I’ve posted my latest post on 3 Quarks Daily (note that I’m no longer mirroring 3QD posts on Abstract Nonsense), It’s Not Oppression Alone. The basic idea of that post is that radical terrorism is caused not just by oppression, but also by various factors concerning the perception of oppression.
A far funnier and overall better post than mine is Shiban Ganju’s teaser into the Dalai Lama’s ascension to the US Presidency.
Next day he appointed three eminent persons as his close advisers. Donald Rumsfeld, Joseph Stiglitz and Arundathi Roy.
He chose Donald Rumsfeld as the chief adviser. When the nation protested, he calmed the fear. ”He is the single most valuable asset in my administration. If we do exactly the opposite of what he recommends, we will not go wrong.”
He invited the Nobel laureate economist, Joseph Stiglitz and said, “You have an image of a person who opposes globalization.”
“But I don’t” Joseph protested, “I am only against the machinations of the world bank and IMF. I have written about it in my book — Globalization and its Discontent.”
Dalai Lama winked, “It doesn’t matter what you write. The street protestors don’t read. They follow the slogans. Look here, we can pursue the globalization of non violence with you leading it. With your image no one will suspect.”
Katie attacks Canadian involvement in the occupation of Afghanistan. Canadian foreign policy is fairly Clintonian: make sure people support you when you bomb random third world countries, don’t be too blatant about things, and never rock the boat. Her post is cogent, once you ignore the left-wing shibboleths like complaining about media bias, ranting about Israel (which despite what Katie says Canada doesn’t give military aid to), and talking about the interests of the working class.
The liberal blogosphere is undergoing a severe shrillness attack, which I hope will subside a few days after the election. At Liberal Avenger, Auguste is dramatizing the election as if the Democrats give a damn about civil liberties and Republicans are totalitarians. The best case scenario is that the Democrats win, increase the minimum wage to $7.25, expand health coverage a little bit, and then resume their usual drill, which consists of screwing the poor and invading random third world countries slightly less blatantly than the Republicans.