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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Not Quite Pitchforks and Torches...

The Iraq war didn’t do it, well kind of but gawd it’s been five years…
Suspension of Habeus Corpus didn’t do it….
Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib didn’t do it…
The Abolition of Posse Comitatus didn’t do it…
Wire-tapping private citizens didn’t do it…..

However, the idea that Congress will pass what is essentially a three page proposal from Treasury Sec. Hank Paulson (which has within it this sweet rider that allows him complete control over the financial system with NO oversight from any judicial branch, check out section 8!) to bail out a very fracked-up mess, while trying to find some dupe to buy what are essentially boxes of sawdust being sold as tarnished Oscars, looks like it will be the final bird that buries the hip-hop-a-potumus.

It seems that now people are getting pissed. Really angry. You mess with general liberties, freedoms and privacies and there’s a healthy dose of moral outrage, but touch my purse and I’ll smack you upside the head. It’s always economics. Didn’t we learn that from the Germans who suffered serious financial difficulties, rampant inflation and unemployment after World War I which, in a severely weakened state, helped them stumble into Hitler’s arms.

Don’t let the public nature of this bail out fool you, this is disaster capitalism at it’s finest. Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine, the Rise of Disaster Capitalism might help you navigate what is truly going on right now. It’s not quite pitchforks and torches yet, but a journalist has organized a protest on Wall Street today that includes literally dumping junk. Another phenomenon--folks figure if we’re going to sell crap on Wall Street, we might as well sell our own personal crap online? The protest probably won’t be covered at all by the mainstream media (who also ignored an anti-Palin rally organized by her sisters in Alaska) but a million bloggers in the Ethernet are paying attention.


Blogger Annie said...

You've got it right, sister! I read your blog when you did your 'round the world tour and still check in every now and then because I love your writing! also appears I love your politics. This whole thing is a mess, and Palin scares the b'geezus out of me.

Oh - I worked with Andy at ESI. I don't work there anymore.
Anne Lieder

September 30, 2008 3:44 PM  

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