Posted by: quiscus | September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011

1.  “Report: 100 New York Police Officers Boycott In Solidarity with Wall Street Protesters”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/09/new-york-police-officers-boycott-in-solidarity-with-wall-street-protesters.html

2.  Of course 9/11 didn’t include any planes:

“Martin Luther King Jr. would have agreed with Tony Bennett”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29216.htm

3.  “This Economic Collapse is a ‘Crisis of Bigness’

Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded.

One man who would not have been surprised by this crisis of bigness, had he lived to see it, was Leopold Kohr. Kohr has a good claim to be the most important political thinker that you have never heard of. Unlike Marx, he did not found a global movement or inspire revolutions. Unlike Hayek, he did not rewrite the economic rules of the modern world. Kohr was a modest, self-deprecating man, but this was not the reason his ideas have been ignored by movers and shakers in the half century since they were produced. They have been ignored because they do not flatter the egos of the power-hungry, be they revolutionaries or plutocrats. In fact, Kohr’s message is a direct challenge to them. “Wherever something is wrong,” he insisted, “something is too big.”

Kohr’s claim was that society’s problems were not caused by particular forms of social or economic organisation, but by their size. Socialism, anarchism, capitalism, democracy, monarchy – all could work well on what he called “the human scale”: a scale at which people could play a part in the systems that governed their lives. But once scaled up to the level of modern states, all systems became oppressors. Changing the system, or the ideology that it claimed inspiration from, would not prevent that oppression – as any number of revolutions have shown – because “the problem is not the thing that is big, but bigness itself”.

Drawing from history, Kohr demonstrated that when people have too much power, under any system or none, they abuse it. The task, therefore, was to limit the amount of power that any individual, organisation or government could get its hands on. The solution to the world’s problems was not more unity but more division. The world should be broken up into small states, roughly equivalent in size and power, which would be able to limit the growth and thus domination of any one unit. ”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29222.htm

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