Towards Better Democracy

Good words, well written, better the world. Good literature betters the world immeasurably.

To those of you who have adopted to follow my presence on Artfinder a note of thanks


To those of you who have adopted to follow my presence on Artfinder a note of thanks.

This seems to me to be an appropriate medium to express my thanks to you. You come from a wide variety of countries and your presence has me feel that I am part of a wider community of artists.

The response to my work so recently mounted and still going up on Artfinder, is encouraging.

Those of  you who are followers of this blog who are reading this will have noticed that my graphic art work has in recent times been noted as being available at Saatchi Art and or Artfinder. Hence this post.

Again thank you.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 13 March, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Current Events, history, Media, Memoir, poetry, politics, songs, stories

To Visitors and Followers of Towards a Better Democracy: an appreciation


To Visitors and Followers of Towards a Better Democracy: an appreciation

At frequent intervals I reach out to those of you who visit the site and those of you who have generously adopted to follow the blog to tell you how much I appreciate you.

To share has meaning to me. It is simply part of my nature and that I have this blog and that you visit and follow it allows me to share with you my interests and predilitions.

I seldom comment since I think the site and its content speaks for itself. But I will take this opportunity to note with satisfaction as I reach through the tiny corners of the content of Youtube to discover new music the extent of the interest in this music.

To be part of such a community is quite something. And to be one of those creating it …

I do not pander to popular taste. That there are others who share my interests is gratifying. After all,  one does live on one’s own in this world. And spouses and friends can hardly be expected to like or admire what we do.

Thank you.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 13 March, 2017

 

 

 

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The back story: Trump Shuttle


The back story: Trump Shuttle

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 9 March, 2017

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We take more and give less: How self-employed backlash could decimate the Tory majority at a future election


We take more and give less: How self-employed backlash could decimate the Tory majority at a future election

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 9 March, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Current Events, history, Media, poetry, politics, songs, stories

Is this a volcano or just a fire: Donald Trump campaign spoke with Russian ambassador about closer cooperation five months before election


Donald Trump campaign spoke with Russian ambassador about closer cooperation five months before election

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 8 March, 2017

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In the US under the present White House incumbent is like living in a house where the children are in charge: Senate Republicans are worried Donald Trump is mentally ill


In the US under the present White House incumbent is like living in a house where the children are in charge: Senate Republicans are worried Donald Trump is mentally ill

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 14 February, 2017

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does it


does-it does it

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 10 February, 2017

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Трагедия, которая является Россия: The tragedy that is Russia


Трагедия, которая является Россия

Это большое распространение земли, как это происходит, в восточной части
Европа и большая часть Северной Азии и аксессуаров
все же, не принадлежащие к одному или другому.

Для того, чтобы быть перешли от крестьян непосредственно 20 век.
приверженцы экономической политики политики диктуются сверху
Это не растут органически из из земли.

Эта тоска, которая охватывает их до сих пор и всегда имеет
Темный мир, в котором они жили и живут до сих пор. Нет
Реформация, ни Ренессанс, не следуя за ходом истории.

Но резкое Отрыв со своим прошлым, и все же не смог оставить его позади
Он живет с ними до сих пор их навязчивый. Нет объединяющим национализм
Какими бы ни были беды. Ведь что такое Россия, кто мы? Россияне?

Троцкий, Ленин, Сталин: рабы к идеалам европейский еврей. не русских.
Троцкий Лев Давидович Бронштейн. Ленин: калмык, Чувашская, немецкий, шведский, еврей. Иосеб Besarionis Дзе Джугашвили грузин. Идолопоклонники все. Океан крови на нашей любимой земле.

Советы? Нет, мы никогда не были. Прожив под всегда диктаторов
Никогда не имея известную демократию, владеющий собственной жизнью. Свобода, какая
Является ли это, что мы никогда не знали. Для того, чтобы нести ответственность за нашу собственную судьбу.

