“There were protests in over 80 countries on the 15th, with half a million taking to the streets in Madrid to voice their frustration with a political system that has failed the people of Spain -- in the same way our own "Los Indignados" (Spanish for "The Outraged") are voicing their anger and frustration at a system that has failed the "99 percent" here in America.”
But I seriously doubt much will change. The 1% know exactly what they are doing. Actually, since Arianna is amongst that 1% of wealthiest Americans and disagrees with them that’s pretty good evidence that the real control is in the hands of a much smaller faction. Stiglitz, Reich and Krugman all seem to think it’s more like .03%. Now THAT’S the power of pelf.
In any event all that will happen is that the 99% may push hard enough for the 1% to kick back some chump change sufficient to placate the bleating sheep who, though fleeced, will at least be thankful the are not made into mutton and restored to a Vanity Fair happiness that allows us safely graze on genetically modified and privately owned empty carbohydrates.After all, as Huffington must admit, the 1% own the media which has censored the message (much the way many of us have noticed Arianna’s own moderators do!). But the 1% not only own the media and control the message they also own the governments too. They are multinational ‘persons’ before the law but they owe no national fealty to any nation or government. As long as there are plenty of virtual slaves willing to work for less than $4 a day, and foreign governments (communist yet!) with controlled (socialist) economies, and no environmental or labor regulations to interfere with capitalist pillage and plunder, Americans will be driving their gas-guzzling SUVs to Walmart to swipe their usurous credit cards to buy cheap goods made by slave labor.
The capitalists not only sold us the rope to hang ourselves with but the rope was made in China and the knot tied in India. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." If Jonathan Swift were alive I wonder if he’d modestly propose a 1% solution. Want change? Try the guillotine. Just kidding of course. Of course.But what ever happened to "the greatest happiness principle" or the principle of utility and the utilitarian "fundamental axiom” that the “greatest happiness of the greatest number is the measure of right and wrong"? Three tenths of 1% to assure the greatest good for the greatest many? Would Jeremy Bentham love it! One percent? What a small sacrifice.
Francois ArouetCopyright © 2011