22 May 2012

Command and Control

Why so many unemployed? Because economics professors have taught 3 generations of economists that a command and control economy will work. It won’t. But a command and control economy is good for economists and do-gooders, who get jobs commanding.
Bill Bonner pretending to give a commencement address to the class of 2012 at the University of Virginia.

13 May 2012

Shift in Strategy

In light of this, we must shift our strategy from trying to call a once Christian nation back to God and refocus our efforts to thinking of ourselves and our ministries as the early Christians did under Roman domination. The former leads to shrill cries of prophetic judgment against a people who once knew God and should still. The latter acknowledges that the culture has long since ceased to be Christian and determines to win the hearts of those under its influence through love, grace, demonstrations of miracle power and service. Fail to make this shift and we will find ourselves ever more marginalized and ineffective in the days to come.
Loren Sanford calling for a change of strategy.

05 May 2012

Politics and Emotions

The popular media stirs group feelings and mob emotions. The crowds at the arena...the thousands at the coliseum and those in the stalls at the theatre — they need heroes and villains, not complex ideas and ambiguity.

Of course, ideas can be made accessible by the masses. But only by stripping out the complexity and nuance, making them so barren and so remote from the whole story that they are rarely more than collective fantasies, shared as feelings...

The masses don’t want to think. They just feel. Every flack...and hack politician knows that feelings sell. Not ideas.

That’s why Ron Paul...an idea guy...is trailing Mitt Romney at such a distance.

The masses form their opinions...choose their candidates...and spend their money on the basis of feelings. Real thoughts are banished.

The presidential race is really little more than a contest to which line of guff most voters will take...that is, how they will feel about the candidates and their themes.
Bill Bonner on Economic Recovery Education.