What I remember of the Korean War was that the north invaded the south and nearly took over the entire peninsula. McArthur came in with US troops and eventually won back the south’s land and invaded the north closing in on the Chinese border. Then a cease fire was declared putting the separation line between the two countries at roughly where the old border was. I was only in the 9th grade at the time, but to me it seemed like a lot of fighting over nothing.
In the 1980’s PG County tried to one up the metro area counties by enticing DC residents to move there. They offered low cost housing and cheap apartments. It was a good idea on paper, as housing inside the city was scarce, and of poor quality with a few exceptions. The exodus was so large that the highway infrastructure could not handle it, so PG county destroyed many nice older homes and communities to lay down roads. It wrecked much of the nicer upper scale homes left in the area. Today PG county much resembles SE DC in crime rates, poor schools, and traffic congestion.
Many corporations put matching funds into their employees buying the company stock. The own stock myself from Lowe’s Hardware with matching funds contributed by the company to encourage the purchase of the stock. It doesn’t mean that the stock is only part mine. You could easily use your argument if it was referring to Enron’s workers paychecks. The inflation of the stock price was the result of energy deregulation and fixing the books to include profits on sales in the company to the company itself. I’m not sure what Clinton’s market had to do with it, but we might know if Cheney had released the papers concerning his meetings with the energy giant. Of course Cheney too apparently was a victim of a “Clinton runaway market”, as when he was CEO of Halliburtion they overstated their profits by 234 million dollars.
I’m not sure what gave you the impression of my lack of knowledge of centrally planned economies (or coordinator controlled economies), but there were input from the consumers (on paper anyway). It was supposed to include information from various production industries (such as farmers for instance) about the level of production and cross reference that data with consumption boards who were designed to collect data on the public’s needs. The Soviet leadership discarded this as soon as power was seized in order to benefit themselves. As for your description of the profit system you are correct, except it frequently does give consumers what they want, but instead what they are likely to sell. Furthermore, only a market system requires capital in order to build an infrastructure. You are correct in that consumers had no voice in the Soviet Union, however every centrally planned economy must make frequent adjustments, just as our own economy does. The key problem is who’s making the adjustments and for whom are they making them for. Capitalist elites make major decisions in a market system to benefit capitalist elites. Central planner elites make major economic decisions to benefit central planners. What does a stock price have to do with overproduction? I was referring to overproduction leading to waste, not older technologies. Market systems create overproduction because the loss of profits from underproduction is usually greater. It doesn’t have anything to do with what the public’s needs are and everything to do with making the most money. If markets produced things that people wanted then why are there advertising on radio and television? If markets produced things that people wanted then why do record companies produce fewer and lousy records when the public wants more records? Music consumers overwhelmingly want free file sharing of songs, does the market produce it? No. You have to hook up the file sharing sources based in The Netherlands in order to do so, and you can only do with the risk of getting sued. The public overwhelmingly wants more choice on the radio (from music, news, and other programs), including local voices. What does the market produce? Fewer choices and limiting local voices. Suppose you visit a prison commissary. How much of the stuff on their menu would you like to eat? Most people would pass. Now suppose then you get arrested, and you’re in the prison. Now how does the commissary’s menu look? The market doesn’t produce things that the public wants so much as the public reshapes their desires to what the market produces. Centrally planned economies aren’t the answer and neither are market based economies.
Sometimes union participation is voluntary, and but usually union participation only happens with great risk to the workers. It’s true that there are unions that are corrupt, too many in the 1980’s became friends of management. The average living space of people in various countries have more to do with population density then income levels when comparing England to the United States. On average German workers make almost 60% more in income then Americans do, and English workers make 20% more. It is true that it’s not what you make, but what you keep. However, German and English workers also enjoy free higher education as well as free health care. I’m not sure what Canadians make, but their high taxes which creates a free health care system enables Canadians to live longer then Americans, as well as supply many in the United States with cheap subsidized drugs. Another failure of the market.
I’m not a journalist true, but considering I have to go to independent media to know the effects of poverty in this country to me doesn’t seem to put a feather in Wallace’s hat. As for Dan Rather he’s no Walter Croncike. AFDC was eliminated under Clinton. As for welfare, it doesn’t allow for many to apply. Welfare to work programs don’t help many families and only acts to bring down wages of other workers. If you think you can get medical services without insurance, you’re sadly mistaken. I’ve known people who have had to rob pharmacies in order to get prescription drugs because they could not afford to see a doctor or pay for the prescription. It’s a major crime, but that doesn’t seem to matter when you are facing death. It’s true that “if you teach a man to start a fire he’s warm for a day, set a man on fire and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” As for the fish, maybe the market can produce some in the Hudson river that isn’t filled with mercury. Don’t hold your breath though. When did I say that you didn’t put in your time for the GI Bill? The GI Bill was one of the best ideas this country ever had, and was responsible in part for creating the modern American middle class. Many people have benefited from it, including myself. My father bought a home with a VA loan (he was drafted by Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis), and because of that I will one day own a home. Nevertheless, it’s still a government hand out.
