I give you Pat Hunter's comments on Thom Hartman's writings posted in my last MBBlog.
No subject is more important than the realization that the historic model of capitalism must and will change. It is going to be a rough ride. Many, perhaps most people, certainly of the 1%, do not recognize that famous album title, 'Forever Changes'. To survive we must change. The faster the better, the non-violent the best. We went from the Industrial Age to the Financial Age. We are now entering the Cultural Age. Let us hope that the transition is graceful and civilized, that not too many bodies are left in its wake.
Please read all of these, harbingers of our future. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Tuesday, November 29, 2011
We often hear 'to big to fail' about banks, corporations, monopolies, media and so forth. I often wonder if federal governments of whatever persuasion do not have a similar problem. Take North Dakota as an example. A sparsely populated state has been able to protect itself by avoiding size as a mantra. By localizing its banking structure it has taken care of local problems in a local way-knowledge. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Sunday, November 20, 2011
Whether you are Democrat, Independent or Republican it is important that you have this information. It shows the background of the current political stalemate which is destroying our country. Republican aggressiveness compared to Democrat disarray delivers us to limbo. The only possible explanation is that both parties are beholden to corporate interests-which is probably the facts. As a nation we have elected representatives who are so ineffective that we must question our national IQ when in comes to civics. With social studies under attack in our educational system and history relegated to minor studies what can one expect. Was it Franklin who said, 'Now you have a Republic, if you can keep it'. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Saturday, November 12, 2011
Bill Moyers, one of our greatest journalists speaks out in clear, concise for all of us in the same boat. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Friday, November 4, 2011
Well, sooner or later the MIC would have to really start putting the financial squeeze on us. Extortion, blackmail whatever you want to call it. We were warned by none other than President Eisenhower in his final speech to the nation. He was going to name it the Military Industrial Congressional Complex. You know, our politicians were already on the take. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Sunday, October 30, 2011
Karl Sanda sent this video. I am a great fan of Bill Moyers work. Somehow I missed this which was broadcast 9 april 2009. It is current history so pertinent to the crisis of today. It concisely explains the causes of the depression of today. 30 minutes and worth everyone. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Wednesday, October 19, 2011
More information about the 'Pied Piper' of America. Historically understanding how we got into the mess we are in. No point in continued blame. Reagan is no longer with us. However, let us hope we can learn from the past. The danger is the continuous idolatry of his philosophy by too many politicians of both parties. Nice man but a disastrous leader. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Saturday, October 15, 2011
Many have felt that the downward slide of America was the work of Richard Nixon. It certainly began with his 'War on Drugs' and racial manipulation of the South. However the real 'eminence gris' of American politics is Ronald Reagan. Nixon did a lot more good than Reagan, who put the frosting on the cake of greed. His philosophy of 'Greed is Good' started a trend which has become a nearly mortal disease for America. This article by Robert Perry deserves your attention. It counters many of the points of the idolization of perhaps the most dangerous of all the Presidents in our history. Our grandchildren will be paying for his excesses. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thanks to Judy Lynn-McDowell: This article is so overdue it is shameful to admit. HOW DARE the politicians and the corporate media use the word "entitlements" implying a gift from the government. This is our money, contributed by us and our employers, to give us a safety net for our security safe from the marauders of the financial world. No, it has been plundered by our elected representatives. They are nervous as their Ponzi scheme of taking from SS is coming due. So, change to terminology to cover the crime. "Entitlements" my Ass. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The lesson never to be ignored is what Ghandi accomplished in India by using nonviolence. We are in a precursor period of revolution. To see where violence will damage our desires for change, I would you to read about my personal experience:
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Posted by Michael Butler, Sunday, September 25, 2011
I have written many times that America's downward spiral had its genesis with what Richard Nixon wrought. However Reagan brought it to new heights of anti government rhetoric. "Government is the enemy" became the mantra. Emasculate the regulators. We have paid dearly for this negative approach. Now more idol making of a man who set up the roadmap for the destruction of the American middle class. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Friday, September 16, 2011
This is, in my opinion, the best plan I have seen. I hope you will take the time to read it and consider it. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Thursday, September 8, 2011
Well, posting this again from Civic because I'd like to note the words this article brings to mind:
Red Scare, Cold War, Truman, Dulles, Ike, War on Terror, external/internal enemies, critics, dissent, empire, globalization, neoliberalism, lobbyist rule, Democrats shill for the Right, education control, bread and circuses, celebrity, trivia.
Where do these terms take us? Fear is the mantra. Through fear the corporatocracy uses ruthless domination to win again and again.
NB: Even Eisenhower woke and warned us during his final address. The Military Industrial (Congressional) Complex. mb Posted by Michael Butler, Monday, September 5, 2011