Americans Better Pay Attention

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

H.L. Mencken

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Take that, World!

“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

   

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Why Would They Negotiate With Us?

If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with [tag]Israel[/tag]. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been [tag]anti-Semitism[/tag], the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have [tag]stolen their country[/tag]. Why would they accept that?

— [tag]David Ben Gurion[/tag] on the Israeli/[tag]Palestinian[/tag] [tag]Conflict[/tag] (via dmiessler)

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The Power of the Bank

“I sincerely believe that [tag]banking establishments[/tag] are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

– [tag]Thomas Jefferson[/tag]

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Prosperity and Violence

“[During the Cold War,] aggressively championing plans for rapid economic development, political elites in the developing world used their control over the economy to organize the polity, distributing patronage in order to stay in power… The politics of [tag]patronage[/tag] gave way to [tag]democracy[/tag], on the one hand, and on the other, political violence.”

– [tag]Robert Bates[/tag] in [tag]Prosperity and Violence[/tag]: The [tag]Political Economy of Development[/tag]

 

Also see: Did the World Bank’s Development Efforts Fail in Kenya?, Two Africas, Where is the international law with: NAFTA?

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