"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.
They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."
Thomas More, Utopia
Friday, August 30, 2013
Debate? To what end?
We all got to glimpse how a marginally functioning democratic republic functions when the British Parliament yesterday voted to stand down from participation in America's impending illegal attack, in fact an act of aggressive war--the supreme war crime, against Syria. MP George Galloway provides us by his example with a mirror with which to contemplate the pale reflection of our alleged "representatives" in Congress who've elected to sit on their hands and allow Obama to unilaterally commit the nation to yet another act of (undeclared) war without debate much less oversight as the Constitution demands.