Saturday, December 31, 2011
This is not the basis for any type of Left movement, which has to be formed around the idea of solidarity. OWS is not to fault, for the slogan of a 99% versus 1% is a solid one.
But the U.S. has been so successfully riven into various identity factions that the solidarity needed as the foundation for a Left movement will be, in my view, nearly impossible to come by. This view comes from living in all regions of the country and working in about every type of job imaginable. If one spends some time in an OWS encampment, or lives only in a coastal urban metropolis, it is very easy to forget about the rest of this country (representing 90% of U.S. GDP). Just look at the poll numbers for OWS.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The vast majority of people leaving the program teach private lessons that might total $15,000 a year, and play gigs that pay at best $150 a service for a total of less than $15,000 a year. Actually, $30,000 a year might be a success story. A very few win stable gigs with full-time orchestras, theaters or choirs, but we know that is not a blossoming market.
If you're very wealthy, no worries, otherwise the economic model of this and other conservatories makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The leadership and professors of these institutions should understand that the U.S. ruling class (who they try to ingratiate themselves with) is satiated with philistines who see no need to promote a cultural agenda at this time.
The bottom line is that conservatories are doing a grave disservice to the young people they are charged with educating.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The death toll from renewed violence in Egypt’s capital rose overnight as clashes between Egyptian soldiers and protesters entered a second day on Saturday.--
1'Death Toll Rises From Clashes in Cairo' - New York Times
Friday, December 16, 2011
Yes, getting rid of Saddam Hussein would have been a mitzvah--if we had not replaced him with a chaotic mess that was, for half a decade at least, significantly worse than being ruled by Saddam Hussein.
Certainly the national security of the United States has been harmed by the adventure. Iran is no longer contained by Iraq. And there are an awful lot more people in the world who have very good reason to hate America.(1)
1Why were We in Iraq ? - Brad De Long
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Russia has sent a set of mobile radar jammers to Iran and is negotiating future deliveries that Moscow believes do not contravene current United Nations sanctions on the Islamic state's regime, an official said Tuesday.(10/25)
I really doubt that drone just happened to shut down and gently come to rest in Iranian soil all on its own.
This Bloomberg article is a good exhibit.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I guess anything is better than looking at the mirror.
Monday, December 5, 2011
1'US funds terror groups to sow chaos in Iran' - UK Telegraph
Sunday, December 4, 2011
And no liberal civil rights organization is going to lift a finger. No academic institution is going to lift a finger. Dry rot has reached deep within the U.S. establishment. And the American public pretty much does not care, there is no unrealized revolutionary spirit or even nascent good-heartedness beating below the surface. People at large mostly want to win their lottery ticket, and are perfectly happy to trample as many others as necessary to get it. This was an ugly country in the best of times, and its demise will be exponentially worse -- domestically and internationally.
1'Yasha Levine Released From Jail, Exposes LAPD’s Appalling Treatment of Detained Occupy LA Protesters…' - The Exiled