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I think we might learn from Geraldo that the Treyvon Martin case is not just racism.

It's about authoritarianism (bullying) which of course includes racism. Geraldo may be defending Zimmerman, not because he supports racism, but because he supports authoritarianism. Zimmerman is clearly a bully and other bullies will come to his defense. There are of course leader bullies and follower bullies, but they stick together. The US media glorifies bullies.

Alan Greenspan misunderstands the nature of capitalism and human nature.

Forgive me if I have posted this before.

Alan Greenspan says:
In 1963:
“Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtue, not vices. It is this superlatively moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear.” (The Assault on Integrity, 1963)
In 2008:
“Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, finally took some responsibility (sort of) for the crisis. He told Congress: "Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder's equity – myself especially – are in a state of shocked disbelief…”
Translated, that means he did not think bank bosses were stupid* enough to drive their companies into bankruptcy but he was wrong.”

*I am not sure “stupid” is the right word here, as the Banksters made millions.
The bolding is mine.
I think Alan lives in an Ayn Rand fantasy world.

The Republican Party has become the party of the bully.

IMO there are two kinds of bullies, the leaders and the followers. You were probably introduced to them in grade school. The leader bully likes to be tough with people he thinks are inferior to himself. He would never go up against anyone that might be a serious challenge. The follower bullies mistakenly see the bullying as strength and as they are cowardly themselves they follow along, egging the leader on and living vicariously thru him. And as I see it, the cowardly Republican Party of today look to the consummate bullies like Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh for their virility. What the follower bullies dont know, let me correct that, dont want to know is that the leader bullies are actually cowards. They would never take on anyone their own size and would never bully with out their audience of follower bullies.

Now that the Republicans are making it clear that they feel women can be bullied I think they are in trouble. I would recommend sending Lorraine Bobbit to pay Rush a visit, but I think she wouldnt find much to work with.
Posted by rhett o rick | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 04:36 PM (0 replies)

The challenge not be certain.

Ask an average child about Santa Claus and they will tell you they are certain that he exists. Their certainty comes from their reality. I think we would agree that the average child’s reality is limited by their limited education and experiences. But then aren’t we all limited in much the same way? Don’t we each have our own unique reality? It may be similar to others, but each is unique.

This is not to say that some people’s realities are better than other’s. But within our own reality we are tempted to be certain. I believe it’s a natural tendency that helps us maintain our sanity. I believe that insanity may be a person’s inability to handle their reality. They either believe in Santa Claus so strongly that they cant deal with evidence to the contrary or on the other hand, maybe they don’t have the ability to believe in anything.

Although not classified as insane, I have met people that are so certain of their beliefs that there is no dissuading them.

I think that if you believe too strongly in the ritual you miss the message.

This is rambling, but any thoughts?
Posted by rhett o rick | Sat Mar 3, 2012, 11:16 AM (4 replies)
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