Comments of the Week 8/28-9/02

September 2, 2011
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TRNN viewers are some of the best informed on the web. This is the first of a regular Friday blog post where we will feature some of the best comments contributed by users over the course of the week. Feel free to nominate comments to me throughout the week. In some cases I’ve excerpted part of the comment for brevity.

In response to David Dougherty’s piece about Chilean student protests, user “Ambricourt” adds the following:

“Every social phenomenon – education, health-care, legal services, war – can be priced and sold. Nothing is excluded. The process strengthens class divisions and social unrest. So increased security is then sold to the nation-state, usually making the nation more dependent on imperial banking and imperial technology. Behind “privatization” or “neo-liberalism” lies the most primitive reductionist social thinking which reveals an imaginative failure at the heart of today’s global exploitation. “Human rights” are no substitute for social rights. The latter have been commodified.”

Bob Eaton wrote the following after watching Paul Jay’s interview with Jeff Thompson about how the rich are getting richer:

“As Warren Buffett wrote last week, “The rising tide raises all yachts.”  So some of the rich (including the 16(?) in France that wrote a letter asking to be taxed more) are understanding this now.  That doesn’t surprise me because they are smart people that know if things continue as they are, there will be a revolution and they won’t have so much.”

Nigel Bell wrote on Facebook in response to Micheal Greenberger’s explanation of how spectulators distort the future market:

“‎… one of the best ‘entry level’ explanations I’ve heard on the topic… and the consequences, so briefly touched on late in the piece*, are dramatic and effect everyone in the world, not just the US…

[*: not a criticism as the talk was to-the-point re the topic at hand]”

Keep your comments coming and let me know if you spot one that everyone should read!

 

 

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