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The Long Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen. It’s Capitalism


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The Long Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen. It’s Capitalism.

Conn Hallinan

The good news out of Europe is that Marine Le Pen’s neo-Nazi National Front took a beating in the May 7 French presidential election. The bad news is that the program of the winner, Emmanuel Macron, might put Le Pen back in the running six years from now.


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Just like the US Congress, the EU has become a centralized bribing station whereby corporations can get awesome returns on investment bribing those who were elected to represent various electorates but are beholden to corporations that own them.


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From Portugal, University of Coimbra, Dr. Boaventura de Sousa Santos has been digging away at the underlying poisons of empire and its requirement that exclusion be the unspoken weapon at every level, given gimbaled dexterity of manipulation and more veils than any veil use in history.

Drawing a distinction about the fascism we face today from the fascism of Hitler, Santos explores what he refers to as "societal fascism". Don let the complexity of the title of the paper put you off, his writing is most accessible and worth every minute.


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In “Capital,” Karl Marx quoted economist T.J. Dunning: “Capital eschews no profit, or very small profit, just as Nature was formerly said to abhor a vacuum. With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10 percent will ensure its employment anywhere; 20 percent certain will produce eagerness; 50 percent, positive audacity; 100 percent will make it ready to trample on all human laws; 300 percent, and there is not a crime at which it will scruple, nor a risk it will not run, even to the chance of its owner being hanged.” ( Capital,Volume 1,pg. 926,footnote,15)


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Wouldn't capitalism be great if it benefitted everyone?

Direct Democracy


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Not for one minute did I cheer Macron's victory. Relieved, maybe, but not even that. What does the right of the center give you, even in Europe? What the elite throughout the world is doing these days is obvious: pull that tennis net to the right as far as you can until the playing field shrinks for the working class, who is playing on the left side. Then the right can even afford to concede 'defeats' to their so-called centrist or moderate opponents, who in reality have been bought out by the corporate masters all the same. From here on out, we will root for progressives and nothing else. No centrals, no central leftists, and NOBODY who is on the payroll of the corporations. Enough is enough.


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As in the US, the bankers and speculators win going and coming, enjoying the gains of the "up" cycles, and socializing their losses on the downswing, even making money by betting against their
former investments. As Woody Guthrie said: "Some men rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen".


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A major omission in your analysis Conn is that in the mid 70s to early 80s the Fed raised interest rates that varied most of the time from 14 to 20% supposedly to combat "stagflation". What it actually did is make US exports more expensive and imports more competitive. Remember that was when Japanese imports took a huge share of the car and electronics markets. We all loved our cheap and superior Japanese cars and sound sytems. The reduction in industrial competitiveness forced the unions to make concessions and drove down wages and benefits and weakened the unions. That was not an accident. It was a plan that worked very effectively. In effect the Fed was used to weaken the 99% and enrich the 1%. They are very ingenious parasites.


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Some Ayn Rand cultists around here assert such is a "free market".


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Yes, but their "free market" exists only in their Rand fantasy land. In the real world, no such thing exists. Even if it did, it would be a shaky foundation for a civilization.


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Capitalism is a system in which the rich get the privilege of creating the money, and thus have most of the power, or all of it. They seldom, or never, tell how it is done and they do not talk about the MONEY SUPPLY of which they create 95%, or more.
Let the common 95% of the people argue about sex and gender rights and religion and baseball and hockey and football and Donald Trump and the Russians doing in the American election the same as the Americans do in elections all over the world. The rich know how to butter their bread and they have both the bread and the butter.
Keynes did not properly deal with money creation but he did say "When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done".
Need I be more specific? By Casino he meant the stock market.
Have a nice day.


#12

Well then, how far from rightwing thought is limiting your options?
Rightwing-ish condemnation of every (not Left enough) Left issue
presents a playbook not to imitate.

Globalization is the largest scale economy, uses the most fuel and energy and disempowers the lesser though no less fundamental economies of locale, county, city, state and nations worldwide.

Globalization is like the automobile. To other modes of travel the car presents a severe impediment -some would say Constitutional inequity- nor can cars manage their numbers.

For what it's worth, the self-driving car idea is a ruse, a pretention, a fraud.
Thanks a lot Silicon Valley. Electric cars on electric skates in smooth tunnels underground?
Personally, I do not trust Elon Musk burning money on such ideas.
Is he burning money or buying loyalty?


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Globalization is the largest scale economy, uses the most fuel and energy and disempowers the lesser though no less fundamental economies of locale, county, city, state and nations worldwide.
Globalization is like the automobile. To other modes of travel the car presents a severe impediment -some would say Constitutional inequity- nor can cars manage their numbers.
For what it's worth, the self-driving car idea is a ruse, a pretention, a fraud. A LIE.
The automobile disempowers other modes of travel in the same way the global economy
disempowers the greater in number of sovereign economies which may use energy sparingly.


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We can run in circles here, but I hope we can agree that the Democratic Parties around as such everywhere are no longer viable options for the future. Think of it as a tennis court, where the net has been pulled further and further to the right. That means the field for the player on the left keeps shrinking until it is as big as the ball itself. So what is the goal in the end for the Democrats or the centrists in France, the SPD in Germany, Labor in the UK? Hmmm? Pulling it back toward the center? I have nothing against choice, nothing at all, it's principles I am missing these days, and any Frenchman will tell you that a LePen vs Macron election wasn't any more of a choice than a Trump vs Hillary election. We need full scale change everywhere, based on the future of this planet. And right now, it is not within the comprehension of these parties to provide it.


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Skrzdybu, in my experience, let us say, democrats in office become
'centrist' in the principle of the majority must be served, including
opposing party members within representational districts, and that this
majority be served. Republicanism, on the other hand, upholds individualism
as if collectivist communities are obhorant.