Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Left Agents Of The 1%

As the Occupy Wall Street movement spread across the nation, mistakes and setbacks occurred which are minimal when compared to its success in calling attention to the private domination of America’s wealth by the upper 1% as major cause of our social problems. Agents of that minority are feverishly at work, whether directly on the payroll or simply acting according to anti-social programming that teaches individualism , selfish egoism and the divisive identity politics that reduce the 99% to splintered minorities and assure continued domination by the richest 1%.

Direct employees of corporate capital in media and politics either downgrade the movement or try to incorporate it, while some supposed progressive  critics claim that only their specific problems must be on its agenda. Any attempt to bring down barriers between people and promote unity is labeled racist, sexist, exclusionary, bigoted and other expletives that play well among these agents of division.

Groups that have penetrated the gated communities of political isolation and begun to learn about each others problems and the need for unity in overcoming them are obviously seen as a major threat by the ruling powers. But less obvious are the alleged social critics who operate as a second front for the 1%, exercising their negative judgments of the movement while opting for change in the system, but only the kind which either guarantees their privileged positions in it, or assures their reputations as revolutionaries of the word, if not  the deed. These servants of the 1%  are often well meaning members of the working class, but just as often from the upper income levels of the 99% and quick to solve America’s problems by maintaining walls between ghettoized citizens and creating progress only for specially affirmed individuals behind those walls. In faithful service to their patrons, they help keep Americans divided , conquered and forced into thinking as minorities rather than acting as a majority.

The movement has to contend with liberals claiming alliance in order to soften its critique and bring it back into affirmative politics for corporate capital that guarantee negative outcomes for most of the 99%. These political hustlers speak out of both sides of their mouths but are exceeded by a conservative lunatic fringe which openly scrapes and bows before that wealth. Many liberals pretend to work for the nation’s majority while maintaining their jobs on the payroll of its tiniest minority while many conservatives openly grovel at the feet of wealth and unashamedly attribute all American well being to the generosity of the same earthly deities: rich capitalists.

Some left  critics operate from a funky version of the more conventional ivory tower; while professing true belief in their respective subdivisions of the 99% , they insist that minorities - of all diminished labels  - must flock to the defense of a democratic party owned by the 1%, because the republicans are even worse. In other words, in the American political tradition, vote for crippling polio or you may get terminal cancer, and don’t even think about a cure for the disease much less being healthy. This earns them credentials as approved radicals with tenured academic positions , best selling books and op-ed space in establishment gazettes, but they should be seen for what they are: agents of the 1%.

The liberation movement labeled Occupy Wall Street is a local manifestation of a world wide phenomenon not likely to be destroyed by overt or covert opposition, no matter its temporary setbacks. Its global status is important as political and economic crises grow more dangerous and threatening to humanity’s future. The truly radical democratic practice of Americans coming together over a common systemic problem affecting all and not simply a single issue , however serious, affecting only a few  is something new and profoundly important. The call for the 99% to act as a unified majority and not allow itself to be victimized any longer by the divide and conquer politics of the 1% and its agents could not come at a more critical time.

As threats of expanding war, environmental destruction and poverty accelerate, public control over national wealth would mean a giant  step towards creating peace and justice. This enrages rulers who have the power to inflict physical and mental violence through their control of weaponry and information. But social media have moved from being simple marketing devices to become democratic tools for change. They help bring human liberation closer to global fulfillment of a democratic ideal: society run by and for all the people, and not just a tiny segment of  the wealthiest among them.

Agents of the 1% are desperately trying to muffle humanity’s increasing call for justice by promoting greater paranoia with irrational stories about pending nuclear violence from Iran, which has no nuclear weapons, and deafening silence about the nuclear threat presented by Israel, which has hundreds of nukes and a paranoid narrative of pending extermination to occur at any moment. The United States and NATO act as tools of the global 1% in suppression of the will of the 99% everywhere, and in signs of disintegrating sanity among the paranoid rich present themselves as spreading democracy and freedom among a global population by murdering more of its people.

Occupy Wall Street USA is part of a liberation movement to Occupy All Streets worldwide and create a whole new system , but on the way to that goal activists and supporters must be wary of agents of the 1% both in and out of established circles. They will stop at nothing to impede the move of the 99% toward democracy, from fearlessly defending the right of millionaires to become billionaires  to divisively insisting their issue or group must be the center of attention, to worst of all, the insanity of not only more war, but even nuclear war.
Another world is possible and necessary but in moving forward to reach it, we also need to watch our backs in order to create it.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Global Revolution

What began in Tunisia and was dubbed an Arab Spring has spread to the rest of the world, seemingly for different reasons in different places but slowly becoming one vast movement toward democracy and the political economic transformation necessary for humanity’s survival. But while this hopeful sign of people on the move increases, the threats to it become more numerous and deadly. As electronic communication tools help the tendency toward unity and democracy among the 99%, they also increase the destructive power of the 1% . The imperial minority’s ability to kill more people, destroy more governments , enslave  more populations and increase damage to the environmental basis of all life while rushing to further exploit it in pursuit of profit has brought dangers of a newer and more deadly kind. The dawning consciousness among people across the globe needs to overtake and end the destructive process of private profit accumulation at the loss of all publics on the planet, wherever they may reside and whatever belief system they practice or preach.

