"Fiat money is backed by men with guns; Bitcoin is not. So why should this thing have any value?"--Uber statist economist Paul Krugman.
"And don’t even get me started on the irrelevant but unavoidable fact that the shameless, butt-licking lackeys of the Senate’s Republican caucus (with a few Democrats along for the ride) took advantage of the post-Boston confusion to do Wayne LaPierre’s bidding and kill a modest gun-reform bill supported by nearly the entire American public."was this part of getting it right?
TomI'm not a 100% kind of guy--I prefer he had written about CISPA there, but I am not going to dispense with the rest of the best widely circulated essay on Boston I've seen yet because that sentence.
"Americans think one kid killed by a bomb in Boston is worth more than 12 kids killed in Afghanistan. It’s more that we live in a profoundly asymmetrical world, and the dead child in Boston is surprising in a way any number of dead children in Afghanistan, horrifyingly enough, are not. He lived in a protected zone, after all, a place that was supposed to be sealed off from history, isolated from the blood and turmoil of the world. But of course that was a lie." A great insight there. But, of course, great imperial and hegemonic powers believe that history cannot happen to them because in their hubris they believe they, nearly alone, shape history.
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