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07:00 PM on 11/04/2008
my god!! what a well-written piece!!!!!!!!!!
06:29 PM on 11/04/2008
Hey John,
War, Inc. was brilliant; though I think that a lot of the irony went right over the average American head. Funny how all those corporations were happy to let you skewer them via product placement.

Commenter "GoldRush" says that you "don't understand capitalism," and goes on to blame FDR's New Deal policies for the longevity of the Great Depression. This shows us that, despite the current and complete discrediting of that wholly bankrupt laissez faire ideology which has been driving our country into the toilet, it will always have its blind devotees.

Keep up the good work!
10:22 AM on 11/07/2008
Goldrush is not lost yet. It will just take time for him to come through if the inherent cynicism that feeds the society have no more way to be listened.
There are those who always manage to win through words. Times have come to win trough actions, and I hope he'll be finally part of it, past the first emotion greed.
06:26 PM on 11/04/2008
John- Loved your post and definitley love your acting!!!! YOU are an outstanding writer.

GE - San Diego, CA.
06:06 PM on 11/04/2008
John, I always sensed you believed it when you - as Say Anything's Lloyd Dobbler - said, "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that. "

You have not bought it, my friend and for this I say, THANK YOU! What a smart, thoughtful post, so refreshing and so needed. Whatever you chose to do as you continue your working life, do it with this kind of passion.
10:27 AM on 11/07/2008

spreading it and blogging about any angle of it (Cusack's post have succeeded to combine historical and descriptive viewpoint to a compelling invite to take hands on) may be a way to give it a streamed life.
05:31 PM on 11/04/2008
John, you're still my favorite actor but you, like a lot of people, don't understand capitalism.

Our government controls the money supply. They print and print and print, giving the money to their buddies and inflating the middle class out of existence. This is not capitalism, this is corporatism.

Big business feeds at the trough of big government. The smaller you make government, the less food there is for the CEO's to fatten themselves with.

George Bush was a horror. He spent wildly, regulated the private sector more than any president, and attempted his own experiment in nation building. Kind of sounds like a liberal to me.

Neither McCain nor Obama will fix this country because they have risen to prominence within the corrupt power structure. $600 million for a presidential campaign and we're expected to believe he's different?

You're Rooseveltian ideology is exactly what prolonged the Great Depression. I believe in 1934 Rooselvelt deliberately inflated the money supply for his benefit, so that government could have more to hand out and everybody else's wealth was then worth less.

You can't fix the problems without changing the monetary policy in this country. We need to get back to a gold standard and true capitalism.
06:14 PM on 11/04/2008
The Fed controls the money supply, and they are basically a private bank.

If I remember correctly, the Federal Reserve Act was born basically out of a secret meeting with all of the bankers in America to privatize the money system.

Don't we pay interest on the money we borrow from them? Isn't that basically theft?

We can print the money ourselves anyway, the Constitution is very clear about it.
07:36 PM on 11/04/2008
The Federal Reserve is not a part of the government. They are a private entity. And for every dollar printed up, a certain percentage of interest is owed to the FR.
So as soon as new money is printed up, we go into debt.
05:14 PM on 11/04/2008
John, I'm breathless. This is a spectacular clarion call to change, to a new social contract and way of governance.

You're in the wrong line of work, pal. The NYT ought to make you a columnist (after it boots Kristol).
10:37 AM on 11/07/2008
John is certainly better at what he does the best, and his post may be regarded as his linking to reality as every citizen should and have to do.
I disagree when you say he'd be a NY Times columnist (even if I love this paper). He's better suited here at Huffington Post, a place where scrutinity have taken roots.
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05:09 PM on 11/04/2008
Long live John Cusack. Please enter politics. The dazzlingly honest Dennis Kucinich needs some backup.
05:04 PM on 11/04/2008
John, I always knew there was a reason I worship and adore you! Thank you for being the voice of reason. With all my love and deepest respect, Wendee
04:56 PM on 11/04/2008
.: Brilliant post, John. At this time, I wish I was an American (am in Canada) so I could cast my vote accordingly for Obama. You remain my favorite actor, and it has nothing to do with us sharing the same birthday (28 June). I agree with jimijames - your post felt a little Olbermannesque, but justifiably so, I believe. Outrage is what we need. You summed up what has gone wrong in the past eight years in a cogent and very readable style.

I love the concept of the currency (or economics) of grace. Its definition or mandate could be extended to include the currency of respect and dignity. We can only hope and pray that today is the beginning of the revolution to move in that direction permanently.
04:52 PM on 11/04/2008
Excellent John, good article.
power to the peons!
04:49 PM on 11/04/2008
Neoconservatives will lie in the weeds and gather forces, the same players in a revolving door.

Ah yes, you hit the nail on the head -- Palin has already begun campaigning for HER presidential run in 2012; and we must also make note of the information that even 'Joe the Plumber' has decided to make a run for Congress. My question is: will he run in Arizona were he owes something close to 1k for past due fines, or will he choose to run in Ohio where he owes 1200 in back taxes?

What I don't understand is how ignorant and selfish a large portion of this country appears to be for even considering voting for McCain. But I really didn't see how anyone would willingly vote for Bush in 2004, and that is what really scares me -- we have an entire country of people who get their rocks off watching such intellectually challenging shows as 'Survivor' and 'Big Brother' -- these are the shows the Bush/McCain fanatics can't get enough of. Sadly, the people who have read and will read your thought-provoking and insightful article are the people who go see your movies, and rarely watch television as there is very little worth watching; ergo, you are preaching to the choir.
10:43 AM on 11/07/2008
are you kidding or really 'Joe the Plumber' is going into politics? Any party who will give this guy a nomination will be regarded as not serious. I'll scour the web to find out more.

Really funny.
04:44 PM on 11/04/2008
Stop bandying the term "socialist" about. Enough already.
Progressive and liberal, just like Jesus Christ.
05:19 PM on 11/04/2008
I really wish there was a broad effort to clarify the types of socialism. Our police and fire services are socialized: Democratic socialism. But most Americans associate the word with communism. So whenever the term is dropped, the first thought is "Soviet socialism."

The bible pleads for socialism: "Sell all you have and feed the poor." But American religion has turned the message into something unrecognizable (playing loosely with scriptural interpretation): "Send me your money and god will bless you with more money."

Bush won because of god, gays and guns (and tons of election shenanigans). Even as feeble-minded people are facing home foreclosure, their pastor and local Republicans are able to scare them into thinking that two married queers will destroy the fabric of their family. They're so scared of a Black President that they'll run into the arms of anyone.
04:37 PM on 11/04/2008
"When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir." Thomas Paine, Common Sense
I think, Mr. Cusack, if you have not read Thomas Paine in depth (your writing would suggest that you have) that you would enjoy him very much.
Thank you for your work, both here, at home, and on the screen.
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04:24 PM on 11/04/2008
Beautifully written. I love John Cusack!
04:16 PM on 11/04/2008
Great article. Well done John.