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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
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Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at www.stuartjeannebramhall.com

AUGUST 26, 2012 1:28AM

Former Black Panther Slams Obama

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Ex-Panther Larry Pinkney

Ex-Panther Larry Pinkney

In an scorching indictment of Obama’s first four years as president, Black Panther veteran Larry Pinkney (former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa) weighs in on the betrayal of African Americans by Obama and the black “intelligentia.”

At his website Intrepid Report, Pinkney castigates Black America’s so-called intelligentsia for placing “pigmentation and hollow pride” above principles and selflessness.

According to Pinkney, “They have betrayed (and continue to betray) the masses of everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. What they have done and who they are must never be forgotten.”

The article continues: “The Black intelligentsia (Pinkney identifies Cornell West and Angela Davis by name) knew, or should have known, better than many, that any person, irrespective of color or gender, who rises to become the head (i.e., chief executive) of the U.S. Empire would not hesitate to:

1) Give trillions of dollars of the people’s money to corporate banksters and other Wall Street robber barons.

2) Federally eliminate the much needed single payer universal health care option.

3) Militarily bomb Africa.

4) Murder women, men and children with incessant predator drone missile strikes upon other sovereign nations.

5) Utilize a self-legitimized ‘kill list’ to commit extrajudicial murders of Americans and non-Americans alike, without the bother of legitimate due process.

6) Sign into law the draconian NDAA—which calls for the indefinite detention in this nation of U.S. citizens—without charge, trial, judge, jury, or legal defense.

7) Continue operating the torture chamber at the U.S. gulag known as Guantanamo.”

Later he writes, “Notwithstanding his double-speak political rhetoric, Barack Obama has indeed ‘redistributed the wealth’ of this nation. He has massively redistributed the wealth from the public sectors, the dwindling middle classes, and the poor to the super-rich corporate/military elite—which is a fact which cannot possibly escape the awareness of the Black intelligentsia and which is precisely why he was overwhelmingly supported by the corporate elite of Lockheed, Goldman Sachs, and the assorted and sordid banking and pharmaceutical multinationals of Wall Street, etc.”

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Many black intellectuals/opinion makers did know who Obama was such as Adolph Reed Jr., Glen Ford, Cynthia McKinney and Margaret Kimberly.

Cornell West has supported Nader in the past, I was disappointed to see him fall -- at the time -- into Obama's camp.
It is so comical to see all the weeping and moaning by the lefties of socialist and communist inclination.

OBama never claimed any allegiance to your silly notions of what he'd do once elected. He was / is a run-of-the-mill Amerikan politrickian. You ought to have known that.

I warned you, just after he was elected, that you'd become, in just a few years, his biggest detractors. You thought that your votes had given him the win and that he'd have to pay attention to your whining.

Well, you were wrong. If you'd been less full of yourselves and a little more on top of what was happening, you'd have known that our ol' buddy, GW Bush gave him the win. People were so fed up with Der Shrub that they wanted someone quite different. B U T .....not socialist different. Just not another arrogant Republican.

It's time to wake up and smell the coffee, my dear lefty friends. If you want any kind of a silly socialist system to take hold in Amerika, you're going to have to build it from the grass roots on up. The Democratic Party is NOT going to become your vehicle to the White House. Nor should it be.....

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Skypixeo, I'm not exactly sure who your comment is addressed to. I don't know know anyone on the left (certainly not Larry Pinkney) who campaigned or voted for Obama. Most of my activist friends voted for Nader, though I know people in the Green Party who voted for Cynthia McKinney.
Every time I hear or see Black people supporting this twenty-first century Caligula it makes my blood boil Dr. Nothing could be more ignorant than a Black person who works for 9 dollars an hour with no medical insurance, no healthcare, and a “Spaniard” waiting in the wings to do their job for 5 except perhaps a White person who lives in a trailer park because he has lost his house to the banks and Wall Street supporting Romney and eugenics poster boy Paul Ryan. Both these candidates appeal to Americas most base instinct; racism! The system could not get no more evil!



I see you commented on Libby's blog Dr. Perhaps you read my theory on Obamas pathology: having been abandoned before birth by his Kenyan father Obama has a pathological hatred for Black people. I think its rather obvious he has killed more Black people in the past four years than the Southern Democrats killed in the entire ninetieth century. But perhaps whoever said people get the candidate they deserve was right.
Dr. Bramhall,
What makes you think that I limited "those on the left" to those whom YOU know?

