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The Romney Risk. Raise Foreign Oil Dependence.

To cast Romney as a risk is a basic formula for Democratic victory. It has the advantage of being the case.

I call the Iraq War the Cheney War. It was hatched in secret meetings with the big oil interests. A Romney administration would sidle right back into the Bush 2 groove at a time when only aggressive effort will diminish our  foreign oil dependence. Romney is a risk. Obama has fought against the tide of big oil. 
Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

An Interesting Take on Fallout from The Basement Tapes

126: Bob Dylan, ‘Tears of Rage’ (The Basement Tapes) | Jeff Meshel's World: "So “The Basement Tapes” had no direct impact on America when they were recorded in 1967. But they are The Watershed, the point at which the dominant aesthetic of the Western world turned from the supersonic to the simple. These recordings were seminal in shaping the way people view the world till today. They contained the seed for the mindset of the ‘organic’, the acoustic, the spiritual. “Strap yourself to a tree with roots, you ain’t going nowhere.”"

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Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The spectrum of capitalism

Binghamton University - Fernand Braudel Center: "At least at the level of explaining large-scale social change over time, we find that it is not very meaningful to distinguish between a humanistic and a scientific approach. We wish primarily to explain systematically and coherently what is fundamentally a single occurrence, the development of the modern world-system."
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At root capitalism means the capacity of resources to generate resources If you have ten apples can you parlay them to twelve or twenty It assumes the primacy but not the extent of ownership As a social reality Braudel saw capitalism as a spectrum It could be cautious It could be adventurous Today capitalism seems to have become a good word Generally synonymous with growth and expansion of potential And less synonymous with the acquisition of concentrated wealth But that is problematic Capitalism today is  mainly arch-conservative and unadventurous Its concern is to maximize profit It acqu…