As representatives of some of the most powerful countries in the world prepare to gather for their annual Group of Seven (G7) meeting, this time at a castle in the German town of Elmau, tens of thousands marched through nearby Munich on Thursday to protest the summit's politics of "neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees."
In America most are kept too busy working two or three minimum wage jobs to support the family, so we don’t have time to protest. And we don’t want to be profiled, maced, beaten, put on no fly lists and can’t afford bail. Besides, we won’t get any mainstream media publicity anyway.
As we used to say in the military, “if you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow”. The oligarchy has America by the balls.
Munich, the “world city with heart,” as it is known. And indeed it is.
We salute the citizens of Munich for raising their voices.
Sarah, you report that, "tens of thousands marched through nearby Munich on Thursday to protest the summit’s politics of “neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees.”
BUT those tens of thousands of protestors could have much more simply and most importantly MORE EFFECTIVELY made their point by simply protesting against the singular central cancer of the Disguised Global Crony-Capitalist EMPIRE that causes all of these ‘issues’, 'symptom problems, and our entire “ailing social order” by protesting against the “EMPIRE, Cancer of all our Maladies”.
A correct diagnosis is essential to cure the hidden disease in our body-politic:
As Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, “In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis…is a crucial, perhaps decisive, part of the disease.”13
Berman, Morris (2011-02-07). Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). Norton. Kindle Edition.
The U.S. is sick with the cancer of Global EMPIRE, which is merely ‘posing’ as, and HQed in, our formerly proud democratic Republic in order for the Global EMPIRE of the TCC (transnational capitalist classes) to use and abuse the power and “apparatus” of the last superpower left standing:
“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism. We face an EMPIRE of global capital, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps substituted for italics in the original]
Robinson, William I. (2014-07-31). Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (p. 122). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.
Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a new Era
If we don’t stand, then we will sink even deeper in the inequity sewer of the elite gluttons.
This G7 and their group of self-serving corporative cohorts, are illegitimate and unworthy for the task
at hand. Dismiss them all, and start over with people who have no bones to pick or skin in the game.
In short, this is the new world order at its worst, and these people must be neutralized, soon. Do not
stand for this scam.
I like what you said. You should have said it’s a new world disorder. NATO should go the way of the USSR, the Warsaw Pact and the dinosaurs. NATO should leave the rest of the world alone. They should end all aid to Israel, the drone strikes and wars. The USA should close its bases abroad and let other nations defend themselves.