Northern Dragon

… life in the twilight years of modern-day democracy …

Reflection

A Tale of Two Cookies – Economics 101

Today, I am following up with a new post in a series, which is delving into the foundations of modern-day capitalism. We have already seen how the accumulation of wealth is built into the very structure of the system, and how the incessant call for privatisation – far from being a way of making the public service sector more efficient – is generally merely an excuse for further concentration of wealth and power. Now, let us dig one level further down again. Into the world of the science behind it all…

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Greta Thunberg to World Leaders …. ‘🌎 How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’ 🌎 …. “!!

Originally posted on It Is What It Is:
~~September 23, 2019~~ GRETA THUNBERG A child doing the work of adults! Fighting for the rights of humans on this planet to have a ‘clean home’. Strong words! A ‘much-needed’ message. Will those in positions to change this listen? HortyRex© UN Climate Action Summit 2019 Greta Thunberg excoriates inaction on climate change at?#UNGA?summit: “We are at the beginning of a mass extinction…

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The Age of Reason

“So yes, we are not experiencing the best times, but there is reason to hope that we will see a better day.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, political figure We live in the age of reason. The gods have fallen and turned to dust and science has taken their place. We no longer worship at alters lit by candles and the uncertain flames of burning offerings, and we […]

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Greenhouse Miscalculations

The debate about global warming is raging hot these days, and no wonder. Not only is the weather more volatile than ever, but the topic is apparently tricky enough that even scientists are getting lost trying to traverse it. So how is the rest of us going to have a chance of finding out what is up and down? A case in point. Recently there was a scientist who appeared […]

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The Alt-Right Playbook

I was visiting a friend the other day, drinking coffee and chatting about stuff and politics, when he suddenly turns to me and asks, “By the way, have you seen this?” And turning on the screen, he went to YouTube, “The Alt-Right Playbook: You Go High, We Go Low”. I am not sure that “flabbergasted” is the right word. But certainly somewhere just between “intrigued” and “fascinated”. The way that […]

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Binding the Beast

In 1776 the Scottish economist and philosopher, Adam Smith, released his magnum opus, “The Wealth of Nations” and laid the foundation for classical economic theory – and modern Capitalism. The world at that time was significantly simpler in many ways than it is today, and our knowledge of economics, sociology, and politics has advanced considerably since then. But underneath all of our modern-day complexity, the economic foundation is the same: […]

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The Baying of the Pack

There is a common superstition doing the rounds in our modern, Western democracies today. It is kept alive by hearsay, by greed, and – sadly – by the “wise words” of economists and politicians who have never actually been out in the real world and worked for a living. And it is repeated, again and again, as a sacred litany against all ills in our economy: “Privatisation is good!” Which […]

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