Back in 1867, Marx wrote the following:
"Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to purchase more & more expensive goods, buildings & technology. This will push them towards assuming more expensive credits until such credits will become unaffordable. Unpaid credits will lead towards insolvency of the banks, which will be nationalized by the government, which consequently will lead to creation of communism".
Governments, especially the U.S. government may not be nationalising the banks or the auto industry - but they are using public money to keep them in business. That just means that once again, the little guy taxpayer is on the hook for the wealthy capitalists who gave us this crisis.
Our childrens' children will pay.
The Middle East: End of Hope?But Have They Learned Their Lesson?
A favorite expression of Israeli Generals, when they go to war against Arabs is, "We simply have to teach them a lesson".
These Arabs have to recognize their "place".
The Palestinians must accept, "in the deepest recesses of their collective soul, that they are a defeated people".
Tom Segev is an Israeli journalist and author who - like me - recognizes that 60 years of "lessons" have resulted in little "learning". Like me, Mr. Segev has pretty much lost hope in the possibility of a two-state solution. The world just doesn't care enough.
In any case, the so-called "peace process", he believes, was never a peace process at all. Perhaps it was always intended to be just for show.
Israel pulled out of Gaza and immediately planted 200,000 new settlers in its West Bank colonies and built a wall.
So what to do?
- Mr. Segev has reached the bottom of his suggestion box and now advocates only for a better approach to conflict management. But in his heart and in his brain, as can be seen from this essay in Ha'aretz, Tom Segev knows that historically, Israeli policy has been counter-productive and Palestinians are now "living in the past".
All that can be done now is "better conflict management".