Friday, 3 January 2014

Rich folks’ politics- News and views for Friday 3 January

News and views noted along the way.
3-01-2014 pigeon
  • Why the passenger pigeon became extinct - “The short answer is that it tasted good.”
  • Erdogan’s Endgame: Corruption Scandal Threatens Turkish Leader – “A corruption scandal is expanding into a government crisis in Turkey. The governing party is divided and the political future of Prime Minister Erdogan, with his despotic style of leadership, is in jeopardy.”
  • ANC faces a host of challengers in next South African elections
  • Rich Folks’ Politics – “In the United States, Republicans enjoy much greater power than their support merits. There are a number of reasons for this. The Republican ‘base’ votes, whereas lots of other people don’t bother. And, of course, there is extensive gerrymandering, which the current Republican party has taken to new lows. If that isn’t enough there is organised voter suppression, which targets the poor and others unlikely to vote for the party of the rich. Of this anti-democratic brew, people’s unwillingness to vote is ultimately the most worrying.”
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford runs for re-election - “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to once smoking crack cocaine while in a ‘drunken stupor’, has filed re-election papers. Putting his name on the ballot to run for another term, Mr Ford revealed his new campaign slogan: ‘Ford more years’. ’I've got the strongest track record,’ he told journalists. ‘I’ve been the best mayor this city has ever had.’
  • The Moral Significance of Economic Life - “Aristotle vs Locke.”
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