The Beginning of the End? We Can Only Hope

Titanic SinkingPreviously sympathetic commentators disillusioned by Obama’s unchecked lying and fumbling were heartened by the uncharacteristic candor coming from Deputy Secretary of State P. J. Crowley late last week — until he was shit-canned for the same early this week.

But there is still some cause for hope: Hillary has announced her own plans to jump ship at the end of  this term as well.  Check out her blunt statements to that effect here.

Is this yet another harbinger of the destruction of Obama’s career?  A recognition that the situation is so bad that even the filthiest bilge rats see that it’s time to abandon ship? Seems like a reasonable possibility.  Anyone working a political paradigm that relies on unquestioning tribal loyalty to the exclusion of substantive policies the way Obama does should be concerned about the defection of establishment stalwarts.  Very concerned.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  There’s been quite a bit going on at all levels of the political spectrum–I should not fail to mention the special fireworks being lit in Michigan.  But for the purposes of our discussion here, it’s probably more immediately relevant to pass on the rumour being floated around that DNC chief Tim Kaine, DNC may be replaced in the coming months.  Ted Strickland, the man currently speculated to replace Kaine, has a bit of a waffel-y record on business and tax issues, but has gone solidly on the record in opposition to free trade treaties like NAFA.*

Yeah, early days here.  But encouraging trends seem to be bubbling up from the surface.  It’s tempting to imagine that, with the remains of an incompetent establishment no longer blocking the way, the latent energies unleashed at by the Madison Uprising finally have a chance to take on a more coherent and effective shape nationally.

Footnote
*Incidentally, although PolitiFact Ohio seems to lay out the various elements in the contention clearly enough, they seem to have done a pretty half-assed job in assessing them.  If the author of this piece could believe that the EPI’s estimates were effected by it’s pro-union affiliation, why could he or she not challenge the impartiality of the World Bank or the U.S. International Trade Commission?  Those last two organizations are not exactly deep undercover as bastions of deep neo-liberal commitments.

And I seriously doubt the PolitiFact author read or understood the underlying studies very well–because the CBO’s stated conclusion regarding reduction in tariffs is directly contradicted by that of the Carnegie Endowment (see linked reports here FN5,p4 and here, esp. fig’s 1 & 3 on pp 15 & 16).  The CBO’s conclusions about net job movement seem oddly oblivious to the plain fact that the destruction of Mexico’s agricultural sector has more to do with the mind-boggling productivity efficiency in the U.S. than its sheer scale.  Mexico’s employment losses here certainly did NOT result in massive hiring gains in the U.S.  How could it?  As measured by the ratio between GDP and farm employment, the U.S. went from being just over twice as efficient in 1992 to being over 5 1/2 times more efficient in 2010.  Check out details in this workbook if you care to.

On balance I give PolitiFact Ohio an ‘F’ for this report.  It’s not my job to go around correcting all their failed reports, so I’m not going redo their work here.  I’ll just say that PolitiFact did nowhere near an adequate job in assessing these claims.

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21 Responses to The Beginning of the End? We Can Only Hope

  1. Honu March 17, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    While I agree with your assessment of Obama’s presidency, I think your perspective ignores something fundamental that, for me, was only made clear as a result of Obama being in office. Whether it’s just a recent reality, has been a cyclic trend that fluctuates to various degrees or has always been this way, it’s apparent that whoever is President is not the man really in charge leading this country in a meaningful way. Certainly someone who wants to balance the plutocracy where the real power is (bankers, corporations, etc) by giving the middle and lower classes the majority of the benefits from government policies not to mention support of infrastructure in this country, is going to be faced with intense unrelenting resistance in all manner of lies and manipulations. And with mainstream media owned by the plutocrats, the message will reflect their interests reinforcing the message that only the so-called ‘free market’ is the way of the world and that it should not be regulated. Then there’s the revolving door between banks and various industry professionals and government serving as advisors and various other governmental roles to create an atmosphere of support for business and interests of business. I’m not saying Obama doesn’t have blame for some of this. But he’s one man. I think he really did have the best of intentions….like Clinton. It just doesn’t seem possible to make policies that address the very real needs of this country for the majority of Americans anymore. I believe the system is truly busted.

