Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Slavery by Degrees

Slavery comes in degrees according to how little choice economically desperate people have. Whatever increases poverty thus enables slavery, even if it is not officially recognized as such. Some examples take place within U.S. protectorates, lending a facade of freely exchanged labor. UN agencies like the IMF, World Bank, and WTO arguably contribute to this inhumane situation.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Slogan is Attack

Nelson Mandela always said, "The slogan is attack."

Progressives, however, have for the most part been defensive, part of which stems from political illiteracy and an absence of logic. In other words, the failure of progressives to invest in strategic ideas has had lethal consequences. Given that most self-identified progressives support the fundable strategy of advocacy and the corollary tactics developed by the moral theatrics industry, it is no surprise that progressive values have failed to prevail in the war of ideas.

The other key shortcoming of progressives is that due to their conciliatory nature and reliance on others to fight their battles for them, no movement has yet to mobilize. Advocating for progressive policy change while ignoring violation of the democratic process is a dead end; no progress can be made until the anti-democratic movement is successfully confronted and defeated.

When progressives avoid the conflict necessary to make their rhetoric reality, they enter negotiations waving a white flag.

You get what you're willing to fight for.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

International Architecture

To be effective, the UN Climate Change Conference in 2009 will need to avail itself of the traditional knowledge offered by the Indigenous Caucus this week in Poznan. Continuing to exclude these experts on conservation economics dooms the UN process to failure. An international architecture that ignores 1/3 of humanity simply cannot succeed.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Bad News

Palestinians expect Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be worse than Condoleeza Rice in terms of her support for Israeli Apartheid. Citing Senator Clinton's vociferous rejection of the International Criminal Court's findings against Israel for ethnic cleansing, Palestinian scholars anticipate increased acts of genocide by the Israeli state. Clinton and Obama's close ties to AIPAC cement the view that Palestinian human rights stand little chance for improvement any time soon.

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