Beacon of Light
by David Glenn Cox
It is sometimes difficult to see the world in the swirl of day to day events. Through the debris that the adversaries of democracy throw up, when the agents working against the interests of the people seem to be in control and all powerful. What appears to be all powerful, is actually, the full extent of their strength. No one person that I’ve heard, ever speculated that the crisis in Tunisia would lead to the crisis in Egypt which has led to a crisis in Jordan and Yemen and points East.
The Saudi royal family must be sitting on pins and needles right about now. This family of neer do wells, these gangsters in white robes must be burning up the hot line to Washington. The Obama/Clinton team appears impotent, frozen in the moment. They are corporate America’s government and so must wait on the accountants to balance the books to determine whether they are pro or con towards the events in Egypt.
The administration which failed to back the democratically elected Zaleya in Honduras has allowed (Baby Doc) Duvalier to return to Haiti, just can’t make up its mind about Hosni Mubarak. Gone are any pretensions of right or wrong, this is about good Arabs versus bad Arabs. Good Arabs who take the billions in US aid money and do as they are told, versus bad Arabs who dare to believe in their own national sovereignty.
Mohamed El Baradei is a long time critic of American foreign policy and a long time teller of truth about America’s nuclear lies. Can the US corporate government back such a man? Does the US dare to take a chance on the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which makes Hamas look like Code Pink? Such are the tangled webs of foreign policy, but this is the corporate American regime. They deal in a strict criteria of how can we make more money? Which way is better for us as an income opportunity?
Because they have no moral compass they fail to see the tide of history, they play the game square by square rather than reading of the whole board. There are times in history when fundamental shifts occur. After Sarajevo in 1914 or the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. The world is in flux, not just the Middle East but also Europe and also the United States but the oligarchs are just too plain dumb to see it.
“And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
So look around for the unreported facts, the German economy with its stimulus package which was three times the size of Mr. Obama’s has the German economy growing. German employers are looking overseas for trained workers while Mr. Obama’s fizzle and tax cut stimulus did nothing but stem the tide. The government now controls air and sea travel, it searches average citizens but still doesn’t inspect all import cargos. That is an absolute absurdity for a so called anti-terrorism program. Corporate cable companies block Al Jezeera from American viewers and Fox blocks programing in a corporate blackmail schemes from corporate cable companies.
This is repression, the very fact that Clarence Thomas is not being charged with tax evasion is the very essence of repression. Justice that works for a boss, justice that depends not on what you do, but who you do it to. William Calley murdered hundreds of Vietnamese and was slapped on the wrist while Bradley Manning who helped to facilitate the release of confidential memos is treated as a terrorist. There is a distinction here, confidential memos are not secrets. The atom bomb was a secret, the fact that Roosevelt didn’t like Charles DeGaulle was confidential. Manning is kept in isolation like a convicted murderer William Calley, the convicted murderer, was kept under house arrest for three years until released.
Yet what appears to be strength is actually weakness, as the stock market surges over 12,000 who among us would want to buy stocks? Does the economy in anyway appear to justify the 12,000 level? It reminds me of the movie “Office Space” where three disgruntled workers planned a scam to cheat the company. Except their scam worked too well, the conspirators were soon rolling in money. The Wall Street pump and dump scam is designed to work the same way. The market rises for a few days and then falls and the insiders sell and make money. But since the fix is in Wall Street rises even when other world markets fall.
The suckers pour in from all over the world to invest in the market that always rises. The conspirators are stuck. Now even when the market should go down it rises on all the foreign investment. It’s called a bubble, and the President who promised ethics and Wall Street reforms points to it in his State of the Union address and says, ain’t it great! Look what my policies have done!
My mother who lived through the last great Depression used to tell me, “that Black Thursday was just Thursday to us. We were poor on Wednesday and we were still poor on Friday.” That, I suppose, is the good news for America’s struggling millions, they can only take it all away from you once. The next crash will affect only the wealthy. My mother’s family didn’t know anyone who dove out any open windows over Black Thursday stock losses.
Our economy is a festering dung heap, the experts praise from the rooftops every small measurement of improvement but fear in silence of the grave truth.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 3rd 2011
“Unit labor costs in nonfarm businesses declined 0.6 percent in the fourth
quarter of 2010, as the increase in productivity (2.6 percent) outpaced the
increase in hourly compensation (1.9 percent). BLS defines unit labor costs as
the ratio of hourly compensation to labor productivity; increases in hourly
compensation tend to increase unit labor costs and increases in output per
hour tend to reduce them. Over the last four quarters, unit labor costs
declined 0.2 percent, as hourly compensation and productivity increased 1.5
percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Annual average unit labor
costs fell 1.5 percent from 2009 to 2010”
Oh, it sounds so wonderful until you read the “Real hourly compensation.”
In non-farm business, real wages are down year over year, .3 percent, in manufacturing real wages are down year over year .7 percent. In non-durable manufacturing real earnings are down year over year by 1.6 percent!
Then the experts pontificate on the improving job picture but can’t explain these numbers.
(All numbers in thousands)
Alabama- civilian workforce November 2010, 2,133.3 December 2,124.4
Arizona – November 3,176.7 December 3,157.5
Arkansas -November 1,351.8 December 1,351.7
California – November 18,240.2 December 18,136.8
Colorado – November 2,666.5 December 2,657.2
Connecticut – November 1,891.8 December 1,884.4
Delaware – November 422.5 December 422.6
Georgia – November 4,675.6 December 4,692.0
Shall I go on? Georgia is one of the few states to show an increase in workers even though in November 2009 Georgia listed 4,717.4 workers, where did these workers all go? Perhaps, we need a Federal inquiry, twenty five thousand workers in one state just vanished! Poof! And not a single worker added to the payrolls across the nation. Georgia’s case is typical, the small increase is unequal to 2009 numbers.
Illinois down 7,000 workers, Indiana down 15,000 workers, New York down 43,000 workers but Mississippi added 2,000 workers! Isn’t that wonderful? These numbers from the government are gamed, when your benefits run out you cease to be counted. That fact makes these numbers even darker than they would first appear. These numbers are actually a misery index, these are human beings no longer counted or assisted by their government. Ignored, diminished, dispensed and done away with.
Their government considers their obligations to these human beings to be completed, do you? The corporate government cheers the big corporate profits and the Federal Reserve subsidizes the banks but this can’t go on indefinitely, That is our beacon of light, yes, of light. It is the very unsustainability of the current situation that is an opportunity, just as in Tunisia and Egypt and everywhere else the oligarchs try to rule.
The price of gasoline is expected to reach $3.50 per gallon by May, one in five homes in America are vacant. One in five workers are underemployed, yet the government, while talking of cutting social spending in one breath preserves tax cuts for the very richest members of society. Sixteen million American’s are unemployed, eight million more that are no longer counted. Corporate profits are back to 2007 levels and not since the 1930’s have a nation’s oligarchs been just asking for it.
“What a madhouse the earth would seem today in the frenzied revelry of capitalism but for the light of socialistic philosophy sheds upon it! What Alpine peaks of wealth and what desert wastes of poverty, despair and death!
What man, unless his heart be adamant, can contemplate this awful scene and be content? What man, unless his brain be atrophied and his vision blinded, can fail to perceive the impending crisis?” Eugene V. Debs
“Hence I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.” Malcolm X
“This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning—from “I” to “we”. If you who own the things people must have could understand this, you might preserve yourself. If you could separate causes from results, if you could know that Paine, Marx, Jefferson, Lenin were results, not causes, you might survive. But that you cannot know. For the quality of owning freezes you forever into “I”, and cuts you off forever from the “we”. – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath