Capitalism Kills by William T. Hathaway

doctom2010:

“It was in just such a fit of loathing that the idea for my new novel, Lila, the Revolutionary, came to me. I was appalled by how capitalism has become so pervasive and aggressive, a globalized madness. In despair, I saw all these predatory men and women in dark suits commanding us, marching us resolutely towards war and poverty. They’re so powerful and blind…and they’re everywhere. What’s the way out of this? How can we overthrow this murderous system? Then a phrase from the Bible in the came to me: “A little child shall lead them.”

Originally posted on Dandelion Salad:

Ducks and Chickens Living Together! Image by Alan Levine via Flickr

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
June 29, 2015

“The world can only be changed by people who don’t like it,” wrote Bertolt Brecht in explaining why radicals have a negative attitude about the society we live in. We don’t like the way things are. Sometimes our dislike can even become loathing.

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Revolution’s Matchstick Catches Fire by Rivera Sun

So – watch out for the TPP, all you who want to protect American sovereign rights. Because once it is enacted, our entire legal system is up for grabs.

Dear Friends,

As you know, I am the author of a delightful little piece of fiction,The Dandelion Insurrection, which is winning friends across the nation. It is an eerily prophetic story, one which posited a mass surveillance system in a United States “just around the corner of today” months before our friend Snowden told us the reality of the NSA. The novel contained the line, “The United States is no longer a functional democracy”, before former President Jimmy Carter practically spoke those words verbatim to the international press.

Dandelion InsurrectionAnd, The Dandelion Insurrection portrays a hidden corporate dictatorship and the nonviolent movement to end it.

In our real lives, we are witnessing the advance of the corporate coup. The latest slurry of acronyms (TAA, TPA, FTA, TPP, TTIP) spells out the coded story of the rise of corporate power over living, breathing people. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is still shrouded in secrecy, but one detail we know from leaked text is that a transnational trade tribunal will have the authority to overturn local, state, and federal laws as barriers to trade. (See also Rivera Sun’s publication:  Revolution’s Matchstick, The Trans-Pacific Partnership published in November 2013.)

Gone is our right to clean water and air. (China doesn’t have them, so neither should US citizens – such regulations hamper corporations’ ability to compete.) Gone is the dream of living wages (third world nations don’t have them, and neither should Americans – it gets in the way of corporations finding cheap labor). Gone are consumer protection laws like GMO labeling (what a hindrance to getting consumers to eat the poison!). Gone are regulations on cancer-causing chemicals (having such laws in this country means corporations can’t compete with other countries that allow corporations to murder their citizens).

Gone is our right to self-govern.

Democracy has always been a hollow word in the United States. We have never seen a full constituency of citizens voting in our electoral system. We have never witnessed all of our people voting directly on a single issue that affects our lives. We have never broken free of the prevalence of the wealthy ruling over the poor. We have never experienced real democracy.

But now, let us be clear: a trade court full of corporate lawyers will rule over your life. They will decide how the world works, what laws stand, how our economies and societies will be regulated. The rich will grow richer; the poor will grow poorer. The planet will be destroyed for the profits of the wealthy. War will remain what it is: a way for defense contractors to blow up their inventory and charge taxpayers more money to replace it. This is what corporate rule has always created . . . and we can only expect more of the same.

When President Obama signs the TPP trade agreement, he is handing our lives and our nation over on a silver platter. When the politicians in Congress passed the FTA (Fast Track Authority), allowing them to renege on their sworn duties, they behaved as shamefully as all sell-out politicians who sign the agreements with tyrants, invaders, coup d’état regimes, and dictators. Think deeply on this betrayal.

The TPP may be signed this fall, and the TTIP (its Atlantic counterpart) will follow thereafter. This is the end of the United States. Our colonizing nation has been colonized by corporations and rich people – many of whom identify as transnational entities. Sovereignty has sold to the highest bidder. We, the people, are indentured to the power holding elite.

