14 September, 2008
11 September, 2008
The light on the peak of the mountain is the Doi Suthep temple
Click here if you're interested in perving on the progress of our renovation job here in Chiangmai. To be updated from time to time...
The purpose of Capitalism (Colonialism, Globalisation) has always been to create a self-perpetuating system which ensures that the rich can constantly become richer. When Bush drones on about FREEDOM, what he really means is "the freedom to move financial capital unimpeded around the world".
Taken to its logical extreme, the "rich-getting-richer" model would result in all the world's wealth concentrating into the hands of a single individual. Trouble with that is, no-one else in the world would have any income to buy products from that rich person's corporation. The richest person in the world would therefore, ironically, starve to death along with all the poor people.
That's what's happening with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The rich can get richer only if the poor get poorer. There's only so much water in a glass. The money has to come from somewhere, ain't it? We know there is no such thing as a free lunch... even if the Fed were simply simply to print more cash.
And it has come to pass that as the Poor get poorer and can't afford their mortgages, the rich people's cash cow has suddenly dried up. If you want a cow to give regular milk, you must give it some decent pasture. If you want people to give regular mortgage payments, you have to give them decent pasture too. You've got to structure the system to ensure they have jobs. And here's a novel idea to many Republicans: a job should actually produce enough income to pay for both food AND rent. Please read that last sentence again.
The wealth of a nation must be spread relatively fairly around all its members, not hugely concentrated in its elite. This idea, of course, is Socialism. Other associated 'dirty' media-speak words spring to mind ...like Marxism, Unionism, Left Wing, Equality, Respect for others, Respect for self, and above all (ugh, heaven forbid) "Liberalism".
maybe there'll be fewer Volvo bicycles sold to millionaire CEOs this year.
This nationalisation means that the Republicans are being forced to compromise and head further to the political Left. Deliciously, all this at a time when it's forcing Republican candidate George W. McClone to squirm and dodge.
And even more interesting when you consider that the world's largest Socialist power, China, is now powering to the political Right by becoming Capitalists. Makes you wonder if there is a perfect point somewhere in the political Centre (...or should that be 'Muddle'?). For a fireside chat about the idealogical differences between the Right and the Left, see this post. Although it related to the last Australian election, it's still relevant to the Obama-Muckain duel.
For a fireside chat about the idealogical differences between the Right and the Left, see this post. Although it related to the last Australian election, it's still relevant to the Obama-Muckain duel.