The left in America is desperate; desperate for someone who can inspire them, if not lead them to a better world; or at least make them laugh. TV star Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, especially when he doesn’t try too hard to be funny, which is not often enough. But as a political leader, or simply political educator for the left, forget it. He’s not even what I would call a genuine, committed leftist. What does he have to teach the left? He himself would certainly not want you to entertain the thought that Jon Stewart is in any way a man of the left.
Nader believes that Theodore Dreiser put it very well many years ago, when he said that “the corporations are the government”.
“Knowing they [corporations] can’t be out front because people don’t like a lot of these big corporations, they are ripped off by the banks and credit card companies, they camouflage and their camouflage is that they give the Tea Parties certain deceptive information and focus on certain politicians, and therefore they continue their work behind the scenes. We have corporate socialism in this country where profits are kept and losses are socialized on the back of the taxpayer,” Nader said.
“There isn’t a single department agency in the US government whose outside influence overwhelmingly is not corporate,” he added. “They control from the outside, they put their representatives into government positions, funding the members of Congress with their cash [and] 35,000 full-time lobbyists in Washington – they are the government.”
So, a Facebook friend posted on my “wall” to ask me if I’ll join him in “committing to vote?”
Well, the simple answer is no. I’ve been outside the States now for several months – so a bit tricky for me personally to vote this time. (Yes, I know I could have contacted a consulate and tried to get an absentee ballot sent or whatever, but I didn’t think it would be worth the hassle to do all that…)
Moreover, it may well be asked whether we can take it for granted that a return to freedom of exchanges is really a question of time. Even if the reply were in the affirmative, it is safe to assume that after a period of freedom the regime of control will be restored as a result of the next economic crisis. (Paul Einzig, Exchange Control (1934)).
Great structural changes in world trade and finance occur quickly – by quantum leaps, not by slow marginal accretions. The 1945-2010 era of relatively open trade, capital movements and foreign exchange markets is being destroyed by a predatory financial opportunism that is breaking the world economy into two spheres: a dollar sphere in which central banks in Europe, Japan and many OPEC and Third World countries hold their reserves the form of U.S. Treasury debt of declining foreign-exchange value; and a BRIC-centered sphere, led by China, India, Brazil and Russia, reaching out to include Turkey and Iran, most of Asia, and major raw materials exporters that are running trade surpluses.
I just got back from two weeks in Germany on Sunday evening. The lady sitting next to me on the airplane said, “Be sure to vote.” I replied, “I do indeed intend to — as we Irish say, ‘With our backsides.”
I explained that I live in New York and there’s nobody to vote for here. The New York Times says that if Sen. Reid loses in Nevada to the crazy lady, New York’s Senator Schumer will become Democratic Senate leader. Wall Street will have its lead lobbyist in charge of Obama’s financial policy.