Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dr. Woody: As The Cookie Crumbles ~~ A Couple of Aporias

This is a very good, very compelling Jeremiad on the perils of the Western/USer way of life. Co-authored the estimable Derrick Jensen, and entitled You Can't Kill A Planet And Live On It, Too, its purpose is to "expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running." The Netz are awash in such hortatory rhetoric, which is bracing to read, and inspirational, and gives such hope...

But they always leave me with unanswered, and very important questions. Such as, in this case, in which the authors argue that we must reduce our impact:
How do "we" propose to tell the people on the planet who don't have as "much" as we have, but know we have it--because we've hawked it to them relentlessly for the past 50 years--and WANT it--because our advertizing propaganda is the best inna world--that, oooops, sorry, we ran out of the good shit, and there's not enough left of anything for you to have what we've been telling you you were entitled to and we've enjoyed all along, so--in the interest of humanity, and life on the planet--yer fucked?

Or, for yet another example: There was circulating around my little corner of the F-book on Tuesday the following paean to liberating the country's politics from the baleful influences ond grip of the Banksters and their feculent gunsels, toadies, and lick-spittles. Here the author enumerates a set of changes and regulations he argues would help us throw off the yoke of the corrupt hustlers and grifters, and restore us to a balance. This one offers us six nostrums:
1. Break up the mega-banks and implement tax and regulatory policies that favor community financial institutions, with a preference for those organized as cooperatives or as for-profits owned by nonprofit foundations.

2) Establish state-owned partnership banks in each of the 50 states, patterned after the Bank of North Dakota. These would serve as depositories for state financial assets to use in partnership with community financial institutions to fund local farms and businesses.

3)Restructure the Federal Reserve to function under strict standards of transparency and public scrutiny, with General Accounting Office audits and Congressional oversight.

4) Direct all new money created by the Federal Reserve to a Federal Recovery and Reconstruction Bank rather than the current practice of directing it as a subsidy to Wall Street banks. The FRRB would have a mandate to fund essential green infrastructure projects as designated by Congress.
5) Rewrite international trade and investment rules to support national ownership, economic self-reliance, and economic self-determination.

6) Implement appropriate regulatory and fiscal measures to secure the integrity of financial markets and the money/banking system.
Dr. Woody guesses he's just a stupid, one-dimensional sort of fellow, but he's still stuck on the one aporia which is ALWAYS ignored, overlooked, left unaddressed in exhortations like this:
Since any and all reforms proposed/expressed here would require the passage of enabling legislation, and since the Legislature is firmly--dare I say "irretrievably"--in the hands of those who would oppose such reforms to the very death, how does one get the legislation enacted?

I am open to suggestions to resolve these pressing aporias.


Crumbs ~~ The FINAL INDIGNITY in the debt-ceiling "debate":

While the motherfuckers are bargaining away the last feeble strands of the life-support safety net of the poor, elderly, disabled, or immiserated, NOT ONE SINGLE FUCKING CENT of the funds budgeted for the murderous insanity of FIVE separate military conflicts is ANYWHERE "on the table"; not for a single fucking bloody moment, not one red, bloody fucking CENT! And NOTHING is MORE responsible for the condition the economy's in than those speculative, optional military adventures.

No comments:

Post a Comment