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Omotenashi – The Japanese Spirit of Giving

“Translated simply, Omotenashi means the Japanese way of treating a guest. It blends a welcoming spirit with warmth, understanding, and above all respect. From the perspective of a host, this is the rendering of service without expectation of favor or … Continue reading

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The Art of Political Deception – Chris Hedges

“Washington has become our Versailles. We are ruled, entertained, and informed by courtiers — and the media has evolved into a class of courtiers. The Democrats, like the Republicans, are mostly courtiers. Our pundits and experts, at least those with … Continue reading

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The Perpetual Curse of Feudalism, Reinvented

“Washington has become our Versailles. We are ruled, entertained, and informed by courtiers — and the media has evolved into a class of courtiers… We are captivated by the hollow stagecraft of political theater as we are ruthlessly stripped of power. … Continue reading

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Beyond Capitalism – Albert Einstein, 1949

“Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands… The result is an oligarchy the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organised political society.”
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Manufacturing the Illusion of Democracy – Chris Hedges

“We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and “success,” defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. The … Continue reading

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Looting the Education Sector, by Ira Shor

“This private war on public education is not about “learning” or “cognitive development” of kids or “closing the achievement gap” etc., it’s about looting the education sub-sector and undermining two large unions… It’s happened in all other sub-sectors of the … Continue reading

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The New Robber Barons – Steve Fraser

The following is from a transcript of Bill Moyer’s Dec. 2014 interview with historian Steve Fraser, author of “The Age of Acquiescence.” Fraser discusses the differences and similarities between the robber baron industrialists that rose into power in the Gilded Age of the late 1800’s, … Continue reading

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