Re-writing the Narrative 101 – Part 2

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Greetings good souls. Watch the following video and then we’ll chat.

So we left off talking about the idea that the division between Democrat and Republican on substantive economic policy is about as real as the International Date Line. The Obama supporters were certainly rudely awakened to this stark reality when “yes we can…” was completed with “continue Wall Street’s stranglehold on the middle class and stay the course of income polarization.” Transparency, the public health care option, closing Guantanamo, I’m sure these have not been so quickly buried within the labyrinths of your minds.  I encourage you to visit www.opensecrets.org and check the list of campaign contributors to the members of Congress.

What you’ll find is that corporate America does not divide along ideological, party, hem, or any other lines for that matter, as Pelosi, Reid, and Schumer are just as well funded by bankers, big oil, and war-profiteers as Boehner, Thune and McConnell. Just to refresh your memory, it was also during the hero of the new left, Clinton’s watch, that the firewall provisions of Glass-Steagall preventing commercial banks and their affiliates from engaging in speculative securities activity were essentially repealed. Clinton also passed NAFTA and the “welfare queen” legislation.

What I’m trying to show is that we the people must shelve the antiquated notion that there still exists a legitimate two party system. There are merely two factions of a ubiquitous corporate party. The anachronistic definitions of the politico-economic system thus require updating. Madison et al could never have considered that his class of moral, responsible men would be co-opted by corporate interests antithetical to the public good since general purpose corporations were not considered persons in the 18th Century. Ergo, the task of the decision makers was NOT to secure profits for corporate campaign contributors. If you ever watch Congressional testimony of the banking elite, you’ll quickly realize with whom the power actually resides. The deference paid to Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Bankfein borders on nauseating.

The idea that a regime change is apt to provide any meaningful difference to the wage slave is specious at best. We’ve gotta toss out the old ideas that we live in a working democracy and politicians are there to serve the public good, hell we can even flush the concept of the nation state right down the toilet. The new world order is not some future dystopian scenario waiting to take hold, but it’s actually the current state of global affairs. The world is governed by a new economic paradigm of commerce zones and any nation attempting to maintain its autonomy by keeping its people protected from the scourge of the “free market” is quickly greeted by sanctions or semi-automatics en masse. In 2008 the war drums began to sound against Iran much like the rhythmic chants against Iraq in 2003. What happened in 2008 you ask? Why the Iranian Oil Bourse decided to stop accepting payment for its oil in US dollars of course. The “terrorist” label also readily greets non-compliant groups who opt to maintain rights to their lands within borders. Native and agrarian peoples within Columbia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and a host of other countries all serve to illustrate this concept in action. Essentially a “be absorbed by the matrix or die” philosophy.

Although not frequently used in the American media, the term of art coined to describe this post 1970s policy framework is neoliberalism. Most of us who have lived in the 3rd World are all too aware of the virulent impact of these policies in action. This paradigm has morphed into its present state of being and crept into policy versus being an outright declaration like a monarchical. So what exactly is neoliberalism?  Subcomandante Marcos said that what is offered is to turn the world into one big mall where the wealthy can buy Indians in one place and women in another. Essentially neoliberals advocate the complete and total abolition of government intervention in economic affairs. Neoliberal philosophy is grounded in the abrogation of tariffs, evisceration of environmental regulations of ANY kind, and absolutely NO rights for the working class. Fundamentally it is a planned return to the wondrous age of serfdom. Methinks it’s also rather appropriate to add that one of the commandments of neoliberalism is that it is cosmopolitan in nature. The old guard has realized that browns, blacks, and yellows must also be invited to sit at the table for this meal to be served. For example Lakshmi Mittal is an Indian steel magnate who sits on the board of Goldman Sachs and a similar global bourgeoisie class seems to ensure the lower rungs of the pyramid are pushed off the land and into servitude.

Proponents of this faith often cite to the venerable Adam Smith’s concept of laissez faire capitalism penned in his 1776 opus, The Wealth of Nations. Critics however, are quick to point out their blatant neglect of Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments where he expresses the importance of non-market values in maintaining a thriving social order.  In an article at http://www.corpwatch.org, Elizabeth Martinez and Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights summarized the main points of neoliberalism as:

  1. THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services.
  2. CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.
  3. DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminish profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
  4. PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
  5. ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them when they fail, as “lazy.”

To garner support for policy that promulgates these positions, arguments like “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth” or “free markets create jobs” are often bandied about by the corporate owned media. As any good scientist knows, when you evaluate a study, the initial task is to look at the sources of funding. Before you believe anything henceforth, I implore you to look at who owns the mode of transmission and who has funded the study. We operate under an entirely different construct of reality than do the free market masters of the universe. Integrity, honesty, and justice have all been subjugated to the profit motive in their respective operational definitions of a functioning society.

So how did we get here? Here’s the beauty of the whole damn thing. Consider the following: When you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, his initial response to the stimulus is to jump out. If that same frog is put into a pot of lukewarm water and it is gradually brought to a boil, the frog sits there until he is cooked. This analogy best serves to illustrate how we arrived at our present state of affairs.

