What is currency? Wealth? Power? Currency is at the heart of our value system. When people say they admire businessmen or powerful and wealthy people, what aspect do they admire. The common denominator is wealth, but what is wealth? A accumulation of currency, whether “earned” or simply obtained. Either method of acquisition, if the methods can even be said to have any real difference, are acceptable. Admired or not, wealth equates to power. Surely, there are alternative sources of power, but wealth is one of the only methods of transferrable power. Continue reading “Units of Democracy”
This year’s G20 Summit in Hamburg includes what we have come to expect from meetings of the global superpowers. Photo ops, posturing, pontificating, scoffing, and a healthy dose of protest.
The police prevented the protestors from doing any significant damage. The protestors flipped and burned cars, smashed windows and both sides inflicted and suffered numerous injuries. The protestors used catapults to launch rocks and cocktails (the flaming launchable variety) and some were armed with hand weapons intent on bludgeoning the police or hoping to return a previously received bludgeon. Thankfully there was only minor disruption to Melania Trump’s tour of the historic Hamburg harbor.
By the time I heard Florida was going to be a nail-biter I couldn’t stay awake any longer. I’d been sick for a few days and I went to sleep before the results were in. I woke up in a bizarro world. It’s cliche, but I truly — briefly — wondered if I was dreaming. Donald Trump is now President-Elect of the United States. I am ashamed to admit that I was surprised.
Trump, and the mad party he heads and represents, will soon control the highest office in the land, the Senate and the House of Representatives.