The Quadrennial Electoral Fraud
There’s an alternative between Obama and Romney, but it’s not at the polls
Occasionally, the liberal-democratic system nobly affords us the chance to select our representatives from a shallow gene-pool of political management professionals.
Save for this transient moment in the ballot booth, we’re separated from the exclusive franchise of governance altogether. Voting is our only momentary and tenuous connection to the establishment. Best to leave power and responsibility up to the professionals; the experts, the think-tanks, policy-wonks, lobbyists and journalists.
Aug 30, 2013
A Changing Vietnam
After decades of war and revolution, a communist country looks increasingly like the capitalist countries it fought against.
Having lived and worked in Vietnam for a year now, I have only a slightly better understanding of the country than when I first arrived. This is a country of extremely complex paradoxes and antagonisms. I remain dumbfounded by the disparities, hypocrisies and corruption that are endemic at every level of every institution.
Apr 15, 2013
Hypocrisies of the Left
In their search for leaders to revere, socialist sects defend the worst dictators, but they’ve done this since the days of Stalin & Mao
The hypocrisies of hierarchical political organizations know no bounds. Of this we can be certain. However, we shouldn’t be cajoled into thinking that the political right have a monopoly on contradiction and duplicity.
As far as it plays the game of modern power politics, the inconsistencies and follies of The Left (comprised of communists and socialists) rival those of any rightist grouping. The modern-day disciples of the dead men with beards are by no means immune to the worst effects of dogmatism and myopia.
May 31, 2014
Farewell to the Working Class?
Has capitalism absorbed the proletariat to the point where it no longer represents a threat?
Some might have thought that the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite states, along with the abandonment of socialist economics across less industrialized countries would have sounded the death knell of Marxism. But Marx’s loyal tribe are keen to regurgitate his mantras at any available opportunity.
Feb 20, 2016