Ed Miliband's biggest challenge will be to convice a fatalistic electorate that government can change things | Left Foot Forward
Forget Russell Brand and pay attention to this. H/t the indispensible Alex Himelfarb.
Video: Russell Brand on environmental destruction, income disparity, and why voting isn’t helping.
<strikethrough>He kicks ass.</strikethrough>
Update: My bad for not following celebrity shenanigans more closely, but evidently Russell Brand is a bit of a dick. This complicates things. Being a dick doesn’t invalidate his argument, but by the same token, the validity of his argument doesn’t excuse him being a dick.
In 2007 a hedge fund manager (John Paulson) made $3.7 billion by conspiring with Goldman Sachs to create packages of risky subprime mortgages, so that in anticipation of a housing crash he could use other people’s money to bet against his personally designed sure-to-fail financial instruments.
Why are these pieces of shit not hanging from lampposts?
A recent UNICEF report ranked Canada 17th out of 29 advanced economy countries for child well-being.
But hey, I’m sure we’ll see an Action Plan(TM) for this Any Day now.
So take your “revise your expectations! check your ego!” Horatio Alger bullshit, and stuff it. While you’re at it, stuff this economy. Not this GDP, not this unemployment level: this economy, this financial system that establishes complete social and political control over us, that conditions us to believe that we don’t deserve basic shelter and clothing and food and education and existence-sustaining medical care unless we throw our lives into vassalage and hope, pray, that the lords don’t fuck with our retirements or our coverages. (Maybe if we’re extra productive, someday they’ll do a 4o1K match again, like our ancestors used to talk about!)
H/t Septembre Anderson.