Efficiency is a myth and a fable. The point of capitalism is to render labor totally isolated one from other, with no social ties to avoid organization. It is to work employees past endurance so as to squeeze more productivity per worker. Capitalism is an oligarchy where the short term control over markets and resources is the sine qua non of success. Markets are created, not followed.
The proposition that the media has values that are democratic or close to democratic is highly dubious. There are a few major sources of news worldwide, and even “new media” as an alternative source of information usually leads to the same, elite and mainstream sources. The concentration of media power is inherently oligarchic, and its effect on political values is to continually promote a socially liberal agenda. This agenda deals with major areas of impact such as health care, race relations and gay rights. At least, these are the main areas of personal political identity are clearly seen.
18 thousands of patriots with slogans “We are Latvians!” and “Latvia is ours!” took part in Latvian Independence day torchlight march this year. The event has been held for 15 years annually, and each year it unites an even greater number of people, among them mostly young people and families with children.
A constitutional referendum took place on April 16 in Turkey. This was to approve 18 constitutional amendments. These would bring in a purely presidential system over the older English-style parliamentary system. The most important part was that the President would have great control over judicial and cabinet appointments that, up until today, have been approved by parliament. To calm claims of dictatorship, the new parliament was to be raised from 550 to 600 seats. Parliamentary approval or executive actions is gone.
This shows that the belief in a mythic “Russian hack” is partially a way to justify their absurd predictions. They were embarrassed with their talk of a “landslide.” With their credibility on the line again, the Russian hack was a way to get out of it. Very soon after the election, the Washington Post, who endorsed and predicted Hillary’s victory “in a landslide” ran one of the first articles claiming that “secret sources” in the CIA think the election was stolen by Russian hackers.
Given the events in Ukraine, Crimeans, to a man, wanted off that sinking ship. Ukraine today has no functional economy. The state has no legitimacy since it took power through violence. The currency is propped up only by foreign aid.
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”