Seemingly Moral

No Sift next week. The Weekly Sift returns on November 21st.

There’s no better way to justify relations founded on violence, to make such relations seem moral, than by reframing them in the language of debt — above all, because it immediately makes it seem like it’s the victim who’s doing something wrong.

— David Graeber
Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011)

In this week’s sift:

  • Jobless Recoveries are Normal Now. One very instructive graph and the disturbing conclusion you can draw from it: The fundamental nature of recessions has changed, and most of the policies we fight over have nothing to do with it.
  • The Cain Scandal After a Week. Scandals just have entertainment value until they start driving your supporters away. So far that’s not happening.
  • The Death of the Follow-up Question and other short notes. Herman Cain’s China problem, a food-industry insider defects, a true blue supporter of the family is a deadbeat dad, the iPod of government, SB-5 is going down tomorrow, the importance of the smart grid, a couple particularly stunning scenes from nature, and more.
  • Last week’s most popular post. Nonviolence and the Police, with 329 views.
  • This week’s challenge. Remember to vote in your local elections tomorrow. Also, Saturday was Bank Transfer Day, when people all over the country closed their accounts at too-big-to-fail banks and moved their money to community banks or credit unions. If you missed, it’s not too late. AlterNet’s Lynn Parramore gives a step-by-step.
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  • Kim Cooper  On November 27, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Before the day we were supposed to transfer our money (we had done it some months before), we heard that 650,000 people had moved their money. After the day, we heard nothing. Did more people move their money on the Transfer Day? What was the total? How can we get more people to do it?
    Can we ask a thousand more people to get their money out of the Big Banks every time the Occupiers are attacked?

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