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  • when he opened the newspaper the next day and saw the maps of where rallies had taken place, he saw a pattern that infuriated him. “Here was clear fraud. The street demonstrations were the self-glorification of the French middle class. That made me explode.” He saw it as France refusing to look at the economic stagnation and deep inequality that might have led to the horror of the attacks.
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Aug 29, 15

"Secular liberalism, the Russian thinker Alexander Herzen cautioned as early as 1862, “is the final religion, though its church is not of the other world but of this”"

  • Secular liberalism, the Russian thinker Alexander Herzen cautioned as early as 1862, “is the final religion, though its church is not of the other world but of this”
  • They sought true power and sovereignty in a world of powerful nation-states – what alone seemed to guarantee them and their peoples a fair chance at strength, equality and dignity in the white man’s world.
  • By then European and American dominance over “the world’s economies and peoples” had, as the Cambridge historian Christopher Bayly writes in The Birth of the Modern World, turned a large part of humanity “into long-term losers in the scramble for resources and dignity”.

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  • In Paris, he caustically noted that liberté existed only for the millionaire
  • The notion of equality before the law was a “personal insult” to the poor exposed to French justice
  • As for fraternité, it was another hoax in a society driven by the “individualist, isolationist instinct” and the lust for private property.

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Aug 24, 15

"There is still a huge layer of fictitious capital, as Marx called it. It is this that is now collapsing"

  • There is still a huge layer of fictitious capital, as Marx called it.  It is this that is now collapsing
  • It needs to deleverage not leverage more.  The stock market is recognising that.  Of course, ‘deleveraging’ would mean another major global slump to devalue capital and restore profitability in the productive sectors.  That is the future that is getting closer.
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