Monday, June 26, 2017

As Real As The Easter Bunny: The "Free Market" Delusion

We've all endlessly heard that the "free market" (formerly known as capitalism, before the system to which the term refers brought the label into widespread disrepute) is the only system consistent with "human nature," that is, that people allegedly act selfishly all the time. The only alternative to grotesque inequality under the "free market" is a Soviet-style dungeon state, which is no alternative at all, so stop complaining.

The main problem with this "analysis" is that there is no "free market," a myth that belongs up there with the tooth fairy in terms of its (lack of) substance . . . The U.S. did not develop its economy according to "free market" prescriptions. It developed the way every other developed country did - by radically violating free market prescriptions and using state power to protect its fledgling industries until they were strong enough to stand on their own . . . Anyone think we could have become a superpower by selling fish and fur on the "free market"? The only places close to "free market" conditions are Third world basket cases . . . Communism is another story, basically state-run capitalism, which developed faster in both China and the former USSR than in any "capitalist" country, but which obliterated personal liberty. Anyway, it should be obvious that in the era of "too big to fail" enterprises there is no "free market." The profitability of the big banks is directly tied to their guaranteed taxpayer bailout. So for you believers in the tooth fairy free market, stop being so gullible!

Furthermore, the idea that everyone acts selfishly all the time is just another pile of steaming bullshit promoted endlessly by "too big to fail" enterprises sucking on the tit of the Nanny State while praising themselves for "rugged individualism." If it were true, parents would steal food off their children's plates in order to "get the advantage" on their weaker competition. But how many parents act that way?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Islamophobic Neo-Cons, Russophobic Neo-Libs: USA! USA!


All of us are potentially endangered by those driven to violent acts called hate crimes when committed by individuals,  but social acts of hatred and depravity are much greater threats and exclude none, no matter where we live or what moral, spiritual or market values we entertain.

Still reeling from recent bloody terrorist attacks in societies in which most people were previously shielded from retaliation for the horrendous violence they performed on foreigners, the world faces an even greater threat from an empire falling from global domination while its minority controllers manipulate their people into accepting behaviors which would call for clinical isolation or solitary prison confinement if practiced by an individual. The continued forcing of more citizens into an alleged asylum of near dementia endangers far more than what some of us call “our” democracy.

This manic state in which a minority believe themselves controllers of their nation’s material life has existed since America’s electoral origins, but we have always been under the domination of the wealthiest minority in the country and the national democracy thought to be “ours” by so many has never included a majority of our people. Even the most rudimentary understanding of arithmetic  - let alone history – reveals this fact without necessity for a degree in mathematics. In fact, any schmuck with a calculator can do the math.

There has never been a presidential election in the history of the USA in which a majority of the electorate chose the winning representative of minority capital. And most recently, while millions held their noses to cover the stench of voting for the despicable or the deplorable lesser evil offerings, far more voted for neither. 231 million Americans are deemed part of the electorate, which means being 18 and older and with enough mental capacity to select burgers, pizza, guns, tacos, pet food or political candidates at the market. If we can afford them. Of that number, more than 165 million chose neither the republicrat nor the demublican. That’s far more than double those exercising the alleged power of the majority and voting, as usual, in the minority.


Our alleged political democracy is even less so than our economy, which is really a dictatorship of a tiny minority. In fact, it’s even worse since all of us are forced into the economy and cannot choose to opt out, like voters, while its control falls to an even smaller cabal than the one running the political system. They are part of the same anti-democratic minority that dominates politics, but there is a bit more room for small entrepreneurs to get a foot in the door of economics than is possible in politics. There are very few gourmet-taco-street vendor political parties and those radical minorities choosing to contest for the presidency and national offices are given as much chance by the system as a mom and pop store has going up against Amazon or Wal-Mart.

The breakdown of the political economic system has been in process for hundreds of years, decades, or the past few months, depending on the consciousness and vocabulary of the critic, and has become so much more serious that minority ownership, and thus a major part of the manipulated-by-media public, is reduced to wondering which boogie man – Putin? Trump? Napoleon? – is to be blamed for the state of collapse. Thus the frenzy to impeach the rich, arrogant clod who got to the white house despite established power’s desire not to have him there. They first got rid of the potentially democratic menace of Bernie Sanders but were not equal to the task of dumping an even greater threat from one of their own whose arrogant and ignorant honesty strips the cosmetic fa├žade from the ugliness of so much reality. The social disease revealed is too much for those who must label him a pathological liar because they cannot, refuse to, or are incapable of facing reality. This egotistical fool may well be the most honest resident we’ve ever had at the public housing we call the white house and that honesty is partly why established power views him as danger because he neither minces capital’s words nor even tries to cover up its horror with the usual political double talk that calls bloody murder peace and blatant dishonesty the truth.

