Monday, March 08, 2004

Today in history..

Susan B. Anthony
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1884- Susan B. Anthony Supports Women's Suffrage Amendment

"Liberty for one's self is a natural instinct possessed alike by all men, native and foreign, black and white; but to be willing to accord liberty to another is the result of education, of self-discipline, of the practice of the golden rule-- "Do unto others as you would that others do unto you." Therefore we ask that the question of equality of rights to women shall be arbitrated upon by the picked men of the Nation in Congress, and the picked men of the several States in their respective Legislatures...

--Susan B. Anthony, March 8, 1884

The Heart and Soul of Globalization
In 2002, I accompanied Kooperkamp and members of his church to an anti-globalization demonstration outside the Park Avenue hotel hosting the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of global business and political elites. “We in the church tend to spiritualize power, like talking about the power of the Holy Spirit,” he told me. “But globalization is often about down-and-dirty politics, and that means going downtown and protesting when the opportunity presents itself.”

The Israeli-Palestinian issue/Haaretz

Disengaging from the disengagers
By Akiva Eldar

If there aren't any stunning surprises, U.S. President George W. Bush's blessings for the disengagement plan will, in the blink of an eye, become the kiss of death for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government....
There is another possibility - that Bush and his team don't really know what they are doing. That's ......

The scariest idea of all
By Walter Cronkite
It is the contention of President Bush and his economic advisers that a rising economy will grow us out of the problem by increasing revenues and dispelling those dire predictions.

That seems to be what happened when President Reagan raised the deficit to then-historic levels. But there is a rising chorus of critics today - conservatives as well as liberals - who warn that history is not about to repeat itself. The very conditions that produced recovery then are conspicuously absent today.

"People are poor because they are lazy."
--G.W. Bush
At Harvard Business School, thirty years ago, George Bush was a student of mine. I still vividly remember him. In my class, he declared that "people are poor because they are lazy." He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public schools. To him, the antitrust watch dog, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission were unnecessary hindrances to "free market competition." To him, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "socialism." Recently, President Bush's Federal Appeals Court Nominee, California's Supreme Court Justice Janice Brown, repeated the same broadside at her Senate hearing. She knew that her pronouncement would please President Bush and Karl Rove and their Senators. President Bush and his brain, Karl Rove, are leading a radical revolution of destroying all the democratic political, social, judiciary, and economic institutions that both Democrats and moderate Republicans had built together since Roosevelt's New Deal.