Today, the conservative goal is the Third Worldlization of America, to reduce the U.S. populace to a Third World condition, having people work harder and harder for less and less. This includes a return to the "free market", free of environmental regulations, free of consumer protections, minimum wages, occupational safety, and labor unions, a market crowded with underemployed labor, so better to depress wages and widen profit margins. Conservatives also seek the abolition of human services and other forms of public assistance that give people some buffer against free market forces.
Page 171 states: With underemployment and poverty come the return of tuberculosis, homelessness, and hunger, and a sharp increase in the number of people who work at nonunion, low-paying, dead-end poverty-level jobs. Real wages have declined at least 10 percent in the last decade.
Whoa Nellie!!!! Let's take a real look at a few things. Consider Mr. Parenti's writings in light of the illegal immigration issue, the systematic busting of the labor unions, and healthcare in this country. I read a tiny little article buried somewhere the other day that stated that our illustrious Shrub wants to achieve a balanced budget by 2012 by cutting Medicare and Medicaid. Hmmmm.....................let's target and take away from the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. Consider also the influx of tainted foods and unsafe products from China.....the nation that bankrolls our debt. Pay close attention at the grocery store. The healthiest foods......fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains.........are the most cost prohibitive items on the shelves for the average working American. The cheapest and most affordable dollar-wise are the foods that promote obesity and overall poor health. Ever wonder why a cake mix is generally cheaper than say 3 or 4 apples or oranges? why soda pop is cheaper than orange juice and milk?
Like the line from the Don Henley song says "we're partying fools in the autumn of our hey-day........"
This has been going on for a long time.
Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, empire as it exists todayis seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders. When not ignored outright, the subject of imperialism has been sanitized, so that empires are called "commonwealths", and colonies become "territories" or "dominions". Imperialist military interventions become matters of "national defense", "national security", and maintaining "stability" in one or another region.
Against Empire......page 1
Now tell me......what are WE going to do to change this? Are you ready for a the National ID card or the coming of the Amero? Will we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils and maintain the status quo? Will we demand and require full and open accountability from the Federal Reserve (our own private central bank)? Will we hold our leaders accountable to the people? I doubt it very seriously. Even the rest of the world is not convinced that we want real change here. Maybe they are right. I was standing in line at the store the other day and watching as person after person bought their groceries on credit..................this should be a screaming red flag to this country but it goes on and on. I used to envy those folks with a multitude of credit cards at their disposal and the ability to buy all kinds of things and better groceries than I can. Not any more. I stood there feeling very grateful that my small purchase would be paid for in cash and no new debt incurred in the process.
And Wise One......thanks for the topic. You do realize that you have just opened up a huge can of worms, don't you?