IMPERIALISM, THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM
Have you pondered the recent openings of McDonalds in Tokyo
and Moscow, or Disneyworld near Paris? How many people on every
continent drive a Japanese or German automobile with computer chips
from the U.S.? Shoes are made in Brazil, Portugal, etc. Clothes
come from Mexico, Malaysia, etc.
A list of foreign investors and modern capitalistic market
expansion like the above could probably go on almost indefinitely.
However, to understand this modern economic aggression, I may have
some insight to share.
More years ago than I care to mention I was a young graduate
student seeking to understand that which I couldn't understand,
socialism. V. I. Lenin was a socialist revolutionary living in
Switzerland when he wrote a small book in 1917 while in self
imposed exile during the Bolshevik Revolution. I borrowed the
title of his book for this essay.
Basically, this book developed the idea that seemed a logical
consequence of the Malthusian theory developed by Rev. Thomas
Malthus. The Malthusian theory was that as a country became over
populated, economic forces brought pressure on the government and
capitalist powers that be, to look for relief through the
acquisition of its weakest or conquerable neighbor. Adolph
Hitler's 'Lebensraum' is a most glaring modern example. Said
acquisition meant war which meant a reduction in population with
the death of soldiers which also meant a reduction of males to sire
new burdens to the over-population problem. Also Lenin built a
parallel theory which basically said that true~laissez faire (hands
off) capitalism would produce corporations that would compete for
king of the mountain of the economic base of their country. Once
this single corporation had bankrupted or acquired all of its
competitors, then it would control the entire country with the most
powerful weapon of all, money. Lenin seemed to fear the economic
social Darwinism that his generation bantered about. Once this
giant megacorporation had conquered all, stood tall and surveyed
the horizon, it was only natural to say "lets take over our
neighbors so we can have new markets to conquer."
Lenin's thesis was plausible, but if you were to consider the
U.S. as a significant example, this theory begins to break down.
Teddy Roosevelt, after the turn of this century, saw the emergence
of these giant corporations and set out on his trust busting era
which was designed to keep them competing and subsequently at arms
length from a monopoly. Thus, from my perspective, had Lenin
written his little book thirty years earlier, I would have
considered it particularly insightful, but if you look at the U.S.
it seems a thoughtful society will attempt to adjust and correct
for the developing imbalances and abuses in capitalism. The U.S.
today has something of a controlled capitalism as opposed to hands
off, laissez faire capitalism. In fact, not controlling capitalism
is a truly scary thought.
Having the privilege of an additional 3/4's of a century to
look back and gauge the significance of his book, it seems easy to
say that perhaps he had his heart in the right place because he
seemed to want money to serve people rather than people to serve
money and monied interests. But, he was prej udiced in his
objective which left his logic lacking.
Today, however, there is a new dimension to this picture which
seems to totally change the perspective herein developed. The U.S.
and the UN as well as most of this worlds countries at large seem
to want peace. It seems in their best interest to not go to war.
With this outbreak of peace or at least peace movements, perhaps a
good question to ask is, 'Has time and circumstance forced
capitalism to a new era?' If Malthus had some truth in his theory,
then if war is eliminated (for whatever reason) as a possibility
for acquiring desired weal th and resources, then what avenue do you
take to accomplish the standard capitalist goal of profits, wealth
and resources? The answer seems to be market expansion. Look at
the tobacco industry and its market thrust into third world
countries and maybe the biggest market prize of all, China. How
many McDonalds and other capitalist franchises can be found in this
world outside their home based country? Is not that "sucking
sound" ofjobs going to Mexico, etc. founded on the capitalist
profit motive? Not only is the labor less expensive but so is
capital expenditures.
In conclusion, it is obvious that nothing stays the same and
that the evolution of capitalism is certainly at a new level. From
my perspective, I think if anyone was to write a book on this
subject today, it probably should be titled, Capitalism, the
Highest Stage of Imperialism.

Is Capital Punishment Justice or Revenge?



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Killing those who Kill is Just as Bad as Original Criminal Act



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In an Execution's Aftermath, Let Us Kill Capital Punishment



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End the Death Penalty in Order to Form a Better Society



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IMPERIALISM, THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM



IMPERIALISM, THE HIGHEST STAGE OF CAPITALISM

Have you pondered the recent openings of McDonalds in Tokyo
and Moscow, or Disneyworld near Paris? How many people on every
continent drive a Japanese or German automobile with computer chipsfrom the U.S.? Shoes are made in Brazil, Portugal, etc. Clothes come from Mexico, Malaysia, etc.

