Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 28: VERY dangerous times

Yes. It's happening.

But what does David Suzuki know? He's only a scientist of world status. No. Trust your local oil barons. They're rich. So they know....things.

The Canadian government has refused to recognize the recent Venezuelan election. The irving press has paid almost no attention to this story - though it could well lead to Canadian military involvement. The U.S. wants a war with Venezuela. The American oil industry wants a war. And, quite likely, the Canadian oil industry wants it. So Canada, once more, could find itself fighting a war to increase the profits of American capitalists - and some Canadian ones.

I am certainly in support of sending Canadian peacekeepers to Mali. But I very much fear they will be at greater than usual risk, and that they are being placed in Mali to tidy a mess created by U.S. capitalism.

A particularly horrible war ignored by the irving press is the American and Saudi war against civilians in Yemen.  (ignore the official report that only 10,000 civilians have been killed in four years. Nobody has the faintest idea of how many have been killed, not when so many of them have been killed by starvation and lack of medical care. As well, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been dropping a bomb every five minutes on the people of Yemen. That's at least 1400 bombs a day for some 1400 days. That comes to something more  than one and a half million bombs. So either the death figures are a lie or the U.S. has the most ineffective air force in history.)

Where the hell are our churches on this? Where is Christianity? We live under a political and economic system that murders innocent people all over the world, that starves children by the tens of millions, that has created massive poverty even in the homelands  (such as Canada and the U.S. and Britain...) of capitalism.

New Brunswickers should be sure to go to the Irving Chapel this Sunday. It has the best ministers money can buy.
The big, world capitalists don't care who they impoverish and exploit. American big capitalists are quite happy to do it to Americans. Canadian big capitalists are happy to do it to Canadians. And they are doing it as the poor get poorer, and as all money drifts into the pockets of the wealthy.

Americans also have to pay for the wars of the billionaires since the latter can't be bothered to pay taxes.

This story is about Britain - but it's also true in Canada and the U.S. - and most of the capitalist world. The chances of rising from poverty are very, very slim. The poor aren't stupid. But social attitudes and poverty itself work against them. I grew up with friends who were illiterate. They weren't stupid. They lived in an atmosphere that closed out any possibility of rising. I had, like them, grown up in the expectation of spending my life on a factory floor.

Later, I would meet many very rich people. Most of them weren't smart. But they had easy access to expensive schools that could make them sort of literate, a tradition of family expectations of what was normal, and connections with the world of wealth - and inherited wealth and power. One does  have to be smart to maintain that inheritance - just vicious.

As a professor, I taught the very poor and the very rich. I had good students and some real stinkers in both categories.

For the most part, the wealthy are wealthy simply because they were born that way.

ditto in Canada.

It's been known for  years that the U.S., beginning with Obama, was equipping, training and paying for ISIS and other terrorists to overthrow the government of Syia. But it's been secret from most people because our lying news media kept it a secret.

What do you think their chances are of rising on the social ladder? But you can be a moron and still inherit the family business. In fact, it's quite common.

The front page story in the irving press for Jun 27 is that Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian to play in the NHL, has been added to hockey's hall of fame. That's nice. But a little glib.

The article puts the blame for the exclusion of African Canadians on racist American fans. Come off it. O'Ree never made the majors until the 1950s. And then he made it in an American team. Were there none before  him who could play hockey? And, for decades, none after?

It wasn't Americans who kept African Canadians off the ice. It was Canadians. I had a friend who was a gifted hockey player - and black. He was hoping to get an athletic scholarship and study law about 1950. NO CANADIAN UNIVERSITY WOULD ACCEPT HIM FOR ANYTHING. He had good grades. He was a proven  hockey player.

But llmost all Canadian universities up to the 1960s and later accepted only a small number of blacks. I saw that when I attended the Baptist school, Acadia. Yep. Only God's white people were equal.

So my friend went to Princeton where those American 'racists' accepted him for both school and hockey. He later became one of Canada's more distinguished lawyers. His sister, (as late as 1960) became the first black teacher in Quebec.

Cartoonist de Adder of our very own irving press has his usual cartoon attacking the Liberal government. Obviously, the boss has told him who he wants to win the election. The excuse is government overspending by the Liberals. The real reason is the willingness of the Conservatives to open up fracking.

