Posts Tagged ‘monied elite’

Lessons From Game Of Thrones – The death of Princess Shireen…

June 14, 2015

Game of Thrones - Littlefinger - Chaos MonologueAs we approach the end of the 5th season of Game Of Thrones,  I always marvel at how fantasy like this manages to put the brightest and darkest aspects of our humanity in a perspective where we can actually see ourselves for what we really are.

Like all GOT fans, I found the terrible end met by Princess Shireen to be quite heartbreaking.  For those who don’t know the series, Shireen was a young princess who was sacrificed “for the greater good” as a sacrifice to the “Lord of Light” by being burned at the stake.  The person who gave the order to do this terrible act was her very own father (Stannis Baratheon) who was convinced by a Priestess that he was “destined” to rule the seven kingdoms of Westerous. But, in order to accomplish this  that “sacrifices” had to be made.

Yes, I know that it is only a TV show but like many other fans of GOT, most of us were very attached to her character because she was compassionate, kind, down-to-earth young girl who refused to be drawn into the cruelty and religious fanaticism that was the norm in her world.  Surrounded by her fanatical mother, father and the “Red Priestess” she rejected fanaticism in favor of  reason and compassion.


Greed Goes Global – and so goes Glass Steagall….

June 18, 2011

I have already accepted that the US has become a robber baron economy – but it had always been in the back of my head that expatriation was an option if things continued their downward spiral here.  But a recent round of reading and research has convinced me that the Robber Barons have  “gone global.”

Take reinstating  Glass-Steagall  as an example….


Elitism is as Elitism Does…But who exactly are the elite?

January 18, 2011

The Demonization of the Intellectual Elite:

In a recent article in The American Interest –  American Dreams, American Resentments,  Walter Russell Mead describes the surging rage against the American upper-middle class or so-called intellectual elite on the part of the middle-middle and lower-middle classes.  He points out quite aptly that the so-called upper middle class is ready to push back against the plutocracy that is now crippling our government and to their shock and surprise – when they look behind them  – they find the angry masses lining up with the plutocrats – buying into their simplistic spin and  fighting any hint of progressiveness tooth and nail.  It often appears that the only way  to prevent the fall of our republic into an institutional oligarchy  will be by brute force. The great seething masses are going to have to dragged kicking and screaming into any type of  future that offers them enough opportunities to thrive.