One listened to portions of the US Conference of Mayors discussion as aired on C-Span
Have you heard the USSR Brezhnev joke ….From the book The Gates of Europe…..”But the Soviet economy was in no condition to accelerate anything other than rates of decline…….” ‘We were on the edge of an abyss………but since then we have made a huge step forward’……”
You won’t ask the questions if you don’t hear the stories.
A functioning journalist working within the framework of principles of a Free Press could easily debunk Russian propaganda with an interview with Ukrainian Alexsey Arestovich.
Quoted From Martin Luther King, Jr:
“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.”
We need to remember reality, especially on the meaning of capital. Here are a few topics toward that end.
One believes the following book by Tolstoy was banned in Russia. Oligarchs (those who steer public opinion for personal promotion) are similar.
Most of us are informed, largely byway of media, of the standard to be followed. What if the standard is questionable?
On involvement in Ukraine, US leaders have warned the US public that pain could be felt at home. How is this supportive of the USA and We The People?…..And to what end?–
Bait-and-switch may be a reason some people have labeled as war crimes (remembering that war crime is an oxymoron) Russian targeting of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine that denies to local community members the civil and human right of the dignity of a functional energy grid while accepting a dysfunctional US energy grid by labeling this as free enterprise.
Some people recognize Trump for the deflection that has been his use by the Democratic/Republican duopoly. Meanwhile the real issues that impact the lives of the public go unaddressed.
Use of the word “forgets” (link below) is extremely diplomatic. Real intellectual gymnastics are needed to ignore NATO intrusion onto the borders of Russia. At the same time one condemns the Russian invasion into Ukraine, childish trust is required to overlook the same from NATO toward Russian security.
An important and ignored topic is the negligence from elected officials and bureaucrats toward the local community members in the USA. Some politicians seem to cater to the whims of big-money interests using the deflection of the importance of the economy. The so-called economy envisioned by these bureaucrats and elected officials seem to be limited to the transfer of the wealth of the nation from the 100% to the 1%.
Here’s the deal…..after a lifetime of self-denying reading space for topics of personal interest, in order to dedicate time and energy to career studies and obligations to our capitalistic system, retirement has offered the lull to read that which is personally enjoyable and interesting. Nothing being perfect, one grapples with the self-imposed sense of guilt that has been a prerequisite to earning a living over said 45 years. And now one is listening to politicians who raise their own salaries with the flick of a pen, into law, call retirees welfare recipients. But the political pay raises may be hard earned due to the work of indoctrinating the public, which can’t be easy work.