Posts Tagged ‘Davos’

Trump Was A Warning To Plutocracy. Warren Is What Is Really Needed!

May 5, 2019

EINOs: Elite In Name Only. This is the entire problem. No more than 10,000 people decide of the fate of the USA, the West, Civilization, eight billion people, and even the fate of the biosphere. 10,000 have captured the planet. Who are these experts in heist? Who are these gods? Mostly a self-nominated elite. OK, not all from the same place: after all, Putin was nominated by the KGB, and Xi Jinping is the son of Xi Zhongxun, nominated by the Politburo.

Yet certainly China’s elite became part of global plutocracy. Here is an example: corrupt armies ransacked Congo for rare earths enabling China to make phones for Apple, which “optimized” its own taxes into quasi-nothingness, by a combination of Caribbean tax havens and an EU-illegal deal with Ireland.   

It is this global plutocracy which rules the world. It talks one way… precisely to be able to act the opposite. Biden is the centerfold of this, even more than the transparent Obama, and the blatant Clinton. In the 1990s, time and time again, Biden fostered the plutocratic coup against civilization, the crux being the destruction of the Banking Act of 1933, thus giving free reins to the world financial plutocracy.

All is tied up: Obama fostered a fracking rampage thus the US produces twice more fossil fuels than Russia or Saudis, poisoning Earth… But 1% of US CO2 is from US subsidized private jets.

Only one way out: as the Roman Republic did. Put an ABSOLUTE limit on wealth. As Warren suggests to do (de facto). Warren’s revolution can defeat Trump’s revolt.

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The preceding commented on the New York Times Joe Biden and the Party of Davos

As a pillar of the ancien régime, Biden is ill-placed to overturn Trump’s revolution, opined Roger Cohen in the New York Times.

My, my, my… How the Times they are changing. Just a little while ago, Trump was reviled, and not hating him, a grave moral failure, let alone a revolution. Calling Biden and the revered Obama ancien régime was a sin. Biden was arguably the most prominent engineer of plutocratic legislative installment in the 1990s: he reversed women rights, instituted mass imprisonment, demolished the Banking Act of 1933. [1]

 

Obama: “Can you believe those idiots? They really think we are not on the same side! I just smile, and they believe me!” Trump:”yeah, well, we better give those losers a bit of slack!”

Truth is Trump is not that bad, especially considering what the ancien régime has done, and not done. The US unemployment rate just reached (May 2019) a 50 years’ low. Trump brought tariff on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods to 25%. Seeing those facts, global plutocracy screams high treason. I say: why doesn’t the European Union not do the same? Because it’s neither European, nor an Union?

Cohen goes on:

“Is Donald Trump an aberration? If he is, Joe Biden is the perfect Democratic candidate to defeat him next year, the steady hand that can restore decency, steer a middle course between Wall Street and Main Street, and reinvigorate the shaken liberal democratic order.

I don’t think Trump is an aberration. On the contrary, he’s the face, however duplicitous, of a revolution against the Party of Davos, the network of elites whose economic and cultural prescriptions came to be seen by myriad voters across the United States and Europe as camouflage for a self-serving heist. Biden has been a regular attendee at Davos.”

The present economic expansion is the longest ever. Trump has argued with the Fed about letting the economy run; the Fed has argued it “wants to take the punchbowl away”. The Fed is clearly wrong in a globalized economy… Now, of course, Trump has been de-globalizing more than a bit… As needed…Now here is Cohen going on with more of what I have been saying for a few years. Actually I said it, years before Obama enraged Trump enough, and made him realize anybody could become president, as long as they lied big enough, deep enough, and frequently enough, that Trump decided to run for president. As I pointed out in August 2016:

USA As A Police State

Many rage against Donald Trump, while singing the praises of Obama. They overlook that the Donald duck is what the Obama cat dragged home.”

Therein the graph of the incarceration rate in the USA, much of it having to do with Biden’s work, as the head of the relevant Senatorial committee in the 1990s:

Thanks to Biden’s reforms, incarceration doubled. Under Reagan, it’s the Democrats who passed the laws to incarcerate, as all the end all, be all laws needed…

Here is Roger Cohen again: [Trump] “could say the unsayable. He could disrupt. He could restore violence to a wan political stage of PowerPoint slides. He could take on the China that had put millions of people to work on the cheap in its factories and so, from the Midwest to the British Midlands, de-industrialized much of the West.