If you were reading the blogs here on OS, by left oriented writers, you'd have seen many who indicated support for Obama and what they expected of him once he took office.
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@Sky I voted for for McCain (first time ever in my life voting for a republican. I thought a war hero would be less likely to completely betray the Constitution. But boy was I wrong too!) and I am a Socialist as you very well know. But your overall conclusion is correct no elections ever going to fix this now. Nobody in their right mind should even be considering voting in this one. To do so is to sanction tyranny and condone your own soul to the evil that sponsors it. To quote Mick Jagger before he drowned himself in cocaine “Think the time is right for a palace revolution”! Some bright eyed boys in the pentagon will figure it out sooner or later. Don’t worry their not all Colon Powell's otherwise you and I would have been speaking some other language by now! Open Salon is a very sheltered forum and becomes more sheltered by the day. Go on the Red State forums and see what they are saying. I don’t even think twenty percent of them support this “government” any longer and unlike the eunuchs on here they are armed to the teeth and not afraid to die (“Jesus is on their side”). Americas criminal politicians are far more aware of that fact than the people on OS who peddle the medias happy horseshit. They have already begun rounding up military personnel who tell the truth on facebook but their efforts to garner support for a UN gun grab have only been swallowed by their own metrosexual constituents who don’t serve any use besides participating in their cover-ups by voting and lending “intellectual” credence to the main stream medias fables. In truth much to the dismay of Wall Street Obama is going to have to be jettisoned in hopes of garnering support from racist senior citizens but obviously that’s not going to work either. America is on a countdown to bloodbath the only thing that can avert that is a military coup and the installation of someone like Paul Craig Roberts back in the White House (does anyone really believe Reagan tied his own shoes?). And I got to know PCR very well before Rob Kall got jealous and kicked me off his web site. Dr. Roberts will not play nice with the Bush’s like Ron Paul does.
Jack,
Having followed your comments for some time now, I can honestly say that I don't know what to make of you.

Your reading of the present situation, its causes and its likely outcome, seems spot on. I just cannot understand how you could possibly be sucked in by socialist clap-trap.

Perhaps, like many, you see it as the only possible alternative to predatory greed capitalism. I hope not because predatory socialism, which is built upon the same pyramid of power as PGC, is likely to be no solution to the problem of building a society that actually works for the members of that society - ALL of the members.

To me, naif that I am, a society ought to exist solely for the benefit of its members - that's why people come together to form societies, is it not?

No society that we've ever had has done that effectively (aside from, possibly, some of the pre-columbian Polynesian and, perhaps, some of the ancient North American ones).

Such a society is never going to "just happen" to come into existence. We need to define just exactly what purpose we want a society to serve and then design one specifically for that purpose.

Apparently a very great many people think that mankind is not capable of doing that. They keep grabbing at straws like "capitalism", "socialism", "fascism", etc. All of these have been tried. All of these have failed to meet our need for an equitable and decent social order. Repeating those previous methods will only bring the same results again.

We need to design a social order that seems to us to be likely to serve us well. We need to adopt or design an economic system that will serve the social system.

I am convinced that once we see the need to step out of the boxes we've already found very uncomfortable and take up the challenge of designing and building something different and suitable, we'll be on the way to taking the next step upward on our long, slow journey to maturity.

How do you see it?

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Not withstanding the factual content of this post, Obama's performance as President should come as no surprise to anyone who's familiar with his career and rhetoric. From his term as President of the Harvard Law Review, to his activity as a "Community Organizer" to his service in the Illinois State legislature and the US Senate, he has been consistent in his tactics and deeds as a politician. He tries to bring disparate parties together and seeks consensus, but has always avoided "progressive" proposals (single payer health insurance ala Medicare/Medicaid) for incremental change (Obamacare) that doesn't threaten existing economic or political stability.

