Socialism has failed. Now capitalism is bankrupt. So what comes next?

By Eric Hobsbawm
gaurdian.co.uk

The 20th century is well behind us, but we have not yet learned to live in the 21st, or at least to think in a way that fits it. That should not be as difficult as it seems, because the basic idea that dominated economics and politics in the last century has patently disappeared down the plughole of history. This was the way of thinking about modern industrial economies, or for that matter any economies, in terms of two mutually exclusive opposites: capitalism or socialism.

We have lived through two practical attempts to realise these in their pure form: the centrally state-planned economies of the Soviet type and the totally unrestricted and uncontrolled free-market capitalist economy. The first broke down in the 1980s, and the European communist political systems with it. The second is breaking down before our eyes in the greatest crisis of global capitalism since the 1930s. In some ways it is a greater crisis than in the 1930s, because the globalisation of the economy was not then as far advanced as it is today, and the crisis did not affect the planned economy of the Soviet Union. We don’t yet know how grave and lasting the consequences of the present world crisis will be, but they certainly mark the end of the sort of free-market capitalism that captured the world and its governments in the years since Margaret Thatcher and President Reagan.

Impotence therefore faces both those who believe in what amounts to a pure, stateless, market capitalism, a sort of international bourgeois anarchism, and those who believe in a planned socialism uncontaminated by private profit-seeking. Both are bankrupt. The future, like the present and the past, belongs to mixed economies in which public and private are braided together in one way or another. But how? That is the problem for everybody today, but especially for people on the left.

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Big Brother Obama Supporters On the Internet Are Watching You

By  Judi McLeod
canadafreepress.com

imageWhile the Obama-led Democrats control the future of the United States of America, the grassroots on the Internet (The Obama Forum) are in the process of turning in “enemies of Obama”, including the parents of children who are Obama supporters.

Obama supporting children have actually posted their parents’ names and addresses on the Obama Forum. (here). 

In all of its searches, Canada Free Press (CFP) has found no comment from any official in the Obama administration repudiating the Forum. 

The Obamaforum.com instructs people to “Report Anti-Obama Sentiment By Your Coworkers and Peers (here) and more. 

All mainstreet Americans can do is hope that the secret service who visited the Oklahoma city motorist, tooling around town with the “abort Obama sign” on his car, does not log onto the Forum. 

The following is not for those who are frightened easily or for those with a weak stomach,” a CFP tipster wrote. 

You can let Obama know how his stimulus bill is helping you at the website, whose name was a number, according to Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. The veep, of course, was really talking about: Recovery.gov- Share your experience 

But Obamameisters in darker corners have a thread just for what to do with their perceived enemies

From the Obama Forum: Ban websites with the help of officials(Italics CFP’s). 

To get the ball rolling here are some of the sites:

Get the ball rolling here are some sites 
www.gop.org <—Opposing party 
www.redstate.com <—Conservatard watering hole 
www.freerepublic.com <—See redstate.com 
www.mccain.senate.gov <—Ran against Obama and attacking him now. 
www.sarahpac.com <—Sarah “Carabou Barbie” Palin’s “Political Action Committee.” 
drudgereport has a bunch of firearms sites and a ton of others.

Here they are keeping a list and checking it twice…”Ok, if you see a car with a bumper sticker or anything about freedom or liberty or hatred for taxes or one of those “Nobamba” bumper stickers or anything that is against the government or Obama, do what you can to mark down the license plate number.  Maybe the make and model of the car, I bet we might be able to get a statistical probability based on make and model to just go after all of a certain type of car.  The government will have need for such a list pretty soon.

“I saw t his one this morning so I’ll start the list: 
“License Plate: 1M1337-Texas, 
“Silver Cadillac Escalade 
“Infraction: Ron Paul 2008 bumper sticker and a little “don’t tread on me” sign…”

There is zero tolerance for Doubting Thomases on a website that likes to depict Obama as Jesus walking on water. 

The Forum has a take-no-prisoners attitude: “Anyone overheard doubting President Obama should be immediately reported to local officials.  Make the jobs of local officials easier by posting any dissent you may have overheard in the elevator from one of your coworkers, while drinking a beer at the local sports bar, or by strangers buying groceries at the grocery store, or reading Conservative books and other racist publications (Italics CFP’s) at the library.  Remember to jot down as much information as possible about them.  Height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.  Try to sneak a photograph of them with your cell phone, but be careful and don’t let them see you.  License plate numbers, social security information, FEMA records, criminal background checks.  Post it all here.  “Remember, in the great words of President Obama: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!” 

To suggest that it was President John F. Kennedy who inspired Americans with these words, could get you branded as a racist. 

Other sentiments of Internet Obama supporters: “All gunowners should die”. 

“Websites (that) don’t comply on their own, we will take them down by force,” is their promise. 

“To keep hope alive, in spite of all mistakes, horrors, and crimes,recognize the obvious superiority of socialism”, their avowed mantra. 

“For struggle, Solidarity and Socialism! I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Obama.  Our laws and his will, according to him.  We will not overthrow the government with violence.  We shall stand, remain and be the law of his realm forever.  It is then that all peoples of the world will plead for Obama to deliver them from evil.” 

Meanwhile, it’s going to be a long, intolerant and even excruciating four years.