"Nuclear, ecological, chemical, economic ~ our arsenal of Death by Stupidity is impressive for a species as smart as Homo sapiens" 1
The three greatest problems facing the beleaguered, fragile inhabitants of this lonely planet are climate change, economic crisis, and the violence of war.It is my sad duty to report that the United States of America is the main culprit in each case. Is that not remarkable?
("The most obdurate bully in the room", declared the Indian environmentalist, Sunita Narain. 2)
"Thus, if renewable energy is not as profitable as oil ~ and it isn't ~ then the majority of capitalist investing will continue to go towards destroying the planet. It really is that simple. Even the best-intentioned capitalists do not throw their money away on non-growth investments."
"A desire to change the political regime of another state by recognizing a political force as the sole carrier of sovereignty seems to me to be not completely civilized."
The dissolution of the European Union would benefit world peace by depriving the US/NATO mob of a guaranteed partner in crime by returning to the Union's members their individual discretion in foreign policy.
"Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba".
"The majority of Cubans support Castro ... The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. ... Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba."
- "a line of action which ... makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government." 6
"Once upon a time there was a radical president who tried to remake American society through government action. In his first term he created a vast network of federal grants to state and local governments for social programs that cost billions. He set up an imposing agency to regulate air and water emissions, and another to regulate workers' health and safety. Had Congress not stood in his way he would have gone much further. He tried to establish a guaranteed minimum income for all working families and, to top it off, proposed a national health plan that would have provided government insurance for low-income families, required employers to cover all their workers and set standards for private insurance. Thankfully for the country, his second term was cut short and his collectivist dreams were never realize.
His name was Richard Nixon." 7
The Power Principle is a series of three films by Scott Noble. Part one, "Empire", is the only one I've seen completely so far and I can say that it's great stuff. The three parts, with their times, are:
1. Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times, September 17, 2009