Monday, January 17, 2005

Price of Power

I read Seymour M. Hersh's book, Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, in the mid 1980s while I was an engineering graduate student. Unfortunately, this superb example of American investigative journalism seems to have gone out of print.

The most recent example of Hersh's investigative work that I can find is in the January 17th edition of The New Yorker magazine: "The Coming Wars".

It is an ominous piece raising some eyebrows, as reported in The Financial Times.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Committee on the Present Danger

When the powerful think really hard, they are fully capable of producing a load of very hazardous garbage.

The purpose of the garbage (its "recommendation") is to force the center of debate, dialog and deliberation from where it inherently and indigenously belongs, to a place where they can be in full control to set the agenda. (The rise of authentic, indigenous democracy appears to be the real present danger.)

Daydreams are not just solace to the poor and the downtrodden. They afflict the rich and the powerful, too.