Posts tagged: Paradigm



Stop this stupid, stupid war!

We are all for peaceful globalization, but not this way. Globalization via socio-economic measures: Yes. Today! Globalization via war and violence: No, we want no part of it. There was a meeting in Yalta just before the recent Georgia-Russia war. Present were, among others, the President of ...

Caribia in the New Age

Perhaps the Mayans did get it right by intimating that the shift to the New Age will not take place until 2012. That would coincide with the US presidency following the one we are expecting shortly. If that is so, then the ‘signs' we see now are just precursors. However, we believe the shift has ...

Change; Opium for the Masses?

Obama will bring some change. Important change, even. But not yet the change the whole world needs. It appears we'll have to wait until 2012. That is when shift is supposed to happen. We do not mean this in any mystical sense, although we do not slight mysticism. We are referring to the expected ...

Peaceful Transition to Democracy in Cuba

There is active opposition to the Cuban government, but it is severely hampered by lack of funds, as well as lack of rights to organize. The right to freely organize political parties, trade-unions or any other associations with an independent political agenda is denied in Cuba. And even if it were ...

Jamaica’s Crime & Failing Capitalism and Socialism

Jamaica's poor have been left to the mercy of violent criminal gangs, Amnesty International says in a new report.  The human rights group said inner-city Jamaicans were being "held hostage" in the battle between gangs and the state. Amnesty said Jamaican authorities had stigmatized and "wilfully ...

Chavez: crazy no, misguided yes

'10 battalions and tanks to the border! Try crossing our border Uribe, and see what happens! Don't even think it!' Obviously the USA, CIA, FBI etc. are all behind this, Chavez claims (which could well be true, by the way). Meanwhile, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is asking the International ...

Amnesty and Corruption Cuba Style

If you consider capitalism a crime, then any commercial transaction is corrupt. This is the situation in Cuba. If you sell your house in Havana and make a profit, you have committed a crime and are punishable by law. Now, this particular crime is not easy to commit in Cuba, for all real property is ...

Difference between CO-OP’s and 100% ESOP’s

One critique of ESOP's is that they are the same as CO-OP's, especially 100% ESOP's. Let's look at terminology first. A CO-OP is a form of partnership in which each partner has equal membership in a specific kind of corporation on a ‘one-man one vote'-basis. In fact variations have been introduced ...

For our Cuban Friends, especially Fidel Castro

To achieve peaceful transition to democracy, the Cubans need a new economic theory - built on full political democracy - that not only respects the Revolution but improves both the socialist and the capitalist model. As we were told in Cuba: ‘No queremos una transición de comunismo salvaje a ...

Peace Paradigm

Ugly Americans! Were they always ugly? Or have they become ugly during the Bush administration? Let us begin by saying there are no ugly Americans. There are no ugly Islamists either. There are only people. According to Clint Eastwood there are good people, bad people and ugly people. Eastwood ...

Is the Capital Market Free?

What an absurd question! The answer obviously is a resounding: Yes! Anybody is free to buy or sell stocks! Indeed. But why don’t we analyze all ‘free market tests’ one by one, before we make a final judgment? If by these standards the capital market is free, we here at ARCO will each eat one whole ...

Economische vs. Sociale rechtvaardigheid

Er is veel geschreven over sociale rechtvaardigheid, ook in juridische kringen. Het betekent niet: ‘iedereen evenveel’. Dat weten we. Maar wat betekent het wel? Daarover bestaat geen duidelijkheid. ‘Elk het beste?’; betekent het dat? Dat is geen slecht uitgangspunt. Het ‘beste’ hoeft immers niet ...

New EU-Vision on Migration?

European governments should regard immigration as an "enrichment", not a threat, EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini told a conference in Lisbon, calling for a ‘New Vision'. Thus the BBC reports on 13/9/07. Mr Frattini announced he will soon outline proposals for a "blue card" system for ...

Free Market Justice

“With Labor Day approaching Angelo Mozilo, (…) chief executive of Countrywide Financial – the company that has helped drive world markets into turmoil (..) – raked in $42.9 million last year. The Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, chief executive of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, was paid ...

A Just Solution for Iraq

At this time of grave danger to freedom and democracy from within and from without, we need new ideas. We need new paradigmatic ideas. What follows is such an idea. We copy it verbatim from www.catholicprwire.com where it was posted on 23 August 2007 (note: sub-headings were added by us). The idea ...

The Shekels Shackle

Now even atheists, may like this article. Try it. When Christ was in the desert fasting for 40 days, he was tempted by Satan. The first temptation was about money and riches. ‘Deviate from Justice’, the Tempter said. ‘Let me win the day, just once, and all the world’s riches will be yours’. Now ...

Participatory Economics (‘Parecon’) vs. Binary Economics

Judging by Wikipedia’s description of ‘Parecon’, it can be characterized as anarchistic socialism. This is borne out clearly by Wikipedia’s sub-heading under its item on ‘Parecon’, reading ‘Comparison with other Socialist Movements’. Now, we are not saying: ‘Wikipedia says so, therefore it is so’. ...

TRANS-BLOGGING the World

It’s happening right now, under our very eyes. We’re trans-blogging the world! A huge transformation is taking place. And the pace is accelerating all the time as new technologies become available. Before long, our lives will be half-virtual, half-real. The blogo-sphere will be the mainstream ...

Second Race for the North Pole

‘Canada has said it will build two military facilities in the far north in a bid to assert its sovereignty over the contested Arctic region’, the BBC Internet recently reported. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement during a tour of Canada's northern territories. It comes as a Danish ...

Making Good Use of Destructive Energy

It is a fact well-known in physics that energy is generated when things are destroyed. Let’s look at food for a simple example. When you eat, you first destroy the food in your mouth. Then your stomach takes over and destroys it even more, enabling your intestines to extract the required energy. ...

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