Daily Topics - Friday June 24th, 2011

Daily Topics - Friday June 24th, 2011

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mathboy 3 years 40 weeks ago
#1

I would love to hear the difference between a democracy and a republic in the caller's army field manual of 1928 (and why those would even be discussed therein). Currently, a republic is supposed to be simply a government without a monarchy, and democracy just means people get to vote (and have it count for something). But 83 years ago, who knows?

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mathboy 3 years 40 weeks ago
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Why would someone to the left of Obama agree with Ron Paul?? Easy; the political spectrum is two dimensional (probably more, I suspect) and the libertarians agree on half the issues with liberals, and on the other half with conservatives. The two dimensions are economic (laissez-faire vs. regulatory) and social (statist vs. individualist).

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mathboy 3 years 40 weeks ago
#3

I remember somebody saying that it was good for Obama to stay out of Wisconsin's union issue, so as not to distract from Wisconsin and the actual issue at hand.

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mathboy 3 years 39 weeks ago
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Why the House of Representatives Doesn’t Represent Americans

One of the really weird ironies of politics these days is the huge divergence between what the American people actually want and what the radical right-wingers in Washington actually do. You won’t hear this on Fox So-Called News, but right now the American people are as progressive as they ever have been.

Don’t believe me? Just check the polls.

From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"If you wonder why and when giant corporations got the power to reign supreme over us, here’s the story."
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
Mike Farrell, actor, political activist, and author of Just Call Me Mike and Of Mule and Man
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a creative thinker and committed small-d democrat. He has dealt with a wide range of topics throughout his life, and this book provides an excellent cross section. The Thom Hartmann Reader will make people both angry and motivated to act."
Dean Baker, economist and author of Plunder and Blunder, False Profits, and Taking Economics Seriously