Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Obama's Shithole Countries

For the umpteenth time indignation soars to record highs over mundane remarks by the Baboon-In-Chief at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Donald's reference to Haiti as a "shit-hole" country has liberals reaching for the smelling salts yet again.

Surely Barack Obama (the first "clean" African American presidential candidate according to Joe Biden) never stooped so low. But of course he did. Our first African American president appointed Larry Summers to his economic team, a man who had openly argued for maximizing the dumping of toxic waste in Africa. In the infamous "Toxic Memo" that was leaked to the Economist, Summers wrote (when he was the World Bank's Chief Economist and Vice-President for Development Economics) to his colleagues that the World Bank should be encouraging more migration of "dirty industries" to Less Developed Countries, which is the prevailing euphemism for highly exploited regions of the world. Summers argued, sensibly enough, that African countries were "vastly underpolluted." Since cancer-causing agents have greater economic impact where people survive to old age than they do where infant mortality rates are twenty percent, Summers argued that it was only reasonable to encourage "dirty industries" to migrate to the Third World where premature death means less foregone earnings and lost productivity. "The economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that," he said nonchalantly.

Folks, this is the very definition of "shit-hole country" and Donald Trump is merely stating openly what all of official Washington knows and agrees with. In a rigged economy where the winners specialize in winning and the losers in losing there is no alternative to dumping toxic garbage on "shit-hole countries." Do we really think that the owners of the private economy - permanently awash in gluttonous excess -  are going to dump toxic waste on themselves? 

We can't seriously be surprised at any of this, or at the fact that the World Bank, Agency for International Development, and the International Monetary Fund once regarded sex tourism as a development strategy for the Third World. What else would their rich patrons propose - that the Third World become powerful and independent and compete with the developed world for profits and market share?  Sure.

We would do well to recall what development theorist Susan George of the Transnational Institute said in response to Larry Summers' infamous remarks: "Mr. Summers is a perfect example of what the Bank thinks and is, except that the PR staff usually manages to hide the reality. It's been a long time since we've had such an unreconstructed and frank free-marketer and I say, keep him talking."

Indeed. Many thanks to Donald Trump for openly championing the disgusting values upon which capitalism has always been based. May he never shut up. 

Sources:

Susan George and Fabrizio Sabelli, "Faith and Credit - The World Bank's Secular Empire," (Penguin, 1994)
Noam Chomsky, "Year 501," (South End, 1993)

The Latest National Scandal According To Central Consciousness Control



Trump's shithead opposition attempting to make another case for his impeachment by alleging

shithole language while the american  national shithouse continues smelling up the planet and

threatening to smother the entire population.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Critic of Capitalism: Martin Luther King

The anti-capitalist quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. you’re least likely to hear on his day.



When he was assassinated King was planning a Poor People’s March on Washington. He advocated a universal basic income that would raise everyone — all of the poor, not only blacks but poor whites as well — to middle-class level. And this was in the late 1960s, when the (mostly white) American middle class was at its high point, and the rich were taxed at 70 percent. 

 “We have come a long way in our understanding of human motivation and of the blind operation of our economic system. Now we realize that dislocations in the market operation of our economy and the prevalence of discrimination thrust people into idleness and bind them in constant or frequent unemployment against their will. The poor are too often dismissed from our conscience today by being branded as inferior and incompetent.”


 

 

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, let’s look at some of the things he said challenging  capitalism and the social order which  are left out of most history books.

“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness.” – Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952.

“In a sense, you could say we’re involved in the class struggle.” –Quote to New York Times reporter, José Igelsias, 1968.

“And one day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth.’ When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society…” –Speech to Southern Christian Leadership Conference Atlanta, Georgia, August 16, 1967.

 “Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.” – Speech to the Negro American Labor Council, 1961.

“We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power… this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order.”- Report to SCLC Staff, May 1967.

“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.” –Speech to SCLC  Board, March 30, 1967.

“…The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.” – Where do We Go from Here?, 1967.

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism.” – Speech to his staff, 1966.



