Post by ltlee1 Post by ltlee1
In Saudi Arabia, MBS is engaged in a region-shattering shakedown, picking the pockets of Princes for a trillion dollars of unearned and pilfered oil rents to finance more cholera, starvation and mass murder in Yemen and beyond.
Through China, there is a Eurasian ‘shakeup’ as Beijing expands modern Silk-Roads everywhere and with everyone to connect markets, develop supply chains and increase prosperity at home and among its trade partners.
And the US just shakes . . . and trembles as its leaders rush to further enrich the ultra-rich, conspire to uncover conspiracies upon plot, scandalize the scandalmongers and tell us that freedom really means the freedom to expose and gnaw over the sordid acts of petty perverts while hiding much greater truths and reality. Official truth has become a stinking mound of offal.
One can only hope for a great ‘shaking off’."
Of course, James Petras is only one among many who writes from the "China UP, US DOWN" frame. How about the reality?
The following graph tells a great story.
Median US incomes had stagnated versus labor productivity since its defeat in the Vietnam War and did not really recover. Big and highly successful US corporations had since then given up on the US. More recently, Trump's winning the election means a large segment of the population are also given up on the US.
Most corporate leaders nowadays don't believe Charles Wilson's famous words "what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa.”
Of course, some Christian fundamentalists also gave up on the US government and what it represents per the media since the early eighties. And this segment is getting larger although at present less covered by the media.
In Arlie Russell Hochschild's book, "Strangers In Their Own Land", he found it necessary to view those in the South as foreigners in order to fully understand them. In short, many simply don't see the US government and political process contributing to their well being. They would still participate in the "democratic process" but not because what the candidate would do or politics would help but per their faith.
"Like other friends and family, the Arenos are Republican and had voted in the presidential election of 2012 for Mitt Romney. “He’s a big business guy, of course,” Harold explains. “If he were here he’d be having friendly visits with the CEOs of the companies around here. He wouldn’t be cleaning up the mess.”
But Republicans put God and family on their side and “we like that. The Scripture says Jesus wants us to be about his Father’s business,” Annette says. Their faith had guided them through a painful loss of family, friends, neighbors, frogs, turtles, and trees. They felt God had blessed them with this courage to face their ordeals, and they thanked Him for that. “I don’t know what people do if they don’t know Him,” Annette adds. For the Arenos, religious faith has moved into the very cultural space in which politics might have played a vital, independent role. Politics hadn’t helped, they felt, and the Bible surely had."