  2. Honu March 17, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    While I agree with your assessment of Obama’s presidency, I think your perspective ignores something fundamental that, for me, was only made clear as a result of Obama being in office. Whether it’s just a recent reality, has been a cyclic trend that fluctuates to various degrees or has always been this way, it’s apparent that whoever is President is not the man really in charge leading this country in a meaningful way. Certainly someone who wants to balance the plutocracy where the real power is (bankers, corporations, etc) by giving the middle and lower classes the majority of the benefits from government policies not to mention support of infrastructure in this country, is going to be faced with intense unrelenting resistance in all manner of lies and manipulations. And with mainstream media owned by the plutocrats, the message will reflect their interests reinforcing the message that only the so-called ‘free market’ is the way of the world and that it should not be regulated. Then there’s the revolving door between banks and various industry professionals and government serving as advisors and various other governmental roles to create an atmosphere of support for business and interests of business. I’m not saying Obama doesn’t have blame for some of this. But he’s one man. I think he really did have the best of intentions….like Clinton. It just doesn’t seem possible to make policies that address the very real needs of this country for the majority of Americans anymore. I believe the system is truly busted.

    • Liam_McGonagle March 17, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      I get your point. And I think most commenters on Disinfo would agree w/ you 100% and without reservation.

      However, I think that would be wrong. Not because your assessment of recent trends is wrong–but wrong because it doesn’t put the blame where it belongs–with the individual actors.

      There is no system on earth that cannot be gamed. There is no way to eliminate egocentric motivations in humans. True. But the answer is not for us to blow our brains out because complete victory is not possible–that’s outright Nihilism.

      And, IMHO, though it be understandable, stupid Nihilism. Dramatic tension, or the negotiation thereof, is the entire point of being a live, sentient human being. We were born to cycle together through an oscilating series of ascendant/descendant waves of spiritual, intellectual, physical growth. That’s what we are. We aren’t cold inert masses of rock haphazardly tossed about by impersonal forces in the vacuum of space.

      No, that’s not some New Age-y type of Burning Man bullshit. That’s an affirmation of my Goddamned Human Dignity. I’m not gonna just shove up my hands and say: “I give in! No point in the struggle! Where’s the hemlock?!” Instead, I’m gonna say: “Well let’s make a fucking effort. There are some Goddamned MINIMUM things that I expect from a human being, let alone a self-proclaimed “leader” of human beings, and Obama ain’t doing ANY of them.”

      Furthermore, the fact that the odds of strategic success are against us right now is, in fact, the IDEAL condition under which these ideals should be pursued.

      St. Patrick’s day is the perfect stage for this type of observation, because Americans of Irish descent love to talk about the heroic virtues of their long-suffering ancestors and the nobility with which they repeatedly faced humiliating defeat at the hands of a cold imperial machine. Often this is very, very true.

      And, apart from the fact that moral victory is truly the only kind of victory that a person is capable of maintaining, it is a fact that on occassion it does also rise in the political ascendant. My notes about the leaving of Kaine and the possible incoming of Strickland seem to point in that direction.

      • Honu March 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

        So I may have exaggerated my feelings a bit for emphasis. I don’t really feel that it’s not possible to to make a change at the upper levels of government. It is possible as all things are. I just don’t know what it will take for it to occur at this point. Certainly doesn’t seem possible to do it via our electoral system.

        • Liam_McGonagle March 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

          No harm no foul. I do that a lot, too.

          Glad we didn’t let this get outta control.

          But at least part of this article’s intention was to show, without being too optimistic or exaggerating what’s going on here, that there are some positive trends going on at very high levels. There just may be a chance, if we give it one, that it won’t be stillborn.

  3. Gregory March 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I find the intense criticism of Obama’s presidency to be fascinating. Where were these people during the Bush years? Even Obama’s Final Four picks are subject to scrutiny to the point where they are an op-ed article on CNN.com.

    Obama said “Yes WE Can.” The people who should have supported him but didn’t are the same people who are going to put another right-wingnut in the White House and wonder why the US is suddenly a Theocracy because they seem to have a passion for pointing out where he has failed, instead of pointing out what he has accomplished. We got too used to a president who used Congress as a rubber stamp for anti-constitutional measures and a Supreme Court that is equal measures polarized and incompetent. Obama wants the process to be used to produce change, not issue papal bulls to get things done.