If people felt like nobodies, felt abandoned, felt there was not only growing inequality in wealth but inequality of recognition, felt their very language had been anesthetized by all-knowing elites more at home in global capitals than in the provinces of their own countries, then somebody could speak for liberalism’s disappeared — and maybe even win. Steve Bannon saw this. Trump grasped this and did win, not as the creator of a movement but as the media-savvy messenger of a groundswell.”

This revolution is not an American phenomenon. It is much wider…”

Roger Cohen observes the obvious:

There’s been a movement in people’s minds, a radical change in the way people live, perceive and conduct their politics. The old paradigm won’t work… whatever Biden’s early lead in polls. He’s ill-placed, as a pillar of the ancien régime, to overturn the revolution. This is not personal. It’s societal.

For all his Scranton blue-collar beginnings, Biden will be pilloried as a faithful servant of the Party of Davos that secured impunity for the financiers behind the 2008 meltdown, a heady growth in inequality, China appeasement and the arrogance of money-wooed Democrats estranged from their working-class constituency. Unfiltered politics, technology’s dubious gift, will hurt him. These politics prize agility more than honor. The world has moved on. Whither I’m not sure, but it has. Things shift. That’s the way of the world — inexorable as biology.

One of the most significant exchanges so far of the fight for the 2020 Democratic nomination came in the last few days when Biden said of China: “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.” To which Bernie Sanders shot back that the United States had lost three million manufacturing jobs to the 2000 China trade deal. “It’s wrong,” he tweeted, “to pretend that China isn’t one of our major economic competitors.”

Not only economic, I would add. China is set on an implacable course to run the world in the second half of this century. If that is not precisely what you want for your children, thinking that “they’re not competition for us” is precisely the wrong place to start. It’s lazy thinking

Cohen then evokes Macron, who went one carbon tax too far. Macron was preoccupied by the end of the world. The Gilets Jaunes replied they were preoccupied by the end of the month. Cohen, optimistically said that Macron learned. Our banker learned? Of course not really. All Macron learned was to fly, one burning cathedral at a time, just dumping enough Pluto baggage, to get over the next hill.

And finally Cohen draw the conclusion I have drawn in the past:

“…among Democratic contenders, Elizabeth Warren is listening most closely. Her proposed tax on the super wealthy reflects that — while billionaires, like China, get a pass from Biden. Trump is not an aberration. Only the innovative will beat him.

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From Repression To Barbarization:

Other opinion makers at the New York Times are also condemning Biden, even if they don’t say it aloud, but use euphemisms. In “Imprisoned for Trying to Save His Son. Mass incarceration was America’s biggest mistake over the last half-century.” Nicholas Kristof, Opinion Columnist, on May 4, 2019,

America’s biggest mistake over the last half-century arguably had nothing to do with the war in Vietnam or Iraq, or with Watergate or Donald Trump. Rather, I’d say that it was mass incarceration, fueled by the war on drugs.

The United States used to have incarceration rates similar to those of Europe — and then, beginning in about 1970, we increased the number of people behind bars sevenfold. About as many Americans now have a criminal record as have a college degree. Mass incarceration shattered America’s family structure, magnified race gaps, left millions of people marginalized — and has been brutally unfair.

Years ago I wrote about a case that still haunts me. Dicky Joe Jackson was a Texas trucker whose 2-year-old son, Cole, needed a bone-marrow transplant to save his life. The family raised $50,000 through community fund-raisers, but this wasn’t enough — so Jackson tried to earn the remainder by transporting meth in his truck for a distributor. He was caught and sentenced to life in prison.

The prosecutor himself thought the sentence unjust, saying of Jackson: “He didn’t know of any other way to take care of his kid.”

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Mass incarceration was itself a manifestation of a much deeper disease: the control of the USA by its wealthiest class, even when civilization was. and is, at stake. Those who know too little history will say the USA declared war TO Hitler. No. Hitler declared war TO the US (Dec 11, 1941). The USA had the plan to NOT go to war in 1942. Fortunately, the stupid fascists couldn’t resist.

USA’s worst lie, and worst mistake, for those who care about lives, humanity,  and its standards: not to recognize the value system which led it to fight too late against Nazism, or even more basic, that the deepest flaws of US society, still in power today, led it to not declare war to Hitler. Obscuring this vile story hides US Pluto power (US plutocracy!

