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September 6, 2010

Labor Day

 

Today Bailout America pretends to celebrate a holiday dedicated to those who labor. This is a farce. This is nothing but a regime of pure hostility toward all who actually work, create, produce. 
 
Going back decades every significant action of business, the government, the media, and academia, has been dedicated to eroding the wages and protections of the workers, crushing and corrupting our unions, watering down our spending power, forcing us ever deeper into debt for the necessities of life, menacing our public amenities, stealing our public property (“privatizing” it), and since the advent of globalization and the many forms of Walmart, systematically eradicating our jobs themselves.
 
And today, even as what’s left of our birthright is stolen right before our eyes through the hyper-looting of the Bailout and all other corporate welfare rampages, the criminals also menace the last economic lifeline we have to anything resembling a society, the Social Security we’ve already paid for with our blood, sweat, and tears. Led by Barack Obama, the worst traitor in American history, these villains want to steal everything down to literally the last penny. They want to impose upon us all the “austerity” of permanent impoverishment, misery, starvation, and slavery. They want to do this in order to maintain their filthy sodomite luxuries and their gutter gangster power.
 
And today these same criminals and their verminous flunkies in the media tell us it’s “labor day”, and they congratulate themselves on their own obscene labors. What should we say to them?
 
We can reply that we spit upon your lies and your claims to the mantle of America. We can refuse them, reject them and renounce them. They’re not citizens. They’re nothing to us.
 
Even though we know this is not our government, not our system, not our polity, we can, by the act of articulating our demands, lay bare the fraudulence of this whole usurping bastard system.
 
Since it’s Labor Day, we can start here: We demand of this government a jobs program. What else is this government good for if it doesn’t coordinate the economy to create sufficient jobs for all? What could capitalism be good for if it doesn’t create living wage jobs for all? What are the corporations good for if they don’t create fulfilling jobs for all? What are the rich good for if all their stolen wealth doesn’t trickle down in the form of real jobs for all?
 
All this applies just as much to every other demand: An end to corporate welfare, breaking the corporate power, breaking the finance tyranny, breaking the illegitimate state and police power, decentralizing and truly federalizing political and economic power, liberating our education, medical, and food systems, liberating the land itself, redeeming the law, redeeming justice, redeeming our human dignity and freedom. These are all the things I write for, and I hope my efforts and the efforts of others who strive for these things won’t be completely fruitless.
 
Since none of these things have happened; since none of the promises of all these decades were ever kept; since on the contrary every promise was viciously betrayed, the social contract itself ripped to shreds with infinite malice by the most despicable liars and thieves in all of history, why do we the people, we who actually perform ALL the work of civilization, who produce ALL the benefits, who create ALL the wealth, why do we tolerate their parasitic and larcenous existence at all? We must cease from such intolerable tolerance. 
 
We must reject with infinite contempt the plan to gut the Social Security we paid for, which was coerced from us with the promise that it would all be paid back. We must renounce with furious rage all calls for austerity in all the things we the people need most of all in this time of economic travail. We must demand instead infinite austerity for the criminals who have stolen so many trillions of our hard-earned wealth.
 
Those who keep telling us we who have sacrificed so much already, we who have endured so much crime and abuse, must now sacrifice and sacrifice and sacrifice yet more and more and more for absolutely nothing but to keep feeding the hideous maw of greed, now add insult and more injury to our already insufferable injuries.
 
We must reply, No, my friend, it is you who will now “sacrifice”, it is you who will now undergo the rigors of austerity, it is you who shall be truly set free of all the bonds of civilization we foolishly extended to you and which you have held in such contempt, turning them against us as weapons; we shall now reciprocate. It is you who shall have to leave off from punching us in the face with your “invisible hand”, as you instead feel the caress of the steel hand of justice.
 
We the people were put here to live as human beings. Among the attributes of humanity is to work fruitfully as managers of our own effort, as distributors and enjoyers of our own produce, as controllers of our own destiny. We have right to all this. The Earth belongs to all who constructively steward it, and the fruits of our labor belong to those of us who do the work.
 
Today all this is denied to us. Today the Earth has been fenced off by thieves, and the produce of our hard work is stolen every day. And now, in accordance with the new feudal war upon us, more and more of us, already almost 20% of the work force, are permanently excluded from even subsistence labor, as the jobs themselves are liquidated.
 
All this is nothing but crime. There’s no economic or natural reason for it. It’s nothing more or less but an attempt to assassinate humanity itself, and not even for the grandiose ideological visions of totalitarians past, but for nothing but vile gutter greed.
 
