This short article from Robert Parry is a very worthwhile read. I trust him on so many issues. He reflects here on the loss of trust produced by the realization that American leadership, like that in the EU, has resulted in policies that have not produced a system that respects, or works toward a secure future for, the average person. Wealth is increasingly funnelled upwards. Everyman has been betrayed. The outcome of the dangerous, but natural, human reaction to this is disquieting.
The piece’s final statement:
Right now, Clinton and the Democrats are carrying the banner of the Establishment, while Trump and his Republican insurgents fly the Jolly Roger. In a political year when the anti-establishment wave seems to be cresting, the Democrats may regret their choice of a legacy, status-quo candidate.
My 1983 pro-environment anti-nuke song that appeared less relevant a decade ago has gained new, urgent relevance with the relentless provocation of Russia by neocon-controlled “New American Century” revivalists that, for some time now, have hijacked US foreign policy.
Back then the situation was so scary that I wrote two songs on the nuke issue. We seem back in perilous times.
I’ve replaced the old One Planet video with a much better video produced using new equipment and software. It is in new, HD photos taken by me with great quotations from female and male thinkers on world issues.
I call the video, “One Planet II.” It is also on the My Songs page in my header.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, author of the photo’s quote, is a brave, brilliant agricultural activist from India, known as the Seed Lady for her successful securing of seed banks of key, traditional plants against their extinction. Traditional seeds are now threatened by the patenting of seed for profit perpetrated by all-powerful corporations like Monsanto.
In her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein pointed out that the world is being privatized at an alarming rate in a decades long process driven by capitalism in overdrive. Every disaster or world crisis is used to scare the population into accepting the need for yet one more transfer of wealth and power to the Very Very Few (my term). The neocons behind Disaster Capitalism will frequently create a crisis of which they can take advantage. The so-called War on Terror is the most devastating example of what has come out of this opportunistic policy, whose neocon proponents must have been quite content when 911 facilitated their continued, decades long, onslaught on our freedoms.
My point today: Recent events in Ukraine have highlighted for me that the Ukraine Crisis, which became acute with a February 22, 2014, US-engineered, coup d’état, is a classic example of Disaster Capitalism. Before long the Ukraine will have been aggressively and widely privatized (farmland, mining, natural gas, etc) to an extent and at a rate that would not be tolerated even in the increasingly docile “democratic” West. It will be “justified” by using the intimidating excuse that it will be better than the rampant corruption that now exists. This devastating crisis was created on purpose. The US, over several years, manipulated Kiev into a desperate position and then engineered a coup d’état. An American is now the Finance Minister of the Ukraine and both its President and Prime Minister are mere puppets selected in advance of the coup by the US State Department.
Like Russia’s gangsterism and Bush’s cronyism, contemporary Iraq is a creation of the fifty-year crusade to privatize the world. Rather than being disowned by its creators, it deserves to be seen as the purest incarnation yet of the ideology that gave it birth.
More quotes from The Shock Doctrine can be found here.
We peasants of the “free world” have totally surrendered.
We no longer care to know what is happening, and essentially have said to our sloppily elected “leaders,” who are the minions of the Very Very Few:
Pick our enemies for us.
Scuttle them by whatever murderous and evil ways you can.
Keep us safe and “prosperous.”
Just do it!
Go for it.
Blanket media censorship?
Displacement, enslavement and bombing of innocent foreigners?
Destruction of the biosphere?
If you/we must.
Anything, now, back to my toys.
After following MH17 politics for six months and devoting many of my best hours to trying to guess at, and point out, more alternatives to the Western mainstream version of the “truth”, the penny described in the above “dialogue” finally dropped.
And the decay is not just among the typical couch potato. It exists, to differing degrees, among people who, in their youth, cared for justice and peace. They are not presented with all sides when they open a newspaper or turn on the radio or TV.
Scary to think about what comes next in the province of Ontario. I remember UNfondly the Mike Harris years and we ended up sending Harris’ sleazy cronies to Ottawa. Some politicians, like Dalton McGuinty, are guilty of caving in to corporate pressure but try, however modestly, to make the world a better place. Others, like Mike Harris and, I greatly fear, Tim Hudak, are enthusiastic neocons who callously accelerate the decline.