Тем не менее, мы любим нашу страну, однако он был, независимо от прогресс,
Мы приняли велениям наших лидеров, какими бы то ни перебоев
Мы знали, что это. Тем не менее, мы никогда не была колонизирована, покорили.

Где теперь, как лицо будущего с еще одним диктатором? никогда не Должны ли мы
Чтобы узнать свободу вести нашу жизнь, как наши двоюродные братья делают на Западе?
И все же в этой темной земле, которую мы любим нашу страну и до последних русских.

The tragedy that is Russia

This great land spreading as it does across both the Eastern part of
Europe and the greater part of Northern Asia belonging and
Yet not belonging to one or the other.

To have moved from being peasants directly into the 20 th
Century wedded to an economic policy dictated from above
That did not grow organically from out of the land.

That melancholy which embraces them still and always has
The dark world in which they have lived and live still. No
Reformation, no Renaissance, no following the course of history.

But an abrupt severing with their past and yet unable to leave it behind
It lives with them still haunting them. No unifying nationalism
Whatever its ills. After all, what is Russia, who are we Russians?

Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin: slaves to the ideals of a European Jew not Russian.
Trotsky: Lev Davidovich Bronstein, a Jew; Lenin: Kalmyk, Chuvashi, German,
Swedish, Jew; Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, a Georgian.
Idolators all. An ocean of blood spilt on Russian soil.

Soviet? No we were never that. Having lived always under dictators
Never having known democracy, owning our own lives. Freedom, what
Is that that we never have known. To be in charge of our own destiny.

And yes we love our country however it has been, whatever course
It has taken at the behest of our leaders, whatever disruptions
We have known. Nor have we ever been colonized, conquered.

Where now as face the future with one more dictator? Are we never
To know the freedom to lead our lives as our cousins do in the West?
And yet in this dark land we love our country and are to the last Russians

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 23 January, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Current Events, history, Media, Memoir, poetry, politics, songs, stories

The economy under Trump: Plan for the worst


The economy under Trump: Plan for the worst

What Trump has the ability, and shows that he will, damage the economy, and not just that of the US. He is making enemies fast.

He so far has attacked Carrier (1), Boeing (2), Lockheed (3), Ford (4), Toyota (5), BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes (6), most of whom suffered immediate drops in their share price.

Should he put the wall up between Mexico and the US that alone will affect the economy since the US is so reliant on Hispanic labour. And remittances back to their home countries.

And all this before he has taken office.

He has upset blacks, women, Muslims, foreign leaders, and most damaging for him, the intelligence community in the US. He has attacked NATO, China and is cosying up to Russia whose policies hardly align with those of the US. He has at present count 26 people who refuse to attend his inauguration alongside all those performers who refuse to perform for him. A leader within the US intelligence told him to keep his mouth shut. He hasn’t, he won’t.

Just because a number of disgruntled people voted for him does not make him legitimate as a prospective leader. After all, a number of people voted for Britain to leave Europe. That does not make that course of action right or profitable.

How long will it be before people wake up to just what a danger he poses and how destructive he will be? But just because people’s pockets are hurt does not remove presidents. Politics does.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 16 January, 2017

(1)  Trump unleashes tweet on Carrier union boss who blasted him. Trump attacks Carrier union boss

(2)  Trump slams Boeing deal for new Air Force One  Company Trump attacked announces it will lay off workers

(3)   Trump’s tweet about Lockheed-Martin cuts $4bn in value as share prices fall

(4)   Trump Attacks Ford Motor for Outsourcing Car Production to Mexico  What President Trump Means for American Automakers

(5)  Trump hits Toyota in latest broadside against carmakers and Mexico  Toyota Stock Dip After Trump Tweet on Planned Mexico Plant

(6)  Trump comments hit shares in German carmakers

 

 

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“It is a multinational state, like the former Yugoslavia or the Austro-Hungarian empire.” How can Britain exit the EU? As a nation state Britain doesn’t really exist


“It is a multinational state, like the former Yugoslavia or the Austro-Hungarian empire.” How can Britain exit the EU? As a nation state Britain doesn’t really exist

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 13 January, 2017

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