The American phase of this movement began with the Wall Street occupation in New York and has spread to many American cities since, with success in highlighting a radical democratic governance technique and message of unity that surpasses its flaws and overcomes attacks by agents of the 1% . This is all happening at a time when American belief in  supposedly democratic government has sunk to deservedly new lows. Established power is at an extremely bipolar phase in response as  it simultaneously attempts to crush, subvert or incorporate the growing demands of a public frustrated into becoming what minority power fears most: a majority democratic movement for substantial and not merely cosmetic change in the system.

Minority dominators practice obsessive concern for their economic private parts and this masturbatory focus brings the system closer to moral and financial bankruptcy. As the perverse lust for private profit reduces well paid employment in the center by increasing low paid labor in peripheral parts of the shrinking empire, it attacks meager social safety nets in that center which were created to save capitalism during its last global crisis in the 1930s. Public sector work forces are savagely slashed and pensions are cut as less and less people are employed in a political economy that has further reduced humanity from commodities in a market to electronic symbols on a computer screen.

Positive changes in communications offer an opportunity for a massive democratic leap forward but private profiteers still control staggering wealth and their blind lust to amass even more billions has eclipsed – until now – the need to trans-form and not simply re-form material reality.

The American movement has corporate media parroting the political line in the same bi-polar fashion that often lauds the democratic aspect of what’s going on while questioning its purpose. Meanwhile, military slaughters continue unabated, sometimes with long distance murderers who kill innocents with electronic devises that enable them do their dirty work in rooms thousands of miles away from their victims with no more human contact than someone playing a video game while seated on a commode. The isolated assassins are an ironic contrast in a world that sees millions in contact they have never before been able to achieve. While some agents of the 1% operate in solitude totally removed from the bloody murders they commit, Bradley Manning sits in prison for acting on his conscience and informing his fellow citizens of the crimes of modern warfare. His action, representative of the high moral ground most people at least wish to occupy, contrasts with the murderous idiocy of what passes for “normal” material reality, and what the new global movement stands against .

Electronic media have finally become truly social but they are not simply the domain of those organizing demonstrations that represent the 99%. Agents of the 1% operate networks of murder and spying that can’t succeed in the long term but add to producing confusion and more violence in the short term. Attacks on the 99% in order to maintain criminal profit margins for the 1% and their agents are taking on increasingly insane character, with even some ruling class members worrying that this could destroy everything and not just their personal wealth.

As an example , continued and ever more feverish claims that Iran is threatening to annihilate jews with nuclear weapons which do not exist, while the hundreds of nuclear weapons which do exist in Israel are unmentioned by the fanatics there and alleged American government representatives who work for them here. More deadly war is threatened, with death and destruction that would make the present crisis  even greater, and it is already slipping beyond the control of the ruling 1% and its agents. Truly, it has never been more essential that the great majority of the 99% move towards the radical economic restructuring and totally transformed political process that is the only thing that will save humanity. And political democracy means the end of private profit accumulation in control of the social and natural environment of planet earth, and the beginning of a system that acknowledges the rights of all people to share the benefits of their world.

We should thank the demonstrators in Tunisia, Egypt and of the Occupy Wall Street Movement for calling our attention to the fact that another world is not only possible but necessary. And then we should join them in bringing it about. Quickly.

Occupy Wall Street and the False Cry of "What Do They Want?"

Now that the one percent of the population that owns the "private" economy has been put on the defensive, the corporate media is making a show of false concern that the Occupy Wall Street protesters need to seize the moment and pursue change in the electoral arena that capital dominates from top to bottom. The upshot is that Wall Street wouldn't have systematically lowered the standard of living for eighty percent of Americans for the past three-and-a-half decades if it had known that the victims of that policy would find it objectionable, so now those "inadvertent" victims need only pressure their elected representatives with a precise message and relief will be dispatched forthwith. Sure.

Our leaders are not idiots, as might appear, but they are desperate. The system of global capital has fallen into deep crisis with no solutions in sight, while worldwide protest continues to grow. The only way of arresting the momentum of popular rebellion is to straitjacket it within the arena of sound bites and bumper sticker slogans, where it can be gradually suffocated.

