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Joe Rogan and Kevin Pereira discuss politics, the economy, and the growing situation in time square. Recommended podcast -
http://blog.joerogan.net/archives/3677

99vs1:

Here is another graph because graphs are awesome 

99vs1:

Here is another graph because graphs are awesome 

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the nastiest motives of the nastiest men somehow or other work for the best results in the best of all possible worlds.
John Maynard Keynes (via zenmaintenance)
I don’t know if you noticed, but our two-party system is a bowl of shit looking in the mirror at itself.

Lewis Black

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thecheekylibertarian:



Chief Raoni crying when he learned that the President of Brazil approved the Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu indigenous lands. Belo Monte will be bigger than the Panama Canal, flooding nearly a million acres of rainforest & indigenous lands. 40,000 indigenous and local people will be forced off their lands (as well as millions of unknown species & plants).


Anyone who’s heard me discuss economic development knows that I do not like Brazil (nor do I like Latin America in general as an economist, but that’s a rant for another time). This is a pretty good summary of why. Brazil’s impressive ‘development’, warranting its inclusion in BRICS as an up-and-coming country (as an economic power), has been driven primarily by heavy ISI strategies and generally large government, which allowed human development to lag embarrassingly behind economic growth (I never harp on income inequality, except in Latin America, in which case, it is the largest gap in the world and is caused almost exclusively by corruption and clientelism (whoa, I just realized that I wrote about that exact issue today on my LA Politics exam)). At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you miraculously created a competitive government-owned oil company (Petrobras or PBR) or a solid aeronautics industry; property rights and, in turn, human rights, are destroyed through big government and its ability to transcend accountability and responsibility. Violations of indigenous peoples’ rights are almost always at the hand of the government… Less than 100 years ago, the US government separated ‘mixed’ Native American/Whites from their families, to prevent cultural assimilation with the ‘uncivilized’—my mother was actually afraid to record her ethnicity on any kind of government documentation until recently. Not to mention the government shoved all of these people into Oklahoma, which has got to suck, in and of itself (I apologize to any followers hailing from the desert).

Government at its worst.

misesman:

thecheekylibertarian:

Chief Raoni crying when he learned that the President of Brazil approved the Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu indigenous lands. Belo Monte will be bigger than the Panama Canal, flooding nearly a million acres of rainforest & indigenous lands. 40,000 indigenous and local people will be forced off their lands (as well as millions of unknown species & plants).

Anyone who’s heard me discuss economic development knows that I do not like Brazil (nor do I like Latin America in general as an economist, but that’s a rant for another time). This is a pretty good summary of why. Brazil’s impressive ‘development’, warranting its inclusion in BRICS as an up-and-coming country (as an economic power), has been driven primarily by heavy ISI strategies and generally large government, which allowed human development to lag embarrassingly behind economic growth (I never harp on income inequality, except in Latin America, in which case, it is the largest gap in the world and is caused almost exclusively by corruption and clientelism (whoa, I just realized that I wrote about that exact issue today on my LA Politics exam)). At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you miraculously created a competitive government-owned oil company (Petrobras or PBR) or a solid aeronautics industry; property rights and, in turn, human rights, are destroyed through big government and its ability to transcend accountability and responsibility. Violations of indigenous peoples’ rights are almost always at the hand of the government… Less than 100 years ago, the US government separated ‘mixed’ Native American/Whites from their families, to prevent cultural assimilation with the ‘uncivilized’—my mother was actually afraid to record her ethnicity on any kind of government documentation until recently. Not to mention the government shoved all of these people into Oklahoma, which has got to suck, in and of itself (I apologize to any followers hailing from the desert).

Government at its worst.

99vs1:

This point is valid.  We fight for all the poor of the world.  For all those who don’t have the ability to do so for them selves.  

99vs1:

This point is valid.  We fight for all the poor of the world.  For all those who don’t have the ability to do so for them selves.  

99vs1:

This one got me bad.  I find it sad that he has hit his prime earning age and lost everything.  Now he will be lucky to get a fast food job, this can’t be right.

99vs1:

This one got me bad.  I find it sad that he has hit his prime earning age and lost everything.  Now he will be lucky to get a fast food job, this can’t be right.

From cover to cover you will find nothing but the cheapest sort of patriotism, the inculcation of the most unquestioning acquiescence in the deeds of government, a lullaby of rest, security, confidence – the doctrine that the law can do no wrong…shameless falsification of all acts of rebellion, to put the government in the right and the rebels in the wrong, pyrotechnic glorifications of union, power, and force, and a complete ignoring of the essential liberties to maintain which was the purpose of the revolutionists.
Voltairine de Cleyre on Public education (via liberationfrequency)

relevant.