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DSK's real crime

We may never know the real story behind Dominic Strauss-Kahn's (DSK) alleged rape of a sex worker but that charges were dropped once his credibility and status had been destroyed (and Christine Lagarde ensconced at the IMF as a "safe" pair of hands) suggests something deeper at play. The sexual appetites and exploits of the rich and powerful are seldom revealed, as evidenced by the paedophile cover-ups in the UK. So why was DSK thrown to the wolves?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Concern for the Poor Got Him Destroyed by Paul Craig Roberts (H/T)

“The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes…Not everyone will agree with the entirety of this statement. But what we have learnt over time is that unemployment and inequality can undermine the very achievements of the market economy, by sowing the seeds of instability.” - Dominique Strauss-Kahn


Who rules the world?

"Who rules the world?" was the subject of a meeting arranged by Uniting for Peace in London last night. Discussion covered the US as a superpower, Putin's Russia and the rise of China. A couple of speakers referred to primary levers of control in the form of the military industrial complex and media but the panel was unable to respond to a suggestion from the floor that power resides with the ruling clique (RC).

There was discussion of Vladimir Putin, Crimea and Ukraine which was clearly influenced by RC controlled media to incite animosity towards Russia. There was no recognition of the western backed illegal coup in Kiev, the false flag operation of downing MH17 nor of the distasteful nature of the regime currently committing atrocities against ethnic Russians in the east of the country.

If the Public only Knew – US Aid to Ukraine Monsters. Atrocities Committed by Ukraine National Guard Azov Battalion By George Eliason


From scarcity to abundance

A year ago, Daily Pickings posted this Abby Martin interview with The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) founder, Peter Joseph. It is well worth watching (more than once if you've seen it already).

TZM released a series of essays in January this year, under the title The Zeitgeist Movement Defined, which explain how we could better organise human society. In the Culture in Decline video series, Joseph reveals analysis of the world which accords with the Political Economy model we've derived within Critical Thinking. Given the accuracy of TZM's analysis, its proposals for moving from a world of scarcity to abundance are worthy of consideration.

The Zeitgeist Movement Defined: Realizing a New Train of Thought


Change from within

The political economy evolved with our compliance, in so far as most of us embraced the "training" to become consumers. It was once said of the English that we are a nation of shopkeepers; we're now a nation of shoppers.

While it is true that systemic incentives and status recognition influence conspicuous consumption, removing the systemic flaws alone will not be sufficient to transform the political economy. We, as individuals, need to change behaviour and attitudes, to become the change we want to see in terms of an equitable and sustainable future. Change will require a different view of what is important in life. Ghandi promoted sustainable, equitable economics for India based on self supporting communities.

Swadeshi and the economic development of India Stu Crawford (H/T)