Obviously, we should not take the bait. The only reason big business has sat up and taken notice of the plight of the 99% is because the 99% announced loudly and inconveniently that it had no intention of remaining passive one moment longer. On the eve of Occupy Wall Street's emergence into the national spotlight there was no shortage of damning reports showing the vast destruction an increasingly lopsided distribution of wealth was wreaking, but those reports were routinely ignored. Wall Street has never cared that misallocation of wealth inevitably produces grotesque poverty and mass insecurity, and it doesn't now. It only cares about profit and market share, and anything that threatens its drive to maximize them. The latter is the only reason the corporate media deigns to notice Occupy Wall Street at all.

Now is the time to insist that capitalism is the central problem, not this or that corrupt politician or greedy corporation. Capitalism is by its very nature greedy, and capitalist politicians are by their very nature corrupt. There is little point in pretending otherwise.

We have been told - ad nauseam - that the "free market," i.e., capitalism, delivers a broad prosperity while protecting individual liberty against unwanted encroachments by the state. To whatever extent this may have been true in the past, it is clearly untrue in the American present, where the middle class is shrinking, poverty is growing, and the Bill of Rights serves as toilet paper for a national security state determined to wage endless war.

The Occupy Wall Street movement ought to say, loudly and repeatedly, that free markets don't exist. Their doctrinal requirements are regularly flouted by the entire developed world, which became developed protecting its fledgling markets against international competition it couldn't hope to beat until its own markets got established. How could it have been otherwise? There isn't a single industrialized country that got that way adopting the fantasies of the free market enthusiasts. And when these fantasies are imposed, economies collapse, as with Argentina in 2001, which was the International Monetary Fund's most faithful adherent of free market orthodoxy.

In point of fact, all developed countries feature extensive state involvement in the allegedly private economy, including in the U.S.. So the issue is not free markets vs. government involvement, it's the nature of that government involvement. That is to say, the question is simply whether the government should promote exclusively business interests, or the general welfare of all Americans. Occupy Wall Street says the latter, but the message will not be taken to heart unless popular rebellion remains in the streets.

Overwhelming majorities of Americans support federal guarantees of public assistance for those who can't work, unemployment insurance, subsidized prescription drugs and nursing home care for the elderly, at least a minimum level of health care, social security, and federally guaranteed child care for low-income working mothers. None of this can be justified on "free market" grounds. In fact, the free marketeers have long been hard at work stripping away these social democratic protections.

In short, neoliberal "free market" economics undermine education and health, increase inequality, and reduce labor's share in income. That's why there is an Occupy Wall Street movement, and why there must continue to be.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Combative Obama Renounces Socialism

by Michael K. Smith

Washington (CNN) - Seeking to recover his once-impressive standing in the polls, President Obama on Monday continued to position himself as the most responsible candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

Speaking to about 500 Mussolini Democrats and more than a dozen reporters at the tactically sophisticated Invertebrates For Obama think tank in Washington, Obama lashed out at "so-called progressives" clamoring for an expanded New Deal.

"Far too many Americans are looking for a hand-out, not a hand up," he said, apparently targeting the growing Occupy Wall Street movement and its sympathizers. "The reason we must reject socialist economics is that it conflicts with our core political philosophy about the purpose of government."

"We cannot preserve liberty for ourselves and our posterity if government fails to fulfill its obligation to sustain the free market system with trillions of dollars of bailout money for selfless Wall Street firms deemed 'too big to fail.'" Therefore we must seek common ground with the GOP and renounce relics of the Communist era like Social Security and Medicare." To sustained applause the president added, "I hereby do so."

Obama called for a reform of his own health care law to include a "private option" that would allow HMOs to deport Americans without health insurance to Cuba, in hopes of bankrupting the free health care system available on the Communist-ruled island. "The cost of treating fifty million uninsured Americans should bring down the Castro brothers once and for all," proclaimed Obama gleefully.

The president said he would grant federal aid to states expelling the medically needy to Cuba, adding that he would veto any attempt to have them treated in the U.S. "We've got to get beyond the idea that democratic government means doling out aid to irresponsible citizens who refuse to pull their own weight." The president emphatically rejected appeals for government assistance from ordinary Americans. "As we all know from civics lessons the only legitimate function government has is performing those tasks that Americans cannot perform themselves - like carpet-bombing foreign nations and giving away the store to transnational corporations and international banks."

The president went on to state that his reformed health care reform bill would prove itself a more efficient system than the universal care available to the elderly through Medicare. "Obviously the market is more efficient than government," said Obama. "I mean, how much equity is returned to stockholders under Medicare? Absolutely none! Whereas under HMOs investors are making a killing, if you'll pardon the expression," the president said. Asked about the much higher administrative costs under privatized care, Obama explained that those "don't count," because they are passed on to the public.

