"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, September 09, 2008

Surge Fables

I would be remiss if I didn't share some notes from Professor Juan Cole on the "surge" that has been so prominently featured in the calculations of both challengers in the race for Chief Imperial Manager. Though this essay is from way back in July of this year, every word of it is still highly relevant today. In fact, It would behoove you to refer to it whenever you next encounter some hack blathering on about the success of the surge. The comments section of this piece contains some very good analysis as well. Read on...

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