There has always been some confusion and arbitrary discussion about what the American political spectrum is. What defines the left and what defines the right. In many cases, there is an overlapping spectrum for libertarianism, socialism, liberal on social issues type stuff, but I don’t use that stuff. It doesn’t work for me from a framework standpoint. Anyone can arbitrarily define what they want “right” or “left” or “liberal” or “conservative” to mean. They are just labels. But if there is a continuum, I prefer the one I laid out below. But I do understand the concepts of the libertarian socialists and that the historical difference between was the difference in tactics between the anti-statist wing of the left (called libertarian) and the statist wing–which went in the socialist direction. But I do not find this to be relevant today.
In essence, the further left you go, the less power you have in few hands and the more power you have as broadly distributed as possible. The further right you go, the more it is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. That’s my metric.
(SOAPBOX #69) – Cindy sez: “Greetings! This Sunday, (August 22nd) at 2 pm PST, I hope you tune into Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox to hear my fascinating and informative interview with legendary whistle blower and activist, Daniel Ellsberg. Daniel and I will be chatting about; the Wikileaks controversy, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan–an info packed show, for sure. With millions of bits of disinformation and propaganda flying around our airwaves this past week, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox continues to be a light shining through the lies. Please use the link above to listen to today’s discussions.
Economic depression increasing the likelihood of war; an attack on Iran would increase the price of oil and thereby increase demand for dollars; strong opposition from other countries to an attack no longer exists; recent incidents ramping up tension; military weaponry in the Middle East.
The first decade of what more than a generation ago was predicted to be the Asian Century is drawing to a close, marking ten years since the end of the American Century.
China overtook Japan as the world’s second-largest economy during the second financial quarter of this year and three-quarters of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nations, the world’s largest emerging economies, are entirely or primarily in Asia. During its first heads of state summit in Russia last year, BRIC “urged the creation of a new global financial security system.”  At the time its members accounted for 15 percent of the global economy and 42 percent of international currency reserves  even after the advent of the U.S.-triggered world financial crisis in 2008.