Periodic Posts

Posts made periodically by a particular author. The periodicity may be totally random.


The Gaza Zeitgeist w/ Peter Joseph & Abby Martin

YouTube has the video The Gaza Zeitgeist w/ Peter Joseph & Abby Martin.

Legendary filmmaker, author and activist Peter Joseph joins Abby to discuss the Gaza genocide, and debunk liberal Zionism through the lens of Bill Maher.


This is such an interesting interview. There are so many deep insights that are touched on, that there is much to think about and research.

Several movies and podcasts were mentioned. I was intrigued by a mention of Thorstein Veblen’s book An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of Its Perpetuation.

Lot’s of stuff for further research. For Peter’s podcast, articles, films & more visit https://www.peterjoseph.info also https://linktr.ee/empirefiles


Why Did Russia REALLY Invade Ukraine?

New Dawn Magazine has the article Why Did Russia REALLY Invade Ukraine?

The following article by Patrick Henningsen – written only months after Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February 2022 – explains the background dynamics of this war. The facts outlined here – that were suppressed in the West but well known to informed observers – are only now emerging in mainstream media as Western backers of Ukraine begin to face reality.

I wanted to preserve a link to this article. This is the real history as I remember it.

Here is an excerpt from the article that summarizes the point of the history.

After eight long years of bloodshed and failed peace negotiations, the Russian president took to the airwaves to announce Moscow’s formal recognition of the independent republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. For a legal perspective, this immediately qualified them for official Russian military protection, including the establishment of humanitarian corridors which were quickly opened. After more than seven years of stalled diplomacy, Moscow finally chose to abandon the already dead Minsk agreement and directly deal with the situation in Donbass – and the threat posed by a US-controlled and NATO-occupied Ukraine to its national homeland security.


Žižek’s Jokes

I first learned about Žižek’s Jokes when someone mentioned the term in a comment on Facebook. My search for the term fist led me to the article 10 jokes from philosopher Slavoj Žižek

In an old joke from the defunct German Democratic Republic, a German worker gets a job in Siberia; aware of how all mail will be read by censors, he tells his friends: “Let’s establish a code: if a letter you will get from me is written in ordinary blue ink, it is true; if it is written in red ink, it is false.” After a month, his friends get the first letter, written in blue ink: “Everything is wonderful here: stores are full, food is abundant, apartments are large and properly heated, movie theaters show films from the West, there are many beautiful girls ready for an affair—the only thing unavailable is red ink.”

There is also a book Žižek’s Jokes

The good news is that this book offers an entertaining but enlightening compilation of Žižekisms. Unlike any other book by Slavoj Žižek, this compact arrangement of jokes culled from his writings provides an index to certain philosophical, political, and sexual themes that preoccupy him. Žižek’s Jokes contains the set-ups and punch lines—as well as the offenses and insults—that Žižek is famous for, all in less than 200 pages.


Sorry, Astronomers: Practically All Of The Universe’s Matter Is Still Missing

The Bigthink website has the article Sorry, Astronomers: Practically All Of The Universe’s Matter Is Still Missing

They said the “missing half” of the Universe’s matter was just found. But what they found barely makes a dent to the big picture.

I am always interested in learning a little more. I probably won’t live long enough to find out what dark matter is.


Interview of James K. Galbraith

The Levy Institute has a podcast Episode 1: James K. Galbraith.

Our inaugural episode, hosted by John Harvey, Professor and Hal Wright Chair of Economics at Texas Christian University. Harvey sits down for an in-depth conversation with James K. Galbraith regarding the state of the economics discipline, central bank policy, and more.

A most fascinating discussion on the history and current status of the world of economic thought. My own thinking is still evolving. It is discussions like this one that keep the topic alive.

Recommended readings:

  • “In Defense of Low Interest Rates,” Policy Note by James K. Galbraith
  • The Poverty of the World, by Sheyda F. A. Jahanbani
  • The Age of Uncertainty, by John K. Galbraith
  • The Anatomy of Power, by John K. Galbraith

Stopping USA Imperialism

There is an interview with Michael Hudson that has the ironic title Perfecting Imperialism.

I learn so much from listening to a Michael Hudson interview even when I think I have learned it all. Much of the revelations to me come as the interview is winding down. His criticism of the left in the USA and the west was amazing. He explained why I am so sympathetic to his point of view. He describes his interest in the whole economy, and what works and what does not work. He does not tend to focus on any particular social group, but he looks at the entirety of how the economy can work for everybody. When I think this way, I label it as “what worksism” That’s the only “ism” that I am for.


Economists as Hired Guns

Michael Hudson has posted this excellent video Economists as Hired Guns. On YouTube it is titled How Finance Capitalism Ruined the World – Dr. Michael Hudson & Dr. Steve Keen, DSPod 203.

How Finance Capitalism Ruined the World – Dr. Michael Hudson & Dr. Steve Keen


Steve Keen had a huge oversight which Michael Hudson failed to correct in what I have seen so far. Keen said that once money passed through the hands of the worker it ended up in the hands of the capitalists. This was better than the money never passing through the hands of the workers. He is ignoring the high tax rates of the 1950s and 1960s. The money passing into the hands of the capitalists was taxed away, and put back into circulation,