Barack Obama does not live by his own admonitions -- to be his brother's keeper. His own half-brother lives in squalor in a hovel in Nairobi, Kenya. Senator Obama does nothing to help the 26-year-old man, who lives a dissolute life, where his health and welfare are seriously threatened every day.
John McCain appears to be a far more devoted neocon than George W. Bush ever was. Could this be what uber-neocons like William Kristol (or McCain himself) mean when they refer to McCain as a "maverick"?
As foreign policy analyst Mark Engler notes in his new book How to Rule the World, declining returns on traditional investments in manufacturing and industry since the 1970s go a long way toward explaining today's highly speculative economy.
Financial markets are not described here as anonymous zones of self-regulation but as instruments of private actors enforcing their own buisness interests on state institutions. Structural deficits cause the crises, e.g. massive liquidity withheld from consumers.