By David Glenn Cox
“A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having, by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude.” – Robespierre
Congratulations, if you’re an hourly worker in the United States you’ve earned a .02 cent per hour raise last month! (April) Now of course, after earning almost a whole extra dollar per week, tax and investment advice should be sought out immediately. If you work in information services for a living, your hours worked increased this month, by one tenth of an hour. 2,691,000 Americans work in the “information” category and I guess they’re lucky to be working that extra fractional hour, even if there are 9,000 less of them, working this month over last.
For everyone else, all 155 million of us American workers, hours worked in every category either fell or stayed the same. The propaganda networks will trumpet 165,000 “new” jobs and that’s Winston Smith’s way of telling you, everything is so much better now. Come out; come out where ever you are! Ollie, Ollie Ocean free! But under the veneer is another story entirely, a story that you will not see on TV or Radio.
While 165,000 new jobs were created last month, 210,000 workers joined the labor force.
The number of Americans working Part-Time, for economic reasons rose sharply by 278,000 in April, to nearly 8,000,000 people. Eight million people in this country that want a Full-Time job, but can’t find one.
Part-Time due to slack work or business conditions rose to 5,250,000.
The number of Americans who could only find part-time work last month declined by 49,000.
Workers marginally attached to labor force were up by 21,000 and discouraged workers are also up by 32,000 workers.
Nearly 2,000,000 Americans now work two or more part-time jobs, an increase of over 20,000 since last April.
So just where are all these “new” jobs? Well, they’re not in mining or logging and not in construction or manufacturing. They’re not in durable goods or non-durable goods; they’re not in wholesale trade or utilities and even our friends in “Information services” lost workers. The new jobs are to be found in private-service providing, 137,000 of 165,000 jobs are in the service industry.
Trade, Transport – 9,000
Retail – 13,000
Financial services – 19,000
Professional and business services – 50,000
Leisure and hospitality services – 36,000
Education & Health Services – 24,000
Other services – 4,000
Realty Trac reported this month, “The number of homes overall in foreclosure or bank-owned rose by 9 percent to 1.5 million properties nationally in the first quarter of 2013 compared to a year ago.” Another 11 million homes remain under water, which brings us to Margaret Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher once said, “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families.”
Margaret Thatcher was a Neoliberalist politician, same as Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Duh be you and Barack Obama. And Neoliberalist politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, believe just like Thatcher, that society, American society is only an artificial construct; they believe that it only exists because people say it does.
They believe we’re all just free individuals and we might be our brother’s keeper but definitely not yours. They believe the only rights which actually exist, are property rights; everything else, like society itself is an artificial construct. The Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta and the Constitution are all non-sense, to their way of thinking government owes nothing to the sick, the infirm or the dying.
Neoliberalism is a political philosophy whose advocates support economic liberalization, free trade and open markets, privatization, deregulation, and decreasing the size of the public sector while increasing the role of the private sector in modern society.
Neoliberal politicians support: central banks, corporations, denationalization, deregulation and economic liberalization. They’re fond of Free trade, fiat currencies, globalization, harmonization of law, intergovernmentalism, negative income tax, private property, school vouchers, tax cuts and tax reform.
Now, they also include in their list of things which they believe in, the word Democracy. Only, it’s somewhat hard to understand how people, who don’t believe in society, could believe in Democracy. Especially since the belief system they espouse is so detrimental to a huge majority of the electorate.
To the Neoliberalist, the rights of man mean nothing, no sermon on the mount, or died for your sins. The philosophy can best be explained in two words: money & power. If you as an individual have a billion dollars, you have rights, but if you don’t have any money, then you have no rights. We attack Pakistani or Afghan peasants with drones, why? Because they have no rights!
We bail out bankers because?
We don’t bail out homeowners in trouble because?
When the Supreme Court declares corporations have free speech rights, what are they really saying?
Neoliberalism is neofuedalism, or the rule of money. Government’s job is just to keep the traffic lights working. It shall not hinder the corporation, the banker or the globalist. It’s funny, sort of ironic, that a philosophy which does not believe in society depends so heavily upon police, but it falls back on that same old saw, if you have money you have rights and if you don’t have money you don’t. So through that lens it is easier to understand why so many police are necessary. There are so few with rights and so many without, that the few need protection from the many.
Are drones attacks in Pakistan helping you? No, of course not, they do the bidding of their masters. People like you and I, we don’t count in a neoliberal… I almost said society, but since they don’t believe in society, let’s say existence.
Just imagine, a world without altruism, compassion or pity, a world where if I want it, I just take it and with enough money, whose gonna stop me? When Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face, investigating police were told “the Vice President is sleeping now, come back tomorrow.”
Our economy has been cored out by Neoliberalism, we now export raw materials and import third world, low wage finished goods. If corporations aren’t allowed to pollute, they simply pull up stakes and move to where they can and pay no penalty. In Tijuana Mexico, the city needs a new waste water treatment system. Free trade has swelled the ranks of the poor, eager for jobs once done by American labor. But because the workers are so poor and because corporations do not pay their fair share of taxes the sewage system is overwhelmed and the untreated toxic waste is dumped into the Pacific Ocean, where it washes up on Southern California beaches.
It is nothing less than a new dark age, a gilded age for the rich and a land without future or pity for the rest.
Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aiding or involved by such an endeavor.
Neoliberalism is treason, not just to a country or to a people, but to all peoples. It is nefarious and sinister, because it denies our basic humanity, our love of our fellow man. It makes individuals out of us to deny the responsibility of being a human being, replacing our hearts with a debit card, replacing our conscience with greed.
Society owes protection only to peaceable citizens; the only citizens in the Republic are the republicans. For it, the royalists, the conspirators are only strangers or, rather, enemies. This terrible war waged by liberty against tyranny- is it not indivisible? Are the enemies within not the allies of the enemies without? The assassins who tear our country apart, the intriguers who buy the consciences that hold the people’s mandate; the traitors who sell them; the mercenary pamphleteers hired to dishonor the people’s cause, to kill public virtue, to stir up the fire of civil discord, and to prepare political counterrevolution by moral counterrevolution-are all those men less guilty or less dangerous than the tyrants whom they serve? – Robespierre