    The US people just do not realize just how close we came to the brink of economic collapse, but more importantly, do not realize just how much we do not deserve Barack Obama. The scab of racism and general intolerance among white, Xian Uhmurkans was picked and has continued to bleed since his inauguration. The Tea Party, which is just the KKK v 2.0, hasn’t been run out of town and while the GOP holds anti-Muslim Witchhunts focusing on Islamic Extremism, the greatest threat to democracy right now in the US is Xian Fundamentalist Extremists and we’re now in a country where people in Texas, Tennessee and other states that should have been allowed to secede from the Union make no excuses for wanting the US to be run as if it were Israel circa 500 BCE.

    The election of Obama is an experiment. To see if a country based on the rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, based on checks and balances and compromise, based on freedom of religion, the press, etc, can actually exist in a world whose resume is Theocratic World Empires and xenophobia. When a politician in Texas is able to get the people to vote against health care benefits for gays, who says the US should be run in accord with the will of Yahweh and who says people suffering in Japan is divine retribution, it’s not 2011, it’s 1011.

    Go ahead and criticize Obama and pull him down brick by brick. Without support from the American people, he has/had no chance to change this country, and you’ll deserve what you get when the whites start forcing Muslims to the back of the bus and have different water fountains and when they go back to stoning people in the streets. You’ll deserve it when they start burning people in the town square for having a COEXIST bumper sticker on their car. You’ll deserve it when they show up at 9am on Sunday Morning to make sure you’re getting ready for Church. You weren’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition, which is their secret. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. But you should be able to see them coming a mile away.

    Fiat Lux

  4. Gregory March 17, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I find the intense criticism of Obama’s presidency to be fascinating. Where were these people during the Bush years? Even Obama’s Final Four picks are subject to scrutiny to the point where they are an op-ed article on CNN.com.

    Obama said “Yes WE Can.” The people who should have supported him but didn’t are the same people who are going to put another right-wingnut in the White House and wonder why the US is suddenly a Theocracy because they seem to have a passion for pointing out where he has failed, instead of pointing out what he has accomplished. We got too used to a president who used Congress as a rubber stamp for anti-constitutional measures and a Supreme Court that is equal measures polarized and incompetent. Obama wants the process to be used to produce change, not issue papal bulls to get things done.

    The US people just do not realize just how close we came to the brink of economic collapse, but more importantly, do not realize just how much we do not deserve Barack Obama. The scab of racism and general intolerance among white, Xian Uhmurkans was picked and has continued to bleed since his inauguration. The Tea Party, which is just the KKK v 2.0, hasn’t been run out of town and while the GOP holds anti-Muslim Witchhunts focusing on Islamic Extremism, the greatest threat to democracy right now in the US is Xian Fundamentalist Extremists and we’re now in a country where people in Texas, Tennessee and other states that should have been allowed to secede from the Union make no excuses for wanting the US to be run as if it were Israel circa 500 BCE.

    The election of Obama is an experiment. To see if a country based on the rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, based on checks and balances and compromise, based on freedom of religion, the press, etc, can actually exist in a world whose resume is Theocratic World Empires and xenophobia. When a politician in Texas is able to get the people to vote against health care benefits for gays, who says the US should be run in accord with the will of Yahweh and who says people suffering in Japan is divine retribution, it’s not 2011, it’s 1011.

    Go ahead and criticize Obama and pull him down brick by brick. Without support from the American people, he has/had no chance to change this country, and you’ll deserve what you get when the whites start forcing Muslims to the back of the bus and have different water fountains and when they go back to stoning people in the streets. You’ll deserve it when they start burning people in the town square for having a COEXIST bumper sticker on their car. You’ll deserve it when they show up at 9am on Sunday Morning to make sure you’re getting ready for Church. You weren’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition, which is their secret. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. But you should be able to see them coming a mile away.

    Fiat Lux

    • E.B. Wolf March 17, 2011 at 9:16 am #

      Obama did have the support of a majority of American people until he sold them out the moment he took office.

    • aaroncynic March 17, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      While it’d be nice to believe that, it’s simply not true. On the outside, Obama has had plenty of nice things to say, has had all of the right rhetoric, has created plenty of hope in some people and even tried to make some “change.” Problem is, it’s all surface based. Are we actually closing down Gitmo and putting an end to indefinite detentions and torture? Ask Bradley Manning about how he’s been treated in Quantico. Did Obama do anything to stop the PATRIOT ACT renewal? No. Are we still in both Iraq and Afghanistan? Yes. Has the U.S. increased drone attacks in other countries? Yes. Does the much debated “socialist” healthcare bill have any teeth and make any long term structural changes to the stranglehold the insurance industry has? Not really. The list could go on.