He's never hesitated to play rough or throw anyone under the bus to achieve victory in his political career. However non-transparent Obama's tactics may be, if you look through his history, what you see is what you get.
Recently it's become fashionable for apologists of this administration to blame the left for everything. It's senseless blather, like the stuff that comes out of Fox News. There's no connection, as you point out--who in the world on the left voted for this man? I, who am only a recently minted leftist, was still delusional enough about this political system in 2008 to cast a ballot for him. No thanks this time. We've all been put on a suicide course, on rocket skids, thanks to his cowardice before finance. Glad to see Pinkney standing up, so many black leaders took a pass. Black voters are something else, though, only about 23% of them voted in the midterm. There will not be huge numbers of them rushing to the polls this time around to vote Obama. They're one of the savviest group of voters in the country, having been screwed so many times in the past by the guys in power. Young people are far less enthused about Obama, too, about a 20 point dip from where they were at in 2008. The Dems have nobody to blame but themselves.

And skypixie seems convinced that little cells of people can change everything. At some point larger realities have to be confronted. In societies with hundreds of millions of people large, working systems, of transportation, communication, are needed. The problem is they serve conglomerates and capitalism. So, yeah, that IS the problem. There's no avoiding that confrontation, no matter how much Fox-type "anti-lefty" stuff is heaped on the fire. It's a perspective that sounds very isolated, very uninvolved...

Again, good post. Rated.
Are you trying to force me to tell the truth Sky? The truth is, like always, nobody's going to like the truth:

Right now as far as what I see around me Socialism is the only possible alternative to predatory greed capitalism. What I would like to say is what we need is a new religion but the predominate religion in the West is Christianity which says it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to attain the kingdom of heaven. Yet the prevailing system of economics is predatory greed capitalism and indeed “good” Christians even managed to endorse slavery less than two hundred years ago. So I must come to the conclusion that the rest of the world is right. Its in our DNA sky. the Caucasian is a predator above all else, even above his God. The simplest solution is the one that is being attempted now; to breed it out, but I doubt that’s going to work either. There are two reasons it won’t work. One is simply because we don’t have enough time for that and the other, related to the first, is because the Caucasian as a whole abhors breeding with other races. I am not even so sure that removing the Caucasian race is a good idea. As noted by Benjamin Disraeli in his early “fictitious” novels the Caucasian race cannot be subjugated where as all other races can. If this statement is true and, as you probably know, Disraeli was no fool. He didn’t let idealism get in the way of the facts. Then it just may be that the Caucasian race stands as a stopgap to just the kind of totalitarian world government that you and I so abhor. The one we have now! Or should I say the one which we are about to wage war against. I do not know of any political solution that will work that will incorporate Caucasians peacefully into a world community, a world community which is quite necessary given environmental concerns of a population that has swelled to over 7 billion people. So give the Caucasian National Socialism minus the NAZI racism, something he can spread with his little toy bayonet to keep that warrior gene happy. He likes war even more than he likes material goods anyway. Lets hope that we can buy enough time so that we can come up with a more permanent solution before he once again starts taking the things that are not his to take.
@Jack,

I'm not sure that I "get" all that you're saying. Let me see what I can make of it.

As I already said in other words, "as far as you can see around you" is just the same old tried and failed stuff that we really don't need to get involved in again. It didn't work before and it won't work now.

What about coming up with something different? Y'know we've got a hell of a pile of knowledge of things that work and things that don't work stored up now. Any good social system is going to have certain things in common.

The materials used to build one structure can be used to build another. The sub-systems will differ little, I think. I mean, a good transportation system in a capitalist nation is not going to be far different from one in a socialist country, is it?

I can understand your thought that a new religion is needed. I think that may be just an expression of your realization that people need a definite goal (heaven?) to work towards and a means of achieving that goal (religious rites?).

But in the US part of North America there already is a strong secondary religion; two in fact - politics & wealth. Heck, the politics religion has even followed the same pattern of early christianity by splitting into two treat warring factions. I see few differences between the Republican / Democrat split and the Catholic / Protestant split. And the wealth has split between the haves and the have-nots. Again , two great warring factions.

I don't see this working out too well, do you? In the past we've seen what happens when one side or the other gets the religious upper hand. Right now we've seen what happens when politics and wealth get the upper hand. And however you describe it - however you define it - it isn't working out for the people. It's another dead end. We're on the verge of another Dark Ages for pete's sake!

OK, with each system, we had to try it. We had to see. But now we know. It won't work. Time to move on. Time for those, such as yourself, who seem able to clearly see much of what doesn't work, can't work, won't work, to design a system that you think WILL work. And no, Jack, you can't just turn around and grab one of the old ones off the shelf and put it forward as a "new and better" solution. Oh yes, parts of the old ones can help but in total, as systems already tried, we know we just can't adopt them.

