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"Before the West was the West" essay below by Tadit Anderson, leading video is an interview with Peter Kingsley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow-_G26lpOk

The above link is to an interview with Peter Kingsley who is a scholar regarding what is usually referred to as Pre Socratic philosophy. Though Kinsley emphasizes the mystical interpretation of the philosophy typical of Parmenides, there is more of a philosophic metaphysical interpretation as well which has major implications for a commons centered economics

How to End the Crisis by Marriner S. Eccles Posted on Sept. 13, 2012 thanks to Stephanie Kelton UMKC NEPblog

When you put this statement in both the historical context and under present circumstances it is utterly stunning to read such clarity of purpose and response. If the current duopoly now masking as the Democratic Leadership Council, with the take over of the RNC by the extremists, including the angry, the unhinged, the deeply naive, and unfortunately only the usual harvesting and occupation by the dys-functional.

"May Day: The Real Meaning" By John F. Henry, April 30, 2012 posted at New Economic Perspectives

In the United States, the real meaning of May Day has been largely forgotten. To be sure, there is a “Labor Day,” a time for picnics and various festivities, but May 1 has been converted—not without reason and not without malice—into “Law Day.” In 1921, following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, May Day was renamed “Americanization Day.” In 1958, May Day became “Loyalty Day,” and later that year, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 “Law Day.”

How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ by George Lakey, Waging Non-violence, Jan. 26, 2012

Readers, I can think of no better way to celebrate May 1st as International Labor Day, than to re-publish this article. In effect the economic and fiscal reforms were markedly post Keynesian-like but actually prior to Keynes's General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money in Feb. 1936, or Adolph Lowe, Abba Lerner, Hyman Minsky, or the rest of the authentic post-Keynesian lineage. Note Well that Milton Friedman and Paul Krugman et al are effectively bastard-Keynesians. for now, Tadit Anderson

"Class War For Idiots," By Yasha Levine

“…everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious.”

—Arthur Young; 1771

" Debt and Democracy: Has the Link been Broken?" By Michael Hudson, UMKC, New Economic Perspectives, Dec 5, 2011

A longer version of the article will appear in the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung on December 5th, 2011

Book V of Aristotle’s Politics describes the eternal transition of oligarchies making themselves into hereditary aristocracies – which end up being overthrown by tyrants or develop internal rivalries as some families decide to “take the multitude into their camp” and usher in democracy, within which an oligarchy emerges once again, followed by aristocracy, democracy, and so on throughout history.

"Which came first, money or debt?/The First 5,000 years" Interview with David Graeber by Gabriel Boylan Boston.com

A historian and provocateur says the modern problem with debt is really a problem with how we see it. THE WORD ITSELF is one we find chilling: debt. On a personal level, the burden of debt can hang over our lives and choke off our options; at the national level, worry about the ballooning US debt has threatened to paralyze both Washington and the economy as a whole.

The Tragic Background to Norwegian Fascism by Holger Terp, Archivist and Secretary Danish Peace Academy

Friends, this is an excellent historical analysis of corporatism in Norway. There are extensive references to original resources, though I have little capacity to analyze the quality of the references, though it matches up fairly well with what is known about the phenomenon and rise of fascism elsewhere. This is written in a very global and more immediate integration that is one the level of social movements for forward and backward social movements and political economics. This article seems to deserve a much wider exposure than what it is likely to have generally.

Review of 'Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold,' by Leslie Kurke" reviewed by L. Randall Wray, UMKC Economics Dept.

Readers, this is well written review of an important book to the history of monetary economics. There are further implications for the history of political economics. Though Wray mentions the importance of this book to monetary theorists, it also presses a major shift in how the economics and history of the region does not coincide with the interpretations generally applied.

Roots of the Current Fiscal Crisis of the State: New Class Wars: 1980-1992. Ralph Larkin, from his blog

The overthrow of the Eastern Establishment by capitalists from the Southern rim was called by my friend Danny Foss, "The Revolt of the Needy Rich." As I noted in my previous blog, this particular sector of capital became wealthy through the largess of the federal government. Take, for example, Southern California; on the surface, we think of Hollywood, real estate, and all those wonderful prepared environments that tourists like to visit, such as the San Diego Zoo and Safari Preserve, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, and so forth.

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