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"Reclaiming China's "Open Sea" Foreign Policy?" book by Abdul Sheriff, review by Chambi Chachage, Feb 23, 2011

Readers, If you combine this with the history of the Persian Empire as organized to be a protectorate of the western portion of the Silk Road with the sea borne and over land, and with the contours of international trade by the Phoenicians and Phoceans there seems to be a continuity in several ways. Add to this that the realms of the east from about 300 CE became a refuge for scholars and intellectuals from Egypt and the general mediterranean area post Emperors Constantine and then Julian.

"The German Communist Party and the crisis of 1923" By Graham Milner

Readers, I am sharing this article to draw a parallel between the pre-Weimar collapse and the current political escapades relative to the management of the global and national economies. The Weimar government has certain similarities to the current Obama administration in the US. The situation in the US seems to be poised a continuing failure by "social," (read as "corporate") democrats. The triangulation by the "Tea Party" corporatists completes a corporate deadlock, and no substantive reform being possible.

'New England’s hidden history More than we like to think, the North was built on slavery.' By Francie Latour September 26, 2010

Readers, This is an article based upon a wonder project of historical work. It is effectively about the economic origins of the colonies in north America which later became the United States under the Confederation of States.While the southern states were operated upon an agricultural economy, the northern economy was more mixed. By the time that the fiction of the Continental Congress came about, it is easier to see why the northern gentry chose to ally themselves with the southern plantation owners.

"Winner Take All Politics" Review "The Importance of the 1970s" By James Kwak Baseline Scenario

Readers, I've saying for years that this whole process began over thirty years ago. It is actually not news in that there have been commentators who have observed the same process, though it was not connected to the finance sector itself. It started as a mobilization of resources clearly with a corporatist agenda. So for my friend that is fond attributing this mess to the baby boomers, actually they were only willing dupes. The important question becomes how do we resist and subvert this process.

"Hormel Strike a Key Event in Nation’s Labor History" by Peter Rachleff August 18, 2010

From the late summer of 1985 into the early spring of 1986, the small town of Austin, Minnesota, figured prominently in the national news. The dramatic themes and issues, twists and turns, of a labor conflict there captured the national imagination. This interest was not merely passive, as more than thirty support committees formed across the U.S. and aid for the strikers came from nineteen countries. This strike touched a raw, deep nerve.

"Suburban Sprawl and the Decline of Social Capital " by: Anthony DiMaggio, 22 August 2010

Readers, this is pretty basic stuff as it stands. In reading the article it would be well to remember that the shaping of our "culture" was entirely intentional, as a basis for stimulating consumption and sustaining various prejudices including racism. As social capital we may very well need to concentrate on how to reverse engineer the current embedded assumptions and structural priorities as a legacy. In many ways this essay only scratches the surface of the obliged discussion. More later, Tadit Anderson

Why Long Commutes Are Bad for the American Body and Mind

A Countercultural Conversation With Noam Chomsky by Mr. Fish. Truthdig Aug 5, 2010

Readers, Here the definition of "countercultural" is in opposition to the corporate regime and its courtiers. It would have turn our attention away from commenting on the Emperor Nero playing his fiddle, toward the fact that Rome is burning, Rome being the rest of us, the peasants perhaps. This is the consequence of corporatist control of mass media providing entertainment to placate and pacify the masses with their own private viewing of the corporatist unreality.

Why the Feds Fear Thinkers Like Howard Zinn , Chris Hedges, Truthdig Aug 1, 2010

Readers, in case there is any mystery why I would post an article about Howard Zinn in the context of a website that concentrates on economic issues, the reason is simple enough, Zinn's history IS economic history as told in the perspective of those who have been abused and exploited as justified in the name of wealth or wealth extraction. The oligarchy's history is not only wrong, and it is intended to deceive people and to sanctify racism and elitism.

Debt: The First Five Thousand Years By David Graeber

Readers, the important distinction to be aware of is the difference of debt from money as a basis for and as units of exchange. Graeber is focusing upon debt and indebtedness, as does Innes. Graeber also explores the patterns of economies which were not oriented toward debt as gift economies. The modern use of the concept of money is a bit different. Admin

A Memory of Howard By Daniel Ellsberg


I just learned that my friend Howard Zinn died today. Earlier this morning, I was being interviewed by the Boston Phoenix, in connection with the February release of a documentary in which he is featured prominently. The interviewer asked me who my own heroes were, and I had no hesitation in answering, first, “Howard Zinn.”

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