Ah, Pete Seegar’s old group. Never liked his stuff much. I preferred Credence Clearwater Revival. Bach has survived 300 years, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t a hack. He couldn’t hold a match to Strauss or Vivaldi. Maybe to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tchaikovsky’s work was a century ahead of his time, whose sense of melody rivals that of Mozart and his intricate sense of crescendo is better then anyone I’ve ever heard. Check out his “Capriccio Italien”.
I don’t know where you got it that Barak excepted 95% of Arafat’s demands. I would suspect that Jews aren’t welcomed in Arabic states partially because of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and partially because many Arabs live in oppressive states. I’d also remind you that there are over a million Jews in Israel who want violence against the Palestinians to end. I’m not sure what you mean that I stated that the US doesn’t allow Jews to live in Arabic countries. I don’t consider any act of terrorism “heroic”, whether its engaged by Palestinians, Israelis, or Americans. Calling these people “monsters who need to be destroyed” only shows that you see no humanity in the Palestinian people. Many people use such a representativeness heuristic in order to justify the boots they place on others’ faces.
Who cares what language Chinese pilots and Russian air controllers use?
You have to use fossil fuels to utilize hydrogen power? I don’t remember using any gasoline when making hydrogen gas in chemistry class. Environmentalists fight the building of roads in forests because one, they pollute the local habitat, and two, they are used by companies to cut down the forests. If you think unregulated logging is a good thing, try to get some Brazilian rosewood. It’s one of the most beautiful and finest woods on earth, but is now nearly impossible to get because the market somehow couldn’t foresee that some things are limited. Strange enough, the market also see the planet as an infinite trash can as well. Wind power would likely be most utilized on the sea or on the plains. It couldn’t supply the entire nation of course, but neither does nuclear power. Oil is cheaper only because it is highly subsidized and the public pays the costs of the effects of using such a power source. Using 12% of US farmland, and utilizing biomass from hemp you could supply this country’s entire fuel needs. Hemp provides 4 times the energy as the most popular biomass source, corn. Diesel fuel can be made out of used vegetable oil (the kind they use to cook french fries in at McDonalds) without any conversion of the engine. Hemp also has the advantage of growing faster then corn, and year round in the right climates, growing as high as 7 feet in as little as 2 months. Also hemp would help reduce global warming from excess CO2 production because an acre of hemp produces 5 times more oxygen then an acre of trees. Fuel from biomass can also be made into high octane fuel, without the side effect of sulfur emissions, which would eliminate issues with acid rain. We could stop importing all oil from the Middle East and other places in the world in a year this country did this, with little (maybe no) engine transformation in our automobiles. This isn’t a new idea. In the 1920’s some automobiles and farm equipment ran off of biomass fuels instead of fossil fuels. This would also have a benefit in stopping the flow to US dollars to the Middle East, supplying the funds for terrorists to blow up our buildings. Apparently the market in its infinite wisdom couldn’t deliver that either.
Apparently you seem to think one week that no one knows what Kerry believes, and then another week seem to think that Kerry still believes what his former colleagues believe. Don’t tell the RNC, they might label you a flip-flopper.
I’m not sure what you want from me as to describing what “controlling the production in factories” means. Maybe I’m defining it, but it means that the workers make production decisions instead of the bosses. There’s dozens of ways to organize this, and it works just fine structurally. As I mentioned before there are dozens of co-ops that use this method all over the United States and Canada who enjoy a faster growth rate then the US economy is currently experiencing. If you wish for me to go into details on how this is done let me know.
Anarcho-syndicalism didn’t fail in Spain because it was a failed idea. The fall of Barcelona happened because the fascists overtook the country by force, they had the entire Third Reich behind them. Like I just said in the last paragraph, anarchosyndicalist principles are still used in many co-ops all over the United States and Canada. When Nixon dismantled the Bretton Woods system it deregulated capital and no longer fixed the American dollar to the gold standard. This has led to an explosion in financial speculation, which makes various economies around the world unstable, as those south of the Rio Grande have learned. This in turn makes our own economy less stable, while the financial speculation doesn’t produce anything. I wasn’t aware a MBA was needed to find a small town in New Hampshire.
I’m not sure what creditable people have called into question Kerry’s war record. I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider Karl Rove very credible. You seem to repeat a lot of the GOP’s mantra, that the Democratic party has abandoned their principles. The GOP is about a decade too late, it was Bob Dole who complained in the 1996 election that Clinton kept stealing his ideas. I’m not sure that moving the Democratic party to the center, as Clinton did, was an essential part of their principles. Perhaps the principles that the Democratic party abandoned that the GOP is bemoaning were the ideas of the Dixiecrats (as Zell Miller once was). If they want to go that far back in time maybe Republicans should embrace federalism over state sovereignty as Lincoln once did.