If he had only been critical of racism, he might still be with us. Maybe even as president if not a member of the House Negro Caucus. As soon as he began to openly criticize not only the Viet Nam war, but  the entire social system of war and racism - capitalism - his life was in danger and ultimately taken.
















Critic of Capitalism 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Presidential Bulletins From The Garlic

Liberal Billionaires Back Oprah Winfrey For President

Conservative Billionaires Urge Charles Barkley Oppose Winfrey

Silicon Valley Billionaires Suggest Monica Lewinsky For President

Fundamentalist Fanatic Billionaires Urge Ayn Rand Posthumous Run for Empress Of Universe

Millionaires Demand Radical Change and Support Honey Boo Boo

American Majority Collectively Vomits In Effort To Drown Oligarchs, Then Threatens Establishing Democracy

Dow Jones Falls To - 40 Gazillion



Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Garlic: Bulletins from America's Intellectual Toilet

Trump claims his button much bigger then North Korean leader’s button

North Korean leader urges Trump shove his button where the sun don’t shine

Trump baffled, asks Netanyoohoo for help

Trump critics charge him with sexual abuse, child molesting, spying for Russia and desecrating American values of honesty, integrity and mass murder. Call for his impeachment

Trump claims his critics have brains the size of buttons, challenges them to a button waving contest on white house lawn

Netanyoohoo demands all buttons must be circumcised before public display

Trump claims his brains bigger than those of his critics

Science claims Trump and his critics need brain scans, recommend immediate visits to proctologists

Mass Corporate and entrepreneurial anti-social media continue obsession with size of buttons, brains, foreskin and are accused of racist sexist gender-phobic egotistical hate crimes by grad school butt scratching nose pickers identity group.


Market booms, unemployment down, drug use up, faith community depressed, time to invest in drugs and get out of religion

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Beginning Of The End Of American Empire


“If something can’t go on forever, it won’t.”
– Herb Stein, chief economic advisor to US President Richard Nixon

Titanic Sinks While Crew Grumbles About Evil Captain

If Trump had been elected back in the 1970s, at the opening phase of Capital’s attack on social democracy and return to fundamentalist market forces, the ruling powers and their media might have been compelled to reveal much of what they are now blaming on this rich, arrogant, egomaniacal ass, obviously over qualified for the job of president. But what they most feared about his bull in a china shop honesty and ignorance of the usual political protocol, is both moving closer to totally revealing the lie of master race dominated globalization while offering unconscious help to forces of global democracy that will end the tyrannical control exercised by the western world – most especially the USA and Israel – over conditions not only hindering humanity’s advance, but threatening its demise.

While Psychocratic Party babblers hysterically screech about Trump’s lack of sanity and proper diplomatic language of lies, the bumbling oaf reveals the true nature of empire and scares the hell out of imperialists who have been shielded by their servant class for so long much of the population has come to accept if not believe their fairy tales and deceits as gospel truth. This has led to further and faster breakdowns in morality and intellect, especially among those who consider themselves an educated elite.

The growth of liberal fascism can seem an over statement, but when reactionary free market fanatics and racist foreign policy felons begin to sound thoughtful by comparison to what often passes for progressive political voices in America, it is no laughing matter. Although, to maintain a semblance of sanity in order to proceed into a future offering true hope for the human race, you must be able to at least giggle when things get close to stark raving lunacy. Such as when supposedly educated thinkers accept grade school gibberish about evil Russians “meddling” in our democracy and causing presidential elections to be won or lost based on their circumventing the billions of dollars spent by the rich in controlling the process marketed as our great democracy. You know, the one in which the overwhelming majority of the electorate voted for neither the deplorable nor the despicable parties of the rich. We laugh or we succumb to the mental health crisis center atmosphere of a nation spending hundreds of billions on its wars, tens of billions on its pets, while hundreds of thousands of its people live in the street and more than 20% of its children live in poverty. Social brain death has many of us smilingly call that democracy while ringing up our therapists for extra visits because Trump so upsets our shopping pleasures with his racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, wealth and other aberrations which never existed until this rich, arrogant putz moved into the Great White House of American Hypocrisy. You can’t make this stuff up, but some folks with graduate degrees in lemonade stand economics and day care center politics seem to not only swallow, but also digest it.