Then there's the commentary writer Herb Emery who teaches Regional Economics at UNB. I've begun to wonder if he, too, hears his master's voice. His June 28 column attacks Saint John for not having enough money to operate the city. Funny thing, though. He doesn't mention that irving has permission NOT to pay the city tens of millions in property taxes.

Then there's a column by an outfit called Frontier Centre for Public Policy. It wants to privatize a function of the federal governments. Surprise. Surprise. The centre is one of the favourite propaganda houses for big business that the irving press just loves.

I have often written in these columns that the U.S. set out to conquer the world after 1945. But that's more than a little glib. It's not the whole U.S. that set out to do that. It's the very wealthy, working through their puppets called Democrats and Republicans, who intend to conquer the world.

Thanks to a reader who sent me the following about this.

Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLean

"...many liberals have missed the point of strategies like privatization. Efforts to “reform” public education and Social Security are not just about a preference for the private sector over the public sector, she argues. ... Instead, MacLean contends, the goal of these strategies is to radically alter power relations, weakening pro-public forces and enhancing the lobbying power and commitment of the corporations that take over public services and resources, thus advancing the plans to dismantle democracy and make way for a return to oligarchy.
The majority will be held captive so that the wealthy can finally be free to do as they please, no matter how destructive.

"The oligarchs require a government with tremendous new powers so that they can bypass the will of the people. This, as MacLean points out, requires greatly expanding police powers “to control the resultant popular anger.” 

"Why should the increasingly powerful federal government be able to force the wealthy to pay for goods and programs that served ordinary citizens and the poor? "

"Buchanan saw society as a cutthroat realm of makers (entrepreneurs) constantly under siege by takers (everybody else) His own language was often more stark, warning the alleged “prey” of “parasites” and “predators” out to fleece them. "

"Could these right-wing capitalists allow private companies to fill prisons with helpless citizens—or, more profitable still, right-less undocumented immigrants? They could, and have. Might they engineer a retirement crisis by moving Americans to inadequate 401(k)s? Done. Take away the rights of consumers and workers to bring grievances to court by making them sign forced arbitration agreements? Check. Gut public education to the point where ordinary people have such bleak prospects that they have no energy to fight back? Getting it done.
Would they even refuse children clean water? Actually, yes.
MacLean notes that in Flint, Michigan, Americans got a taste of what the emerging oligarchy will look like — it tastes like poisoned water. There, the Koch-funded Mackinac Center pushed for legislation that would allow the governor to take control of communities facing emergency and put unelected managers in charge. In Flint, one such manager switched the city’s water supply to a polluted river, but the Mackinac Center’s lobbyists ensured that the law was fortified by protections against lawsuits that poisoned inhabitants might bring. Tens of thousands of children were exposed to lead, a substance known to cause serious health problems including brain damage.

“To value liberty for the wealthy minority above all else and enshrine it in the nation’s governing rules, as Calhoun and Buchanan both called for and the Koch network is achieving, play by play, is to consent to an oligarchy in all but the outer husk of representative form.” Nobody can say we weren’t warned. 
__________________________________________________....... and back to me again.....

In short, the purpose of the very wealthy is to destroy democracy, and to take control of all humanity for the benefit of the very rich. That, in its early form, is what privatization of education and health services is about. That is what almost all the editorials in the irving press are about - condemning our politicians for incompetence, supporting the shift to private ownership for everything. They never  have a word of criticism of private capitalism - though private capitalism is what is responsible for our provincial deficits.

And we might remind all those twits in the Chamber of Commerce, all those cheerleaders for the big capitalists, that they are nowhere close to being players in this game. For all their eagerness to identify with the very wealthy, they don't count for a tinker's damn.

Trump wants to make American great again? Well, he certainly doesn't plan to make the 40% or so of Americans who live below the poverty line great again. For all of Trump's bragging, poverty has actually risen under him - and it's going to get worse. No. The'great' part of America will continue to be what is has always been - the multi-billionaires.

These  very wealthy are the part of America that is going to be great. It is possible - even likely, that they will invite the 'great' of the rest of the world to join them in the greatness of ruling the world as they now rule the U.S., Canada, Britain and others. Conquest of the world by the super wealthy!