Terrorits are Examples of Religion Gone Mad





CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS NATURALLY RIGHT

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS NATURALLY RIGHT

WHOEVER CREATED OUR WORLD SET FORTH SOME BASIC LAWS WE CALL
THE LAWS OF NATURE. PROBABLY THE FIRST LAW THAT MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED IS THAT LIFE IS TOUGH BECAUSE NATURE IS RULED BY FANG AND CLAW. EVERYWHERE IN NATURE IT IS EAT AND BE EATEN. IT IS THIS
RATHER BLOODY ASPECT OF NATURE THAT IS BASIC TO THE EXISTENCE OF
ALL LIFE. HUMAN BEINGS ARE NO LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE LAWS OF
NATURE THAN ANY OTHER CREATURE. HOWEVER, IN THE QUEST FOR CONTROL
AND THE SUBSEQUENT BUILDING OF A SOCIETY, IT WAS NECESSARY TO
SUPPRESS THIS BRUTE ASPECT OF US HUMANS. THUS WE MADE LAWS. ONE
OF THE MOSAIC LAWS WAS "THOU SHALT NOT KILL. ENOUGH SAID! IF
PEOPLE FOLLOWED THE LAW, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WOULD BE A MOOT POINT
AT BEST.

INSANITY KILLED - LIFE AND DEATH REVISITED

INSANITY KILLED
LIFE AND DEATH REVISITED
A PLEA FOR SANITY
SHEDDING LIGHT ON DARKNESS
TAKING A SWING AT ONE BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL

I AM GLAD FOB JAMES COMMUTED THE SENTENCE Of 'I'HAT WOMAN ON
DEATH ROW AND THAT NPR & TELEVISION AS WELL AS THE PRINT MEDIA HAS
CHRONICLED THIS SUBJECT HEAVILY IN THE LAST 60 DAYS. CONSIDERING
FOB JAMES COMMUTING THIS DEATH SENTENCE, IT SEEMS TO ME MORE OF A
SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE TO OUR SOCIETY THAT CHAUVINISM SHOULD BE OUR
STANDARD AND THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN MEN.
THERE ARE MANY MEN ON DEATH ROW BUT THERE WAS ONLY ONE WOMAN AND
SHE RECEIVED DIFFERENT TREATMENT. FOB JAMES IS PROBABLY THE ONLY
PERSON WHO REALLY KNOWS WHY.

SEPTEMBER 4TH - ALBERT SCHWEITZER

SEPTEMBER 4TH MARKS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF ONE OF
THE GREATEST AND PERHAPS THE MOST MORAL MAN OF HISTORY. SELDOM, IF
EVER, HAS ANYONE APPLIED AS MUCH SWEAT AND INTELLIGENCE TO THEIR LIFE AS
ALBERT SCHWEITZER. HEREIN FOLLOWS A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF A MAGNIFICENT
MAN.

Religion is a Private Matter


Remembering Ingersoll


A Peaceful Existence


Sacred or Secular: Which has the Greatest Reverence for Life?


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Even Jefferson Davis Called for South to Bury the Past



Public & Private Freedoms

PUBLIC & PRIVATE FREEDOMS

Public school prayer and the Ten Commandments displayed in the courtroom here in Alabama needs to be dealt with void of emotion. I would like to unequivocally support our first great amendment to the Constitution in our Bill of Human Rights, which supports freedom of conscience we call freedom of religion. The gross misinformation that floats around our society indicating that our country was founded on Christian principles is in error. Religious persecution was one primary cause of the migration from Europe to America. Freedom is a glorious human right that is hardly appreciated by fundamentalists. People whose passion gets
out of balance apparently believe they would be doing Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad justice by placing a gun to the head of someone and forcing their verbal allegiance. Perhaps it is good to remember that Adolf Hitler was the master at using this powerful tool of social conformity. 

From the Womb


FROM THE WOMB

Dear America,
I have a beating heart that many say qualifies me for having a life. I am not so sure I have a life yet since I have not experienced a sunset or savored all the ecstasies of the senses.

Good Growth, Bad Growth

Good Growth, Bad Growth

Two weeks ago mobile had another 15 acre corner raped by a developer. It is unique to watch their new Blitz-krieg style to thwart would he tree huggers. Within 48 hours the corner of airport blvd. And Cody rd was systematically raped. Now you see it now you don't! Will tile mauling of mother earth ever stop? Yes, but I am not so sure we will like this world whenever that decision is made. Growth can be both good and bad.

