Jul 202011

By Pedro Blas Gonzalez

Dr Pedro Blas Gonzalez is a writer and philosopher who holds a PhD in Philosophy. He has written five books: Human Existence as Radical Reality: Ortega y Gasset’s Philosophy of Subjectivity; Fragments: Essays in Subjectivity, Individuality and Autonomy; Ortega’s The Revolt of the Masses and the Triumph of the New Man; Unamuno: A Lyrical Essay and Dreaming in the Cathedral.

Bogart, Huston pere, and Holt. An unforgettable tale with moral overtones.


ON FIRST ENCOUNTERING John Huston’s old prospector, Howard (Walter Huston), in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), our immediate impression is one of sheer delectation. Howard is wisdom personified. He is also a fine example of the Socratic dictum, “know thyself.”

Howard represents that rare form of contentment that is more readily found in literature than is often exercised by people in real life. He guides the viewer through a meticulous rendering of how avarice debilitates its victims — this, regardless of the latter’s treachery and craftiness. Howard reminds us of what Havelock Ellis has to say about morals in The Dance of Life: “There is no separating pain and pleasure without making the first meaningless for all vital ends and the second turn to ashes. To exalt the meaning of pain; and we cannot understand the meaning of pain unless we understand the place of pleasure in the art of life.”(1) Continue reading »

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Jul 202011

So much death —millions—and for what? Who gained from this madness?

By S. Brian Willson
August 21, 2001

From our archives—Articles you should have read the first time around, but missed

Revelations continue to underscore the American participation in widespread atrocities in Korea, directly, or indirectly through its client regimes in Seoul and the Pentagon’s undeniable control of the South Korean armed forces.

Summary Report of U.S. Veterans Delegation to Korea, August 2 – 9, 2001, a project of the Korea Truth Commission (KTC) planned with members of Veterans For Peace (VFP). Yoomi Jeong, Deputy Secretary General, Korea Truth Commission, served as guide and translator. Continue reading »

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Jul 202011


Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About
How screwing unions screws the entire middle class.

By Kevin Drum | MOTHER JONES |  March/April 2011 Issue

Read more: MoJo’s Andy Kroll is in Wisconsin, [1] follow his updates. Plus:  The 10 richest members of Congress, CEO pay vs. American worker pay, and more infographics on the new gilded era [2].

IN 2008, A LIBERAL Democrat was elected president. Landslide votes gave Democrats huge congressional majorities. Eight years of war and scandal and George W. Bush had stigmatized the Republican Party almost beyond redemption. A global financial crisis had discredited the disciples of free-market fundamentalism, and Americans were ready for serious change.

Or so it seemed. But two years later, Wall Street is back to earning record profits [3], and conservatives are triumphant [4]. To understand why this happened, it’s not enough to examine polls and tea parties and the makeup of Barack Obama’s economic team [5]. You have to understand how we fell so short, and what we rightfully should have expected from Obama’s election. And you have to understand two crucial things about American politics. Continue reading »

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Jul 202011

ARCHIVES: Articles you should have read but missed the first time around—
The complicated (and tragic) story between America and Korea goes farther into the past than many would have assumed…

Originally posted at author’s site: July 1, 2000

The history of U.S. nineteenth century military intervention in Korea included the first American Korean War in 1871, a war noted by its belligerence. Five years earlier, in July 1866, a U.S. Merchant Marine ship, the General Sherman, a heavily armed ship with a mixed crew of U.S., British, and Chinese/Malay, including a Welsh/U.S. Protestant missionary, Robert Thomas, attempted to penetrate Korean waterways in pursuit of trade discussions and Christian evangelization. Denied permission to sail up the Taedong River leading to Pyongyang, the ship defied Korean authorities. Consequently, after four days of fighting, the ship was burned, and the 20 persons aboard killed. Continue reading »

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Jul 202011

ARCHIVES: Articles you should have read but missed the first time around.—

[First published: April 3, 2010—With select comments from original thread.]

The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: He still casts a giant shadow.

In December 1963, four months after the large civil rights march on Wash, DC, a nine-hr conference was held at FBI HQ to discuss ways to “neutralize” Martin Luther King, Jr. A prepared list of 21 proposals was discussed – “using” ministers, “disgruntled” acquaintances, “aggressive” newsmen, “colored” agents, Dr. King’s housekeeper, & a suggestion to use King’s wife or “placing a good looking female plant in King’s office” to develop info for use “at an opportune time in a counterintelligence move to discredit him” w/o embarrassment to the Bureau. [Pepper, W. F. (2003). "An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King." London: Verso, p. 11]. Continue reading »

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