I find it very interesting that you should bring up National Socialism because that is a system that had a lot of interesting ideas. So does communism. So does (world) socialism. I suspect that even feudalism could contribute something to the discussion. But I think it a serious error to try to apply one of them whole cloth to our present situation. They just don't fit.

Your ideas about Caucasians are abhorrent to me. I married across race lines and do not understand racism at all. To me there is one race - humanity. It comes in different genders, sizes, ages, colours, and intelligence & abilities. But it is one race. Every member of it is different from every other member of it - yet every member of it is equally a member of it.

I'd love to see you and others of your abilities stop "looking around" for an existing blueprint for a system that'll work well. I'd love to see you take a seat at the drawing board and help to design a system that'll work better.

And then go to work on "how to get there from here".

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Dr. Bramhall,
I apologize for Jack and myself bumbling rather far afield from the topic of your blog. Sometimes things just have a life of their own......

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Please don't apologize, Sky. As is often the case, the comments are more interesting that the post.
Sky,
You ask a good question, only you, unlike others, seem to be prepared to attempt to answer it. This is the question I periodically ask Boko. OK, you don't like the current system because it's failing. Yup. It is. Blatantly. Peculiarly enough, it's even failing itself, because as the rich take more from everyone else, they're bankrupting their own customer base, which is what keeps them rich.

We know what isn't working. I'm not prepared to say Let's get rid of what we have regardless of what comes next, because I've seen that tried too much in the Third World (and other places) and it's never pretty - they throw out the Corrupt and they get the Zealots, who are usually worse.

So,
How do we come up with even a theory of what would work?
and
If we do, how do we impliment it?
They are not my ideas sky they are Benjamin Disraeli’s as he relayed them to Queen Elizabeth when they set the course over a hundred and thirty years ago that has led to the abyss we now stand at. Look around you sky we have raped, pillaged, and plundered, the entire world. It was these ideas that led to the subjugation and confiscation of African resources whose end result is the appalling poverty you see there now. You hate Communism so much sky? Why did China become Communist? To get us the hell out of there and stop us from forcing opium down her peoples throats at gunpoint. You mention Mesoamerican civilizations. Where are they? What happened to them sky? In India we pulled the Pashtuns off the Hindus but that was only so we could exploit them ourselves, besides the Pashtun are Caucasian! I can go on and on but you need to be more truthful and objective with yourself. You like to talk about American exceptionalism all the time but you seem to forget that we Americans are simply following directives set for us by our mother country Great Britain a hundred and thirty years ago. This , everything you see in this world, was debated before the throne of England between William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli. Unfortunately for the rest of the world Disraeli won the debate. It is not American exceptionalism sky it is Caucasian exceptionalism! Louis Farrakhan had it right we are White devils: “blue eyed devils.” Our greatest talent is waging war. That is what we do better than everybody else in the world! We have no time to be politically correct and even less time to work out your utopian system. The end game for the Neocons is WWIII and world wide totalitarian government. This is a street fight and in a street fight you pick up the nearest available weapon. That is National socialism. The Germans nearly beat them with it but they made the mistake of orientating it racially. We shall not make the same mistake. National Socialism for everybody. Spread at the point of American bayonets. Now!
what gets me is this man sees Obama but 94% of blacks are projected to vote for Obama..
Jack,
You mean Victoria, not Elizabeth

Catnlion,
Because by any substantive measure Romney would be even worse.
Obama is in many respects Romney Light. They're justifiably more afraid of Romney Heavy.
The Black Panthers, up close, were a little bit too much like drill sergeants for my liking. Their pull-yourselves-up-by-your-own-bootstraps rhetoric had a familiar ring, too. Stokely Carmichael, on the other hand, spoke truth about what it was like to live in the city. He also said:

"I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people."