Capital Punishment - Right or Wrong?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - RIGHT OR WRONG?

Most all human progress has been achieved by people who were idealists as opposed to those who are mentally, emotionally and spiritually captured by the status quo. How dare Columbus challenge the status quo belief that the world was flat and had four corners! The nerve of Galileo to postulate such a radical idea that the sun rather than the earth is the center of the universe! The ancient Greeks and Romans believed they could build a better civilization, but once they felt they had achieved same, their idealism withered and so did their civilization. I wonder just how idealistic the greats of science, religion, politics, the
arts, literature, etc. are? It seems to me that most all real achievement has been by idealists. Thus, with the position developed herein, I hope it will be seen as a balance between
reason and idealism.

A Kinder, Gentler America

A KINDER, GENTLER AMERICA

It seems a very large percentage of Americans remember this quote from President Bush
about 10 years ago. However, it might be merely a smoke screen blurring the publics view from what fellow republicans perceive as a realistic worldview. What I mean by this is that in its natural state, this is a tough world ruled by fang and claw. You don't have to be a naturalist to know that nature is ruled by eat and be eaten. Few animals, if any, are without natural predators up and down the food chain. Whenever you observe the human animal in this incredible cycle of nature, it is one of a small minority of species that wars and kills its own. Einstein was very correct when he wrote 'HOW STRANGE IS OUR SITUATION ON EARTH.' Because human history is wrapped around the history of war and power, perhaps it is mere rhetoric to speak of a kinder, gentler America when in reality we have a need for a truly tough army, which will deter our enemies. Was it not Teddy Roosevelt who said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."? There we have it, real world ideas carrying America into this next millennium. 

Celebrating a Great Life 100 Years After His Death

THE EVER GREAT    MARK TWAIN
CELEBRATING A GREAT LIFE
100 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH 
ON APRIL 21, 1910

How do you capture greatness with a pen? Mark Twain did and we should all be thankful
for possibly the greatest wordsmith in the American Experience.

George Wallace Played the Cards He Was Dealt




Anthropocentrisrn : The Epitome of Our Vanity

In the course of human history many
worthless things have crept upon this scene.
Perhaps the most worthless of all things having
questionable value is vanity. 'We cannot gaze
upon the human experience without witnessing
vanity in some form. Vanity creeps up in our self
image, in our success, power, beauty, cunning,
goodness, intelligence, virtue, religion, mores,
automobiles, families, life styles, heritage, homes,
neighborhoods, cities, states, countries etc.
There is possibly no end to our vanity, but the one
thing I want to address here is the polysyllabic
word that intellectuals banter about. It seems we
should all be aware of anthropocentrism. I have
become convinced that this very sinister force is
greatly responsible for many of the troubles in our
society.

Free Will, Myth or Motive

DOES FREE WILL EXIST? FREE WILL, MYTH OR MOTIVE

ON MANY OCCASIONS I HAVE POSTULATED THAT SIGMUND FREUD
ASSASSINATED ALL CONCEPT OF FREE WILL BY STATING THAT MANKIND
IS THE PRODUCT OF GENETICS PLUS WHAT ANY PERSON EXPERIENCES
EQUALS THAT PERSON. HOW CAN ANY PERSON BE ANYTHING MORE OR
LESS?

Grandfather & the Hurricane

WITH SEPTEMBER BEING THE PEAK OF HURRICANE SEASON I AM REMINDED OF AN
OLD STORY THAT MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME THAT I AM SURE YOUR READERS WILL
VIEW WITH A SMILE AS WELL AS ABSOLUTE ASTONISHMENT.

Prejudice, Our First Line of Defense

PREJUDICE IS PERENNIAL; IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE.
HOWEVER, IN OUR MODERN WORLD WE NOW KNOW PREJUDICE HAS TWO SIDES;
IT CAN BE EITHER GOOD OR BAD. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR,
TEACHER, MENTOR, SUIT, RELATIVE, CAR, ETC? IF SO, IT CAN BE SAID
YOU ARE PREJUDICED. OBVIOUSLY, PREJUDICE CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE SIDE.
IT CAN MEAN THAT WE FAVOR OURSELVES BY PUTTING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN.
RACIAL PREJUDICE IS A PHENOMENON I ORIGINALLY FOUND DIFFICULT TO
UNDERSTAND. BUT I THINK IN THE LAST THREE DECADES I HAVE GARNERED
SOME INSIGHT WHICH IS WORTHY OF SHARING.

