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Wall Street Journal openly cries for a return to white supremacy

That a major media outlet thought it was a good idea to publish this piece of racist, moronic garbage faux-history in 2013 is astounding. More here. The Late, Great American WASP - WSJ.com
The U.S. once had an unofficial but nonetheless genuine ruling class, drawn from what came to be known as the WASP establishment. Members of this establishment dominated politics, economics and education, but they do so no longer. The WASPocracy, as I think of it, lost its confidence and, with it, the power and interest to lead. We are now without a ruling class, unless one includes the entity that has come to be known as the meritocracy—presumably an aristocracy of sheer intelligence, men and women trained in the nation's most prestigious schools. The acronym WASP derives, of course, from White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, but as acronyms go, this one is more deficient than most. Lots of people, including powerful figures and some presidents, have been white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant but were far from being WASPs. Neither Jimmy Carter nor Bill Clinton qualified. WASPs were a caste, closed off to all not born within it, with the possible exception of those who crashed the barriers by marrying in. WASP credentials came with lineage, and lineage—that is, proper birth—automatically brought connections to the right institutions. Yale, Princeton and Harvard were the great WASP universities, backed up by Choate, Groton, Andover, Exeter and other prep schools. WASPs tended to live in exclusive neighborhoods: on upper Park and Fifth Avenues in New York, on the Main Line in Philadelphia, the Back Bay in Boston, Lake Forest and Winnetka in Chicago. . . .

December 17, 2013

Detroit collective offers free houses for writers

Detroit definitely has a surplus of houses and a surfeit of people. Why not try to promote a local arts scene by giving away free houses to artists? WRITEAHOUSE.ORG
I’d like to introduce you to Write-A-House, a different kind of writer’s residency program. The Detroit writers and urban activists who founded the organization in 2012 did so with one goal: use vocational training to renovate vacant homes and then give these homes to writers. The homes are in emerging, active, and diverse neighborhoods. It won’t be Beverly Hills, but maybe that’s okay.We believe writers are out there – perhaps in Cleveland, Denmark, Brooklyn, or maybe out just past Eight Mile, who are interested in becoming a part of Detroit today. Or maybe they just want a home. We would like to invite them to move in. Even if you already live in Detroit, feel encouraged to apply. We don’t know of another movement like this, but then Detroit is a unique place. Our idea supports literary arts, vocational education, neighborhood stabilization, and the creation of more vibrant cities. Good, right? I’m inviting you to please GET INVOLVED
*Thanks, Jeff!*

December 10, 2013

Say hello to our new corporate-run secret court system

Obama and a host of corporate lobbyists have been caught trying to slide by a nefarious new trade agreement that makes NAFTA look like small change. The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), would do some run-of-the-mill trade stuff like open Japan to agriculural imports, but it would--and I am not making this up--"grant multinational corporations vast new powers and that, among these, are virtual veto-powers over local environmental and labor laws." EVERYONE should be talking about this. Congress should be flipping out that this is being done unilaterally, without their vote. Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents Released - Chickens Coming Home To Roost - Esquire
One of the most controversial provisions in the talks includes new corporate empowerment language insisted upon by the U.S. government, which would allow foreign companies to challenge laws or regulations in a privately run international court. Under World Trade Organization treaties, this political power to contest government law is reserved for sovereign nations. The U.S. has endorsed some corporate political powers in prior trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the scope of what laws can be challenged appears to be much broader in TPP negotiations. . . . The U.S. is also facing major resistance on bank regulation standards. The Obama administration is seeking to curtail the use of "capital controls" by foreign governments. These can include an extremely broad variety of financial tools, from restricting lending in overheated markets to denying mass international outflows of currency during a financial panic. The loss of these tools would dramatically limit the ability of governments to prevent and stem banking crises.