Letters and Politics, for August 3, 2011 - 10:00am
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A Illinois congressman in circa 1840's said "These capitalists generally work harmoniously and in concert to fleece the American people". That congressman was later President Abraham Lincoln.
Government must be a check and balance against the rapacious capitalist system. Today outrageously our governments from the local to the DC level aide and abet this bloodsucking capitalist system.
dahszil wrote: "Government must be a check and balance against the rapacious capitalist system."
Perhaps rapaciousness can't be checked or balanced. Perhaps government is replaced by despotism given the rapacious nature of capitalism and profit motive. Profit motive corrupts.
Bob Marley sang, "and when you're gonna get some food / you're brother got to be you're enemy..." (from "Ambush In the Night").
We know the truth is all we have on Earth are resources and choices regarding how we agree to distribute those resources or allow ourselves to be fleeced of those resources. This is not a complicated matter, but a question of will.
Yet, Republicans, Democrats, and capitalist elites congregate before a 40' owl-shaped deity in a murky "Cremation of Care" ceremony to burn a human effigy at California's Bohemian Grove every year (not to mention the rest of the secretive dealings in Congress and elsewhere), instead of convening at meaningful town hall events across the land wherein they could consider working people's sincerest concerns.
What does all this say about those we elect to represent us? What does all this say about our collective judgment to continually elect these groups and their lackeys to power? And here comes 2012. Will KPFA not cheer-lead for Democrats, as it did in 2008?
Does "Letters and Politics" pay too much attention to the minutiae of these two corporate political parties and not enough to alternatives and the genuine concerns of working people? Do Mitch Jeserich and LAP's producers vote Democrat? If so, what influence does this have on the show's output? Why are people so afraid to be open about their political allegiances? Why can't listeners meaningfully debate KPFA hosts and producers in public?
How long will it take before we grow so sick of these two corporate parties that we begin to imagine something else?
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