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“Honey, I Shrunk Lady Liberty!”

In OWS on November 13, 2011 at 3:31 am

Re: Berlusconi Steps Down, and Italy Pulses With Change

If all of Europe is sold, country by country, to \”private investors\” to appease the Anonymous Bondholders, how will Europe look any different than Disney’s miniature Europe in Florida? Would it even matter whether Disney or The European People owned the streets?

If the people of Europe don’t care if their world is privatized, maybe the name of the next Disney feature should be, \”Honey, I shrunk Lady Liberty\”…A funny thing happened to liberty on the way to government privatization: it shrank, in the same bathtub the government was drowned in.

Think about what the difference between privately and publicly owned really means: Disney charges an arm and a leg to visit its faux Europe streets, and imposes normal business hours—i.e., closes the streets at night.

Are so many countries, full of vibrant histories, willing to give up their individualism to comply with the mandates of culture-crushing dictates of debt, bondholders, and the ill-conceived Euro? Are you willing to sell your culture to pay a debt that is almost impossible to repay because you lack the sovereign power of government to print your own currency to ease your liquidity trap?

The people of Greece have seemed the feistiest, and the most aware of what is at stake, by taking to the streets literally with burning torches in opposition to austerity and privatization of government.  If they don’t save their own government, no one will save them, least of all the bondholders, whom they are supposed to help in return for–?  Not liberty.   Just the enrichment of the bondholders.   Stability?   Yes, if you prefer the \”stability\” of a completely privatized world, with no public squares, no public utilities, no public workers.   I believe this was the original vision of Monarchy that Democracy has been fighting for hundreds of years….

But perhaps Europe believes Monarchy, not Democracy, is its true birthright…or, maybe humanity’s latest progress is to regress, making sure to take every single step backwards, retracing the path of the Enlightenment and the Renaissance,  all the way to bowing before the throne and restoring The Crown to His Majesty.

Luckily, the new King doesn’t have to bother even with administering to his subjects anymore—his appointed shareholders do that for him.  The CEOs of the world take a tip from the group Anonymous, agreeing it is easier to be less of a target when you don’t have a name.     The few thousand CEOs of the world’s richest corporations are the new monarchy, buying governments Left, Right, Right-of-Center, and Center-0f-Left, as long as they are willing to make money into speech.  From Italy, NYTimes:

“The austerity measures approved by lawmakers include selling state assets and increasing the retirement age to 67 from 65 by 2026. They would also decrease the power of professional guilds, privatize municipal services and offer tax breaks to companies that hire young workers.

Key political parties, with the exception of the Northern League, an important member of Mr. Berlusconi’s center-right coalition, have said they will support Mr. Monti.”

As if each word in this essay were valuable not for its meaning, but only if I declare that each word was worth $1,000, and anyone who reads this essay must pay me $1,000 a word–why?  Because that is how the contract is written!  What contract, you say–you didn’t sign a contract, you were just reading this essay.  Well, equally, the people of Europe did not get to vote for austerity, for bailing out the bondholders at banks who unwisely poured too much money into, ultimately, junk bonds, without cushioning potential losses on their own bank balance sheets (the Greek referendum was cancelled), nor were they raging in the streets for their democratically elected leaders to step down—The Greecians were rallying only to protect democratic ( ie, non-profiteering, public, for all) institutions FROM cuts/austerity/privatization…It was the Bondholders who seemed to think that Democratically-elected leaders are ruining “confidence.”  Somehow, freedom, rule by the people, causes the market “jitters.”

And no one in their right mind would vote for austerity, unless they were duped into voting against their best interests.     Voting for austerity is the equivalent of a madman reading this essay mailing in a check for $1,000 a word because I said so, because money is speech,  and thus the madman only listens to what anyone else tells him–  He can no longer distinguish his own freedom, individual discretion, and liberty to partake of thought freely without price tags,  from the  false rumors, and false gods of the marketplace “demanding” that he spend his money as the only way,  literally, to be “heard.”

This is the battle between finance and democracy that is being fought not only in Europe, but here at home with our own Austerity Police.   To the extent the issues are blurred and complicated, intentionally,  by politicians who stand to gain from the privatization of the world,  our Democracy is lost as the world is privatized.   If not enough people care, then we never deserved a government to begin with.

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  1. Well done! People seem to be so busy running the rat race that they’ve completely forgotten the point of it all (other than to try to get one step ahead of the austerity measures). They feel powerless to affect real change, so they try to play the game–with rules being set by those who could care less that they are working 60 or 70 hours a week to make ends meet, to say nothing of the unemployed. No benefits (as if treating a serious illness is a “benefit”)? No problem! Get a second job in order to qualify for a very high deductible and still expensive private policy (IF you can even qualify for that). Then tune in to Fox News so you can be assured that it’s all Obama’s fault–his and the “lazy” masses that just aren’t working as hard as you are!

    Oh-oh, I only meant to say that this is another of your stellar essays and now I’ve got onto a rant! Sorry.

  2. This is the corporate world speaking: “The next deep breath of fresh air you breathe in is not gratis. Without our special purifiers, on special this week, you will be taking in fine-particle dust causing big, big problems decades hence.”

    The fresh air you thought you were entitled to gratis has been polluted by profiteers (see above) who …. On and on goes this story.

    In somebody’s scripture I once read a line that said we don’t even own the ground we stand on. So how come one per cent (see above) own just about everything important today?

    Those old-fashioned scripture writers imply we were given everything on loan. Everything.

    The decent thing to do is to pass it all to the next generation in pretty much the same condition or better than when we borrowed life here for a time. That’s the hothouse rule. Violate it and Mother Nature and Father Physics just might get annoyed with their little experiment and someday boil it off as a bad idea. Even if you own everything and have deeds and corporate records to prove it.

    Jay – Ottawa

  3. Hello, dahlink —

    “Are so many countries, full of vibrant histories, willing to give up their individualism to comply with the mandates of culture-crushing dictates of debt, bondholders, and the ill-conceived Euro?”

    short answer? nein. non, etc. Zee people are pissed. Inspiring essay. I love it when you write!!

    i wanted you to see this today. I can’t believe I actually wrote it???!!!?

    http://roadblues-kitty.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-n-we-trust-today-i-came-across-essay.html

    bless all thinking people

    cat

  4. Well done! People seem to be so busy running the rat race that they’ve completely forgotten the point of it all (other than to try to get one step ahead of the austerity measures). They feel powerless to affect real change, so they try to play the game–with rules being set by those who could care less that they are working 60 or 70 hours a week to make ends meet, to say nothing of the unemployed. No benefits (as if treating a serious illness is a “benefit”)? No problem! Get a second job in order to qualify for a very high deductible and still expensive private policy (IF you can even qualify for that). Then tune in to Fox News so you can be assured that it’s all Obama’s fault–his and the “lazy” masses that just aren’t working as hard as you are!
    +1

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