First hour: British scholar Rodney Shakespeare writes:
“The USA is a fascist beast. Yes, the country which likes to lecture everybody about liberty, democracy and human rights has become viciously totalitarian.
“Every sane person knows this is true about the USA at home. The government spies on everyone; people are beaten up; in the airports people are sexually humiliated to get them used to being controlled; the mainstream television channels spew lies; thousands of drones will soon be in the skies (and who would be so foolish as to claim that they will not be armed?); and the Homeland Security Agency has bought 1.4 billion dum-dum (expanding) bullets, that’s four for every man, woman and child. The controversy over gun control is really an early manifestation of America’s coming civil war.”
Prof. Rodney Shakespeare is a visiting Professor of Binary Economics at Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a Cambridge MA, a qualified UK Barrister, a co-founder of the Global Justice Movement, and a member of the Christian Council for Monetary Justice. His main website is www.binaryeconomics.net. Shakespeare is also Chair of the Committee Against Torture in Bahrain.
Tom Barefoot and other happiness enthusiasts will be celebrating March 20th, the United Nations International Day of Happiness, with a “Conversation on Happiness and Well-Being” at the U.N. Happily, it’s absolutely free of charge! Details here.
Will the USA, dedicated to a self-defeating “pursuit of happiness” (pursuing what you think will make you happy is the surest recipe for misery), finally grow up and learn how to BE happy, thanks to scholarly happiness research and its advocates like activist Tom Barefoot?
Economist John Moynihan, at the end of his argument that the West is doomed to economic catastrophe, suggests that happiness research – which claims that more money can’t buy happiness after the first twenty or thirty grand a year buys you life’s necessities – may help adjust us to the coming collapse of our pampered lifestyles.
So maybe Tom Barefoot’s message is more important than it appears at first glance.