So we see that if we wish to again fruitfully labor as human beings, our real labor of today is to work and fight to redeem America, to redeem the promise of the Revolution, to redeem humanity itself through the exemplar of what could still be a great country if we rid ourselves of the parasites and vandals who have turned it into a war zone and cesspool. To restore America and again beckon to the soul of the world requires nothing but an act of political will.
 
That’s our true Labor Day, that’s our every day. 
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16 Comments

  1. “Filthy sodomite luxuries”? Really??

    Comment by David — September 6, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    • What would you compare it to if not to Sodom and Gomorrah?

      Comment by Russ — September 6, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

      • Didn’t Marx understand the nature of capitalism best? Why have neo-liberals decided that the system can be justified? You’re an interesting guy, Russ. The ‘filthy sodomite’ luxuries is real earthy! LOL

        Comment by Steven — September 7, 2010 @ 12:03 am

      • Thanks, Steven. Marx was one of those who understood it best, all right.

        The neoliberals, on the other hand, are simply criminals who have found a way to dress up their crimes with an ideology. (A really ugly, paltry one too.)

        Comment by Russ — September 7, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    • “They are, it turns out, a nasty bunch of people who are only getting nastier.” Excerpt from:

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-06/finance-s-mega-rich-are-meaner-than-rest-of-us-commentary-by-matthew-lynn.html

      Comment by WWK — September 7, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

      • Ain’t that the truth. Thanks for the link, WWK.

        Comment by Russ — September 8, 2010 @ 3:24 am

  2. “To restore America … requires nothing but an act of political will.”

    I think you’ll find it requires a lot more than that.

    Comment by doggett — September 7, 2010 @ 3:55 am

    • Like what? It’s true we face natural resource contraints, but of course I’m not proposing to continue with the death march of exponential growth consumerism.

      That’s not only physically unsustainable, but politically and socially that’s how we got into this death trap in the first place.

      Politically, socially, economically, the people certainly can take back the country at will. The problem, of course, is how they become conscious of this will.

      Comment by Russ — September 7, 2010 @ 5:22 am

  3. Very… Protestant of you…(careful, that’s not an insult, I was raised as a Protestant…)
    I wrote on another blog that since I believe that it all hangs together, probably one of the first “little” things that we could do to unravel this mess would be to tamper with the provisions that allow corporations to pass as real, physical PERSONS.
    That’s.. lunacy. Gotta get rid of that.
    If WE get rid of that, a lot will unravel with it.
    As for working… personally, I think that IN SOCIETY, work is an alienation invented to keep bored human beings occupied so that they will stay out of trouble.
    (NOT… “working the land, of course”… we have already had this discussion.)
    So… i don’t feel any particular need to defend salvation by “work”. Particularly “work” as it is currently understood in the Western world.
    We need more imagination for this crisis…

    Comment by Debra — September 7, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    • Working for a boss is alienation of labor. But as we know from examples like the Spanish co-ops, there’s no need for bosses.

      Comment by Russ — September 7, 2010 @ 9:31 am

      • The problem is… not everybody wants to think all the time… to be creative, imaginative, etc, to be an ENTREPRENEUR (in the literal sense of the word..).
        Should the people who DON’T want to think (and since our mass education system is churning them out in greater and greater numbers, getting an education that will allow you to think is a problem these days…) be MADE to think ?
        And even i (…) will concede that SOMETIMES it is really NO FUN having to think all the time. Sometimes i too would like to have someone do it for me. (Definition number 1 of voluntary servitude, evidently…)

        Comment by Debra — September 8, 2010 @ 3:21 am

      • Don’t worry, you wouldn’t have to think. There’s always a super-abundance of thought wherever people are freely working for themselves as a community. So anyone who wanted to contribute only to the work but not to the thought would be free to do so.

        For example, nobody is forced to speak at the council meetings. But all have equal opportunity to do so.

        That’s real free speech, unlike the fraudulent let-them-eat-cake sort we have today, rationed by wealth. That’s another way in which the position of alleged “free speech” advocates like Greenwald and the ACLU who are also Citizens United supporters is fundamentally fraudulent.

        Comment by Russ — September 8, 2010 @ 3:33 am

  4. “What else is this government good for if it doesn’t coordinate the economy to create sufficient jobs for all? What could capitalism be good for if it doesn’t create living wage jobs for all? What are the corporations good for if they don’t create fulfilling jobs for all? What are the rich good for if all their stolen wealth doesn’t trickle down in the form of real jobs for all?”

    A system that’s only good for good-for-nothings. Exactly right. Great post.

    Comment by reslez — September 7, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    • Thanks, reslez.

      Comment by Russ — September 8, 2010 @ 3:25 am

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