Tagged: Thomas Piketty

Before they make me run

Mr Piketty is a significant improvement over recent heroes of the bookish left, eclipsing the likes of Negri, Hardt, and Graeber.

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Patrioten gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes: looks like 1990-92 all over again. At that time, the targets were refugees from the Balkans. It was not safe for a “foreigner” to travel in the former DDR lands. Halle and Dresden were dangerous.

The DDR had pockets that were never fully de-Nazified. Traditions of xenophobia and revanchism were nursed over the decades in secret, breaking out into the streets after the Wende. in the early 1990s, Vietnamese and Angola workers were attacked in broad daylight throughout the former East Lander. Buildings housing asylum seekers from the Balkans War were torched. Helmut Kohl pandered to the tiny following of neo-Nazi Parties by blaming foreigners for high levels of unemployment in the post-reunification East.

Pegida is the political inheritor such Rechtsextremismus, which has always played the victim card — “stab in the backism” — to the hilt. It is better financed and more media savvy than its competitors on the right.

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There is no “culture” that is not always already multicultural. The idea that cultures exist in some pristine state, hermetically sealed off from “external influences,” is risible.

Strife

The lead Occupy protestors have joined the academic lecture circuit or are Guardian contributors. All have been eclipsed by the shooting star called Piketty.

With the apprehension of the chief Benghazi plotter, the Republicans’ entire campaign argument against Hillary Clinton just went up in smoke. They’ll turn even more anti-American now out of desperation.

Twenty years ago, I interrupted viewing the white Ford Bronco chase to play arcade games at the “dead mall” on the road between Northampton and Amherst (MA).

The prosecution lost the OJ Simpson case through incompetence and the arrogance that is typical of this category of lawyer. First, the prosecution didn’t rebut defense expert testimony that DNA evidence was contaminated. Second, one could see the prosecutors slump in their seats as the lead police investigator took the 5th three times on the witness stand in order to avoid perjury. Third, the gloves debacle was entirely avoidable. There was no need for Mr Simpson to put on the gloves in front of the jury.

Mr Cochran’s lyrical closing argument didn’t have a leg to stand on without prosecutorial mistakes.

Roadrunner

What is the half-life of Dasein?

Thomas Piketty’s new book on twenty-first century capitalism is all the rage. Back 2001, it was Hardt and Negri’s Empire that appeared on everyone’s syllabus. Empire was good for networking at conferences at Columbia and CUNY; it was hook up reading material in Upper West Side and West Village cafes. Perhaps this book will serve the same functions. But the economic system rolls on just the same.

In the “red state failure” category: in its rush to kill, Oklahoma botched an execution and had to stay a second execution planned for the same inning.

The same failed state has passed a law mandating the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance once a week by public school students.