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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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4 years 10 weeks

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Posted on 04/09/14 at 09:20 pm in response to Should the Supreme Court decide what’s good or bad for democracy?

I don't think I said or implied that the Court had such a role. But the Constitution is document that bears interpretation. I has been interpreted to reflect "democratic values" and so I say it should be in the future. I think it's possible to identify those decisions or trends in judicial interpretation which are un- or anti-democratic. For example, Buckley v. Valeo down to McCutcheon. And certainly including Bush v.Gore in that mix as well.

Posted on 04/07/14 at 08:35 am in response to Watch out — those sugared-cereal boxes are watching you

That is the title of Vance Packard's 1957 book on this subject which I believe also appraised advertising and marketing practices to get the American public to buy things they don't need. As Thorstein Veblen pointed out, advertising and marketing add nothing to the value and are aimed at disinforming consumers, not informing them. In other words, total waste.

Posted on 03/31/14 at 08:19 pm in response to CIA's role in the arrest of Nelson Mandela

next to "terrorist" and you'll come up with tons of reasons to put anyone behind bars. With drones and "extraordinary rendition" you don't even have to have any facts or evidence, a trial or anything. Just the accusation and presto, "your name here" is now public enemy number one.

I'm puzzled by the Bloomberg remark quoted in the article. Does the reviewer mean that Smith offers no critique of the "consumerist society" or that he has not offered a critique of a consumerist society that is spiraled out of control? Or does the reviewer mean to suggest that a consumerist society is OK as long as it's not "spiraled out of control"?

Anyway, it sounds like Smith has offered a critique but probably not a critique that the Bloomberg reviewer wanted to hear or could...

That's easy: The title of Professor Bill Black's book "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One" says it all. Banking is a lawful but not legitimate enterprise in this country. Remember the "golden rule": who owns the gold makes the rules. When you say so many banks, are you thinking of all the buildings that are branches of US Bank, TCF, JP Morgan, etc. These are chains, something which used to be illegal in this country too.

Nobody "forces" anyone to take out high priced debt by...

Posted on 03/14/14 at 07:02 pm in response to Should the U.S. go to war with Russia over Ukraine?

Did someone punch the wayback machine to 1856?

Let's get the US out of all this "Great Game" stuff and make fixing all the problems that exist in this country a priority. When we put the bankers responsible for the financial meltdown in 2008 in prison, stop murdering families celebrating weddings by drone, end mass surveillance of e-mails and cell phone calls and fix our election system to end the corruption of money, then maybe we can begin to lecture other countries about "human...

is why can't one buy wine or beer in grocery stores? You can buy all sorts of alcohol in grocery stores in Milwaukee County 24-7 (though not in St. Croix County for some reason).

The Sunday ban on alcohol sales is naked economic protectionism, similar to minimum resale price laws. I can understand why it exists. I don't understand why the right wingers support it. But then again, who said the right wing had any principles?

Posted on 03/06/14 at 02:29 pm in response to Nolan, Peterson back GOP bill to delay the individual mandate

The Affordable Care Act and its Minnesota version, MNSURE will help many, many people obtain affordable health insurance. But it's not news that those individuals had no trouble finding plans that worked for them.

The ACA is in my mind only a step toward a complete single payer system or universal health care. But it's at least step in the right direction. I hope before this election year is done we'll hear from the Democratic candidates about this fact and how much the Republican...

Posted on 03/04/14 at 10:16 am in response to U.S.-Pacific grand vision could greatly affect Minnesota trade

another multinational corporate friendly treaty like NAFTA or GATT because these have worked so well for the American people and employment? These treaties are supposedly based on "free trade". Not. They are about disabling democratic institutions to solidify more economic and political power in the financial elites who profit from them.

Posted on 02/28/14 at 08:39 pm in response to Best Picture of a loser: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

I haven't seen "Inside" yet but it sounds to me like a worthwhile film. The Coens have revealed in their films that they have a deeper understanding of the culture than most of the rest of Hollywood. This film sounds to me like a variation on "Death of a Salesman" but rather than being about people who continue even after their dreams have failed, it's about the people who continue to strive for their dreams in spite of the world's rejection of their vision.