The value of work


Tis Labor Day, dear readers. Twenty-four blessed hours to think about the nature of people and work. About human dignity. About exploitation. About the balance of economic and political power.

The value of working capital today trumps the value of human capital. It is more flexible, more scalable. It is why the distance between the top and the bottom of the wealth spectrum feels excessive. Obama's tax plan should help on this front. It's a good start.

But the fact is, working capital has more influence than working people, who are decidedly outgunned by business interests, especially here in North Carolina. Art Pope's right-wing think tanks, for example, spend upwards of $5 million each year to influence public opinion and policy makers. We have our work cut out.

Happy Labor Day.

Jesus and Nuclear Bombs

Separating religion from ones politics is probably impossible. I have never heard an objective discussion of politics from a deeply religious person, nor have I from a person religiously atheistic. From my perspective, it is these two extremes which cloud and prejudice the voices of the rest of us who spend our lives hoping to be relevant and effective during our time among the living, while simultaneously trying to be both heavenly (spiritually) minded and of some earthly good.
This morning, while in church, there was a guest evangelist speaker ...

Clowning Around in Denver: My DNC Wrap-Up

When Barack Obama finished his historic speech, I stood looking up, staring at the fireworks, and crying as thousands of people stood around me cheering. I had spent the last four hours cheering, singing, dancing and yelling. I was surprised to learn that hope could lead to tears, that joy could be so quiet, that a week of activity could leave me so still.

I came to the 2008 Democratic National Convention not knowing what to expect out of the final night’s big event. I was unsure whether Sen. Obama could meet the high standards of the occasion. I thought that his speech would have to harness fire and send fireworks. While Obama certainly showed his fire, the speech was more measured than I expected. In some ways, it was more presidential. When I could finally speak after its conclusion, I turned to Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Jack Sanders and said, “We have to go home and do this.”

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Turning off Anonymous User Access to BlueNC

Now that I'm home I need to address the denial of service attack we suffered last week. I will be turning off access to BlueNC by anonymous users until we have addressed this issue. Please log in if you wish to access BlueNC. Anonymous users should be able to see the front page and this message. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Under a rock near you

People, I kid you not. This is an actual comment recently posted at TAP. I guess we could expect that Obama's speech, and the wide acclaim it has received, would flush out the cretins. My purpose in cutting-and-pasting it here is to remind my fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives and Lefties -- and various and sundry respectable though misguided GOPers -- that this "anonymous" poster is lurking under a rock near you.

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