Flimsy Sanity: January 2011

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Not a Dime's Worth of Difference between Dems and Repub's - just as Ralph Nader said.

Amy Klobchur says police should have access to IRS filings to look for missing children. Is there no law we cannot abuse to save the children?

The cop in Arizona who said the shootings were due to an atmosphere of hate and fear is getting so much hate mail that his computer crashed (comedy writes itself). Speaking of paranoia, if you took guns away from the paranoid, the NRA would disappear. Right wing homegrown terrorism is more common than Arab terrorism. What in the hell is wrong with people? Have they foxed their brains out?

Monday, January 03, 2011

If You're so smart, Why Ain't You Rich?

From a Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith:
Contributing to and supporting this euphoria are two factors little noted in our time or in past times. First is the extreme brevity of the financial memory. In consequence, financial disaster is quickly forgotten...when the same or closely similar circumstances occur again, sometimes in only a few years, they are hailed by a new, often youthful and always supremely self-c`onfident generation as a brilliantly innovative discovery...The second factor contributing to speculative euphoria and programmed collapse is the specious association of money and intelligence...In all free enterprise (once called capitalist) attitudes there is a strong tendency to believe that the more money, either as income or assets, of which an individual is possessed or with which he is associated, the deeper and more compelling his economic and social perception, the more astute and penetrating his mental processes...In practice, the individual or individuals at the top of these institutions are often there because, as happens regularly in great organizations, theirs was mentally the most predictable and, in consequence, bureaucratically the least inimical of the contending talent. He she, or they are then endowed with the authority that encourages acquiescence from their subordinated and applause from their acolytes and that excludes adverse opinion or criticism. They are admirably protected in what may be a serious commitment to error.