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Enmeshed in a Web of Debt

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 09:10 PM by spellbanisher
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To tackle my project of showing the origins of money manager capitalism, I've decided to described the evolution of four institutions in American economic history; debt, managerialism, the welfare state, and cultural fundamentalism. In this thread and in subsequent ones, I discuss debt.

Debt is often seen in moralistic terms and having become a problem fairly recently. It depicted as the result of bad apples rather than systemic forces, of greedy, impatient individuals spending...
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Baroque: Not just for Dictators and Autocrats

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 08:57 PM by jttwong

Recently, I was discussing the European architecture with a few friends over a few drinks when one of them claimed that “The Baroque style of design and planning is always utilized by authoritative governmental regimes when there is a need to convey a sense of power.” (none of us remember the exact wording so I might have paraphrased him ever so slightly) My response was somewhere along the lines “I don’t know think so bro.” However, the beers were getting the better of me and I could not respond...
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Significance of Perspective & Idealism in Renaissance City Design

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 03:45 AM by jttwong

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The Renaissance marked an intriguing resurrection of the Classical unseen since the disintegration of the Roman Empire through combining art and architecture. Generally speaking, the modus-operandi of Renaissance urban construction was focused upon the aesthetical side of architecture and it orbited around two major characteristics. These were the depiction of art with a manifestation of perspective with a prominent three-dimensional standpoint instead of a mundane...
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John Tyler and the Princeton

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 06:18 PM by A. Lincoln
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The day was February 28, 1844, a Wednesday. By all accounts it was a beautiful, cloudless sky despite wintertime in Washington DC. The Potomac appeared motionless, beckoning travel.

Late February 1844 was a time of prospect for President John Tyler. He and his Secretary of State Abel Upshur had just received a verbal agreement that protected Texas from attack and other details that would help in Upshur's longtime goal of annexing Texas, though it was a new one for Tyler. Essentially...
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Billy The Kid

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 02:37 PM by Vintersorg

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William Henry McCarthy ( 23 November 1859 – July 14, 1881), more commonly known as William H. Bonney, or Billy the Kid, was born of Irish settlers, who came to the USA during the great famine. It is not known with certainty who his father was, but we do know his mother was called Catherine McCarthy, and that she remarried to a certain William Antrim (which would be the source of one of the Kid’s...
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