I know, the tone and the style make it seem like some wacky conspiratorial paranoia, but as much as anything that is because we are not used to either the truth or to systematic economic and political analysis. Ask yourself this: how does inflation happen without a conspiracy? Once you get that basic point I think it’s time to move over to Democracy Now and listen or watch Noam Chomsky’s talk about U.S. policy in Central America. Chomsky, believe it or not, sounds relatively hopeful for the future of our southern neighbors. Look for the January 1, 2007 show.
About Ray Watkins
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com