For many years liberal democratic hired serfs of the Israeli lobby have urged legislation to make Jerusalem the capital of the invaded state formerly known as Palestine, but when Trump blatantly takes the action that they knew would possibly be disastrous some of them add this to his list of allegedly impeachable crimes. Once again, the political putz does exactly what the corrupt system’s agents have been paying lip service to and scares the hell out of all the hustlers and pimps in D.C. whose careers are based on doing exactly what their private employers pay them for while saying the opposite to the public. That’s why we’ve had a generation of twisted political language speaking of a peace process in Israel which has guaranteed further slaughter of Palestinians along with occasional innocent Israelis suffering in the way innocent Americans are slain by terrorists getting even for what we have done to their people. The difference between good, honest, democratic, peace loving mass murderers and awful terrorists is while the professional nationalists produce, sell, buy or lease their weapons of mass destruction, the terrorists have to hijack or purchase them on a black market actually run by the same nationalist murderers. Neat? Make you wonder as you pray for peace at your church, mission, synagogue, ashram or coven? Don’t worry, be happy, buy something, feed your pet and impeach Trump. Feel better now? If not, call your therapist and get more drugs. But wait. The private profit control of what passes for health care has raised the price on both. OMG! Actually, calling the market racket that puts money into the private insurers pocket before any commission passes to the doctors, nurses, pulse readers and bed pan carriers “heath care” is like referring to sex workers and their pimps as purveyors of “love care”. But some will continue worshipping the past president for his massive suck-up to private insurance profiteers that brought some into the market but only at cost to others living far below the dollar standards of our minority rich. And that is the only way good life is enjoyed by some of us; at the expense of worse lives, and growing far worse by the day, suffered by others.

Democratic equality in the sharing of society’s wealth by those who create it and not have it squandered by a tiny group of individuals who do nothing but profit from that social labor by having some of their wealth trickle down to their professional class servants? Welcome to the marketplace values of private profit before any public consideration. China, Russia, Iran and all the other nations portrayed as villains and enemies by our mind managers and consciousness controllers may well be humanity’s best friends as they aid in highlighting the lies of war dominators who pass themselves off as peace procurers. A pimp is a pimp, by any other name. In Trump, America has placed in power the biggest, loudest, most honest and straightforward pimp in our history. Those who can afford, however briefly, to pay for therapy and drugs to make their lives seemingly brighter are shrinking in number while those who suffer the unprotected horrors of market forces that bludgeon, starve and murder with greater frequency have no such luxuries and need radical change not just to save self but to save the race. Humanity, not just one or another artificial creation of rulers who need social division to perpetuate their individual wealth and power. The ship of state and the world itself are in terrible shape but the lunkhead captain absorbing blame for what the global ownership class has created may help wake enough of the world to reality to bring about the radical change necessary for salvation. Happy New Year? Let’s hope so.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Modest Proposal In Response To a "Dangerous Faggot"


Milo Yiannopoulos is not the man you've been told he is. He favors regulating Twitter as a public utility (he's been banned for life), is not a leader of the alt-right, isn't racist (he's sympathetic to reparations), and is a Jewish rather than white nationalist. In short, if he's any kind of "fascist," it's of the Jewish supremacist variety that enjoys the longstanding and nearly unanimous support of political Washington. How did such a man become the scourge of the establishment?

Easy. He said that a grown man having sex with a 13-year-old wasn't pedophilia, adding that in his case it improved his fellatio skills immensely, for which he is eternally grateful. Naturally, such comments could not be received sensibly in the anally retentive USA, so the media predictably went nuts on the assumption that Yiannopoulos was justifying child molestation. He wasn't. He was merely trying to make points about terminology and the importance of not getting hysterical. The men Milo had sex with at 13 were hebephiles. Pedophilia is sex with children that have not gone through puberty yet. For the record, he’s against pedophilia and does not favor a change in the age of consent laws.

