you’ll get no argument from me

June 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

The idiot contributed nothing to public life or the common good. His existence depended on the skill and labor of others; he was a leech sucking the lifeblood from the social body. Related to this, idiocy (from the root idios, “one’s own”) was the state of a private or self-centered person. This contrasted with the status of the public citizen, or polites, such that to be an idiot was to be withdrawn, isolated and selfish, to not participate in the public, political life of the city-state. In Greek society, the condition of idiocy was seen as peculiar and strange (a meaning that is retained in the English word “idiosyncratic”); thus “idiot” was a term of reproach and disdain.

If it isn’t fair, it cannot be free or brave.

June 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

In the meantime, Corbyn was relishing the public campaign. UK electoral law mandates equal television coverage for the main parties, so he could engage with voters who were now seeing a Corbyn not filtered by the rancid portrayals pumped out by the right-wing media.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/12/sometimes-our-nightmares-dont-come-true/

“The common sense of mankind

June 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberative and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”Justice Robert Jackson – Nuremberg address

the life and career of the nation’s first technically Black president.

June 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The reverend would be 88 years old if he had been blessed with longevity. My guess is that he would be less than pleased at the life and career of the nation’s first technically Black president.”

Well, technically half-‘Black’ and that half wasn’t ‘American’.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/02/obama-a-hollow-man-filled-with-ruling-class-ideas/

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