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Global Democratic Revolution Should Be American Foreign Policy

World Report 2012: Strengthen Support for ‘Arab Spring’ | Human Rights Watch: "(Cairo) – Many democracies have allowed their ties with repressive allies to temper their support for human rights in the Arab Spring protests, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012. For reasons of principle and long-term interest, governments should stand firm with the people of the Middle East and North Africa when they demand their basic rights and work to ensure the transition to genuine democracies."

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A double dislike for Romney

In Iowa Romney spent millions savaging GingrichIt was then that I lost all respect for himNow he is doing the same thing in FloridaIt is disgustingHe did not win Iowa but he succeeded in knocking Newt downHe is probably only holding even in Florida because 9o0f the noxious wall to wall adsThe man is trying to buy the presidency He has the support of the so called GOP eliteJust on the level of human decency this man needs some serious forgivenessI will try but I will never favor him for the PresidencyHe has no evident core as Plouffe and others have observedHe is looking more and more like Harold StassenMoney money moneyI wonder what he will do when he loses 
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Fair is fairNewt has the money to go toe to toe in FloridaSo we must add that dislike is subjectiveAnd that Romney will be unable to buy Florida







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But nobody says why the recession will last so long

Fed to Maintain Rates Near Zero Through Late 2014 - NYTimes.com:

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Because the great contradiction, and the reason we must redefine the American dream, is that transportation and construction are closer to 1900 than to where they need to be. We cannot reform anythiung without tackling housing and transportation. We cannot build a society on sprawl and interstates. On oil and McMansions. On the American Dream of having a private suburban lot and cars for everyone. We need to evolve to multi-zoned car-free modular communities that unite all elements of a city and are largely car-free.We need to build new employment around the notion of a cyber-community of up to 10,000 persons that has, on no more than four stair-less levels, the makings of a well-rounded life that is global in scope and face-to face via the reversal of public-private notions. These are premises of this blog complex. Few come here. I have few who agree with me. I feel I am right. I am not trying to…

Lynn Sweet Agrees With Me and Says It Better

Newt Gingrich takes page from Saul Alinsky playbook - Lynn Sweet: "With his anti-elitist, anti-establishment populist rhetoric--on display Saturday night in his South Carolina victory speech in which he slammed "elites" in Washington and New York -- Gingrich seems as if he is taking a page from the Alinsky playbook.

"Newt's anti-elitism is so much what Alinsky really was about," Alinsky biographer Sanford D. Horwitt told me Sunday. "Alinsky was about organizing ordinary people so they could get a seat at the table rather than getting crumbs or no crumbs at all when public policies were decided," said Horwitt, the author of Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy."

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K. A. Doxiadis A Man of The Future

K. A. Doxiadis


I studied with Doxiadis briely in Athens in the early 1960s. I retained and elaborated on what he called his ekistic grid - man, nature, shells, society. Doxiadis died too young. He might have been the designer of a cyber-community. One can only hope some see the vision and create the design. Unfortunately Doxiadis and other major figures such as Christopher Alexander built on the supposition that the car and highways are with us forever. It is on the falsehood of this premise that my own thinking for a half century has been based.
ASPEN PRIZE WON BY CITY PLANNER - Constantinos Doxiadis From Greece Is Third Recipient - Article - NYTimes.com: "The third annual Aspen Award, a $30,000 prize, has been won by Constantinos Doxiadis, a Greek city planner who calls his concept of total community development "ekistics.""

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NYPD Cannot Cover Up Hideous Training Practices

In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims - NYTimes.com: "In January 2011, when news broke that the department had used the film in training, a top police official denied it, then said it had been mistakenly screened “a couple of times” for a few officers.

A year later, police documents obtained under the state’s Freedom of Information Law reveal a different reality: “The Third Jihad,” which includes an interview with Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, was shown, according to internal police reports, “on a continuous loop” for between three months and one year of training.

