POLITICS

~ WY-PTP-OTP ~ When Ye – Proffer The Pigge – Open The Poke ~ Richard Hill ~ Common-Place Book ~ 1530

~ TDO-P-O-LAD-OP-STBOOTSOAOND ~ The Desire Of – Persuading – Of – Leading And Directing – Other People – Seems To Be One Of The Strongest Of All Our Natural Desires ~ Adam Smith ~ The Wealth Of Nations ~ 1776

~ TGGFTGN ~ The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number ~ Jeremy Bentham ~ Easy On The First Principles Of Government ~ 1768

~ TOH-WAMWAWR-WAP-WHPTTW-R-TNH-IOWAAR-R-WHPTTA-WAP ~ The Old Hypocrite – Was A Man Whose Aims Were Really – Worldly And Practical – While He Pretended That They Were – Religious – The New Hypocrite – Is One Whose Aims Are Really – Religious – While He Pretends That They Are – Worldly And Practical ~ Gilbert Chesterton ~ What’s Wrong With The World ~ 1910

~ AGT-RPTPP-CADOTSO-P ~ A Government That – Robs Peter To Pay Paul – Can Always Depend On The Support Of – Paul ~ George Bernard Shaw ~ Everybody’s Political What’s What ~ 1944

~ ARMMAAHAFNBIDAP-B-BTRIOFT-A/B/M-OAIE ~ A Rising Mass Movement Attracts And Holds A Following Not By Its Doctrine And Promises – But – By The Refuge It Offers From The – Anxieties / Barrenness / Meaninglessness – Of An Individual Existence ~ Eric Hoffer ~ The True Believer ~ 1951

~ T-TEC-SBAR-F-F-TTL-IT-PIAGOC ~ Totalitarianism – The Essential Conviction – Shared By All Ranks – From Fellow-Traveler To Leader – Is That – Politics Is A Game Of Cheating ~ Hannah Arendt ~ The Origins Of Totalitarianism ~ 1951

~ SITUTTHF ~ Statism Is The Ultimate Threat To Human Freedom ~ William Buckley ~ Up From Liberalism ~ 1959

~ BOE ~ Banality Of Evil ~ Hannah Arendt ~ Eichmann In Jerusalem ~ 1963

~ FEOM-DNATMOTS ~ Free Election Of Masters – Does Not Abolish The Masters Or The Slaves ~ Herbert Marcuse ~ One-Dimensional Man ~ 1969

~ TWOSHBOTBTWCFWL-B-MWC ~ The Whole Of Society Has Been Organized To Believe That We Can’t Function Without Leaders – But – Maybe We Can ~ David Bohm ~ On Dialogue ~ 1996

~ TPO-OTTP-IRF-RFTF-IA-GP ~ The Principle Of – Obligation To The Public – In Return For – Rights From The Public – Is A – Generalisable Principle ~ John McMurtry ~ Value Wars ~ 2002

~ RFPP ~ Rebuilding Freedoms Previously Presumed ~ Lawrence Lessig ~ Free Culture ~ 2004

~ IITATDU-NTCWUAAR(WAWWD) ~ It Is The Act That Defines Us – Not The Cause We Use As A Rationale (We Are What We Do) ~ Gordon Livingston ~ Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart ~ 2004

~ RHIOR ~ Rot Has Its Own Rationale ~ William Bonner + Lila Rajiva ~ Mobs Messiahs And Markets ~ 2007

~ C&ID ~ Cooperation And Its Discontents ~ Mark Buchanan ~ The Social Atom ~ 2007

~ TOOAVMDEOTOIWPV ~ The Outcome Of A Vote May Depend Entirely On The Order In Which The People Voted ~ Mark Buchanan ~ The Social Atom ~ 2007

~ UFM ~ Untruths For Money ~ Matthew Goodman ~ The Sun And The Moon ~ 2008

~ TQGIOWTMRDMTP ~ The Quiet Gathering Is Often Where The Most Radical Decision Making Takes Place ~ Joe Calloway ~ Becoming A Category Of One ~ 2009

~ WTAP ~ Winner-Take-All Politics ~ Jacob Hacker + Paul Pierson ~ Winner-Take-All Politics ~ 2010

~ SWPNTOITHBEWTW-ATSN ~ Sometimes What Politicians Need To Do Is To Hear Bankers Explain What They Want – And Then Say No ~ John Lanchester ~ I.O.U. ~ 2010

~ TO-AN-T-P-O-F-B-P-I-A-I ~ The Obstacles – Are Not – Technical – Practical – Or – Financial – But – Political – Intellectual – And – Ideological ~ Susan George ~ Whose Crisis, Whose Future? ~ 2010

~ ITFPWAHT-BS-RTTRC-WATFATPET ~ It’s Tempting For People Who Are Hurting To – Blame Scapegoats – Rather Than The Real Culprits – Who Are Too Far Away To Provide Easy Targets ~ Susan George ~ Whose Crisis, Whose Future? ~ 2010

~ IWTTPTPTWTATS ~ Institutions Will Try To Preserve The Problem To Which They Are The Solution ~ Clay Shirky ~ Cognitive Surplus ~ 2010

~ WG-CT-WW ~ Water Grabs – Could Trigger – Water Wars ~ Fred Pearce ~ The Land Grabbers ~ 2012

~ RI ~ Restore Integrity ~ David Cay Johnston ~ The Fine Print ~ 2012

~ WOIGHTMP-ISIGPTBIRTPTWBSAAW ~ When One Interest Group Holds Too Much Power – It Succeeds In Getting Policies That Benefit Itself – Rather Than Policies That Would Benefit Society As A Whole ~ Joseph Stiglitz ~ The Price Of Inequality ~ 2012

~ B-AAAP-A-AHB ~ Banking – Is All About Politics – And – Always Has Been ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

~ CD-TAMOL-AMB-LMG-WDAOI ~ Countless Decisions – That Affect Millions Of Lives – Are Made By – Like-Minded Groups – Who Don’t Allow Outside Input ~ Dean Burnett ~ The Idiot Brain ~ 2016

~ IATDBTAL-ITPOF-WTP-SDF ~ Indifference About The Distinction Between Truth And Lies – Is The Precondition Of Fascism – When Truth Perishes – So Does Freedom ~ Simon Schama ~ 2017