Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, created 1885-1892

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"I believe there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those doing the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I dont think it will be based on the colour of the skin." - Malcolm X

I must admit that much of the most interesting news from Japan is coming from Bloomberg. The bank lobby in Japan has urged the government to take half the responsibility for claims of compensation against TEPCO for the devastation caused by their fragile nuclear plant complex. Masayuki Oku, head of the Japanese Bankers Association also urged that the Japanese government not nationalize TEPCO. My advice is that the government should act in the best interests of the people and not the banks or TEPCO. Bad companies deserve to die. 

"Life is beautiful. Let future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."- Leon Trotsky

No one on Wall Street has yet to go to jail for the events surrounding the economic implosion of 2007-2009. Senator Carl Levin's committee investigating Goldman Sachs yesterday said Goldman's representatives lied to Congress in hearings under oath soon after those events. The committee forwarded that information to the Attorney General's office for action. Attorney General Holder has not shown any inclination to pursue wrong doing by the investor class. I predict Roger Clemens will be punished far more than any banker for lying to Congress.

"All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind." -Adam Smith

Reuters tells us that International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn insisted yesterday that the IMF's lending programs will not include targets to ameliorate unfair distribution of income or improve wages for workers in projects funded by the loans or demand improved working conditions in countries getting these loans. In other words, the IMF is  pleased that the sheep are going to continue to get screwed. Strauss-Kahn said that the IMF will continue to work with labor groups but that the IMF does not have the expertise to do anything about imbalances in income or worry about airy fairy considerations. 

"I don't believe I'm going to turn the IMF into an institution with a lot of expertise on this question. I don't see these topics becoming defined targets for IMF programs." Dominique Strauss-Kahn to an audience at the Brookings Institution

"I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-classed muscle man for Big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street...." 
- Smedley D. Butler (1881-1940) Major General (U.S. Marine Corps)
Twice awarded the Medal of Honor
"War is a Racket" (Please read this link. General Butler tells it like it is.)

I say to the anarchists: government is not so much the problem as the demon corporations which have literally possessed government. These invisible and  powerful creatures which have been imagined into existence by truly evil men who lust for power, must be exorcised. Until the corporations have been discorporated there will be no personal freedom. And that goes for the "charitable foundations" too.

The corporate banks are pirates who have taken possession of whole countries through crooked loans for projects that seldom benefit the people.
The weapons corporations have turned the American people and their leaders into de facto war mongers who have directed their government's military forces into hundreds of countries to "defend" them and is making war in several countries on the guidance of their possessors. The present and future wealth of the people has been stolen in advance to finance these destructive and oppressive activities.

Governments become corrupt through the actions of corrupt people who hide behind the artificial construct of the corporation. Men must stop using legal unreal entities such as "think tanks", trusts, foundations, and corporations as masks to wear while committing crimes and forcing people to do what they are not interested in doing. These legal fictions must be abolished.

Freedom is for human beings and human beings must be responsible for what they do with their freedom.

I have no problem with entrepreneurs who, through honest enterprise, want to amass some wealth. I understand that some men are greedy and desire riches beyond their ability to use. The good person in society can avoid such men. Their reputation precedes them. But when such brigands band together behind the mask of the corporation the world must tremble. I would prefer that they war amongst themselves as individuals. They would  harm each other more and hurt the people less. The damage they do is self-limiting if they cannot mobilize together against the general population. Ending the corporate system would bring the concept of real  competition and "survival of the fittest" to the protected capitalist class for the first time in generations.

If corporations are people, let's start putting them on trial, and then in jail and finally applying capital punishment. Killing a corporation sheds no blood, which is better than Goldman Sachs, General Electric or whatever Halliburton calls itself now, can say.

It is necessary to simply declare these creatures enemies of mankind, Hostis humani generis, and take from them their patents, their property and their wealth as ill-gotten gains.
The officers and executives of these corporations must be held accountable for the method they used to gather their riches.

"This month's safety slogan: Be sure to check everything and do a risk assessment. Zero disasters for this year." A sign still posted outside the gate of the Fukushima Daiishi Nuclear Complex 
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