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The Cost Of Truth Telling

Assistant secretary of State P.J. Crowley resigned yesterday because he said of Bradley Manning’s mistreatment in military custody “is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid”

Ron Schiller resigns in disgrace for saying “The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian* — I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.” and that they aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

In both cases, they were telling the truth. In both cases there was a scandal and they were forced to resign. Now I fully understand why that happened, but it vexes me that we live in world where lying, prevaricating, waffling and misdirecting are rewarded and telling the truth gets you punished.

It’s a world where James O’Keefe gets rewarded for being manifestly, comprehensive dishonest. I could fulminate about this all day but what’s the point? It’s not going to change anyone’s mind. Because the basic, fundamental principle of conservatism is this: Believe what we tell you, and never question our authority.

*I might quibble with Schiller about the ‘Christianity’ of Tea Party People. There might be some crossover between religious conservatives and the Tea Party, but there’s plenty of secular people involved. They’re united in their belief in a bunch of bullshit. Not just differences with Liberals over policy, but “slept through high school civics, never actually read the constitution” errors of fact. They get together and reinforce each other’s misguided bogosity.

Marx was Right?

Marx was right?
Christopher Hitchens on Marx

It’s fascinating to me the way that Karl Marx comes up when Capitalism crashes and burns. Let me say up front that I’ve never bothered reading Marx, or done any sort of serious study of politics and economics. Did you know you can get an advanced degree without any study of economics, political science, philosophy, or religion? I’m living proof!
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The Economic Crisis, Now with 100% Less Shit Piss Fuck.

A former offical of the IMF says a lot of the same stuff as Matt Taibbi did in Rolling Stone.

I wrote about Matt Taibbi’s article about the current financial crisis the other day, and some people I discussed it with thought Taibbi was long on the rant and short on the facts. This article says substantially the same thing: the high flyers in the financial industries have taken over the economic and political system, and we have to take the country back from them, or we’re well and truly fucked.