"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Someone You Should Know

When I began this blog, one of my promises was to share access to the writing of those whom I respect and admire though their work is often marginalized due to its ideological "inappropriateness". One such writer is Dennis Perrin whose blog, Red State Son, is included on my link list as "The Red One". Perrin has written everything from sketch comedy, to ad copy, to full scale autobiographies. His specialty is political and social commentary which is invariably infused with not only penetrating insight but great humor as well.

Read his blog entry of 30 October 06 (Ass Kicked Conclusion) about the state of America's Democratic "opposition" party and I believe you'll be hooked as I was long ago. Bookmark his blog, or pass through to him from here. Either way you can't go wrong.


Anonymous said...

Reading Mr.Perrin's blogsite only reinforces my own opinion that the GOP and Dems are two sides of the same coin. But where does that leave voters who don't subscribe to either doctrine? His observation of how corporate America controls the media is not lost on me either. I watch BBC more than CNN,Fox,MSNBC,or the big three major networks. What will it take before mainstream America realizes that neither party is running the country in our best intrests? I hate to admit it,but I usually vote for the Democrats because I believe them to be "the lesser of two evils." But it would be nice to have a third choice.

Coldtype said...

There is a real possibility that as Team Bush drives the country closer towards the cliff, more people will turn sooner rather than later to viable third party candidates. In any event it's going to be a long hard struggle, as are most things worthwhile.

Noam Chomsky famously wrote that the US doesn't have two political parties as we've always assumed, instead, we have one party--the Business Party--with two rival factions. These factions may disagree on the finer points of policy, but on fundimental issues they are in virtual lock-step. One of the main reasons the Democratic Party has been so ineffective in taking advantage of the Bush administration's unpopularity is that their platform is fundimentally identical. Both factions represent the owners of our society, i.e corporations and the major investor class. This is the sector that drives both our foreign and domestic policy--not the public.

For any of this to change the drive must begin at the grassroots level. What I find encouraging is that not only are steps being made in this direction, but the process is gaining momentum. Stay safe.

leftisthebest said...

Thanks for the link. It was great!!

I've told folks the Democrats are not necessarily the answer and a vote for a Dem is not always the right thing.

A good example is the governor's race. Governor "Blowdry" is the same ole, same ole politican. He is a crook pure and simple.

Coldtype said...

So true.