Lady Thatcher’s Koan

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 6:30 pm

In almost any question, no matter how complex, there is an axis, hinge, fulcrum, upon and around which the entire question revolves. Discovering that point is often produced after concentrated immersion in the problem in all its facets, but the discovery itself is experienced as an intuitive flash…. what Zen Buddhists call “satori“. In their discipline they make use of riddles called “Koans” to trigger such insights.


Why Do Governments Hate Workers?

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 11:00 am

We must be a nation of peasants to be willing to tug our forelocks and say yes sir and would you like champagne with your caviar sir to the rich like we do.

An Honest Look at Margaret Thatcher

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 8:00 pm

I have come to bury Thatcher, not to praise her. The evil that she did lives after her; The good was so minimal as to be nonexistent.

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

By: Monday April 8, 2013 12:15 pm

“They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbors.” – Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, one of the founders of the Neoliberal Revolution and Britain’s first female prime minister, died today of a stroke at age 87. Her life was marked by unquenchable ambition and a ruthless use of power. Despite being born the daughter of a grocer, Thatcher will be eulogized as a former head of state and baroness. Whatever will be said about her, she knew how to climb the greasy pole of British society and politics. But at what cost?

Frown of Thorns

By: Sunday February 26, 2012 9:30 am

As a Liberal in the British Parliament in the 1860s, John Stuart Mill once said Conservatives were “necessarily the stupidest party.” That might seem as simple as an infant learning where its nose is, but Mill’s insight into the permanence of “necessarily” ranks right up there with Newton’s thoughts on gravity. It’s certainly been confirmed and re-confirmed by subsequent experiment.

Margaret Thatcher Refuses to Meet with Sarah Palin Because She’s “Nuts”

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 10:30 am

Apparently, The Quitter — who’s going to Sudan in July to see the Sphinx in the great country of Africa and generally bolster her learnin’ about furriners — also wanted to sneak in a photo-op stop with the Iron Lady.

“The Public” Disappears

By: Sunday May 15, 2011 9:30 am

The word public, as in public schools or public option, has become a dirty word in, uh, public life. The question is, can a nation survive once it has abandoned not just moral notions of the public good but the positive notion that there is a public?

Why Do We Keep Calling Tea Partiers “Anti-Government?”

By: Friday September 24, 2010 9:45 am

Conservatives, including those of the Tea Party variety, aren’t “anti-government.” In most respects they are pro-government to the point of authoritarianism. What they really oppose is any form of cooperative or collective solution to the problems of a complex industrial (or post-industrial) society – especially when the beneficiaries are people they regard with suspicion or fear.

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