Friday, 7 September 2018

Some odd things I have come across.

A friend of mine found some statistics about parliamentary motions condemning anti-Semitism. On average a very small percentage of MPs supported them all but the man accused of anti-Semitism supported all of them. Quite a good record, you might think.

It’s a little bit of truth that some people won’t face up to.

If you say something often enough, even if it’s arrant nonsense, it becomes an accepted “truth”. We see it all the time!

(Just look at the Novichok story. It MUST be the Russians!  

Here’s a post from James Melville that comments on that and the Brexit nonsense:-

“Theresa May has confirmed that thanks to the EU, Britain has obtained an European Arrest Warrant to arrest the Russian Novichok suspects. Phew, just in the nick of time. In a few months time, Britain won’t be able to do this.”

No comment on that!)

And Tony Blair has accepted the anti-Semitism story, hook, line and sinker. In an interview he “said he could not imagine the antisemitism row taking place “in the Labour party that I joined”. “I can’t imagine that we have had three to four months debating over something where we have profoundly insulted the Jewish community in our country,” Blair said.”

I am currently reading “The Untold History of the United States” by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. In the introduction, which talks a lot about the USA’s empire building, at one point they write about the depression at the end of the 19th century, triggered by the financial panic on Black Friday, May 5th 1893. Here’s a sample:

 “The nation debated the depression’s causes and sought ways to avoid future economic collapse. Those who believed that the 1893 depression resulted from overproduction argued that the United States needed more markets abroad to absorb its growing surplus. Socialists, trade unionists and reformers, on the other hand, believed that the 1890s crisis resulted from underconsumption and proposed a different solution: redistributing wealth at home so that working people could afford to buy the products of American farms and factories.”

Amazingly, surprisingly, few capitalists endorsed that approach! They wanted to keep their wealth, even if they had more than they knew what to do with.

Over a hundred years ago and still the same problems!

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