Obama is good proof, he's one of whitest gents ever to occupy that house.
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Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth their all the same Kosher: parasites! If she had any decency at all she would have listened to Gladstone when he told her what they planed on doing in Africa and what they were doing in India was morally reprehensible. Instead she cast her lot and therefore mine, yours, and the entire Western world, with a guy like Disraeli whose biggest disappointment in life was the repeal of the corn laws, laws that starved to death millions of her own people. I would say David Icke is right but then that would be an insult to reptiles. Reptiles have far more compassion than the aristocracy! If we do not remove them now they will remove us and finish the job of world wide enslavement. War is coming to America and its going to happen very quickly like their Jesus said “like a thief in the night.” And like M&M said when he was composing their anthem “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance.” It is the last chance for the human race.
Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth their all the same Kosher: parasites! If she had any decency at all she would have listened to Gladstone when he told her what they planed on doing in Africa and what they were doing in India was morally reprehensible. Instead she cast her lot and therefore mine, yours, and the entire Western world, with a guy like Disraeli whose biggest disappointment in life was the repeal of the corn laws, laws that starved to death millions of her own people. I would say David Icke is right but then that would be an insult to reptiles. Reptiles have far more compassion than the aristocracy! If we do not remove them now they will remove us and finish the job of world wide enslavement. War is coming to America and its going to happen very quickly like their Jesus said “like a thief in the night.” And like M&M said when he was composing their anthem “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance.” It is the last chance for the human race.
Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth their all the same Kosher: parasites! If she had any decency at all she would have listened to Gladstone when he told her what they planed on doing in Africa and what they were doing in India was morally reprehensible. Instead she cast her lot and therefore mine, yours, and the entire Western world, with a guy like Disraeli whose biggest disappointment in life was the repeal of the corn laws, laws that starved to death millions of her own people. I would say David Icke is right but then that would be an insult to reptiles. Reptiles have far more compassion than the aristocracy! If we do not remove them now they will remove us and finish the job of world wide enslavement. War is coming to America and its going to happen very quickly like their Jesus said “like a thief in the night.” And like M&M said when he was composing their anthem “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance.” It is the last chance for the human race.
Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth their all the same Kosher: parasites! If she had any decency at all she would have listened to Gladstone when he told her what they planed on doing in Africa and what they were doing in India was morally reprehensible. Instead she cast her lot and therefore mine, yours, and the entire Western world, with a guy like Disraeli whose biggest disappointment in life was the repeal of the corn laws, laws that starved to death millions of her own people. I would say David Icke is right but then that would be an insult to reptiles. Reptiles have far more compassion than the aristocracy! If we do not remove them now they will remove us and finish the job of world wide enslavement. War is coming to America and its going to happen very quickly like their Jesus said “like a thief in the night.” And like M&M said when he was composing their anthem “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance.” It is the last chance for the human race.
kosher,
As you may already know, I don't ask anyone to "come up with an idea" without having one of my own to toss into the pot. I started work on mine over 40 years ago.

Basically it's this:
--Recognize that our society has two basic systems and a multitude of sub-systems that it operates on. A social system and an economic system.
--Acknowledge that capitalism, while a terrific economic system, is a tool. It is a very dangerous tool. It must be kept in strict control at all times as a servant of the social system.
--When the capitalist system is made to serve the society, it does a great job of offering a decent income for all and opportunities for all to develop their abilities.
--When the social system loses control of its economic system that system soon runs amok and having no conscious intelligence, ends up eating itself (sound familiar?)
--In order for a social system to be effective, it must determine what it wants to be; i.e. what would a fairly decent society look like (let's not try for utopia - how about just one little step up from the mess we have?)
--Almost all the problems of our society stem from one easily recognized thing; improper distribution of wealth.
--The majority of the wealth of our society is held by a very few people who MOSTLY INHERITED IT!
--What would be wrong with having ALL the people inherit the wealth by generation instead of a few inheriting it directly from parents?
--If all people passed their wealth on to the next generation of the whole society when they die, instead of just to their own personal progeny, then all would have a birthright inheritance.
--If that inheritance were in the form of shares of all public companies, it could be left to grow until the new-born is an adult - say 20 yrs old.
--That would provide sufficient funding for him/her to prepare themselves for their life's work or even, if they lived frugally, to support them for life. JUST AS IT DOES FOR THE WEALTHY RIGHT NOW.
--Unlike the socialist model, I do not wish to drag the rich down to the level of the hoi-polloi, I want to drag the hoi-polloi UP to the level of the rich. AND I want to do it the exact same way the rich got up there - inheritance!
--To set up the mechanics of something like this is child's play for smart, educated people. You or I could, in a pinch, probably work out a model that would serve.
--Look at what this does. It lets us continue to gain the advantages of a capitalist, competitive, economic system - but one that is strictly controlled and whose benefits accrue to the whole of the population.
--It provides the security of self survival and personal advancement that a socialist system claims to provide while still leaving individuals owning their own wealth and able to dispose of it as they see fit.
--It eliminates the need for costly social services to be provided by a huge bureaucracy that masters and feeds upon the population.
--It even eliminates the need for labour laws and unions. A financially secure population can no longer be forced to accept employment as wage-slaves but will be free to accept or reject employment based on their own terms. Bad bosses will lose out - who would work for one?
--Since the "employees", indeed the whole population, would be shareholders in the economic system via their shares in national corporations, they would have a personal stake in making sure that those companies are successful by buying American instead of buying cheap foreign goods. Another major plus, you'll agree.

