Business journalist Chrystia Freeland has a very good piece in the latest Atlantic on the unreality of the world inhabited by the Super-Rich, who are sucking up the lion's share of increases in wealth at the expense of the much-vaunted and lately lamented "middle class." Worth a read as part of ongoing conversations about wealth distribution, taxation, the unraveling of rational social constraints on plutocrats, deficit hysterics/hypocrisy and increasing economic destabilization.
This is from a commenter at Ta-Nehisi Coates' Atlantic Monthly blog in response to John McCain's rancid act at the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal hearings:
CEJP 45 minutes ago
As a currently serving member of the military and as a pilot myself, I would like to say that John McCain was a bad officer and a bad pilot. The Rolling Stone article was spot on...any one of us would have had our wings pulled for even one of the aircraft crashes he was responsible for, but his dad was an admiral. We're just lucky he didn't fly any crewed aircraft and kill anyone or get anyone but himself shot down. Being a military officer, being a pilot, and even being a POW does not automatically make you a great person or a hero...there is too much deference given to people in the military...I serve with people I would never call a hero...we have the same proportion of chuckleheads as the rest of the country. John McCain is proud of being at the bottom of his class at the USNA...this is not what we want our military officers to emulate. Just because he had his freedom taken away for 5 years does not mean he has the right to take away my fellow soldiers' rights. This is not John McCain's military. We are better. Yes, Hanoi, was tough but it doesn't necessarily make you an automatic hero or build character that didn't exist before. There is a great quote in the NYTimes from a book by Zarah Ghahramani (who was imprisoned in Iran's infamous Evin prison). It said: