Originally posted on Vera Graziadei:

As wars rage around the globe, the world continues its descent into the lower circles of Dante’s Inferno – all with the help of an insatiable global empire, run by warmongering opportunistic Machiavellians and amoral realists, aided by masses of Uncommitted Souls, who will do nothing for either good or evil, as long their consumerist desires, created by the empire’s nightmarish ‘dream-making’ machine, are satisfied and their wealth and power (or aspirations to them) are preserved.

In the case of psychopathic Machiavellians, fixated on money, power and competition, it is their low emotional intelligence and lack of empathy and conscience that prevents them from having concerns for the victims of their wars or the poor. Amoral realists, on the other hand, view events on the international arena solely in terms of power – morality has no place, only national interests count. As for the Uncommitted Souls – they are just gullible dupes, whose beliefs and…

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Lefty academics and pundits are still talking as if the economy is going to get better instead of worse, they should be trying to figure out alternative economies for the ever increasing masses of those rendered useless (except perhaps as income sources for jailors/keepers) by the extraction industries that rule our days.
Alice Goffman, assistant professor of sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; author, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City
Followed by a conversation with:
– Jeff Smith, assistant professor of politics and advocacy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School
– Jamelle Bouie, politics, policy, and race reporter, Slate


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