Trump’s victory is making a mockery of the fiction of American leadership in morality, which serves as euphemistic foundation for the empire’s bloody horrors of mass murder and national destruction performed while calling itself global director of ethical culture and insisting the rest of the world follow its immoral lead. And getting even the previously thoughtful among its home population buying into the most inane explanations for why their world – the one called “our” democracy – is in a state of near collapse. It supposedly has everything to do with foreign intervention in “our” multi billion-dollar democratic process. You know, the one that reduces half a million citizens to living in the street while we moan about Trump’s sexism, or reduces 20% of our children to lives of poverty while we visit therapists to discuss our depression over Trump’s xenophobia, or stresses out a population that can afford to go into debt for luxury goods while most americans are in debt in order to survive. You know, that massive dysfunctional family that worships weapons, cosmetics and pets while nearly half its population is low income or poor? The one that’s saving refugees escaping wars we organize, finance, start, and perpetuate? It’s as though the people on the Titanic were at each other’s throats to get a new captain for the sinking ship. Maybe an African American transsexual Jew could keep it afloat? If a savior captain isn’t available, maybe some toilets shared by the crew and the paying guests will do the trick? One thing’s for sure: once we get rid of the Russians, the Koreans, the Iranians, the Palestinians, the Chinese, and much of South America and especially this captain, the boat will rise to the heavens and everything will be just fine.

America has become an even dumber reality show than the one that helped put this president in charge of the circus. Further comic relief from TV and cartoonist clowns won’t help. We need a transformation of our political economy that starts from the roots of the problem. They have to do with our origins, our history and our behavior, not those of particular CEOs of capital’s national corporation, and very little if anything to do with any foreign nation. If we’re even mildly serious about a threat being marketed as Climate Change, we’d better stop listening to the people responsible for it who offer toothless reforms like the Paris Accords, and work for the radical and revolutionary political and economic change we need to solve not only that long range problem, but far more short term ones that threaten us right now.





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Twit: a foolish, contemptible little person*




Like the kind of pampered twits with nothing better to do than not only read but attempt analysis of our super twit president’s tweets to his audience of buffoon twits in the liberal media establishment.

Legalienate visited an intellectual monastery  - where people still listen to radio soap operas and watch re-runs of captain kangaroo  - in order to consult with ivory tower dwelling academic experts on hidden truths poorly understood by operators of college taught artificial intelligence to learn the hidden story behind the tales being told by media mythologists of the moment.

Here is the actual meaning of Trump’s:
Mysterious (to morons)
Coded (to morons)
Cryptic (to morons)
Inexplicable (to morons) term “covfefe”:

It is a mystifying, baffling, peculiar, puzzling expression from ancient Aramaic Egyptian Serbo-Croatian moneylenders and means:

 “ A  huge, big, great , tremendous deal created only  for  super assholes ”



* Webster’s new world dictionary, second college edition

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Impeach Ignorance



The plan to impeach Trump, which existed even before he was elected –just in case – and has been operational since then, has now approached action nearing national hysteria. What Putin politely called “American schizophrenia” is really making an institutionalized homicidal schizophrenic seem mentally healthy by comparison. The nation is not only hearing voices, of disinformation and lies, but moving closer to breakdown with the unending pressure of repetition to the point that even what passes for an American left is waving the loony banner of the impeachment-lynching party, as ever believing a politics more liberal than the American nazi party qualifies as civil libertarian social justice seeking.

Russia has resumed a position of menace to America’s rulers since it recovered from its crippled condition under unleashed oligarchs who brought the country close to ruin. Putin’s leadership played a major role in saving Russia Inc. Though this may seem a late breaking bulletin to America’s most primitive conservatives and liberals who still  think “evil” commies rule the “evil” empire, the nation has been “evil” capitalist for quite some time now. With all the horrors of private-profit-first economics, its greediest practitioners were reigned in by Putin and Russia’s relatively enlightened capitalists – not an oxymoron, as such used to rule the USA during what was called the New Deal – are now in control and the nation moved back from the edge of collapse to become a renewed great power.

