*edit, October 2, 2014 – Well, I just had a look at this post, which someone looked at recently. The link to Robert Scheer’s article didn’t work, even though the article is still on TruthDig’s website. I notice that I’ve left comments at TruthDig under two usernames, namely ‘Arby’ and ‘Aarby’. I don’t know why. I don’t remember having log in issues, but that is probably what led to that. Also, Take note that Eskom is a South African power utility. That isn’t made clear in what I wrote, below, even though that is revealed in the Democracy Now report to which I link.
*edit/ April 20, 2010 – I just learned from a Toward Freedom article that Robert Scheer is Truthdig’s editor. I will keep Truthdig in my ‘other links’ blogroll, but I’m very unhappy about this.My online comment, in response to the above linked-to article by Robert Scheer, follows. There’s at least one typo, I see. It’s a lone bracket:
** There’s the Left. And then there’s the great, mushy mainstream Left.
Robert Scheer shouldn’t be selling us Obama.
The corporatocracy – the elites, most ruling classes, the capitalist classes, many and most large institutions and organizations (often funded by governments as Joan Roelof explains) – is comprised of macho people who follow the paradigm, or operating principle, of ‘riches for the strongest’. That doesn’t mean that they will be rational ‘all of the time’. And it doesn’t mean that they will be irrational ‘all of the time’. It does mean that, overall, they will pursue an irrational, antisocial and anti-environmental course. If corporations are people, it has been demonstrated, then they are psychopathic people. They, and the individuals who worship and support them, are deserving of censure, for which reason this world, including fake progressives, rewards them. (Joan Roelof – http://bit.ly/aPCLk3)
Here’s how the corporatocracy sees the global economy for example. It views it as a rickety mansion in which it’s members are, collectively, the master. The mansion is unsafe and could collapse on everyone’s head at any time, but the master would rather, in true macho, Darwinian fashion, risk that disaster than abandon the mansion and, together with all the servants within who have slaved for the master and received, at best, mere survival for their efforts, work with those servants to build a safe, intact mansion in which no one is exploited and in which everyone contributes ‘and’ benefits.
While that is the case, There is no doubt that the master will sometimes, in regard to particular actions, show a little restraint and push a little less, if he happens to notice that there is no personal gain to him and only the risk of losing a system which he and his benefit from personally and greatly. That he demonstrates that he is capable of being rational, relatively, now and then DOES NOT negate the irrationality of his maintenance of an exploitative system of oppression.
Or you could just consider a current development as an example of the rickety mansion approach to socio-economic organization. Eskom, who South African environmentalists and poor South Africans cite as being a bad corporate citizen, has asked the World Bank for a whopping multi-billion dollar loan to build a coal-fired energy plant. (How did that come about? Clearly, Eskom sees the pernicious WB as a partner, and vice versa. See the Democracy Now! report about that here: http://bit.ly/bZMomF) The World Bank, supported (in effect) by the American government (and it’s prize-winning leader)which could have voted against this proposal but didn’t, is sponsoring a big, polluting, anti-poor mega coal plant project in South Africa, of the sort that John Perkins used to help set up for soon-to-be fleeced, by corporacrats, nations before he blew the whistle on the whole practice.)
“Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include faudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. I should know; I was an EHM.” John Perkins, in the Preface to “Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man.”
It’s bad enough that South Africa has had to deal with the negative consequences of the betrayal of their democratic hopes by their heroes, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, as recounted by Naomi Klein in her book, “The Shock Doctrine.” And there’s those who idolize the traitorous heroes… **