Journal: Empire as Usual–and Then Collapse

Cultural Intelligence, Government, Reform

Chuck Spinney
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Obama’s policies are making Democrats the party of Bloated Plutocracy.

November 8, 2009     OP-ED COLUMNIST

The Night They Drove the Tea Partiers Down

Frank Rich

The Obama administration does not seem to understand that this rage, left unaddressed, could consume it.

The system is going back to the way it was with a vengeance, against a backdrop of despair. As the unemployment rate crossed the 10 percent threshold at week’s end, we learned that bankers were helping themselves not just to bonuses as large as those at the bubble’s peak but to early allotments of H1N1 vaccine. No wonder 62 percent of those polled by Hart Associates in late September felt that “large banks” had been helped “a lot” or “a fair amount” by “government economic policies,” but only 13 percent felt the “average working person” had been. Unemployment ranked ahead of the deficit and health care as the No. 1 pocketbook issue in the survey, with 81 percent saying the Obama administration must take more action.

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Journal: Chuck Spinny Flags Glenn Beck, Populist Rage is Rampant and Rightly So…

Civil Society, Collective Intelligence, Ethics, Reform
Full NYT Story Online
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Chuck Spinney says: Even though OODA loops shaping nutty mass behaviour are becoming ever more disconnected from reality, Frank Rich shows this fact does not imply that the phenomenon of populist rage is not based on some real frustrations, grievances, anxieties, and fears.  CS

The New York Times

OP-ED COLUMNIST

Even Glenn Beck Is Right Twice a Day

FRANK RICH

Cartoonist:Barry Blit

Time put Beck on its cover this week. Man of the Year may not be far behind. Beck is not, as many liberals assume, merely the latest incarnation of Rush Limbaugh. He is something different. That’s why he is gaining on his antecedents — and gaining traction in the country’s angrier precincts.

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