The new balance in global capitalism, with China, Russia and smaller but growing-in-influence nations like Iran assuming much greater roles, has ruling dominators of the old imperial order in a panic. This is the major reason (?) behind all the present irrational behavior, though near idiotic tales like those of Trump’s personal misogyny – seemingly beyond his stupid wife, ignorant daughter and all the dumb broads who work for him - are repeated by those ignorant of a multi billion dollar American pornography industry in which the “money” shots are of men ejaculating in women’s faces. And their children watch these on their cell phones, but don’t hang by your lip waiting for an outraged woman’s march on Hollywood, where the industry is centered. After all, the female objectified ejaculatees are paid more than the male objectified ejaculators in these “art” films.

The dominance of a warfare state of mind and behavior will keep the massive profits of the military industrial complex safe while maintaining hold of an economy that has millions of citizens totally dependent on war even if they truly want peace. The lack of a radical movement to transform anti-democratic capitalism into something that has never existed before, a political economy that puts people before profits, has led to a far more powerful rightist move to challenge minority injustice before it destroys more of us, if not all of us. The reactionary element has led to strengthening lesser evil politics that maintain the treating of earth and its people as commodities dependent on a totalitarian entity called market forces. This material substitute for spiritual explanations has brought great benefit to hundreds of millions while reducing billions to poverty, despair and death. As under feudal or slave systems, minorities benefit at the costly suppression of majorities but with greater luxury available under market capitalism since financial wealth and postponed payments through debt, creations slightly less nebulous than spirituality, enable the production of more comfortable professional and middle classes in the profit centers, while greatly increasing the necessary losses to balance those profits in the outlying provinces:

 Most of the planet and its people.

Though there is far more reality on cartoon serials like the Simpsons, Family Guy or Bob’s Burgers than on any of the surreal commercial trash so named, Trump’s egotistical, arrogant personality and stardom on something called “reality TV” introduced him to even larger fame than his wealth and ego had already bought. His honest, brash ignorance as opposed to the usual political dishonesty that passes for knowledge among the standard employees of capital in government endeared him to millions of voters who never encountered such bold if sometimes bordering on half-witted criticism of the system. This very quality terrified the established powers of both corporate parties and media as a rude, straight talking egotistical slob threatened to reveal the actual face, mind and substance of a system destroying more lives and ecology by the minute while lulling public consciousness with what John Lennon once called being “doped by religion and sex and TV”. Despite establishment criticism of his sentence structure and manners, which conversely helped his candidacy, more than 60 million Americans voted for him. But they are dismissed by official power as simpletons, deplorables, racists, misogynists, and other collegially accepted hate labels driven into the minds of followers of the most surreal TV of all –corporate news – and thus deemed acceptable by people formerly claiming civil justice, humanitarianism and diversity as watchwords.

Thus, the rich, honest, college educated, obnoxious pinhead president vs. the richer, dishonest, college owning pinheaded rulers has brought us to the present situation, called by some mind managers a, if not the, major crisis in our histry by people who haven’t noticed hundreds of thousands of americans living in the streets, millions of american children living in poverty, and tens of millions of people in the middle east suffering slaughter and national destruction since long before the pinhead took up residence in the subsidized housing at corporate headquarters.

The charges based on no revealed evidence of anything so ridiculous as president Trump disclosing “classified information’ to Russians are even dumber than the allegations with equally absent evidence that Syria used chemical warfare on its people. And that charge years after liberal stalwart senator Kerry revealed that all Syria’s chemical weapons were gone. Perhaps he will also be charged with treason by those claiming we’ve all been endangered by Russians interfering in our great democracy, especially those who’ve never noticed the Israeli lobby’s ownership of large parts of congress and several rooms at the 1600 Pennsylvania avenue housing project. Daring to act as though Russians were not our deadly enemies is a crime in this environment and if ever there were a need for radical change in the environment, now is the time, before we all choke on the poison being forced down our throats and succumb to the garbage being put into our heads. Resist consciousness control, radically transform our political economics and get off the  impeachment craze that could bring on a near  if not real civil war.




Capitalist, Democratic Socialist, Communist - What Does It All Mean?

Michael Smith
Michael Smith Self-destruction is not an "excess" of capitalism, it is the very essence of the system. No real socialist can "still" be a capitalist, any more than a feminist can still be a male supremacist. Inasmuch as socialism refers to a worker-controlled society,"democratic socialist" is simply a redundant term. People who call themselves by that name are usually democratic capitalists, which is ultimately a contradictory term, however helpful New Deal style ameliorative measures prove to be. Bolshevism muddied the picture by calling itself socialist when in fact it was state controlled capitalism (the workers were never in control). The best way out of this terminological swamp is to call capitalists "anti-socialists," since the system is anti-social to the core, and anti-capitalists "socialists."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Double Standards R Us


One in a Series

After being vilified as a Satan by neo-liberals for allegedly costing their anointed one the election – this was before Putin was appointed Greater Satan – the former FBI Director is sanctified by neo-liberals as martyr to the cause of justice and democracy. This continues an American tradition born the day European immigrants began making this country great by taking it from its original inhabitants who were foolishly trying to live with nature instead of dominating it for profits.