In the post WWII era, strides had been made in the areas of public access to education, healthcare, tort liability related to product safety, minimum wage laws, the facilitation of union organizing in the workplace, housing subsidies and the like. Ralph Nader and other individuals had begun to ensure that corporate America was held accountable for its actions. If you ever wonder how automobile fatalities were exponentially reduced, thank Ralph and check out Unsafe at any Speed. Moreover, government, capital and labor had arrived at a sort of uneasy truce. There was an implicit understanding that if left to their own devices markets would result in social devastation. Government served to prevent the boom bust cycles of unfettered capitalism and the social inequity that typically accompanied such calamities. The post WWII era was in essence, the golden age of the middle class.

Enter Lewis F. Powell Jr. Outside the realm of those indoctrinated with a capacity for an understanding of the law, the name is hardly recognized. In 1971, our friend Mr. Powell was a corporate lawyer and sat on the boards of 11 (yes 11, still wonder as to how the less sophisticated members of society have created the concept of the Illuminati?) corporations. Two months before Tricky Dick would nominate him to the Supreme Court, he wrote a memo to his homeboy Eugene Sydnor Jr., the Director of the US Chamber of Commerce. The Powell Manifesto addressed the apathy of American business in combating the looming spectre of the socialist cadre.

The following excerpt is taken from www.reclaimdemocracy.org: Though Powell’s memo was not the sole influence, the Chamber and corporate activists took his advice to heart and began building a powerful array of institutions designed to shift public attitudes and beliefs over the course of years and decades. The memo influenced or inspired the creation of the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Accuracy in Academe, and other powerful organizations. Their long-term focus began paying off handsomely in the 1980s, in coordination with the Reagan Administration’s “hands-off business” philosophy.

Since judges possess the unique ability to divest their personal beliefs, opinions and prejudices from the decisions they make, Powell would have a distinguished career where he ruled on cases without any prejudicial bias whatsoever. And unsophisticated civilizations with rudimentary ropes and pulleys built the pyramids with feats of engineering that we couldn’t duplicate today.

A movement was now underfoot spearheaded by corporate America to influence all elements of society. There would be a focus on the press, pulpit, academia, and the minds of all Americans from the parishioner to the prisoner.  Enter Ronald Wilson Reagan, a former corporate salesman for Chesterfield and Pall Mall cigarettes, and Van Heusen shirts among others. (Ever notice the letters in Reagan’s name add up to 666, lol).  Ronnie would be the first president to formally adopt neoliberal policies under the influence of his economic advisor Arthur Laffer and his supply-side economic theory. On the other side of the pond, the Iron Lady would oversee the same implementation of policy.

Your attention has probably waned somewhat so I think it’s a wrap for today. Stay tuned for part three where I’ll finish with the 1+1 = 3 reasoning of supply side economics. Keep well my friends.

One love,

HJ

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About H3nry J3kyll
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6 Responses to Re-writing the Narrative 101 – Part 2

  1. Erik Andrulis says:

    Thanks for the vid. Wealth disparity is scary. And true. Sadly, no existing political or economic system is going to remedy it.

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      Hey Erik, gotta agree with you there bud. At least not in the short term. Btw, I thought your explanation of impact craters is superior to the existing proposition. I just haven’t got around to commenting.. Have you ever heard of the Thunderbolts Project? It seems like the data received from the last few exploratory comet missions demand that many of our existing theories regarding comets as chunks of rock and ice be significantly modified. If time permits, take a look at this vid.
      http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2013/06/20/the-electric-comet-full-documentary/
      I am curious as to whether the electric model can be reconciled with your complete theory..

  2. Erik Andrulis says:

    Checking it out. Gotta feed my three munchkins, so I’m out of radio contact for a while.

  3. skywanderer says:

    I will reply with more later, but for now I hurry to say: a superb analysis and so are the other parts I have read so far!

  4. Excellent stuff, HJ. I am new to blogging, but have been so impressed with the quality of sites like yours.

    My personal favorite paleo-Neoliberal historical event has to be the Opium Wars. I just love ’em.

    Queen Victoria was the greatest drug dealer in history, demolishing competitors for the title like the upstart Escobar & the Medellin Fun Bunch. England, or more accurately, the East India Trading Company (large corporate concerns were indistinguishable then as now from national concerns) had to squeeze more profit from bloodied India. They took to growing poppy there and processing it into opium. The Brits sold the opium to the Chinese until the efffects on the populace caused China to ban opium. In response to the closing of a valuable market, England shelled the port town, sacked others, killed who-knows-how-many chineese, and regained access to their market.

    History strips these modern thugs of any legitimacy. The older I get, the more I see history as a people’s weapon. History is a rebel!

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      Thanks for reading and the feedback Glenn. In both the Eastern and Western hemispheres the Dutch and British “traders” certainly epitomized the utter absence of humanity. When you look at the scope of legal gangsterism with which these entities were involved, it really does make guys like Gotti, Capone and Escobar look rather amateurish. Funny though, we’ve been brainwashed to the point where we consider some worthy of gold thrones and the others, electric chairs.
      I’ve heard that “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” and it sounds quite right imo. Ever notice we call teachers and spokesmen for factual accounts of history conspiracy theorists yet grant Ph.Ds to the idiots who claim the colonial powers were there for the benefit of the uncivilized savages?

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