These may sound like strong words, but remember: politicians speak in forked tongues. A soft coup slides into place to the singsong assurances of the empowered. Truth, by contrast, is harsh, startling, shocking, and sometimes frightening.

But, truth is also liberating, empowering, invigorating. And the other side of the truth is that we have options. We can rebel. We can resist. We can do what people have always done in the face of tyranny: we can overcome it, overthrow it, end it.

Here are a few recommendations:

1. At the risk of blowing my own horn, but in light of the human need for inspiration, adventure, and courage, read The Dandelion Insurrection. The story is rather prophetic about corporate tyranny, as well as invigorating in regards to the courageous, spirited resistance of ordinary, extraordinary people like you. Which means . . .

2. Study nonviolent civil resistance. This type of strategic, soulful work has occurred all over the world. Let us become versed in the knowledge our brothers and sisters have gained. I’ve put some of this into The Dandelion Insurrection Study Guide to Making Change Through Nonviolent Action, and there are excellent downloadable resources from the Albert Einstein Institution:here.

3. Withdraw your support from tyrannical corporations. Why are we paying our oppressors to oppress us? Take off their labels. You aren’t cattle; you don’t need to bear their brands on your backs. Support Mom & Pop, community thrift stores, local business, local farms, your community members. When Gandhi struggled for Indian independence from British Rule, he literally had to get his fellow citizens to tear the British cloth from their backs and wear Indian spun fabric instead. Likewise, we must support people, not corporations; communities, not tyrants.

4. Join the growing Movement of Movements. Sign up for Popular Resistance’s free Daily Digest so you can follow the people-powered efforts that are already occurring. It will bring you knowledge, courage, and inspiration. Prepare yourself to boycott, strike, march, divest, and yes, go to meetings, get on conference calls, talk with people, and openly oppose business as usual.

5. Take time for reflection and deepening your understanding of how all of our issues are connected. Stop looking for the silver bullet and learn to see the whole system, lock, stock, and barrel, hand, body, person, factory, mine, transport, laws, economics, and societies.

6. Join the effort to block or overturn these trade deals. Right now, you can join the weekly National Resistance Calls. Thank you.

And lastly, as we say in The Dandelion Insurrection,

“Be kind, be connected, be unafraid.”

With love (and revolution from corporate tyranny),

Rivera Sun

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Rivera Sun and the Dandelion Insurrection

Published on Dec 29, 2013. Portion of an interview conversation between Rivera Sun and Sharon Riegie Maynard, host of Weaving the World Radio. What does the insurrection look like? Are you participating? Check out complete interview and all links at http://www.womensradio.com/2013/12/ac…
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Obama Must Be Stopped: His Advocacy of Trade Agreements is Destroying America! by Thomas Baldwin

King Obama from Dandelion SaladWith his fervent advocacy of Fast Track (TPA) with the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the front burner and TTIP and TISA near, Obama must be stopped in his tracks!  He is not only pushing  for things unconstitutional, but they are treasonous and intended to sell out the country to corporate rule and domination.

If one looks at Obama’s actual record, almost every measure he has worked for with his Neoliberal congress, including the Democratic Party, can only be considered advocacy for corporate fascism or Corporatism as  Image by SS&SS via Flickr

Benito Mussolini defined it in the 1920’s   But Obama disguises his “accomplisments” with his silver forked tongue and pathological lies.  But like a pied piper he continues to persuade his followers to head right toward the cliffs to their sudden death of continuing to live in any sense of a Constitutional Republic.  There are numerous well known respected writers and observers of the socio-economic  conditions in our country who have pointed this out and, of course, are never recognized in our corrupt corporate media. I will present some of the notable ones in this blog.

First, Ellen Brown has written repeatedly regarding the trade agreements and in this article just published :

Obama’s secret trade deals greatly favors big banks. Brown says, “It looks to me the banking system is in control. That’s where all the big money comes from, and that’s where the two big parties got their money. It’s been this way ever since Rockefeller and Morgan back then in 1900—the Democrats and the Republicans. Brown goes on to say, “The goal here is “they” want to own everything and rent it back to us. So, law is no longer a way to protect the people. Law is now to protect the corporations and serve the corporations.