      Actually hoping a supposedly more “progressiveish” president would follow through on campaign rhetoric he used? Why, that smells like treason to me. Criticizing the president because he’s been continuing the policies people hoped he would change? That must be why the Tea Party has so much power.

      Like every other president, Obama is beholden to the interests of the lobbyists and corporations who funded his campaign. Like every other president, his main concern is reelection, rather than representing the electorate.

      Where was I during the Bush years? The same place I’ve always been – opposing imperialist wars, creeping fascist violations to the constitution, and corporate domination of what’s supposedly a “free society.” Just because someone slightly to the left of one of the most right wing president’s America’s ever had is in office doesn’t mean that everyone should just hang up their ideals and stay silent when the same policies continue.

      Meet the new boss, different than the old one on the outside, pretty similar on the inside.

      • Liam_McGonagle March 17, 2011 at 11:51 am #

        I may be more hopeful than you about the ability to actually acheive a moral transformation of American politics, but I certainly agree with you about Obama’s shortcomings.

        In fact, I plan to write-up and publish closer to primary time a catalogue of Obama’s fuck-ups, called “99 Chambers of FAIL”–inspired by the old Wu Tang song. But I think you have had your ear to the ground for specific policy failures more diligently than I have, and would appreciate your help in compiling a good, robust list for that article. Here’s a short list that I came up with recently.

        1. DADT flip flops
        2. Continued military presence in Iraq
        3. Bradley Manning’s detention conditions
        4. Firing Crowley for showing a human conscious about it
        5. Doubling down in dumbtown for Afghanistan
        6. Letting Netanyahu treat America like a filthy skank he can abuse and take for granted
        7. Continued bankster bailouts
        8. Failure to criminally prosecute the same
        9. Renewing off-shore oil drilling leases again last week, despite the unresolved BP/Gulf farrago
        10.Betraying Feingold, DeFazio and Sanders, and indeed the whole Dem majorities in both houses last December to make sure trust fund brats got their estate tax giveaways
        11. His “follow through” to be an active advocate for labor rights during the Madison Uprising
        12. His insistence on bringin new nuke plants on line in the face of a real-life Japanese horror that makes Wes Craven look like a piker
        13. Kissing Darryl Issa’s ass so hard that Obama can touch the end of Issa’s nose with his tongue a la the NY Times Op/Ed calling for more business deregulation
        14. And just this month, making pre-emptory offers to the GOP to defund the Pell Grant program and heating subsidies for the poor–in exchange for absolutely ZERO concessions.

        To which I now append the observations from your post above:

        15. Increased use of aerial drone murder squads
        16. Reversal of policy to close Guantanamo Bay facility
        17. Failure of Health Care reform to address costs in medical care markets
        18. Failure of Health Care reform to address inefficiencies of private insurance markets
        19. Renewal of unconstitutional domestic spying provisions in the PATRIOT Act

        I want a really good, complete and robust list passed as much as possible on their ability to be clearly documented as well as their disasterous outcomes and deeply immoral character.

        Some of these issues are inter-related, and some items are more clearly attributable than others (e.g., some require affirmative executive orders, statements or signatures, whereas others merely require negligent failue to act).

        Thanks.

  5. E.B. Wolf March 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Obama did have the support of a majority of American people until he sold them out the moment he took office.

  6. E.B. Wolf March 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Obama did have the support of a majority of American people until he sold them out the moment he took office.

  7. Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    While it’d be nice to believe that, it’s simply not true. On the outside, Obama has had plenty of nice things to say, has had all of the right rhetoric, has created plenty of hope in some people and even tried to make some “change.” Problem is, it’s all surface based. Are we actually closing down Gitmo and putting an end to indefinite detentions and torture? Ask Bradley Manning about how he’s been treated in Quantico. Did Obama do anything to stop the PATRIOT ACT renewal? No. Are we still in both Iraq and Afghanistan? Yes. Has the U.S. increased drone attacks in other countries? Yes. Does the much debated “socialist” healthcare bill have any teeth and make any long term structural changes to the stranglehold the insurance industry has? Not really. The list could go on.

