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Things You Might Have Missed

July 27, 2011 By: Mel Category: Misc

Work is still kicking my ass and keeping me away from the internets. But I have managed to read enough to be annoyed.

This op-ed from the Council on Foreign Relations says that we need to raise the debt ceiling because, if we do not, then:

1. We will be forced to cut defense spending and bring troops home.

2. It will be harder for Washington to make agreements with other govt assholes around the world.

3. The US won’t have as much power to push people around.

4. Investors will no longer think the US is the best place to invest their money and our foreign policy decisions wouldn’t lead to rich people in the countries we attack sending all their money to Wall Street.

Sooooo. Is that supposed to make me support raising the debt ceiling? Cause all that sounds like a fabulous idea.

The worst part about all this debt ceiling bullshit has been listening to supposed radicals bitch and moan about the republicans not wanting to raise it. Meanwhile, not a peep about cutting the war spending that makes up at least 50% of the federal budget. Neither party is going after that. Wake up people.

Seems like Glenn Greenwald woke up. He won’t say what his political affiliation is. But he says that he has given up on politics and mentioned Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. I won’t say he is an anarchist. But he is certainly anarchisty.

I thought this article about bridging the gap between anarchist and community organizing was really good. We need to talk about that.

I have been meaning to write about the eurocentrism in the anarchist community and then I came across this piece. Worth a read. And worth it to remember that a person can care about justice, anti-authoritarianism, horizontal organizing and all that shit without giving a damn about Goldman, Kropotkin, Proudhon, or anybody else that came from that part of the world.

The best part about this DC flash mob is watching the Walmart manager dude try to look like he is not totally impotent.

Remember when Bill Clinton said that he had to take responsibility for Haiti, that he really screwed things up? That would have been a great time for him to stop fucking around over there. Apparently, he is supplying Haitians with “homes” that fall apart.