On issues like declaring the war in Iraq "over," Obama portrayed himself as the candidate who goes the extra mile for peace. "George Bush declared 'mission accomplished' in Iraq only once, while I am now working on my second final withdrawal from that liberated country," the president said with obvious pride.

Obama also called for "staking out the middle ground" by privatizing Social Security, outsourcing the public schools to China, and handing over municipal water systems to corporate polluters in need of infusions of public capital in order to pay off fines imposed for systematically polluting the environment.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Garlic: Big Tweets About Small Twits

35,000 More Women Come Forward With Claims Of Being Sexually Harassed by Herman Cain.

Bill Clinton says “I did not have sex with any of those women.”

Democrats and upper middle class feminists call for Cain’s public execution.

Republicans demand 2012 election be cancelled and Cain become president by acclimation in 2011.

99% of American public doesn’t give a shit.

Israel Charges Iran With History’s First Anti-Semitic Hate Crime.

“Ancient Iranians murdered Christ” claims Israeli foreign minister Meshugina Goyishacupp.

 More orthodox jews claim that Christ deserved to die and charge him with being history’s first self hating Jew.

U.N. Insecurity Council demands boycott and embargo of all Iranian thoughts dating from the death of Christ.

Experts agree it may be difficult to completely suppress all thoughts but free world democracies should at least try.

Sarkozy And Obama Accused Of Being Right For The First Time.

Private conversation reveals that both leaders think Netanyahu an obnoxious and murderous liar who exceeds their own obnoxious and murderous lying and makes things bad for all other obnoxious murderous liars who lead western free world nations towards final victory in the battle against godless communism.

Or terrorism.

Or global revolution .

Or something.

Gloria Allred And Alan Dershowitz Challenge Rush Limbaugh And Ann Coulter To Nationally Televised Battle To The Death.

Tag-Team opponents will spit, hissy fit and taunt one another verbally until total brain death results.

Bout will be simulcast on all three networks and PBS, C-span , the Comedy channel, ESPN and the Cartoon network. NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, World Cup and Kick, Punch, Stab, Eye Gouge and Genital Crush TV games all cancelled so world can watch.

99% of Americans rooting for all four to lose.

New Ballot Measure To Make Corporate Fetus Eligible To Vote And Get Food Stamps But Not Serve in Military.

Members of the new Cro-Magnon political party placed  the measure on the ballot by getting the necessary signatures at mental health crisis centers.

As few as two conspirators who speak of incorporating can be guaranteed all rights – including many denied to quite a few citizens – from the time of mental conception.

“The mere idea of incorporation is enough to make it plain and clear that a new life is to be formed, and anyone threatening that life will be guilty of a capital crime” said an anonymous Republican presidential candidate.

An anonymous Democratic party spokesperson expressed shock that the corporate fetus would still be unprotected in its earlier form as a zygot. “All life in formation – except in cases of national defense or profit protection - must be held sacred”, he, she or it said.

Stay tuned for regular updates...

The Garlic , a subsidiary of Legalienate , owned by card carrying members of the 99%

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Monotheist Capitalism, Monopoly Religion,and the Mall of One God

When humans were worshippers of numerous deities we were at a materially primitive level of development. Life was such a struggle that its mystery could not be dealt with unless some explanations or rationales were created for what seemed too crazy, even at our early stages. So we created deities for just about everything; the sun, the moon, the wind, the rain, the stars, trees, insect life. You name it and we had a god for it. We  organized our lives, kinships, religions and styles of worship around these numerous deities. But then something happened that took ages to transform us into what is now called monotheism and it saw the material development of the world, or at least the western dominated part of it, such as had never been seen before.

Part of this organization of ever larger societies and their wealth under the control of ever smaller classes of ruling people can be timed with the breakdown of all those gods and their conglomeration, or really incorporation, into the one god abrahamic faith. While the descendants of the abraham-old testament scriptures have been at each others throats during the time of development, they share in the story of monopoly control of the supernatural and immaterial explanations for the mystery of life, which may have helped make  monopoly control of natural material reality more possible. Neither has been all good or all bad but at present both are a menace in their controlling form, while possibly offering some hope for humanity’s future in their idealistic essence if that essence is ever taken from the minority royal priesthood of wealth  and claimed by democratic masses.

The abrahamic triad has much to atone for, perhaps especially the jewish-christian branch .They reduced truly multi-cultural and diverse deities to a monopoly  monetary-supremacist patriarchal CEO of sun, moon, fire, water,wind and soil , the awesome mystery and majesty of the universe reduced to something with a penis.

And circumsized at that!