Like I said earlier Rather is no Walter Kronkite. I find it surprising that the White House didn’t jump all over the memo issue, and instead let their lap dogs in the media spin it. Perhaps they’re afraid of having to answer questions as to what information the memo contains. So lets review shall we? In 2000 the Bush team said they released all the information on Bush’s military record. They lied. Then in February 2004 the Bush team again said they released all the information on Bush’s military record. They lied. Then Russart asks Bush a straight question and asks him if he will release his military records. “Yes”, Bush lied. Then the Pentagon says “Opps. We lost the microfiche.” They lied. Mysteriously they find the microfiche a few weeks later. Do they release Bush’s records? No. Can we say “flip-flop”? I noticed that none of the White House lap dogs criticized the Boston Globe with their article on the topic. Now the AP has had to sue in order for them to release the records, and we’ll see what happens next week. For right now, it seems the best information on the topic can be found at The AWOL Project.
I’m not sure what liberal media bias you’re talking about. As a journalist, you should know better then I that the media has a bigger bias over not insulting the advertiser and keeping investigations cheap. You might want to check out the radio program “Counter Punch” about the media’s various biases. You can find them on the FAIR website (http://www.fair.org/). I don’t know how much cement factories go for, but the Iraqis seemed to think it went for $800,000. Both Condi Rice and Colon Powell have said publicly they will be leaving at the end of the year. Wolfowitz and Rumsfield have mentioned the same thing, and before the RNC convention many in the Republican leadership was trying to knock Cheney off the ticket. I’m not sure who they’d replace Powell with for Secretary of State. Arnold maybe?
Additional: It seems a great deal has happened today (Monday). So here’s a few more points: There’s an L.A. Times article you ought to read. Here’s the internet address for it:
The LA Times
It seems that yes, CBS did report on forged documents. But something struck me funny two weeks ago on Friday when the media began to report on this.. The very next day it was all over the news that the documents were forged. Strange. Somehow the entire media knew that the memos were forged in 24 hours. Then within days the right wing media seemed convinced that it was the DNC that forged the documents and passed them to Rather. That’s strange, why would the DNC do such a thing, when there’s enough of Bush’s record that is already public to raise questions about Bush’s record? The LA Times identified that it was Harry MacDougald who within HOURS of the CBS broadcast identified the memos as forged. So who is this Harry MacDougald? It seems he’s a Republican operative, who among other things led the way for getting Bill Clinton disbarred. Newsweek is reporting that the documents may have been forged by Republican operatives and passed anonymously to former Texas National Guardsman (and Bush critic) Bill Burkett, who then shared the documents with 60 Minutes. If this is true, and the media reports it, then the Bush camp is in some serious trouble.
More bad news from Iraq. Violence there is getting worse, 1,032 troops are now dead, and over 7,000 wounded. A report on Iraq’s future makes the situation look even bleaker, and a Civil War may break out. Meanwhile Bush continues to tell the American public that things are rosy in Iraq while two REPUBLICAN senators (McCain and I believe Lugar) express concerns that things are seriously going wrong. Meanwhile it seems that British lawyer Phil Shiner has uncovered more Iraqi prison abuses, this time in Mosul. The prison there was dubbed “The Disco” for using western music played at deafening levels as a torture technique. Apparently other abuses occurred at the Disco such as prisoners being hooded, stripped naked, beaten unconscious, and doused with cold water. One prison was said to have been found on the floor with his rectum bleeding from the sexual assault that took place.
Now we get to anarcho-syndicalism. Where? Argentina. Argentina a few years back were one of the wealthiest Latin American countries, but in 2001 their economy collapsed. Argentina was so privatized that even street signs had sponsors. After the economic collapse over 60 percent of the country were unemployed. Capital flight was a real problem as tens of billions of dollars left the country. Enter Zanon Ceramics: The company had received millions of dollars in government subsidies and still somehow couldn’t manage to turn over a profit. Finally the bosses decided to up and leave and find someplace cheaper to do business. What did the workers do? They took over the plant. The Zanon workers opened the shop back up and have been running the factory themselves for the last two years. The workers have created a work system where all decisions are made democratically, each worker has one vote, and every worker gets the same salary. What are the results? Today Zanon Ceramics is the largest ceramics producer in all of Latin America. The tile is cheaper, and the workers make more money. The company is receiving zero subsidies from the government and they still turn out a huge profit. They even donate tile to local hospitals. The owners have attempted to evict them 6 times and have failed. Every time the police come so does huge crowds of Argentines who put up fences and put their bodies between the factory and the police to allow them to keep the shop open. Because of the threat of the police the factory is guarded by the workers 24/7, with each worker armed with a simple sling shot and some marbles. Their motto is “Occupy! Resist! Produce!” This is happening in some other Argentine factories as well, and is proof that an anarcho-syndicalist, hell, a DEMOCRATIC workplace can work, and quite possibly work better and more efficient then a capitalist based one.