It’s all tied up together into an all too evil mood…

No more than 10,000 people decide of the fate of the USA, the West, Civilization, eight billion people, and even the fate of the biosphere. 10,000 have captured the planet. Some could argue that they are busy destroying the planet, precisely to hide their heist, by fostering great destruction, making it impossible to understand who, what, started the holocaust, the burning of everything…

Anyway, good to see the Times they are changing…

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Relative to Biden, Obama was just a poser: his Obamacare, however helpful it has been to the healthcare plutocracy, pales in insignificance relative to Biden’s hellish reforms of the 1990s… 

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/obamascare/

Of course TARP was very much in the spirit of Biden’s finance reforms of the 1990s:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/tarp-transfer-of-assets-to-rich-people/

Davos, Diabolos and the Decider-Leader Principle

January 23, 2018

The present world economic order is nothing new. It originated even earlier than 1919, when US plutocracy, having steered and profiteered from the First World War that it helped incite, suggest, and organize, just so… took command of the world… And didn’t release it ever since (its next tool, Nazism, and various European fascisms it carefully helped nurture, made the situation even worse).

The present economic system originated then, by 1919. An economy is a philosophy. A philosophy has metaprinciples. The economic metaprinciple imposed by the USA at the Versailles conference in 1919 was that greed is good, so greed should rule, that’s how the West was won, & greed rules when the wealthiest people lead, decide, steer the world, and help it think and feel. This idea became central to Nazism as the “Führerprinzip”.

Führerprinzip: in English, the leader principle, a principle thoroughly embraced by that well-known,and all too admired child, Obama (who took himself for a great leader, or so he said, although he objectively left the US healthcare system in the most disastrous state in a century, as life expectancy is down three years in a row). When children lead a very mature biosphere, what happens?

At Davos, the self-declared “leaders” accumulate, in an orgasm of mutually self-congratulatory greedy madness. Yes, some of them were elected. But no, they should not have the right to decide for all of us, nor the right to decide, just a few thousands of them, the fate of a four billion years old biosphere. A fortiori without proper debate. The failure of present day economics is not just a political failure, it’s all the way to a philosophical failure, the most major philosophical failure, ever. (The latter point is little noticed… although it’s crucial.)

In the case of the USA, the initial leaders were in the ilk of George Washington in 1776 CE, a slave owner with 250 slaves, or so, who was also a top commander (in the British army, initially), when he was not a real estate investor (on land stolen from french and Indian alike). And then of course Jefferson, another slave owner who, in a frenzy of greed, conquered a gigantic part of North America (a part Britain was keen to leave to the American Natives, thus the US war of independence!)

What’s the big deal with the Davos Obscenity? The world’s “deciders” are breathing together, in other words, they are con-spiring together, for all to see (con, with; spirare, respire). 70 heads of states and governments. 2,500 guests, including the Indian PM, Donald Trump, watched over by 5,000 Swiss military.  In a token gesture to denigrating, subjugating, exploiting, harassing and demeaning women,  seven women are co-chairing the forum (Hey. guys, should you happen to be sincere, change the laws, not the faces!).

Brexit of the UK, the United Kingdom, was a plutocratic propaganda plot, a conspiracy to foil EU attempts to moderate plutocracy. In Brussels, more than 30,000 paid and registered lobbyists influence the so-called “deciders”, and great “leaders” who are later rewarded with jobs, careers, consultancies and various riches and power. See ex-PM Blair’s career, post PM, for an inkling… This is not just disgusting, it’s criminal. And the fate of the biosphere is one of the victims, besides all the rest of humanity. When civilizations starts to misfire, billions may die, and that will be entirely the fault of this satanic system of governance which is presently in place.

Kate Blanchet, a movies star who is ambassador of the UN HCR is also there. She said: ”I teach compassion to my children but all around proves them the opposite.”

Half of the world’s population received no share of all wealth created globally last year, while 82 percent went to the richest one percent, a report by Oxfam International revealed. Eight men (including pseudo-ecologists Gates of hell, and Bloom-berg) have as much wealth as 3.6 BILLION people (half of humanity): don’t they represent a toxic environment, all by themselves? Just a question, ladies, gentlemen, and critters!