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Secondly, Ralph Nader has been outspoken on the trade agreements.  Ralph states recently:

Make no mistake. If this was only a trade treaty – reducing tariffs, quotas, and the like – it would not be so controversial. Yet, the corporate-indentured politicians keep calling this gigantic treaty with thirty chapters, of which only five relate to traditional trade issues, a trade agreement instead of a treaty. The other twenty-four chapters, if passed as they are, will have serious impacts on your livelihoods as workers and consumers, as well as your air, water, food, and medicines.The reason I call President Obama “King Obama” in this case is that he, and his massive corporate lobbies (royal court), have sought to circumvent the checks and balances system that is the very bedrock of our government.”

Thirdly, I present the work of Rivera Sun and this insightful woman saw the promise of revolution being ignited by the TPP.  In an article she wrote in November 2013 entitled:  “Revolutions Matchstick: The Trans-Pacific Partnership”.

In an article just published,  Sun says :

As you know, I am the author of a delightful little piece of fiction,The Dandelion Insurrection, which is winning friends across the nation. It is an eerily prophetic story, one which posited a mass surveillance system in a United States “just around the corner of today” months before our friend Snowden told us the reality of the NSA. The novel contained the line, “The United States is no longer a functional democracy”, before former President Jimmy Carter practically spoke those words verbatim to the international press. And, The Dandelion Insurrection portrays a hidden corporate dictatorship and the nonviolent movement to end it.

William Black says in an article he published:

“President Obama wants the world to know that he takes it personally that the Democratic Party’s base opposes his latest effort to sell out the people of the world to the worst corporations through the infamous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. Obama blurted out at a press conference a number of conservative Republican memes as his sole basis for pushing TPP. He then launched personal attacks on Senator Elizabeth Warren and labor leaders (without naming them). Obama, who is famous for keeping his cool when criticized by the GOP, is thin-skinned when criticized by Democrats. Obama never raged at the Republicans’ “death panel” attacks on him, but he raged at Warren as supposedly making an equivalently openly dishonest attack on TPP’s secret drafting process.”

One of the most reprehensible aspects of TPP is that it is (still) being drafted in secret – that it from us, the people – but with corporate lobbyists literally drafting their wish list. Obama made the critical mistake of personally attacking Warren, which is roughly equivalent to a small town mayor launching a personal attack on Jon Stewart. You know the results will be that Stewart will wipe the floor with the mayor.

Eric Zuesse stated in a recent article:  http://www.countercurrents.org/zuesse260415.htm

The motivation behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s trans-Pacific trade-deal TPP, and his trans-Atlantic trade-deal TTIP — the motivation behind both of these enormous international trade-deals — is the same, and Democratic U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are correct: it is not at all progressive. It is instead to transfer political power away from the public in a democracy, and for that power to go instead to the international aristocracy (i.e., to go as far away from any national democracy as is even possible to go). This is to be done by switching the most fundamental thing of all: the global power-base itself. Instead of that power-base being democratic votes of the national publics, who elect their political representatives who determine the laws and regulations, that national democratic political system becomes instead the exact opposite: the global aristocratic stockholder votes of the international aristocracy who elect the corporate directors of international companies, who will, in their turn, then be selecting the members to the international-trade-panels which, in TPP and TTIP, will, in their turn, be determining the rules and enforcements regarding especially workers’ rights, product-safety, and the environment.

In this Dandelion Salad post and video clip Michael Hudson and a second  including Julian Assange warnings  about the dangers of TPP are given:

Michael Hudson says fast track legislation takes decision-making power out of the hands of the legislators and puts it in the hands of corporate lobbyists.

