Saturday Art: France’s President Names Greatest Painter?

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 4:40 pm

Black is dramatic, but probably not the way most of us see our best expressions appear. In a world full of rancor, it may be dominant. Looking at new perspectives has no harmful effects, though, and perhaps Hollande has added dimensions that are helpful in seeing how our politics affect our lives and those of others.


What kind of a press corps is THIS!?

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 1:30 am

What will they tell the children?!

The Banal Justification for Directing the US Surveillance State at World Leaders

By: Friday October 25, 2013 11:00 am

Do we want a future where each and every country builds up surveillance apparatuses and turns them on one another to advance their agendas? Or do we want to discourage this and argue countries should not act with such naked self-interest and instead be more open and cooperative with another?

Raining on Our Parade – and Europe’s

By: Saturday July 6, 2013 6:40 pm

On this 237th anniversary of the adoption of the American Declaration of Independence from the British crown, the nations of Latin America have declared their independence from the United States.

Plutocrats Are the Same the World Over

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 10:13 am

The problem is that nations and their citizens owe a lot of money to the hyper-rich bastards who try to steal elections and keep us stupid so we won’t notice the oceans crashing into our cities or ask how the financial crisis happened. They want control so they can force us to repay those loans.

Just once, I’d like to hear a politician point out that there is an easy way to pay those debts: we tax the hell out of the plutocrats and use that money to “shore up the banks and pay off loans”.

François Hollande Goes Medieval on Eric Schmidt as French Tax Authorities File $1.3 Billion Claim Against Google

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 11:20 am

Hollande was apparently not amused with this monopolistic high-handedness, and so today the French tax authorities filed a $1.3 billion dollar claim against Google to pressure them into a settlement, per France’s weekly Canard Enchaine.

France Calls for Top Marginal Tax Rate of 75%

By: Friday September 28, 2012 7:12 pm

France has announced a massive redistributive tax program which would send the top tax rate soaring and increase taxes broadly on the top 10% of society.

Let them eat slightly smaller cakes

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 1:30 am

Finally, a classic, time-tested, and proven solution to an otherwise intractable problem.

EU Summit Solution Looks Remote

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:10 am

This EU summit scheduled for tomorrow has all the earmarks of a disaster. First, technocrats released a sovereignty-destroying proposal that would combine all of the worst elements of a fiscal union, not solving the growth imbalance problem while practically mandating austerity from the top, stripping authority from the elected representatives of the various countries.

Elections in France, Egypt Move in Different Directions

By: Monday June 18, 2012 9:00 am

In France, Francois Hollande’s Socialists took an absolute majority in Parliament, meaning Hollande will have a fairly easy time implementing his agenda. The question that will now be answered concerns what that agenda is. In Egypt the military mnimized the new elected president’s powers and promised a new constitution and parliamentary elections, effectively undercutting Egypt’s new democracy. But can the effective military control survive in the long run?

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