10.26.11

The moment the 1 percent — Wall Street and corporate America — officially became security threats

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Extremism at 3:25 pm by George Smith

Captured on video, a young war vet hit with a tear gas round or flash bang grenade, and sent to the emergency room with a brain injury.

It’s worth saying none of the one percent have been punished like this fellow who was simply being part of an essentially peaceful national protest against inequality and mass unemployment. Not one of them has been dragged through the street or treated harshly and attacked by the peace-keeping forces.

It is unsurprising this has happened. The entire history of squashing dissent in the last ten years for the sake of plutocracy more or less guaranteed an inevitable overreaction by police somewhere.

The question once the protests started and refused to voluntarily move for anti-mess ordnances used against the poor was where it would happen first.

The primary threats to US security are all internal.

This is a a topic you have never seen taken up by the national threat apparatus and its culture of lickspittle shoeshine men in the think tanks. They’ll never touch it unless it’s to come down on the side of the “rule of law,” neatness and imagined potentials for cultivation of “homegrown” terror.

The internal security threats — corporate America’s business interests being incongruent with genuine democracy, justice and stability — have been significant. It’s just that it has taken massive economic failure and someone being wounded by a tear gas round for everyone to get the unpleasant message.

2 Comments

  1. Christoph Hechl said,

    October 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Maybe it is just because i am a bit brainwashed, but seeing that video and reading yout text, i was immediately reminded of the movies “V for Vendetta” and “Children of Men”.
    Somehow it feels as if you had seen this before and knew where it was going. I wonder how many other people have that feeling.
    Terry Pratchett can write entire books about how reality starts to take the shape of what enough people believe it has to look like.
    In school our history teacher taught us, that historically revolutions always started when the middle class believed, that they were drifting towards the losing end.
    There can hardly be any doubt, that incredibly much has already been lost, and even more is to come, but one specific type of insanity goes along with the firm belief in “The Big One”.
    Not the earthquake, mind you, but any major event, that marks a change. It doesn’t matter in what context you put that, be it politcially, technologically or financially. It’s the mindset of a gambler who believes, that he just needs that one chance to get everything back.
    But that isn’t how things happen. You lose money, liberty and sanity in tiny pieces. It’s not a landslide, but an erosion. Every farmer (hopefully) knows that you have to constantly take measures against the steady loss of fertile ground.
    In a similar way you lose your liberty in tiny pieces, and while this happens in places that you may believe are none of your business you might be tempted to ignore it, but it will sooner or later come to a point that you care about very much, which can then no longer defended because too much ground is lost already.
    Maybe a steady, long-term protest, that refuses to go away will actually be the right countermeasure against the antisocial behaviour and language of what you call Corporate America.

    btw: In Germany there is a blog that focusses entirely on the use of certain words and phrases in politics and media, by showing what they actually mean as opposed to in which context they are used. It looks a bit like a dictionary.
    Do you know if there is an equivalent for english as well?

  2. George Smith said,

    October 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Um, no I don’t. But it sounds like an intriguing proposition. For a long time — the last couple years have finally torn it apart — there was delusion in the US, linked strongly to the concept of the “American Dream,” also now blown apart, that this country was, absurdly, a classless society. It never has been.

    Another delusion is the one of “meritocracy,” which — in practice — means cronyism. If you know the right people, are networked well with the ruling class, you’ll be given opportunity as a useful shoeshiner. But that’s not “meritocracy.”

    A third trope of the plutocracy is that economic failure and massive unemployment are the fault of the middle class. The people are unskilled, stupid or lazy, incapable of competing with the rest of the world. Which is also absurd, as I’ve tried to point out numerous times here in the past couple years. American electric guitar manufacturers didn’t offshore most of their mainstream products to China because Asian laborers were somehow more well trained out of the box to work in guitar factories. And that’s true all across the board. So you hear regular squealing about the need for retraining.

    The real problem is that the corporate US ruling class doesn’t like human labor, these are a cause of friction and cost, so it spent decades converting policy and the system to financialization and services. When labor is underwritten by the taxpayer in the terms of handsome contracts, as it is in arms manufacturing, than it’s perfectly fine to keep it all right here and fight madly to keep the assembly lines going.

    This has been decades coming, starting around the time of Ronald Reagan.
    It has taken what looked like a battle zone in Oakland and someone getting shot in the head with something to point a more inflammatory point on it.

    Coincidentally, cable tv shows “Children of Men” quite a bit here, “V for Vendetta” somewhat less so. The latter was on a couple weeks ago and I watched it again. V, of course, advocated for big violence which is the last shoe to not have dropped in the US.

    There isn’t open rebellion and there are a number of factors still restraining it. Food stamps, as I argued a couple weeks ago. Hunger and putting more cost on the citizen would be a real dangerous fuse to light. The fact the poverty is often well hidden, cosmetically, next to affluence now. So lots of things seem all right superficially. And the fact that the country is so large and there has been no serious demonstration covered by the media since the Vietnam war. Protest was ignored and cultivated out of people while anti-labor sentiment and internal class warfare, convenient to the plutocracy, was. The internal class warfare was always in atomizing the middle class according to social agendas and getting them to fight over race, women’s reproductive rights, the role of religion, and whether or not they fear gay people.