"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."
Rarely do I get to discuss FDR with humor so naturally I jumped on this opportunity. The FDR American Badass trailer is available for viewing. I just finished watching it and I’m giving it a must-see status.
In a speech made on Martin Luther King Day, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the voting rights of minorities are being restricted by some states.
Some states, Holder said, are suing to challenge parts of the voting rights law that Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists fought so hard for. These states have approved new laws will have the effect of making it difficult for minorities to vote. He further stated that while the new laws all claim that America has moved beyond 1965, discrimination against minorities is still all too common across the nation.
Anti-nuclear voters, don’t forget Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi crisis is still ongoing. It’s gone from Western headlines, but it’s leading to changes all over the world! Japan is planning age limits and tougher tests for nuclear plants, but that’s really only the start. Japan and China are also both working hard to develop and implement new green tech. Check out that article: China’s just flipped the switch on its biggest offshore wind farm, and Japan is at the forefront of “wind lens” technology that could increase the power of existing wind turbines by up to three times.
Recent years have seen increased advertising for prescription drugs on television. Pharmaceutical companies need to stop looking at the American public as "consumers," and place prescription drugs back in the hands of physicians. While televised advertising may increase their sales, it is not in the general public's best interest.
Most Americans are hurting right now and although I did say that we should focus on the 92 percent who have jobs rather than the 8 percent who are either without a job or underemployed, there is more to it. If you think about it, when a person is laid off it is not only that individual who suffers financial and emotional damage but also their family and people who depend on them.
Is taxing the rich the solution? The Republican candidates don’t seem to agree with that view and the free market principles also do not favor heavy taxes on the upper class. In looking at the history of the United States itself, when the taxes have been hiked it is usually the middle class that has picked up the tab. This means that increasing taxes is only going to erode the middle class because the rich will use loopholes and their savvy accountants to evade and keep their money. They may also simply just work less when faced with the tax burden.
Recently, companies have turned to a new form of underground excavation called fracking in order to get to those untapped stores. The process involves shooting a high pressure liquid into the ground to create passageways and access to these stores.
Once the liquid is in and access is attained, then they can bring in the more standard drilling equipment to get out the stores. As far as energy self sufficiency, this method is a major boon because it allows us to get access to more local resources, but it carries with it risks.
Many people picture different things when they think of the southern states. Most of those pictures are of wonderful things such as southern hospitality, southern belles or even southern style dinner parties. This is why the southern states are seen in a different light, one of beauty and charm, that is until politics are thought of.
I like the tenets of stakeholder capitalism, although I’m sure some conservative Americans will dismiss it as too socially conscious and utopian.
In a nutshell, stakeholder capitalism is when corporations seek to benefit not just themselves but everyone who has a stake in their business, from customers who buy services and products to vendors who supply necessities to communities at large. This clashes with how capitalism is currently practiced where companies are focused on reaping dividends for investors and profit for themselves with no thought about how workers, families and communities are affected.