The elephant in the room is, of course, how to "get from "here" to "there." And I even have some thoughts on that!

But I am only one wee average person. Imagine what someone who really knows his stuff could come up with! But that won't happen as long as we're all convinced that we've got to grab, off the shelf, one of the previously tried, ready-made, social/economic systems from the past. My ideas may have value or they may not. That isn't important. What is, important is that they show that it IS possible to think of other social/economic models that DON'T include throwing the baby out with the bath water by destroying a fine economic system because we let it get out of control. Would you ban all use of fire because it is dangerous? Or would you prefer to control it properly so as to make use of its helpful qualities?

Capitalism CAN work for the good of the whole society; but NOT predatory, greed capitalism. Let's think about a form of capitalism the I call Citizens' Capitalism where our society owns the economic system instead of the other way around.
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Jack,
I think perhaps I got carried away while answering kosher and actually replied to you too. Sorry 'bout that. I get excited sometimes!

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Sky,
That's actually really intriguing. Is there really enough money in inheritance to do that? After all, the whole point of inheritance is the security of the next generation.

The problem you'd run into is from parents but if there's really enough that all kids eat, you've hit the minimum, particularly if the parents can pass on, say, their houses.

This is a new idea to me. This is actually not bad.

I'm kind of a negative repairs (debating term) capitalist myself, not that I'm big on the whole investing structure but on private businesses. Actually, my personal experience is that no business that I've ever seen go public performs as well as when it was still private. What you need to do for employees and yourself is way different than what you need to do for shareholders. Shareholders are looking for nothing but financial worth, private owners often care for the good of the company because it's their baby.

This is a conversation worth having further. You've got my attention.
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Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth their all the same Kosher: parasites! If she had any decency at all she would have listened to Gladstone when he told her what they planed on doing in Africa and what they were doing in India was morally reprehensible. Instead she cast her lot and therefore mine, yours, and the entire Western world, with a guy like Disraeli whose biggest disappointment in life was the repeal of the corn laws, laws that starved to death millions of her own people. I would say David Icke is right but then that would be an insult to reptiles. Reptiles have far more compassion than the aristocracy! If we do not remove them now they will remove us and finish the job of world wide enslavement. War is coming to America and its going to happen very quickly like their Jesus said “like a thief in the night.” And like M&M said when he was composing their anthem “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance.” It is the last chance for the human race.
Dr.Bramhall, Jack,

Jack, you seem to be heavily invested in the idea that "the elite" are some other form of life; different from "we-the-people". They're not. They're just you and I had we been fortunate enough to have been born to their parents. They were born in and raised in the same polyglot of "systems" as we were. They are every bit a human as you and I and every bit as worthy of respect as you and I. They are NOT some alien enemy that we can ever "get rid of once and for all".

We humans have had an "elite" class as long as we've had social organizations. In the beginning it is the parents who formed that elite to their children. Then it was family/tribal elders. Then minor kings, major kings, emperors, etc.

The concept of electing such leaders is not a new one. America, contrary to popular American belief, did not invent it. It has advantages over hereditary leaders - and it has disadvantages too.

There are those who say that we can do without such leaders. Perhaps we can, perhaps not. I suggest that the real social leaders are "positions" rather than individuals and that individuals are only "leaders" so long as they occupy those positions. The question is: How do we determine who and when and how individuals come to sit in those leadership seats?

Elections have been our recent method. I question the viability of this method. Elections, it seems to me, require that every candidate be pretty well known to the electorate if that electorate is to have the ability to make a good choice. Those selected must, of course, bend every effort to fulfill the responsibilities of the office (the seat) they've been chosen to fill.

