Posts Tagged ‘robert’

Peace is Better than War

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

War is horrific, costly and ineffective. The only reason it sticks around in such massive quantities is because businesses are making huge profits. Without this trillion dollar institution enabling and proliferating conflicts on an industrialized scale, wars would not persist as they do today.

Fortunately, the Internet is revealing this truth to us. We are coming together like never before and we’ll soon see how unnecessary and unwanted war has become. Gradually, we will take steps to do away with it, like taxing the shit out of the worst of the war-profiting corporations.

Eventually our emerging global society, with priorities shifting towards healing our planet instead of hurting each other, will see the world’s war budgets dry up as a new era of peace envelops our world.

Gates: Israel Ungrateful

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates must have caught my latest post, as now he’s willing to publicly blast Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gates claims Netanyahu’s policies are ungrateful towards the US and are isolating Israel on a global level. Well, glad to help you see the light, Mr. Gates. =D

Gates believes Netanyahu’s government has offered the Obama administration “nothing in return” for its generous security aid, saying his methods are “endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel’s growing isolation and with the demographic challenges it faces [occupying Palestine].”

Oh, sure. Now that he’s out of power, he chimes in, which I guess is better than nothing. It’s just a shame that more senior officials would rather keep their job than speak the truth.

But I guess that’s our fault. As the voting public, it’s up to us to hold civil servants – elected or not – accountable for their actions. And if our politicians suck, it’s only because we’ve let them get away with too much.

Robert Reich Rocks

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Robert Reich, political economist and Secretary of Labor for the Clinton administration, enlightens us with two concise and compelling videos.

In the first, Reich describes the intricate collusion between the government and the defense industry, and how taxpayer money is being used by the war industry to secure even larger government contracts:

And for this video, Reich analyzes in detail how the super-rich have been running away with the economy, and in turn, the political system:

Two well-delivered and professionally produced clips, giving myself (along with many other film-makers) something to aspire to.