Archive for the ‘Globalization’ Category

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TIMBER!

September 18, 2008

Which is very good news provided that it doesn’t crush us. Capitalism is so stupid and vile that it will yet again lead to the paranoid situation where everything in the material world is the way it was a day before but due to changes on meaningless numbers, people will starve.

Because money is meaningless per se. Cannot be eaten, cannot be drunk, cannot be used in any other way than as means of exchanging for real goods as long as the general exchange system holds. Money today doesn’t even stand for a stable quantity of anything in the material (aka real) world. In the past money used to be in direct and stable correspondence with gold or silver or potatoes, but that was way back. For decades now money is just numbers that reflect a fantasy world inhabited by system economists and their “science” which is based upon dogmas that are in fact political beliefs. It is sad that we buy their analogies of their fantasy world to the real world. In their world there are “laws” such as the inverse relation of supply and demand, which is in direct contrast to the needs of the real world (how social responsible is to raise prizes on goods when society most demands them?). Law of gravity holds and I’d be really surprised if it stopped working one day. Capitalism “laws” on the other hand are like rogue politicians, bound to go to hell.

Maybe human pre-history reaches its end and maybe I’ll live to see the dawn. Or maybe there will be no dawn but yet another pitch-black night called fascism or yet another “let’s cool down darling” liberal makeover and maybe this whole species oscillates in states in between ape and homo-“sapiens” till it finally presses the wrong button.

Ways out?

Oh. Just a bit googling and you get monetary reforms like this (also a good analysis on what’s fundamentally wrong with the system the way it is now), socialism like this and a gazillion others that most probably you won’t hear on mass media.

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Zeitgeist

September 17, 2008

‘I think I spent 30 years of my life- the first 30 trying to become something. I wanted to become good at things, I wanted to become good at tennis and school and grades. And everything I kinda viewed in that perspective- I’m not okay the way I am, but if I got good at things… … I realized that I had the game wrong, because the game was to find out what I already was.’

This phrase – heard at the Zeitgeist documentary – haunts me every day since I saw that movie about 6 months ago. But enough with me. In case you haven’t seen it here it is:

You can also watch it from the site http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com where you can find subtitles in a bunch of languages.

At October 3, 2008 the ‘Zeitgeist – Addendum’ will be released and all I can say is that I CAN’T WAIT.

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It Grows Before It Dies

May 21, 2007

I’ll propose something that will drive half of my readers away for a few minutes (at least). After that, they’ll hopefully be back to call me names. So, here it is:
What if what is firstly needed is not to make the poor countries richer but to make the rich countries poorer?

Well, apparently you’re back if you’re still reading this. So, let me rephrase it in a way less flashy but more meaningful. I believe that western way of living and its driving force, the free market’s everlasting growth, simply are a suicide for us all.

Now let me clarify a bit. As long as I remember myself, economy and politics both nationally and globally were about growth. And growth there was indeed. I can see it at national level (even for a lightly industrial country like Greece) and I can hear of it at a global level. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Choose A Pilot

May 1, 2007

I don’t agree on anything you say but I’ll give my life to preserve your right to say it.
That was the spirit of Voltaire talking and that was the most important words humanity ever heard.

In my humble opinion that is.

In Greece, you’ll find a lot of frustrated people that turn their backs at politics as a whole. I think this mindset isn’t much different at a global level. “Politicians suck” is the mantra of far too many citizens under the Sun.

I don’t think it was always like this. (If it was then there would be no politicians in the first place.) So, If I were to take a wild guess of when politicians and politics started to suck, I’d bet some time in the late 80’s. At about the same time that cold war ended and several hot ones were ignited. Read the rest of this entry ?