Billionaires in 2017 increased their wealth by $762 billion, enough to end “global extreme poverty seven times over“, the United Kingdom headquartered charity’s annual inequality report, said. Winnie Byanyima, the organisation’s executive director, called the billionaire boom a “symptom of a failing economic system“. “The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food are being exploited to ensure a steady supply of cheap goods, and swell the profits of corporations and billionaire investors,” she said on January 19, 2018.

Plutocrats are very crafty. That’s how they became so mighty: using all tricks imaginable, no holds barred. The New York Times gave the example of Mr. Steyer, a guy who started at the usual places: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, etc, managing a hedge fund for “high worth individuals”. Steyer wants to impeach Trump, because Trump is “unfit for office”, whereas, of course, Steyer is fit for office. The arrogance of it all makes even the self-described “Democrats” nervous: “A Billionaire Keeps Pushing to Impeach Trump. Democrats Are Rattled.” (Lest the association of their party with that of Pluto becomes too obvious?)

I would suggest that billionaire financial plutocrat Steyer is all about brandishing red-herrings, and calling them the problem. Why? To distract the masses from real reform, the sort that would expose the likes of him for what they are. Indeed, a multi-billionaire hedge fund manager more democrat than the democrats? Why doesn’t Steyer propose a campaign for very high taxes on financial vultures instead? Because to talk about one particular person prevents to talk about inequality? That inequality which gives him so much power that he can run against elected officials, employing hundreds, to do so, because of all this money he got during Quantitative Easing, or from financing coal companies? And now of course he is more white than white… (Claiming, of course, to be an ecologist…)

Last year saw the biggest increase in billionaires in recorded history, with one minted every two days, according to the report, entitled ‘Reward work, not wealth‘.

There are now 2,043 billionaires worldwide – 90 percent of which are men – the report, based on data from Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Databook for 2017, said. Oxfam found that: “Tax evasion, erosion of workers’ rights and automation are responsible for the world’s economic inequality.  The organisation has called for greater redistribution of wealth through the use of taxation and public spending programmes by governments worldwide, the elimination of the gender pay gap and a focus on ‘living wages‘ rather than minimum wages.

Sixty guys hold more than half of the world’s wealth. Those vultures, and their obsequious servants, hold the world’s public opinion in their talons. And what of the public? We The People?

The public think as they’re programmed. The public feels, as programmed. Citizens do, as they’re programmed. They even whine, just a bit, as they’re programmed, & march, as programmed. They critique & know, just a little, no more than they were programmed to. What could go wrong? For the owners of it all?

To wit: In the USA, “democrats” revere Bill Clinton a governor cum de facto rapist who made it to the presidency, thanks for helping Reagan in “Iran Contra”, and whose greatest claim to fame, aside from being the only president who was impeached, was to have abrogated President Roosevelt’ Banking Act of 1933 (“Glass-Steagall”).  

Yes, guys, it’s not all about the Russians loving Putin. Right, Putin is a murderer, but Obama’s policy of “signature strikes” (on… weddings, several times… in countries the US was not at war with), was not any better, for all to see.

As long as We The People will agree with the decider-leader principle, there is no hope. But it’s time to find some hope. Hopefully before the ocean start lapping up all shores… And the floods, and the drought, and the world food supply system stats to falter.

Polls show that around half of the French population never heard of the “Paradise Papers”, papers from a law firm which revealed some of the world’s leaders’ incredible corruption.

As CBS abstracted it: “American individuals and corporations represent the largest share of addresses in Appleby’s records, according to the ICIJ. Its clients also come from the U.K., China and Canada.

The leaks link Ross to a shipping company called Navigator Holdings, which has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. According to the ICIJ, Ross’ private equity firm was one of Appleby’s biggest clients.

While Ross diverted most of his holdings when he took his post as commerce secretary in the Trump administration, he maintained a stake in Navigator through two chains of Cayman Islands companies, the group said, citing Appleby files and public records.

Navigator’s biggest clients include Russian energy company Sibur…”

The present system goes on, because “We The People” has not realized that most evil in the Twentieth Century originated from that precise economic system. Notice that I don’t accuse “capital” and “capitalism”. Those two terms means nothing: civilization rests on capital. Civilization without capital is a contradiction. What civilization can do without, and has to do without, is inequality.

And inequality is not just inequality of riches. Or wealth. It is inequality of power, and that means, inequality of decision-making. A few idiotically self-aggrandizing Davos cretins shouldn’t decide for us all. Us all should decide for us all. By debating. Intelligently, as billions of us can do much better.

Patrice Aymé