During that time, at least 1,489 police officers, from lieutenants to detectives to patrol officers, saw the film"

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The underside of life in America is marked by bile directed at American Muslims. No one is more anxious to see thatAmerican values are practiced in their community than  ... American muslims. So indoctrinating new cops to look at Muslims through biased eyes is indeed h…

Given the GOP Change Will Be A Miracle Voters Must Make

The State of the Union in 2012 - NYTimes.com: "He sounded many of the same themes as last year, but his tone was sharper and he was far more willing to apportion blame, particularly singling out the financial industry for its excesses and politicians who are still determined to defend tax cuts for the rich and undo desperately needed financial regulations. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” he said, “or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”"

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To exegete the headline, if Congress remains obdurate, we the voters must turn out the McConnell and Cantor and Boehner sorts and either elect fraud-resistant Democrats or Republicans who pledge to support the President. The President has gained ground every week of late and will continue to do so as the fates wait …

If Jesus did not intend to create an institution

Where does this leave our understanding of the congeries of institutions and endowments and pension funds and buildings and boards and outfitting companies and organ builders and pew and steeple experts and so on and so forth? This is what people built in full confidence they were doing God's work. Well folk like Veblen jaundiced as they were looked in from outside and saw What Reinhold Niebuhr saw from within - triviality his term not mine He saw an acculturated ecclesiastical enterpriseFar far from Jesus' understanding.

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In relation to government Jesus is eternally quixotic

In relation to government Jesus is eternally quixoticThough he plainly recognizes there will be governments and the wars that governments prosecute Jesus proclaims profound political realitiesin the context of individualsHe changes not systems but heartsHeart by heart institutions are changed 
Jesus heals not by creating institutions but by touch He is power  Jesus offers a window on what true and abiding power isIt makes the notion of having a few minutes in the Oval Office laughable It makes an encounter on the street where someone asks for a quarter and receives five dollarspotentially monumental.


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Jesus seems to accept institutions

Jesus seems to accept institutionsThus he tells one person he heals to go and tell the priest about it When he commends the faith of a Centurion, he does not add, Get your butt out of governmentWhen he commends the Good Samaritan He implicitly approves of there being an InnJesus accepts the world as it isBut does Jesus create an institution around veneration of himselfIt seems notHe is not anxious for monuments to be built and dedicated to himin the Transfiguration story. His instructions to hisHe instructs his disciples to move from place to placeNomads of the universePeople will have dwellingsHe does not suggest that his disciples create a "House of God".

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Movements are sometimes spontaneous

Movements are sometimes spontaneousI helped start a movement which ended in the abolition of fraternities at Williams CollegeI resigned to protest their selectivity Two other students followed suitThis was entirely spontaneous and unplannedresulting from a mini altercation with my fraternity presidentwho eventually became a Professor of History there  I said we should consider a black applicant.He said if I felt that way I probably shouldn't be there  I realized he was right That's all it tookA movement grewIn a few years fraternities were gone
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As I read history things become relatively simple

As I read history things become relatively simple.The more nations and other principalities become involved in their various endeavors the more obfuscation there isThe more conflict the more alternative versionsWhen things become messy and violent They take on a meaning that is in itself probably independent of the eventAn assassination may appear to be a cause of warAnd so forthBut truth is a continual casualty  Our world is lucky. as Kurt Vonnegut once told me as we walked down Third Avenue (He was a board member of the Schweitzer Center when I directed it), We do not just all fight each other all the time

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I persist in saying I am a generalist and proud of it

I persist in saying I am a generalist and proud of it  It makes me unemployable Because I have no interest or abilities in niching Or in self-promotion.


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The web of specialization

Buckminster Fuller understood that specialization reaches a point at whichthe whole edifice can collapseI think cyber is a way of trying to save us at some level from our caught-ness in the web of specialization


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The right to get the hell out of a bad and harmful situation

Among the next human rights to be articulated andhopefully better fulfilled than our present refugee policies do is the right to get the hell out of a bad and harmful situation  This is a universal right. It is the right of abused children and spouses.Of the ethnically challengedSo forth and so on  Israel began in ExodusThe rights of exodus needs to be trumpeted from the rooftops 


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Mitch McConnell Has Betrayed the People's Trust

My State of the Union was ruined by the sight of the stony face of Mitch McConnell It reminded me that in most worlds he would be seen as a betrayerWhyBecause by putting the defeat of the President ahead of all elseHe betrayed the notion of a loyal oppositionThat he is still called a friend by those on the other side of the aisleIs a testament to their forbearance and capacity for hopeThe President expressed the proper hopes and dreams of the peopleLook above for a blanket so wet that one could drown if not most careful
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