One Nation Under God

THE DISTRICT COURT RULING REGARDING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IS EXACTLY CORRECT. IF I MAY BE PRESUMPTUOUS, WE MUST CONSIDER THE WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDING FOREFATHERS AND JUST WHY DID THEY WANT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

His Friend Respected Nature Even in Death


Wallace is Responsible for Creating the Populist Political Figure

Birthing of 'A Boy Named Sue'




5/19/1999

Letters to the Editor - The Harbinger



Global Capitalism has Replaced Warmongering



Let Us Kill

With the execution of Henry Hays and the probable death
sentence of Timothy McVeigh, it seems our society is positive in
its affirmation of revenge as a justifiable motive. If so, this
may be one of the greatest negatives our system of justice can
meter out. If we support the violence and killing of capital
punishment, is it not an indictment of us as a society saying that
we value revenge as a motive? Personally, it seems to me that
revenge is the most wretched motive of all and it elevates the
condemned to some form of equality (i.e., they kill and they get
equal treatment). Hays and McVeigh are sick, pathetic characters.
I do not want to elevate their sicker, more pathetic existence to
anything other than acknowledge just that. They are sick and
pathetic. Should we as a society kill people who are sick? If
not, then why do we condone capital punishment?

A Tale Told by Tags



The twentieth century will probably find that the focus of its

historical interpretation will be centered around petroleum. Petroleum

opened the door to the invention of the automobile and many other

related items. One such item is a microcosm called license plates.

The Origin of Aviation


                                                                          1903 --2003

ON DECEMBER 17, WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF AVIATION. I HOPE THIS LITTLE ESSAY HELPS THE READER TO PAUSE AND REFLECT.


THE ORIGIN OF AVIATION

FROM THE BEGINNING OF RECORDED HISTORY MAN'S MIND HAS ALWAYS ADMIRED, ENVIED, AND WORSHIPED THOSE CAPABLE OF FLIGHT. IT WAS EASY TO LOOK UP AND SEE NO TROUBLES, WHILE BEING AWARE THAT UPON THE GROUND YOU FOUND YOUR ENEMIES, NOT ONLY FROM INSIDE AND OUTSIDE YOUR CULTURE BUT, BEAST, FAMINE AND PESTILENCE WERE UPON YOU. FLIGHT, IF OBTAINABLE, WOULD BE EUPHORIC TO SAY THE LEAST.

Reverend Robert Revisited

In 1798 Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus wrote an essay on ‘Population’ which was probably about the size of a 250 page modern book. Perhaps it is good for the reader to remember that was long before the days of Tesla’s wireless radio and modern T.V. etc. Newspapers were not very old or as pervasive as today. Perhaps an essay was more likely to be read than a book.

Insurance Pamphlet - Protecting Your Home

AS OUR SOCIETY EVOLVES IT GETS MORE AND MORE COMPLEX. HOWEVER, AS AN INSURANCE AGENT, I AM HIRED BY MY CUSTOMERS TO HELP PROTECT THEIR HOMES, AUTOS, ETC. VIA THIS NOT SO MODERN CONCEPT CALLED INSURANCE. PLEASE NOTE THAT I OFTEN CALL MY CUSTOMERS FRIENDS BECAUSE THE COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT TODAY MEANS I HAVE A LOT OF COMPETITION SO MY ATTITUDE IS THAT I AM MOST FORTUNATE TO HAVE THEIR PATRONAGE THAT I AM HUMBLED AND FRIENDS THAT HELP YOU GET THROUGH THIS RATHER UNIQUE LIFE ARE TRUE FRIENDS.

There is a Price to Pay for Greed

THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR GREED
OR
FOLLOW THE MONEY


Jesus, the one whom the Christian community claims to follow, apparently never asked for any money or offerings whenever he spoke to and served the crowds of his day. It seems paradoxical that the Christian Church thrives on money. The Catholic church did not become the single richest institution in the world by accident.

Le Grande Doctuer


How do you describe the large size of Goliath? Perhaps huge, gargantuan, larger than life may be moving in the right direction. Fortunantely for us, Dr. Albert Schweitzer lived, and did so magnificently and he may have been as real as it gets. I hope you will get the essence of my meaning by the end of this essay.