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FAST TRACK NOT THE END GAME with Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance and Paul Jay, TRNN

Published on Jun 24, 2015   Kevin Zeese says senate passing fast track legislation is the beginning of another round in the struggle over TPP trade bill

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Concluding Remarks:Obama my work is done

This is no way is intended to be an exhaustive report on the opposition to Obama’s trade agreements and what is presented here does not even emphasize the damage done to environmental laws and labor laws and the ever increasing income and wealth inequalities.  The reason for the latter is that with implementation of TPP and the mostly hidden aspects of the provisions being kept secret is that everyone will learn is that these agreements do not give as much emphasis to actual trade as they do how the agreements will be implemented.  That will, in fact, turn over disputes to secret corporate tribunals which are intended to grant the power to investors to sue any entity and overriding existing or future laws  which are inhibiting their corporate profits. It’s by far the largest step to force corporate fascism on every country involved.  If TTIP (the Atlantic agreement) is added to TPP nearly 60% of the world economies will be included.  TPP is the model–the Trojan Horse–for creating a world subject to corporate fascism or what Sheldon Wolin has defined as Inverted Totalitarianism.  Barack Obama is committing some of the biggest crimes ever witnessed in an American president.  And this will be Obama’s real legacy if he is able to escape from office unscathed.  Then, I predict, when enough people realize the damage to society he has wrought in both domestic and foreign policies,  he will become the most hated person in the world.

Thus, in addition to fighting these with every bit of strength we can gain, including court actions, challenging Constitutionality, etc. what else can be done?  For starters become familiar with the advocacy of Chris Hedges.  Hedges has written and spoken most fervently in his latest book, “Wages of Rebellion, the Moral Imperative of Revolt”.  I wrote a blog recognizing Hedges  entitled  “Honoring the Works of Chris Hedges” which also presents some of Hedges most recent speeches displayed on YouTube.  In those and others, he says clearly that any significant changes in direction will not come from the electoral system and, therefore our corporate owned two party Duopoly.  The moral imperative that Hedges urges is the destruction of the two party system and the corporate state. He further urges mass civil disobedience against  these laws being inacted and the practices which are proposed by them.  I present just one of those highlighted in my blog here and it is must listening for all Americans who care about our future:

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About the primary author and editor of this blog site:

Thomas Baldwin holds a Ph.D in Physics and an MBA in Management. He was a Solid State researcher  at the Oak Ridge National Laborstory specializing in neutron radiation damage of metals.  In 1969 he received  the national Sidhu Award for being “an outstanding young scientist for contributions in the field of diffraction.”  He went on to Southern Illinois University to become a professor and Chair of the Department of Physics.  In 1980 he moved to Boulder, Co and became and an independent  consultant in energy related issues at the Colorado Research Institute.  He formed the Boulder Consulting Group  to be consultant to corporations on Management and Leadership problems. In about 1998 he became a professor of Management at Colorado Technical University, where he developed and taught courses in Project Management.  He is now formally retired and focusing on writing blogs on the political sector at his blog site: www.proactvoice.wordpress.com  He now resides in Biloxi Mississippi and his concentration remains one of describing major problems in the political sector and public institutions  including  problems with democracy, capitalism and social welfare issues. He can be reached at doctom2010@yahoo.com

“King Obama,” his Royal Court, and the #TPP by Ralph Nader + Did Anti-Fast Track Senators Miss an Opportunity to Slow Down TPP?

doctom2010:

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status. This term “fast track” is a euphemism for your members of Congress – senators and representatives – handcuffing themselves, so as to prevent any amendments or adequate debate before the final vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – another euphemism that is used to avoid the word “treaty,” which would require ratification by two-thirds of the Senate. This anti-democratic process is being pushed by “King Obama” and his royal court.”

Originally posted on Dandelion Salad:

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TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA Image by SS&SS via Flickr

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 25, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status. This term “fast track” is a euphemism for your members of Congress – senators and representatives – handcuffing themselves, so as to prevent any amendments or adequate debate before the final vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – another euphemism that is used to avoid the word “treaty,” which would require ratification by two-thirds of the Senate. This anti-democratic process is being pushed by “King Obama” and his royal court.