Immediate comparisons were made to the past Nixon era when a government official said to be getting too close to the truth was dumped and the event was dubbed a “Saturday Night Massacre” by political/media thought and language abusers. This past verbal rape may have helped not having this event called the “Tuesday Night Holocaust”, though potential lawsuits concerning copyright infringement may have also played a role. 

Still, a political event almost to be expected from a new regime which doesn’t seem to care or possibly understand how its every act, no matter how stupid, well intentioned, thoughtless or sincere will be treated as potential for doom among our military-prison-industrial complex of employees socialized to care for identity groups, foreigners and pets more thoughtfully than many of their fellow citizens. This, while the political economics of private profit capitalism bring all the world closer to a debacle that could make what was called the Great Depression seem a minor event.

Good people are programmed to accept absolute fictional nonsense as material reality and rise up in arms against things labeled “hard” left – in other places, since even a soft left is still in formation in the USA – and a much larger movement in the rest of the world called a “hard” right. The somewhat “soft” center, advertised as what people of reason and good grooming should support, and maintained by practice of massive military and murderous weaponry to make the bloodiest tyrant of the past weep at the power available to alleged democracies of the present, continues sinking while many it threatens to drown cheer its every victory.

Thus, in France an agent of global capital’s board of governors who supports a continued austerity regime extending the hours and years workers must toil in order to survive is applauded by professional class innocents lead to believe his “hard” right opposition, part and parcel of the same system though representing groups even more powerless than the cheering section, was a threat to their temporary affluence.

Here, in the once ruling but presently fading headquarters of global capital, a seeming “hard” right billionaire was able to win the vote in a corrupt electoral system originated and kept that way for generations to maintain the power and domination of wealth while decent people are taught to believe their ability to rent and incur debt is somehow ownership and democracy.

Since the rich clown assumed the CEO position at Circus Central, contrary to all the dictates of the circus owners, the plan to impeach him began almost immediately. And his continued holding of the office does promise to do the company quicker harm than might have been previously the case, though for the good of the planet the quicker the American disease takes its toll on the least number among our people, the better for the greatest number. But that’s still looking at humanity instead of private profit, and neither Trump nor his enemies see, hear, think or believe anything but that dollar religion, with its priests, rabbis, shamans, gurus, imams, shrinks and other mental workers to keep minds occupied with things egoist or ephemeral in order to stay away from the social and substantial.

So, get ready for more gibberish about Russia in revival of past mental abuse over Communism – are you now or have you ever spoken to a Russian? - and a spectacle to make Trump’s dumb reality TV show fame seem possibly brilliant by comparison to a nation  sinking in petroleum, chemical and dog waste while complaining about the stench in Syria, Iran, North Korea and other places which are none of our business.
Especially considering that our business should involve the hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans and millions of American children living in poverty.

In fact, among the polls taken every few seconds to check what Americans are buying, how often they buy it, how many immigrants they employ and how much they hate president Trump, homeless people were asked how they felt about Comey being fired.


The overwhelming response was: who?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Is The Era of U.S. Coups in Latin America Over?

Pundits love to declare that it is. The "end of history" thesis is a perennial favorite of those who seek to divert attention from their historical criminality. Consider the following coups, all sponsored or indirectly supported by Washington:

2002 - Venezuela. Unsuccessful U.S. coup against Hugo Chavez, a harsh critic of U.S. imperial interventions.

2004 - Haiti. Successful U.S. coup against President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who was hustled out of the country in his pajamas by U.S. Marines. Aristide's constituency was the poor, whose need for democratic representation conflicted with the desires of U.S. investors. The main architect of the reign of terror that followed (Emmanuel Constant) was allowed to live unmolested in New York.

2008 - Bolivia. Unsuccessful U.S. coup against President Evo Morales, another strong critic of U.S. imperialism.

2009 - Honduras. Successful coup against Manuel Zelaya. Coup plotters were trained by the U.S. at Fort Benning, which is known in Latin America as "the school of coups" thanks to the achievements of its graduating classes all over the hemisphere.

2010 - Ecuador. Unsuccessful U.S. coup against socialist President Rafael Correa, an immensely popular (in Ecuador) critic of Washington.

2012 - Paraguay. Successful U.S. coup against Fernando Lugo, whose fondness for liberation theology's "preferential option for the poor" was an affront to U.S. investors.