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  • Juan shared from The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by B.R. Myers
    Though we must never forget the men, women and children languishing in Yodŏk and other prison camps, we cannot keep carrying on as if the dictatorship did not enjoy a significant degree of mass support. How significant? Enough to make the regime desperate to hold on to it. I intend to argue, however, that this support cannot be sustained for long, because what the masses are taught—especially in regard to South Korean public opinion—is coming increasingly into conflict with what they know to be true. It is the regime’s awareness of a pending legitimacy crisis, not a fear of attack from...
  • Juan shared from The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by B.R. Myers
    For all the hyperbole in which it is couched, and the histrionics with which it is proclaimed, North Korean propaganda is not nearly as outlandish as the uninitiated think. No matter what some American Christian groups might claim, divine powers have never been attributed to either of the two Kims.
  • Juan shared from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
    As longtime head of the family bank, Chase Manhattan, and heir to America’s greatest twentieth-century bonanza, oil, David Rockefeller, or what’s left of him, is an auspicious living actor—his generation’s ringleader—of ideals about top-down command and control: the legacy of the behemoth corporations, working in deft coordination, that rose from U.S. soil eventually to span the globe and that lifted small groups of civic-minded men, graced by wealth, who’d gather to solve the world’s intractable problems.
    Note: We still have it in Chile :(
  • Juan shared from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
    while investing in America is passé—returns are much better overseas—anticipating U.S. regulatory moves and trading accordingly is one of America’s signature growth industries.
  • Juan shared from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
    A fiduciary, by a variety of legal definitions dating back to Roman law, must not put his personal interests before that of the principal, the person to whom he owes a “duty of care,” which, in this case, would be the Goldman client. And “he must not profit from his position as a fiduciary,” say numerous court opinions, “unless the principal consents.” That last issue of consent, though, is ugly in its complications. What exists at this point, based on the stunning consolidations and concentrations of power among a few “too big to fail” institutions, is an unwritten code: clients...
    Note: wow
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