You haven’t seen me make a Polyticks post for a while. I apologize. This is mostly because the blood-sucking Ticks in DC disgust me, as do most parasites.
The recent Occupy Wall Street movement has largely left me puzzled. Yes, I am well aware of the disparity that they complain about but between their inability to articulate and the incoherence of most of the media on this issue, the language of the issue is chaotic at best. The one that brought it into focus for me was Gonzolo Lira.
Unlike GL, I am a Constitutional Conservative and not a moral conservative. Morally, I am as liberal as they come, which still leaves me as a hard-right anti-socialist. I am an anti-religious conservative and reject all the religiously moral arguments of the neo-conservative right, like the Tea Party. In my opinion, the Neo-Cons are preachers in Polyticks1 suits; politically and economically, I am a pragmatic centrist.
On the surface, it sounds class-war-ish but it isn’t, exactly. True, the 1 percent are at the top of the wealth pyramid but it is not their wealth that puts them there. It is the corporate assets that they control and through that control, they also control political assets. In short, they’re the ones that really run the US and that’s been a known fact since the fifties, the eighteen-fifties.
There is a revolving door between One-Percenters in the government and the private sector—so the former government employees make it a point to “help” the private sector One-Percenters, at the expense of the public good. Think of the Obama health care “reform”—which helped no one, save Big Pharma and Big Med.
There is zero chance that a One-Percenters who breaks the law will go to prison. He can put toxic substances in food production, inject toxins into groundwater to get at some oil, bankrupt a pension fund, steal and cheat people out of their homes—and there’ll be no consequences insofar as the law is concerned.
The things he might have done might be immoral—they might be despicable—they might even be outright wicked and evil: But they are not “illegal”—because the One-Percenters change the laws by way of their bought-and-paid-for politicians, and thus never do anything “illegal”. They only do things which are immoral, and wrong—and thus not subject to legal punishment. – Gonzalo Lira
I disagree with GL when he calls them Corporatists. They were around long before there were corporations. The old word, ‘Monopolist’, fits them better, its modern incarnation is Oligarch. In the days of the American Revolution, they were called Aristos and there was much less separation between their money and political power. Regardless of what we may call them, they are the privileged 1% that runs the US and through the US, the world.
As Al Gore accurately put it (and trust me, my skin is literally trying to crawl off my flesh as the reptilian part of my brain reacts to me praising something that Al Gore, of all people, has said), the Occupy Wall Street movement is basically a primal scream of democracy. – Gonzolo Lira
Actually, like it or not, there is nobody that is 100% wrong, even Old Woodenhead Gore. In this case, the scream was so primal that a dunce would have missed it. However there may be just cause in the scream, the real problem is about what we can do about it. Every thinkable solution is loaded chuck full of poison pills.
- Poly= many + Tick=blood-sucking parasite but then politicians and preachers are both a species of parasite. [↩]
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