Ever eager to goose liberal sacred cows, free speech figures prominently in Yiannopoulos's political crusading, and he's particularly disgusted by the perpetually aggrieved proponents of identity politics, who seem intent on reducing university study to a four-year therapy session, and hardly a First Amendment friendly one at that. For these boundlessly fragile "snowflakes," trigger warnings must precede any presentation of controversial material, which these days can mean anything from rape to failure to use the proper gender pronouns in referring to an ever-lengthening list of sexual identities. Safe spaces are also mandatory, so students can feel confident they will not be exposed to anything fundamentally upsetting, especially ideas that "invalidate" the experience of "marginalized" groups. Such heresies must be condemned as "microaggressions" and rooted out.

That such ideas are flatly incompatible with the entire point of university gives Yiannopoulos his opportunity to be wildly popular for taking an easy position. 

“I’d prefer a world with no identity politics," he says, and that "we judged people according to reason, logic and evidence." Dreamy! Reason, of course, suggests that "if you are going to divide everyone up, you have to accept that straight white men are going to want their own special party too." Enter Donald Trump, whose election Yiannopoulos enthusiastically endorsed (he calls him "Daddy").

An improbable Mario Savio of the right, Yiannopoulos is firm in his determination that free speech must win out over every kind of political dogma.  “People like Charles Murray (author of The Bell Curve) deserve to have their voices heard, and my divinely appointed job is to toughen up these (college) kids so they can properly engage in the big debates." Fair enough, and one can only hope there are no special exceptions, as Yiannopoulos insists there aren't: “My support of dangerous memes holds," he says, "even if your desire to explode polite taboos includes taking aim at the Holocaust." Unfortunately, he embraces open-mindedness more for its entertainment value than its educational effects: “I understand why so many young people find jokes about the Second World War attractive: they drive establishment types, especially conservatives, absolutely crackers. And I will defend to the death their right to tweet jokes about gas ovens, no matter how badly their words may burn.”

But why waste time on cheap jokes? Let's get Yiannapoulos in touch with the Committee For Open Debate on the Holocaust, which has long tried to simply raise questions about the canonical Holocaust (like why there is no forensic evidence of mass homicidal gas chambers), earning not a fair hearing but near universal condemnation and persecution. With a little backbone, Yiannapoulos's campus hecklers should be able to beat him at his own game. Why the taboo on questioning the existence of homicidal gas chambers?

Perhaps because the presumed existence of mass homicidal gas chambers makes Jews a special class of victims. For all his criticism of competitive victimhood, Yiannapoulos can't resist special pleading when the topic is Jews:  “I happen to disagree, strongly, that anti-Semitism is just like racism or sexism," he says.  Jews represent "a unique case" because of "a particularly virulent history of bigotry against Jews." For as long as there have been Jews, "it has always been dangerous to be one, somewhere in the world." Aside from the frankly prejudicial stance itself, Yiannopoulos neglects to note that the most dangerous place in the world to be a Jew these days is Israel, which was created as the place Jews go to be safe. In other words, the solution to the anti-Semitism problem has created more violent hostility towards Jews than at any time since the Nazi era, and this, not because increasing numbers of people hate Jews for who they are, but because they can't stand the Jewish state for what it does. Special case, indeed.

But rather than focus on this, Yiannopoulos prefers to bait Muslims and their defenders, denouncing Islam as a source of homophobia, patriarchy, street harassment, and intolerance. He accuses "leftists" of hypocrisy for opposing these practices in the abstract while defending members of a religion that condones them. Nowhere does he note, however, that promoting LGBT rights as a kind of political battering ram against Muslim dominant countries long subject to Western and imperial brutality (and regularly culminating in mass killing of Muslim civilians), is a far more serious kind of hypocrisy. If he doesn't want to see mass migration of Muslims to the West, and he insists this is an ongoing disaster, then why doesn't he publicly condemn USrael's endless outrages against the Arab and Muslim worlds? For campus activists, criticizing him on these grounds makes a lot more sense than impotently shouting, "racist, sexist, Islamophobic."

Source: 
Milo Yiannopoulos, "Dangerous," (Dangerous Books: 2017)