About Systemic Disorder

Economics is often presented as “too complicated” for regular folks to understand and politics is often presented in a too simplistic style — two ways for the people who benefit from the world as it is to keep the world as it is. Systemic Disorder, usually on Wednesdays, will present essays on the ongoing economic crisis of capitalism, the political and ideological disinformation that holds the global system in place, thoughts on the creation of a better world and the occasional book review.

Systemic Disorder is written by Pete Dolack, an activist, writer, poet and photographer. My degree is in journalism, so if I can understand economics, so can you. I am the author of the forthcoming book It’s Not Over: Lessons from the Socialist Experiment, a study of some of the attempts organized to create societies on a basis other than capitalism with an eye toward an understanding of today’s world and finding a path to a better world tomorrow. Email: eastwaterfront@yahoo.com.

10 comments on “About Systemic Disorder

  1. Su Polo says:

    Thanks Pete for setting up this blog. It is enormously helpful to read and gain a better understanding of this difficult subject. Congratulations on this great writing and offering your wise mind to the public.

  2. Ray Korona says:

    For many years, people could rely on several learned individuals for thoughtful, researched in-depth analysis of major political and economic issues impacting their lives. These were people who invested hours upon hours of work to study such matters and try to put the pieces together in ways that made sense. Moreover, they were people who were willing to travel extensively and give what little spare time they may have had to write, speak, appear on panels and offer well reasoned answers to whatever questions were thrown at them. Professor Noam Chomsky comes to mind as one of the very few left of such seasoned “scholarly based activists.” After reading your first two blog posts, I am feeling both encouraged and relieved to know that this essential tradition continues in good health. Thank you for stepping up to the plate, or at least the cyber microphone. As Neil Young wrote in a song: Long may you run!

  3. ethan young says:

    I’m posting this to brechtforum/economywatch.org.

  4. I don’t know how to thank you for this blog without using stupid words like “awesome” and “great”. The writing is quite accessible. The ideas are powerful. I post almost everything you send to my blog, DemocracyWeb.com

  5. Jeff Nguyen says:

    Man, I had no idea your name was Pete. I really should read people’s About pages more often. Damn good to know you, man.

  6. td0s says:

    I linked your blog to mine, prayforcalamity.com

    In your essay “Opening Our Eyes to the Origins of Capitalism,” you mention Spain using the silver it stole from the indigenous of South America being used to finance the Crusades. Is this an error? The crusades ended by the fifteenth century, pre-columbus, no?

  7. ErnieM says:

    Great blog. Sign me up to be notified when your book is out–will definitely buy.

  8. Gary Murphy says:

    Thanks for this, Pete, it came at the right time. In addition to working on my testimony for a hearing on the VT bill on Tues., I have been working on my presentation at my town meeting for the article that would direct the legislature to create a state bank in VT. I had intended to send it to petition organizers in other towns in case it might help them but you have done the bulk of my work in this blog.

  9. Steve says:

    Since I didn’t want to take up space on the comments section of your last piece, thought I would put the following here. You can put it where you consider it appropriate and edit as you see fit. And since this is the more personal side of things, I’ll add my admiration for all the work you have done. Am sending your address around. Great clarity in a cacophonous world.

    I’ll admit it. I watched the teevee this evening. It was a program called “Ce Soir ou Jamais”, a weekly panel discussion centered around a broad question which tonight was: Is France Afraid of Progress? The panel consisted of a range of competencies which included journalism, biology, history, philosophy, fiction, economy, sociology from all political tendencies, all ages.

    The highlight of the program was the observation by the biologist that our very biological nature was being somehow neutralized by the linear scientific conception of Progress; that differences, the very idea of “different” was being slowly effaced from the entire idea of progress; that it was these very differences, and our adaptation to them, that marked so much of our progress, and that so many of our technological advances, our “scientism” as he put it, were confining us to a sectarian, inside the box view of progress.

    And I thought to myself, “That’s it!” That’s why I so enjoyed driving with my parents from Michigan to Florida back in the 50s, before I-75, seeing not only the varied countryside, but hearing the different accents and music on the radio, eating the different foods, meeting different people. And that was why I wanted to travel to Europe later on. To experience even greater differences.

    Which is why I believe that had not the US interfered in post-war Europe, we might have seen a very different Europe emerge from that horror. Not the EU we know today, but a collection of sovereign states that had decided to co-exist, each with its own identity, strengths, weaknesses, cuisine, language, literature, and so on.

    The psycho-monetary capture and manipulation of the European elites (as well as other, more brutal means) certainly put an end to their experiments with communism and, to a longer term degree, socialism, as you rightly point out. I was working in Greece in the 70s.

    And to put the biologist’s idea into more concrete terms, back in the 60s and 70s, one could travel almost anywhere if one really wanted. Friends of mine drove from Marseille to Kabul and back in a couple of old 2CVs. I motorcycled throughout North Africa without any real concerns at all. Try doing that today.

    Sure, I can traverse multiple borders in Europe without having to show a passport, but what do I see on the other side of the frontier? More and more of the same. Or fewer and fewer differences. Take your pick.

  10. Elizabeth Shaw [Mcgreal] says:

    Good work Mr. Dolack. Herb Jackson would be proud.

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