Despite the Taliban's record of rapaciousness
, it is hard for the Pakistani military establishment, trained to view India as its mortal enemy and inculcated with an Islamist mind-set during the military dictatorship of the 1980s, to accept Muslim insurgents as adversaries.
As I was saying last Sunday, this sickening rapaciousness
has to end and end soon.
The continual war frenzy fed by this failure ultimately thrust a pirate island nation, England, to the forefront and established a culture of aggressive rapaciousness
that would lead to many conquests, and provide the lands and labour and coerced foreign "markets" that underwrote capitalist "development.
The pace of change, the degradation of the environment, economic dislocation and corporate rapaciousness
are all magnified for the poor.
Both the pretensions of green activists and the rapaciousness
of agribiz greedheads are mercilessly lampooned.
The neoliberal policies and practices that have swept the globe ever more increasingly in recent years has, as one of its major components, the reliance on women as: secondary and temporary laborers; as fodder for the sex industries which neoliberal capitalist practice relies heavily upon to feed the rapaciousness
of male workers, male militia, and male tourists; and neoliberalism also relies heavily upon the socialized docility of women and girls.
While this mode of proprietorship enabled centralisation regardless of the territorial extend of the state, it produced great uncertainty, rapaciousness
, arbitrariness, and apathy.
Big business is the same beast it's ever been, for good or ill; it's just that the language in which it clothes its rapaciousness
has become so much more annoying.
Even a neo-Darwinian commentator like Matt Ridley, who argues that the biological selfishness of individual genes can still actually foster cooperative and even altruistic behavior in the right social environment, must concede that to shape our social environment in ways that will elicit congenial behaviors while also suppressing certain genetically-programmed traits of brutality, greed, and rapaciousness
, social engineers must deliberately propagate untruth.
Organized efforts to slow the frantic pace of modern life have become more in vogue in recent years, from the so-called simplicity movement--a Thoreauian backlash against consumer rapaciousness
and environmental waste--to the Italian-born Slow Food movement, which promotes everything from ecologically friendly food production to meaningful dinner conversation.
In recent years he has mellowed those criticisms while his condemnations of the rapaciousness
of global capitalism and the damage it does to the poor of the planet have become louder and more frequent.
While the spirited monologues presented by the shepherds prepare the audience for the condemnation of corrupt elements of the clergy and aristocracy, it is the contrast between the good shepherds and larcenous Mak that establishes the principal parody of the clergy's and aristocracy's rapaciousness
, a parody that in turn offers yet another contrast with the good shepherd that appears at play's end as Christ is born in Bethlehem.