The involvement of the Labour Party is being seen for exactly what it is - feeble tokenism and faux outrage, which is more concerned with giving a platform to the ‘chosen faces’ and to enable them to climb the party ladder on their way to a safe council seat - than genuinely fighting a pernicious tax, that let’s not forget was introduced by Labour in 2008, and that they intend on keeping albeit with some modifications. — Liverpool Grassroots Anti-Bedroom Tax March & Rally (via thesubversivesound)
“Finance capitalism is fatally flawed in theory and in practice. Its ultimate product is that which is before us: a global plutocracy dependent on state capture, power and control to plunder and loot what will become, by necessity, increasingly resistant populations.”
The United States has always had an ambivalent attitude toward Europe. It wanted Europe to be unified, so it could serve as a more efficient market for U.S. corporations, offering great advantages of scale; but it was always concerned about the threat that Europe might move off in another direction. Many of the issues about accession of the eastern countries to the EU are related to this. The United States is strongly in favor of this accession process, because it is hoping that these countries will be able to undermine the core of Europe, which is France and Germany, big industrial countries that could move in a somewhat more independent direction.
Also in the background is a long-standing U.S. hatred of the European social system, which provides decent wages, working conditions, and benefits. The United States doesn’t want that model to exist, because it’s a dangerous one. People may get funny ideas. And it’s understood that the accession of eastern European countries, with economies based on low wages and repression of labor, may help to undermine the social standards in western Europe. That would be a big benefit for the United States.— Noam Chomsky - Imperial Ambitions (via noam-chomsky)
O Analfabeto Político
O pior analfabeto é o analfabeto político.
Ele não ouve, não fala,
nem participa dos acontecimentos políticos.
Ele não sabe que o custo de vida,
o preço do feijão, do peixe,
da farinha, da renda de casa,
dos sapatos, dos remédios,
dependem das decisões políticas.
O analfabeto político é tão burro
que se orgulha e enche o peito de ar
dizendo que odeia a política.
Não sabe, o idiota,
que da sua ignorância política
nasce a prostituta, o menor abandonado,
e o pior de todos os bandidos
que é o político vigarista,
aldrabão, o corrupto
e lacaio dos exploradores do povo.
Bertolt Brecht - dramaturgo e poeta alemão (1898 - 1956)