In large populations such as ours it is impossible for the electorate to "know" the candidates that well at all. This means that the voters must rely upon the information that comes to them through the advertising done by the candidates. Since such advertising is expensive and needs to be well co-ordinated and aligned, political parties raise funds and determine who will run to represent the party.

This does two terrible things to "elections". It puts the question of who will be able to afford to run into the hands of a political party - a party whose best interests it will most certainly look after FIRST. A party whose best interests are NOT usually the same interests as the interests of the voters. It also allows the political parties to make promises to funders in order to get funds from them. Those promises too, will seldom be in the best interests of the voters.

So electing people to fill the seats of the political elite becomes, as it has in most countries that have them, harmful to the interests of the ordinary people. Those with massive fortunes can, and do, purchase promises from elected officials, openly or secretly, to ensure that the laws support the financial elite. Even when such laws are directly harmful to the electorate!

The corollary problem with electing those who will sit in the "elite" political seats, is that it fosters career politicians who see their interests as aligned with the interests of those who fund them and the party which provides that funding. This works against the electors also.

I'd suggest that those who sit in the seats of management be one-time-only managers and that they be chosen, from the adult, non-criminal, mentally sound population. I further suggest that such people be chosen by lot. A lottery is unbiased as to age, gender, colour, ethnic background, etc. It allows a fairly even distribution of choice that will truly represent any large population.

This would take the funding - the purchasing - of representatives out of the equation. It also takes the "career" out of social management. It means that each, and every, member of the population must be ready to take a turn sitting in one of those management seats at some point during his/her lifetime.

This, it seems to me is much closer to "of the people", and "by the people" than "electing" career politicians who owe allegiance to political parties and financial supporters (masters).

As to the "for the people" part, well, those chosen from among the people will hardly be likely to do any worse than those bought and paid for minions of the financial and political elite, now will they?

If you combine this idea of social duty with the idea of starting life in a fairly equal financial position as are all others, (Citizens' Capitalism) you get a social system that doesn't have the flaws that our present system has. One that allows the social system to work on behalf of the people instead of on behalf of the financial OR political elite. And if socialism doesn't have a financial elite it sure as hell has a political elite!

You cut out the financial and political elite's ability to control the whole economic and social systems for their benefit and their benefit alone.

"Of the people. By the people. For the people." - Words to live by. Words to build an entire social/economic system by. Words to leave to our children in a society that honours them.

What do you think?
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@kosher,

Is there enough money in inheritance to do that? Heck kosh, the elite - the top 6% - have about 90% of all the wealth in our society. We, the people, make do with the other 10%. Imagine what our society would look like, financially, were that other 90% of the wealth to be brought into play!

With the security of financial stability, the competitive capitalist economic system would operate as it should. Capitalism was never a system that could work well with a huge chunk of the wealth of the society grabbed off by the few wealthy. It's a system that requires that the wealth be "in play". Direct line inheritance has NEVER been good for capitalism.

True capitalism, being competitive, must ensure fair competition to work properly. Only when all start at the same starting line can the race be fair. When some start with the finish line two steps in front of them, thats not competition - thats a massacre. Direct line inheritance is a hold-over from feudalism and other ancient systems. It doesn't belong in capitalism.

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@bramhall, doc lee:

I think that discussions like this are actually pretty sad. The post itself draws up a good point, starting with an interesting figure. Pinkney is no great anti-imperialist in the tradition of Carmichael, or Fanon for that matter. In particular Pinkney's reliance on tropes of universal humanity is an awful weakness. It leaves far too much obscured in the present evolution of global-capital, and in many ways mirrors exactly the rhetoric used by corrupted and absorbed NGO's and others who work adjacent to the World Bank, IMF, and other psuedo-internationalist institutions. I'm sure Pinkney would denounce the collusion--but the tropes have to go at some point, and not only out of recognition that they are no longer owned by popular-democratic forces. The system has to be transformed before the terms can be--something the anti-imperialists knew in Fanon's time. Even thinkers as advanced as Hardt and Negri only now are struggling to understand how profoundly the changes that have already been made under global-capital effect representational, symbolic, and political norms. I mean this in the widest possible sense.

That said, Pinkney makes important points, laying out the specifics that should form the basis for a solid progressive rejection of Obama's cynical politics. Voting for him does not represent compromise, unless one believes in compromising with a sociopathic profit system. Some evidently do.

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