“So. Do you love me NOW?”
I must be careful here… lest this turn into a manifesto!
My thoughts on this are still scattered but coalescing (congealing?) into a theory of war and economics. For now just a rough stew of ideas… no real original thought I’m afraid, but maybe a new combination of old ideas will emerge…
“we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence….by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
“Every gun that is made, every war ship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and not clothed.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 17 January, 1961 Farewell Address
Why do so many Americans swallow the bald-faced LIE that the most wealthy amongst us (the 1%) are somehow ‘job creators’? Actually, the reverse is the case as most industrial/high tech corporate profits derive largely from laying off American workers to send those jobs to ‘developing’ nations where plentiful labour is to be had at ridiculously low wages with zero healthcare or pension benefits…
Sadly, all but a few Democrats in Congress are utter pussies. We’ve all known what Krugman lends his credibility to (see link below) for years. What creates jobs? Why DEMAND for a product or service of course. Only a few like Bernie Sanders (a democratic socialist like me) and Florida’s Alan Grayson (ousted in the Teabagger bloodbath of 2010) dare to state this obvious fact.
The TRUTH is that the rise of Labour Unions FORCED the ‘Captains of Industry’ to pay a living wage and make health and pension concessions, thus creating America’s vaunted middle class. We are now watching its rapid erosion. Another decade or two of this “business as usual” and America as we knew it is doomed. Not hyperbole, not overstatement. You’d have thought that we’d learned something from the Roman and British Empires. Apparently NOT.
NYT: We Are the 99.9% by Paul Krugman
Seymour Melman: A smart guy. Absorbing stuff.