Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baboon Petting Zoo

Keiser Report: Europe's Neo Feudalism (E162)
Youtube: This week Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, report on selling Greece's sovereignty and Spain's El Gordo. In the second half of the show, Max talks to economist Michael Hudson about the IMF assassins sent in to destroy the Greek economy.
KR on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KeiserReport

Discussing our crumbling government and society is growing increasingly depressing. I wonder, as I so often do, what 'the people' think, and it's hard to escape the overwhelming impression that US society is growing increasingly fragmented, and although large numbers of people "get it", as it were, that fragmentation is only part of the reason the elites seem more brazenly corrupt, and knowing there's a problem is most definitely not some kind of magical first step out of twelve.

I don't believe in violent revolution, not because I believe the elites are likely to reform spontaneously or through strictly non-violent pressure-- I don't expect either of these things. Rather, because I know violent revolutions can and often do spiral out of control and cause more bloodshed and misery than the rotten old order. Given how predisposed American society is towards violence, this might be particularly likely in our case. Having said that, I don't know what kind of alternatives may exist to effect worthwhile change.(And yes, that word seems to have been ruined, doesn't it?)

Do those alternatives exist?

For that matter, why read political blogs? Why read anything or pay attention to anything about the world around you, apart from what's on Entertainment Tonight or the latest interminable circus-celebrity trial on CNN, et al? I'd like to believe that reading and writing blogs is a gesture of solidarity, but let's face it: (1)it's hardly the same thing as demonstrating in the streets, and (2)there are also millions of other politically engaged people blogging for a sense of solidarity and arguing for the destruction of the welfare state, against public education, for slashing the benefits of government workers and numerous other things you may find alarming and wrongheaded.

WSWS.org,"How the Mediterranean Anti-Capitalist Conference defended French imperialism"

Washingtonsblog,"The Big Banks Are Waging Warfare Against the People of the World"

Gregory Elich, "Class War Without Mercy"

Ian Welsh, "So, compared to McCain, was Obama the lesser evil?"

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At July 13, 2011 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason things are as they are is this:

A majority of Americans WANT things to be different.

A majority of that majority could agree on a platform.

But the whole of the majority cannot bring themselves to demand the platform. They can't demand it on blogs, they can't demand it in essays sent to newspapers and magazines, they can't do anything but whinge about it inside their own crania.

They fear taking responsibility for their own powerlessness. Why?

They know that assuming that responsibility means the responsibility to use force. Violence, if necessary.

Nobody powerful ever gave up that power by kind persuasive rhetorical flourish.

Nor by the appearance of a Million Man March or the like.

The only way to wrest power from the powerful is with force.

I'm sorry, but that's the stark truth, and I know it's not palatable to "leftists," who imagine themselves armed with words and smarts... which get them just about nowhere.

At July 13, 2011 2:49 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Like I said I wish a revolution might be avoided because I'm not convinced the result would be something better, and would likely result in something worse. I don't know what alternatives exist, although dutifully voting for Dems or Repubs doesn't strike me as an ''alternative'', just variation, like occasionally choosing mustard instead of mayo to slather your cheeseburger, when the doctor told you to lay off cheeseburgers altogether and eat more fresh fruits and veggies.

Um, cheeseburger...ah...

this link might interest you, if you haven't seen it already:

from Ian Welsh,

the shiny


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