And since the super-wealthy have long since proven that all they care about is their own greed, you can be sure that you won't be getting any of the goodies.

They're working from a strong base. They own almost all of our news sources. That's why the irving press is such a lying and trivial chain of newspapers. In the U.S., they are demolishing the few social services like education and health that the U.S. still offers. They're doing the same in Britain. And they're chipping away here in Canada with their privatization schemes. They have long since destroyed democracy in Latin America, and reduced most of that continent to poverty.

They effectively own that mass of corruption that the U.S. calls Congress. And, yes, they own what's left of 'democratic governments' in Canada. They're busily destroying unions, especially in the U.S. (Nothing worse than employees demanding decent pay.) We are heading into a world of hunger and despair - actually, we're already in it - ruled by the new 'masters of the universe'.

Meanwhile, and like Hitler,  they have to find someone they're protecting us against. Enter Mexicans and Latin Americans. In Europe, enter the Africans and people of the middle east that our new gods  have driven into  hunger and poverty and misery. Listen to what Trump says of them - they're evil (just like the Jews); they're criminal (just like the Jews).

Hitler's Naziis had values - just, so we are told, as we have values. Yes. We murder and impoverish but that's okay because the people we murder and impoverish (as Hitler did) are of races inferior to us. The hatreds we see spilling out of the U.S. (and Britain and France - and Canada) are the racial hatreds that Hitler found so useful. But most of our news media don't say that because they're super-wealthy owners want us to hate.

We are well into the most dangerous period the world has ever seen. Effective power has been seized in much of the world by the superwealthy whose news media fill us with hatred and lies. They are a rebirth of the medieval aristocracy who made the world their servants. But this is worse. The medieval aristocrats didn't have nuclear weapons and chemical poisons.

The medieval aristocracy did, though, have Christian churches eager to bless all that the slaughter and theft and poverty that the aristocracy created. And our new aristocracy, too, have that.

What we are living through is a continuation of the world of Adolph Hitler.  But much more dangerous. And it's reflected even here in little New Brunswick. No. I'm not exaggerating.

The super-wealthy of Germany just loved Hitler. They thought he was a great guy. Ditto for big capitalism in Italy.

This is not what Canadians fought and died for World War 2. The did not fight and die for  politicians who would accept payoffs and give favours to the wealthy. They did not fight and die for a population which is either too lazy or too scared to give serious thought to what an election is about.  On Nov. 11, we remember those who served - as we should. What we should also remember is what we told them they were dying for. But no, November 11 services almost always play up the glory - and ignore our betrayal of why they died.

And The Canadian Legion, I'm afraid, dances to the tunes of the big capitalists, and seems indifferent to those who served to create a better world._____________________________________

Forgive. A reader sent me a passage from the Bible (Romans 13). I, clumsily, erased it in error. Here it is.

13 All of you must obey the government rulers. Everyone who rules was given the power to rule by God. And all those who rule now were given that power by God. So anyone who is against the government is really against something God has commanded. Those who are against the government bring punishment on themselves. People who do right don’t have to fear the rulers. But those who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be free from fearing them? Then do only what is right, and they will praise you.
Rulers are God’s servants to help you. But if you do wrong, you have reason to be afraid. They have the power to punish, and they will use it. They are God’s servants to punish those who do wrong. So you must obey the government, not just because you might be punished, but because you know it is the right thing to do.
And this is why you pay taxes too. Those rulers are working for God, and they give all their time to the work of ruling. Give everyone what you owe them. If you owe them any kind of tax, then pay it. Show respect to those you should respect. And show honor to those you should honor.

This might explain the behaviour of some of our clergy. All rulers are God's servants. According to Paul, Hitler was a child of God chosen by Him/Her to rule. Duh.........
That would mean we should all have obeyed Hitler as Hitler was God's agent. maybe I should go to the Irving Chapel.

1 comment:

  1. About "Making America Great Again" and Hitler. Sad, sad to see their mindless cheerleaders. I personally know a few. They never read the fine print. Must make them "Feel Great" to think they are in a superior class ... above all the rest. History repeating itself.