background preloader

How Communism Works"

How Communism Works"
In a perfect world, everyone would have food and shelter, and a true utopian society would be devoid of sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. But for most of the world's population, this perfect society just isn't possible. Communism is one proposed solution to these problems. Most people know what communism is at its most basic level. Simply put, communism is the idea that everyone in a given society receives equal shares of the benefits derived from labor. According to the philosopher Frederick Engels' "Principles of Communism," the plan for ultimate financial and social equality is built on the principle that the system should spread around the world until all countries are on board [source: Engels]. Who are communists, and why do non-communist cultures consider them radical? Related:  organisations et leadership

Khan Academy 5 UFO Sightings That Even Non-Crazy People Find Creepy The Washington D.C. UFO Incident Between July 13 and 29, 1952, a series of UFO sightings were reported over Washington D.C. Witnesses would include an Air Force pilot, people on the ground and, in case you're the type to never trusts the testimony of fallible human beings, we have readings from two separate radar stations. The Unsettling Evidence: The first substantiated report came on July 19, when air traffic controller Edward Nugent, of Washington National Airport... or "Ted" to his friends. ... noticed seven unidentifiable objects on his radar. Even more interesting is that almost the exact same thing happened on July 26, only a week later. "Should I kill this?" That was enough to attract the attention of President Harry Truman. The Official Explanation: "Problem solved." - Project Blue Book We find that it's a lot easier to cover things up when you ignore the eyewitnesses. It didn't matter. It worked like a charm! The Valentich Disappearance OK, so there were a few thousand after that.

24 charts of leadership styles around the world Different cultures can have radically different leadership styles, and international organizations would do well to understand them. British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted these differences in his book "When Cultures Collide," first published in 1996 and now in its third edition, and he teaches these insights in seminars with major corporate clients. From structured individualism in the U.S. to ringi-sho consensus in Japan, the charts seem intuitively correct, if not unilaterally true across a country. Lewis acknowledges the risks of dealing in stereotypes: "Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception. There is, however, such a thing as a national norm." With permission from the author, we are posting 24 charts of leadership styles from his book, with a brief summary of his comments about each below: crossculture.com Swedish management is decentralized and democratic. German managers strive to create a perfect system.

15 of the Deadliest U.S. Corporations These corporations, if they were individual human beings, would be locked up for life. Instead, they continue raking in the big bucks. Human rights abuses, murder, war, eco disasters, and animal exploitation keep these evil companies raking in the green. Prepare to be disgusted. Chevron Image Source Several big oil companies make this list, but Chevron deserves a special place in Hell. DeBeers Image Source Diamonds are a girl's best friend -- unless she lives in the Ivory Coast. Tyson Even if you don't care about the horrendous animal abuse that has been documented in Tyson's factory farms, you have to flinch at Tyson's appalling environmental abuses and workers' rights violations, as well as the fact that on several occasions, Tyson has allowed e coli tainted beef to enter the food supply. Smith and Wesson Image Source Phillip Morris Image Source Phillip Morris is the largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the U.S. Haliburton Image Source Coca Cola Image Source Pfizer Image Source ExxonMobil Monsanto

The Hedonistic Imperative - Abstract This manifesto outlines a strategy to eradicate suffering in all sentient life. The abolitionist project is ambitious, implausible, but technically feasible. It is defended here on ethical utilitarian grounds. Why does suffering exist? Contemporary images of opiate-addled junkies, and the lever-pressing frenzies of intra-cranially self-stimulating rats, are deceptive. Two hundred years ago, before the development of potent synthetic pain-killers or surgical anaesthetics, the notion that "physical" pain could be banished from most people's lives would have seemed no less bizarre.

Polygonal Spiral The length of the polygonal spiral is found by noting that the ratio of inradius to circumradius of a regular polygon of sides is The total length of the spiral for an -gon with side length is therefore Consider the solid region obtained by filling in subsequent triangles which the spiral encloses. -gons of side length , is The shaded triangular polygonal spiral is a rep-4-tile. WarsOfTheRoses.com - Wars of the Roses

The Dystopian Society Babes of the BNP BTW, once you've read this, you should visit the follow up interview we did with one of the babes. Wasn't too happy. Check it here. You no longer need to be a hatchet-faced National Front refugee to join the whites-only club. The fascist menace no longer wears jackboots. It no longer flags down the number 25 bus with a hearty "Sieg Heil". Rebecca Edwards, from Manchester VICE: How old are you? What do you do for a living? What first attracted you to the BNP? Are most of your friends BNP? When people say the BNP is a fascist party, what do you think? Think of Nazi Germany, or 1930s Italy. You’re against who? But not the Nazis? What's the best thing about living in Britain today? But won't you then be an immigrant too? What do you think symbolises Britain best? Fish or chips? Alan Carr or Jimmy Carr? David Mellor or David Beckham? Jesus Jones or Jesus Christ? Hieronymus Bosch or a Bosch electric sander? Plato or Playdough? Towel or rag? Morrissey or Eric Clapton? Hitler – hero or villian?

The Socratic Method The Socratic Method:Teaching by Asking Instead of by Tellingby Rick Garlikov The following is a transcript of a teaching experiment, using the Socratic method, with a regular third grade class in a suburban elementary school. I present my perspective and views on the session, and on the Socratic method as a teaching tool, following the transcript. The class was conducted on a Friday afternoon beginning at 1:30, late in May, with about two weeks left in the school year. This time was purposely chosen as one of the most difficult times to entice and hold these children's concentration about a somewhat complex intellectual matter. The experiment was to see whether I could teach these students binary arithmetic (arithmetic using only two numbers, 0 and 1) only by asking them questions. I had one prior relationship with this class. "But what I am really here for today is to try an experiment with you. 1) "How many is this?" 2) "Who can write that on the board?" 4) Another way? 5) Another way?

Facebook: April 14th 1865 Have you ever wondered what Abe Lincoln’s Facebook posts would have been like, if he used Facebook? No? Me neither, but now I know! What seems like a really silly thought is actually very funny after all. Wylo at Cool Material has somehow uncovered the Facebook history archives, and displayed them for our enjoyment. How The Most Powerful People Get Things Done: 4 Tips From A White House Staffer We all have big decisions to make and deadlines to meet. And sometimes it can feel overwhelming. This got me wondering: how do the most powerful people get things done? When lives are on the line, literally trillions of dollars are at stake and the world is watching… how do people handle those situations? So I called my friend James Waters. James was Deputy Director of Scheduling at the White House and served in government for 10 years. James had some tremendous insights about how they do things at The White House that line up with a lot of what the formal research is telling us. Now if you’re looking for Republicans-this, Democrats-that, you’ve come to the wrong place. Let’s get to it. Be Responsive It ain’t like an episode of “The West Wing.” Watching that show you might think that 5 people get everything done. How do you make insanely big decisions with such a huge number of people involved? We all know people who have 1000 unread emails in their inbox or don’t pick up their phone. Sum Up

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech -- Society's Child © The Daily MailThe 2010 Graduating Class of Coxsackie-Athens High School. Here I stand There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast -- How long then?" This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system. Some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? I am now accomplishing that goal. H. To illustrate this idea, doesn't it perturb you to learn about the idea of "critical thinking." This was happening to me, and if it wasn't for the rare occurrence of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine, I would have been doomed.

Related:  polticialpoliticalSociology