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Survey: two in three Trump supporters want a president who breaks the rules


Some 66% of Republicans classified by the researchers as “Always Trump” agreed that “because things have gotten so far off track in this country, we need a leader who is willing to break some rules if that’s what it takes to set things right”, according to a random sample of 2,019 adults.
via Survey: two in three Trump supporters want a president who breaks the rules
This didn’t get the coverage it should have. This is scary. Much more so than Antifa every could be.

the group may spend hundreds of hours trying to enlist a single individual, to learn how their...

“the group may spend hundreds of hours trying to enlist a single individual, to learn how their personal problems and grievances fit into a universal theme of persecution against all Muslims.”

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Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse | Scott Atran | Comment is free | The Guardian

ISIS is yet another in a long line of single villain ideologies.

Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross

Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross:

"Many from the middle class have spiralled down to poverty. The amount of people depending on Red Cross food distributions in 22 of the surveyed countries has increased by 75% between 2009 and 2012. More people are getting poor, the poor are getting poorer."

Sad thing is that many will read that and blame the Red Cross handouts for creating poverty and dependance. 

Austerity isn’t working. 

The great delusion of the age is that society must be endlessly grateful to the wealthy. They owe nothing to society. Rather, society owes everything to them as "wealth generators" because society contributes nothing to their success. The mores and values that inform the rest of human interaction - reciprocity, proportional distribution of pain and reward, trust and social obligation - must be suspended for them. If we want to enjoy the benefits of a dynamic capitalism we must recognise that the rich are different - and not self-defeatingly tax them. American neo-conservatives and their Republican outriders have worked tirelessly for 50 years to promote this hocus pocus, which offends not only the first principles of humanity, but of what we know about capitalism.

The great delusion of the age is that society must be endlessly grateful to the wealthy. They owe nothing to society. Rather, society owes everything to them as “wealth generators” because society contributes nothing to their success. The mores and values that inform the rest of human interaction - reciprocity, proportional distribution of pain and reward, trust and social obligation - must be suspended for them. If we want to enjoy the benefits of a dynamic capitalism we must recognise that the rich are different - and not self-defeatingly tax them. American neo-conservatives and their Republican outriders have worked tirelessly for 50 years to promote this hocus pocus, which offends not only the first principles of humanity, but of what we know about capitalism.
Growth is about so much more than just the top rate of tax | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Observer