    Actually hoping a supposedly more “progressiveish” president would follow through on campaign rhetoric he used? Why, that smells like treason to me. Criticizing the president because he’s been continuing the policies people hoped he would change? That must be why the Tea Party has so much power.

    Like every other president, Obama is beholden to the interests of the lobbyists and corporations who funded his campaign. Like every other president, his main concern is reelection, rather than representing the electorate.

    Where was I during the Bush years? The same place I’ve always been – opposing imperialist wars, creeping fascist violations to the constitution, and corporate domination of what’s supposedly a “free society.” Just because someone slightly to the left of one of the most right wing president’s America’s ever had is in office doesn’t mean that everyone should just hang up their ideals and stay silent when the same policies continue.

    Meet the new boss, different than the old one on the outside, pretty similar on the inside.

  8. Liam_McGonagle March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    I get your point. And I think most commenters on Disinfo would agree w/ you 100% and without reservation.

    However, I think that would be wrong. Not because your assessment of recent trends is wrong–but wrong because it doesn’t put the blame where it belongs–with the individual actors.

    There is no system on earth that cannot be gamed. There is no way to eliminate egocentric motivations in humans. True. But the answer is not for us to blow our brains out because complete victory is not possible–that’s outright Nihilism.

    And, IMHO, though it be understandable, stupid Nihilism. Dramatic tension, or the negotiation thereof, is the entire point of being a live, sentient human being. We were born to cycle together through an oscilating series of ascendant/descendant waves of spiritual, intellectual, physical growth. That’s what we are. We aren’t cold inert masses of rock haphazardly tossed about by impersonal forces in the vacuum of space.

    No, that’s not some New Age-y type of Burning Man bullshit. That’s an affirmation of my Goddamned Human Dignity. I’m not gonna just shove up my hands and say: “I give in! No point in the struggle! Where’s the hemlock?!” Instead, I’m gonna say: “Well let’s make a fucking effort. There are some Goddamned MINIMUM things that I expect from a human being, let alone a self-proclaimed “leader” of human beings, and Obama ain’t doing ANY of them.”

    Furthermore, the fact that the odds of strategic success are against us right now is, in fact, the IDEAL condition under which these ideals should be pursued.

    St. Patrick’s day is the perfect stage for this type of observation, because Americans of Irish descent love to talk about the heroic virtues of their long-suffering ancestors and the nobility with which they repeatedly faced humiliating defeat at the hands of a cold imperial machine. Often this is very, very true.

    And, apart from the fact that moral victory is truly the only kind of victory that a person is capable of maintaining, it is a fact that on occassion it does also rise in the political ascendant. My notes about the leaving of Kaine and the possible incoming of Strickland seem to point in that direction.

  9. Liam_McGonagle March 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I may be more hopeful than you about the ability to actually acheive a moral transformation of American politics, but I certainly agree with you about Obama’s shortcomings.

    In fact, I plan to write-up and publish closer to primary time a catalogue of Obama’s fuck-ups, called “99 Chambers of FAIL”–inspired by the old Wu Tang song. But I think you have had your ear to the ground for specific policy failures more diligently than I have, and would appreciate your help in compiling a good, robust list for that article. Here’s a short list that I came up with recently.

    1. DADT flip flops
    2. Continued military presence in Iraq
    3. Bradley Manning’s detention conditions
    4. Firing Crowley for showing a human conscious about it
    5. Doubling down in dumbtown for Afghanistan
    6. Letting Netanyahu treat America like a filthy skank he can abuse and take for granted
    7. Continued bankster bailouts
    8. Failure to criminally prosecute the same
    9. Renewing off-shore oil drilling leases again last week, despite the unresolved BP/Gulf farrago
    10.Betraying Feingold, DeFazio and Sanders, and indeed the whole Dem majorities in both houses last December to make sure trust fund brats got their estate tax giveaways
    11. His “follow through” to be an active advocate for labor rights during the Madison Uprising
    12. His insistence on bringin new nuke plants on line in the face of a real-life Japanese horror that makes Wes Craven look like a piker
    13. Kissing Darryl Issa’s ass so hard that Obama can touch the end of Issa’s nose with his tongue a la the NY Times Op/Ed calling for more business deregulation
    14. And just this month, making pre-emptory offers to the GOP to defund the Pell Grant program and heating subsidies for the poor–in exchange for absolutely ZERO concessions.

