Tom Brokaw on Nader’s low numbers

October 16th, 2008

re: Diane Rehm October 16, 2008

Tom Brokaw says that there is no need to cover Ralph Nader, because Nader’s numbers are low.

Of course Nader’s numbers are low – he’s been excluded from coverage.

Brokaw only passes along a circular rationalization for the failure of corporate America’s idea of culture, here represented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (a privately owned corporate entity) to provide (vend) to the viewing public any semblance of authentic democratic process.

Brokaw at one point refers to “people like Nader”. Wow. What a conceptual category that must be!

Troy Davis

September 23rd, 2008

Troy Davis, a black man, is due to be executed in Georgia tonight. Seven of nine witnesses against him have changed or recanted their testimony. There is no other evidence against him. The Georgia Board of Paroles has refused to grant clemency. Today the Georgia Supreme Court refused to grant a stay until the US Supreme Court can look at the case. Have these people no shame?

The loss here of course is greatest for Troy Davis and his family.

But there is also a tremendous loss for all Americans. The likelihood that an innocent person is about to be executed should have us all shaking in our boots. If the legal process is unable to prevent such a miscarriage of justice we should be questioning why anyone would think we have such a great system of government.

Another Other Boondoggle

September 19th, 2008

I suggest we should be thinking of the theft of our national treasure. Remember when the uber-capitalists, neo-liberals and neo-cons were explaining how the fall of the Soviet Union proved that “socialism does not work”?

“Oh, it’s just a loan.”

No, it’s a bet.

Whether it wins or loses, it doesn’t change the fact that the government is gambling at capitalism’s casino’s. And the rules favor the house.

The win would be that capitalism so successfully captures the public financing stream (not just the bailout, but contracts) that it can share the take later and everyone is happy, excepting of course the public that may happen to be awake at any particular moment.

Financing a gamble with public money.

From the makers of these deals is absent any sense that the rules are more important than the money to be made.

Look at the triumph of capitalism from today’s perspective. Our leaders have just used our national treasure to provide to hand out credit to capitalists, to back up capitalism, so they can continue to be capitalists. It was necessary to socialize capitalism to prevent capitalism from failing.

(How nicely parallel to the capitalismization, to say the liberation of free enterprise, that has occurred in many hither-to-fore communist or Socialist nation states. If they had not liberalized the economy, their socialism would have failed. So what if that is only because of the abuses the capitalists have visited upon the socialists; the brutality of the capitalist is of the human brute – same as that of the socialist brute. Socialism theory has to accept that predatory aspect of capitalism, just as it must accept that corrupt office holders are naturally parasitic to socialism. Noting that the vast swarming sea of corrupt American office holders preys upon our fundamental nationalize social aspect – i.e. cooperative self governance.)

Back to the instant case.

If they had not provided this socialistic support for capitalism, not only would capitalism have failed, but the general public would have been painfully aware of the failure.

On the other hand, with such awareness, we would soon end up with national health care, viable public transportation, alternative energy projects, better gardens, and possibly other great benefits that are gained when people realize that – although competition can be a wonderful thing – there are some things to be gained by cooperation. We gain by working together on the furnishing for the whole the necessities of each. Working together, we realize that whatever our problems, we are all in the same boat. And, if we really care about the future, together, that can be not such a horrible thing.

Until now it has been acceptable to our leaders that they have a great health care system, but that the masses fend for themselves. Our leaders fly around the country as needed, but the masses have trouble finding a bus to take them to the next town or trains to go across the country. (Thank you petroleum lobby.)

At this point the great debate between what parts of our economy should be in the public sphere, and what parts to remain private, can be reintroduced – minus much of the rhetorical baggage around the “proven failure of socialism”. Today there is a proven failure of capitalism to balance that garbage.

How about we socialize the basic Infrastructure of our society, and leave the bells and whistles to capitalist innovation? At least in the broad strokes. The middle stuff we can negotiate. Our socialized orators in the houses of state can earn their lunches.

We may not realize it, but such socialism of the fundamentals the basic trend of civilization that we inherit from the sufferings of our ancestors as they learned the lessons of the past. We have public roads, mostly. We have public water supplies, public parks, public police (ideally), public military (increasingly being privatized). So why not clear the air with a new discussion of these matters, but without all the crap arguments dissing all socialism, per se?

The basis of right-wing capitalist rhetoric is falling like trees falling in the forest. The proponents of pure capitalism lost their argument long ago. The proponents of deregulated capitalism (Reagan, Thatcher, et al – privatizers) lost their argument quite recently. But, them with the bucks are not talking much about it right now. Shhhh. Tippi-toe. “Stay the course. Don’t sell. Could go up.” They would like to sneak out with as much loot as they can, before the general public wakes up.

The commercial media are dogs that did not bark.

Woof. Woof.