The Bipolar Bipartisan looks at bipartisanship as a compromise between two confusions. We examine critical thinking and how it’s been bred out, generation by generation. This leaves us vulnerable to being defeated through our own unexamined contradictions. We also look at that strange hybrid of capitalism and socialism, the consumer democracy. And we explore how Republicans and Democrats differ on a survey of happiness.
We also discuss Obama’s first-strike nuclear option towards Iran as a “spare the nuclear rod and spoil the colony” policy, and quote IPS and Diane Rehm on the topic. We puzzle over the apparent contradiction in the assassination order of the US-born Muslim cleric in Yemen. We compare the capitalist creed cited by pilot Joseph Stack to the socialist creed, both of which Ivan Illich would critique as part of the war on subsistence. We end with Bruce Gagnon and a clip from one of his lectures stating where both Republicans and Democrats agree.
- “Begin” by Rumi
- “Half-Life” by Stephen Levine
- “Love Letters” by Ikkyu
- “Act Serious” by Tukaram
Songs and/or Music Videos:
- “Up All Night” by The Grails
- Peter Gabriel’s cover of Paul Simon’s “Boy in the Bubble”
- Peter Gabriel’s cover of Talking Heads’ “Listening Wind”
Audio Clip and Chart
- Ken Dowst’s New World Notes, “Bruce Gagnon on Endless War and the Economy”
- Pew Research Center’s “Life Priorities by Party”
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