    To which I now append the observations from your post above:

    15. Increased use of aerial drone murder squads
    16. Reversal of policy to close Guantanamo Bay facility
    17. Failure of Health Care reform to address costs in medical care markets
    18. Failure of Health Care reform to address inefficiencies of private insurance markets
    19. Renewal of unconstitutional domestic spying provisions in the PATRIOT Act

    I want a really good, complete and robust list passed as much as possible on their ability to be clearly documented as well as their disasterous outcomes and deeply immoral character.

    Some of these issues are inter-related, and some items are more clearly attributable than others (e.g., some require affirmative executive orders, statements or signatures, whereas others merely require negligent failue to act).

    Thanks.

  10. Honu March 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    So I may have exaggerated my feelings a bit for emphasis. I don’t really feel that it’s not possible to to make a change at the upper levels of government. It is possible as all things are. I just don’t know what it will take for it to occur at this point. Certainly doesn’t seem possible to do it via our electoral system.

  11. Liam_McGonagle March 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    No harm no foul. I do that a lot, too.

    Glad we didn’t let this get outta control.

    But at least part of this article’s intention was to show, without being too optimistic or exaggerating what’s going on here, that there are some positive trends going on at very high levels. There just may be a chance, if we give it one, that it won’t be stillborn.

  12. Alturn March 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    When you get to an end of an age, everything polarizes. The ugly stuff that was tolerated because things were still manageable are brought closer to the surface and reacted to. Common people get antsy and unwilling to be treated like serfs. New ideas are vigorously opposed by vested interests which have long profited by the status-quo. Add that what is termed the Christ principle being released at uprecedented levels, making people increasingly stand up and live for whatever they love – good or bad -. and you have a confluence of currents creating mixed, choppy seas that hardly show where the current of the future will flow. Such is the extraordinary times we live in.

    “In the New Age it will be the poor, those who have nothing, who will celebrate the arrival of fresh hope and a new purpose in life, he said.”
    “Even children are beginning to challenge the adult world as they respond to the energies of the New Age. In every country, children of soldiers are questioning their fathers about the morality of killing others in their name.”
    “Politics the world over are undergoing rapid change. The politics of the New Age will be by the people, for the people.”
    “There is no place for fundamentalism in the New Age. In the New Age there will be an aura of consciousness, an awareness, an inner openness which enables people to look within for peace, grace and happiness.”
    “Power politics will give way to the politics of food, shelter and protection. This will spread the world over. Socialism and capitalism will converge. They are the two wheels which are essential. Politics cannot function with only one wheel.”
    “Solar energy — This is the energy of the new age — there will be no need for nuclear energy. The power of the sun will be used for heating, transportation and driving industry. The ‘Brothers’ are teaching the engineers how to store solar energy right now.”
    - World Teacher Maitreya through an associate as reported by Share International

  13. Alturn March 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    When you get to an end of an age, everything polarizes. The ugly stuff that was tolerated because things were still manageable are brought closer to the surface and reacted to. Common people get antsy and unwilling to be treated like serfs. New ideas are vigorously opposed by vested interests which have long profited by the status-quo. Add that what is termed the Christ principle being released at uprecedented levels, making people increasingly stand up and live for whatever they love – good or bad -. and you have a confluence of currents creating mixed, choppy seas that hardly show where the current of the future will flow. Such is the extraordinary times we live in.

    “In the New Age it will be the poor, those who have nothing, who will celebrate the arrival of fresh hope and a new purpose in life, he said.”
    “Even children are beginning to challenge the adult world as they respond to the energies of the New Age. In every country, children of soldiers are questioning their fathers about the morality of killing others in their name.”
    “Politics the world over are undergoing rapid change. The politics of the New Age will be by the people, for the people.”
    “There is no place for fundamentalism in the New Age. In the New Age there will be an aura of consciousness, an awareness, an inner openness which enables people to look within for peace, grace and happiness.”
    “Power politics will give way to the politics of food, shelter and protection. This will spread the world over. Socialism and capitalism will converge. They are the two wheels which are essential. Politics cannot function with only one wheel.”
    “Solar energy — This is the energy of the new age — there will be no need for nuclear energy. The power of the sun will be used for heating, transportation and driving industry. The ‘Brothers’ are teaching the engineers how to store solar energy right now.”
    - World Teacher Maitreya through an associate as reported by Share International

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