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Tom Blanton for Public Service Commissioner Southern District videos

Tom Blanton for Public Service Commissioner Southern District

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Tom Blanton is interviewed by two television stations in Southern Mississippi regarding his victory in filing suits against Mississippi Power for rate increases associated with the Kemper (“Clean Coal”) Power Plant.  Ratepayers are to be refunded for two years of rate increases which were improperly and illegally charged!!

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WLOX News This Week: Mississippi Power

The State Supreme Court Thursday rejected Mississippi Power and the public service commission’s requests to rehear the court’s February ruling that ordered the power company to refund close to 300 million dollars in rate hikes to its 186,000 customers. Joining us is Tom Blanton, the man who originally brought the suit against the power company’s rate hikes to help pay for the Kemper County lignite plant.

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Tom Blanton interviewed live on the Supreme Court refund ruling by WLOX on News This Week.

Joining us is Tom Blanton, the man who originally brought the suit against Mississippi Power’s rate hikes to help pay for the Kemper County lignite plant.
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Violence, Beatings, Murder, and War are not any part of a Solution

Originally posted on The Peace Resource:

darrianMurdering prisoners, abusive police, avoidable wars, unnecessary conflicts and elusive peace.
These problems begin early and they begin at home. Beating Children is ALWAYS wrong. Excuses for violently abusing a child ARE NOT reasons. The way to stop the violence is to stop the violence.

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/101-unarmed-people-killed-by-police-in-2014/

The way to stop the killing is to stop the killing. A primary example is the death penalty. It is now illegal in 18 states but 32 states keep murdering prisoners anyhow. Some killed are innocents who committed no crime.
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https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-death-penalty/

Our current president has continued four wars of choice and started 23 more.
We are told that endless war is unavoidable. This is a lie.

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/the-bush-obama-agenda-27-wars/

Pre-emptive violence is properly called aggression. Killing prisoners who pose no threat or 50 innocents with a drone is called murder. And wars of choice are crimes and an abomination.

Violence, Murder and Wars of choice have never…

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Global Cost Of War Was $14 Trillion Last Year

 

 Drone strikes and extrajudicial killings are part of a larger system of permanent war that has existed for generations in the United States and shows no sign of abating. (Image: Predator drone via Shutterstock)
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Drone strikes and extrajudicial killings are part of a larger system of permanent war that has existed for generations in the United States and shows no sign of abating. 
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If “global violence were to decrease by 10 percent uniformly, an additional US$1.43 trillion would effectively be added to the world economy.” A new report released Friday said that the global cost of war was soaring as it was US$14 trillion in 2014. The report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) also claimed that conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were responsible for most of the deaths in the world. According to the report, Syria remained the least peaceful place on Earth, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan, with the United States contributing violence in all three nations. (See bottom of page for access to full report).

“Last year alone it is estimated that 20,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks up from an average of 2,000 a year only 10 years ago,” the report said. The Global Peace Index report said that war spending amounts to 13 percent of the global GDP, which is almost the combined value of the economies of United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Spain and Brazil. Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace said if “global violence were to decrease by 10 percent uniformly, an additional US$1.43 trillion would effectively be added to the world economy.”

“[Year] 2014 was marked by contradictory trends: on the one hand many countries in the OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] achieved historically high levels of peace, while on the other, strife-torn nations, especially in the Middle East, became more violent. This is a real concern as these conflicts become even more intractable they spread terrorism to other states,” Killelea added.

Published annually since 2008, the Global Peace Index uses 23 indicators and three key themes; “level of safety and security in society,” “the extent of domestic and international conflict,” and “the degree of militarization.” Those killed as a result of conflicts has risen from just 49,000 people in 2010 to 180,000 in 2014, as the Middle East and North Africa became the least peaceful regions in the world since the index began in 2008.

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Thie report ranks the nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources and ranks 162 independent states, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population. The index gauges global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarisation.

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