John Knight on American Exceptionalism: The more I read about Ayn Rand and her "selfishness", the more I am convinced that she was an extreme sociopath. She was just as much the authoritarian leader of an extreme personality cult as was L. Ron Hubbard, for example. Ayn Rand proudly inserted her acolyte Alan Greenspan as a "Manchurian candidate" into the Federal government to implement her philosophy. Unfortunately for society, she has convinced even many people who stand to lose from her philosophy, that being a sociopath is cool and sexy. Because of Ayn Rand extreme capitalism no longer has to be embarrassed about its antisocial and dystopian features. She has a lot to answer for.
Desiato on Take a guess: It seems kinda funny to call out the RIAA on this, as they are actually calling out the torrent index sites for claiming that fundamental human rights protect their operation which actually involves predominantly copyright infringement. Who's making the ridiculous claim? OK, yeah, the "assault on our humanity" bit is a bit of a stretch for a puppet of big corporations, true.
chas on American Exceptionalism: Are you saying the United States gave capitalism a bad name, they actually made greed seem worse than it really is?
Sue W on American Exceptionalism: There was a time in the US when a person could raise a family on restaurant wages...not too long ago.
Sue W on WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb: "The decline in its investigative powers reflects its changing role into one of pandering to the prejudices of its readers."
Yup. I see that in almost all media. Probably they were always corrupt, with a few exceptions. Lying is just part of the process.
I'm surprised that I'm disappointed, I must be getting soft :-)
Sue W on The truth about evil: Although propaganda and speeches of the West talk about good and evil, nation building, reconstruction, etc., turning opponents' territories into "anarchic hell-holes" can't be described as accidental or unexpected.
pete on WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb: The reputation of the Washington Post rests on it's investigation of the Watergate break in. There has been very little since then to recommend it. Its financial problems are ongoing, print media is a Dinosaur waiting to die, even Rupert Murdoch knows that.
Accuracy in Media reported in 2012 regarding an insider trading scandal:http://www.aim.org/special-report/scandal-at-the-washington-post-fraud-lobbying-insider-trading/ It's a symptom of the sickness at the heart of a business slowly ossifying. The decline in its investigative powers reflects its changing role into one of pandering to the prejudices of its readers. Look at the comments on http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gary-webb-was-no-journalism-hero-despite-what-kill-the-messenger-says/2014/10/17/026b7560-53c9-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html and try to tell me Jeff Leen is not servicing his clients.