I find Paul Krugman’s op-eds most instructive amidst the garbage that is largely circulated to the public by TV, their main source of information. His column today, “Myths of Austerity” says it all again.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/opinion/02krugman.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

We obviously need to stimulate our economy to create jobs. Cutting budgets and with them jobs runs in exactly the wrong direction as did FDR back when.

Living in the prosperous upper West Side of Manhattan we see great wealth around us. Our NYC mayor is the richest person in town who bought his third term. We also see here the struggle of those being driven out by a variety of ‘legal’ games with housing leases and those of small businesses. We are in a sense a microcosm of what is turning America from a democracy to an oligarchy of the rich and powerful. These have been around for a long time. Read and weep at the parallels to olden times: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy “Oligarchies have been tyrannical throughout history, being completely reliant on public servitude to exist.”

The Tea Party movement is an archetypal instance of the sort of trap that leads people to this state of tyranny. May the next election not compound the horror!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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