To set the stage logically, consider what the commons mean to humanity and nature; along with a presumption by hierarchy that they are the subject of life on Earth and that humanity and nature are the objects to be exploited as human resources and natural resources. We also may wish to consider bribery and the use of the blanket explanation of “national security”.
https://janataweekly.org/how-private-corporations-stole-the-sea-from-the-commons/ –For most of human history, the oceans have been seen as a global commons, the benefits and resources of which belong to us all in equal measure. But our seas – and the marine environment as a whole – are being ravaged by exploitation for corporate profit. The result is a social, economic and ecological crisis that threatens the very life support system of the Earth.
Since 1945, when the US unilaterally asserted ownership of the continental shelf and parts of the high seas around its shores, much of the ‘blue commons’ has been converted into private property.
It is hard to exaggerate the scale of the plunder of the ‘blue commons’ in the period of neoliberal economic dominance since the 1980s. The seas have become the frontier of global rentier capitalism. The spreading claws of financial capital are evident almost everywhere, with private equity growing in prominence.–end of janata info—
Government in the USA has congealed into a 2-Party political corporation system in which each branch of the Democratic/Republican Duopoly vie for supremacy. Citizens United is a Supreme Court ruling that has legalized without legitimizing money in elections that is corruption.
Predictably”strong men” and now “strong women” have risen to the top like scum in a swamp, to posture as leaders, in the view of some people.
This would be a good time to mention that the thoughts expressed are not FACTual, but are opinions from the meandering observations over decades.
One hears a new book is in print that touches upon the obvious misunderstanding by a President Trump that the government was “his”, including the US military and their generals and other military officials. This is posited from some sources as troubling. In particular the peculiar level of Trump ignorance included admiration about what seems to have risen from his mind, of the blind loyalty of WWII Nazi generals toward Hitler.
This is a troubling view if FACTual, on the topic of history in the mind of a past President. But this also seems to suppose that the US military over recent decades has been used predominantly to “protect American interests overseas” which seems like a euphemism for interests of oligarchs who are kind enough to fund political campaigns byway of Citizens United.
For We The People who might prefer the US military be used to protect the USA under a description of national security, both misguided notions of use of the US military is a problem.
Also, why is hierarchy reluctant to use the word bribery when it seems to apply?
In FACT, little is heard of corruption from either branch of the Republican/Democratic Party corporation.
The recent dust up at Mar a Lago has been reported by some media as instigated by Trump retention of what has been described as highly-classified governmental information that a President doesn’t routinely take home after his Presidency is over.
*Why would an ex President wish to retain highly-classified government documents often called Top Secret
*Media has implied said retention is national security risks that are so sensitive as to be beyond description to the general public
*This doesn’t feel as though it is, for example, information about the bad intentions of foreign governments toward the USA, but more logically it feels like the inner workings of the US government toward foreign governments……or its own people
*One has wondered since Trump made the decision that the 50-year Kennedy Assassination information should be withheld, after the 50 years had gone by, due to “national security” concerns, what was the motivation to withhold?
*Transparency in a democracy is always better than not, so what was the motivation?
*Is this “highly sensitive classified information” a part of the Top Secret documents retained at Mar a Lago, and if so, to what end?
*Is “highly classified” 9/11 information contained, and who might it protect?
*Considering the unreleased Kennedy Assassination information that had been slated for release after 50 years, the specter of Cuba comes up, for some who lived through that daunting time
*It seems the USA would be more than pleased to release info against Cuba, perhaps not so much the reverse
How could such “highly-classified” information be abused by unscrupulous players, not than we have any unscrupulous players. Unscrupulous players, however, may abound in foreign governments. One doesn’t insinuate that about the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And a person who thinks one way one day may change his mind.
For example, we have noted politicians who have vehemently condemned another politician, been invited to a delightful afternoon on a golf course, and transforms into a minion-for-life. People change. Why is a good question.
This brings us to the why. https://www.npr.org/2018/08/25/641835321/the-national-enquirer-and-trump
Trump enjoys the type of loyalty from some Conservative corners that are reflective of the same toward Biden from some of the Democratic Base. Why is an apt question.
The reason to refrain from “running government like a business” is corruption. When the same people who profit also legislate, what can go wrong?
In other words, when corruption is challenged, some remedies are to simply legalize it. How is the following Teapot Dome Scandal information anything other than an example, considering Citizens United……
School textbooks have included the Teapot Dome Scandal as an anomaly of political corruption; and one doubts that little to nothing has been taught about the intricate details of this scandal. The take away feels like this scandal was isolated when some people might think the problem was solved by legalizing bribery in politics.
A more detailed account of the Teapot Done Scandal was learned by reading the book https://www.davidgrann.com/book/killers-of-the-flower-moon/ –Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
–end of davidgrann info—
https://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties/teapot-dome-scandal —–The Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s shocked Americans by revealing an unprecedented level of greed and corruption within the federal government.
—end of history info–
The glib phrase to ‘splain away stuff is “national security”. We need an explanation following each such glib statement, as to the meaning of “national security” and who is protected.As we “spread democracy around the globe” and “protect American interests overseas”, how does commercial espionage impact “national security”? Who exactly is being protected when hierarchical actions put at risk, We The People. To what end? What happens when”commercial espionage” is supported by the US military, and is that the use of our miitary?
Ask questions while we still can.
****As one who would be perfectly contented to retain the Senate if they adhered to Oaths of Office more than to Citizens United campaign donations, one is interested in a topic raised as to the reason we maintain the US Senate—-
This is a reminder of how much we don’t know. This brings one around to Howie Hawkins, who continues to impress with original thought. We also could acknowledge Hawkins often speaks to censored information.
One such topic about which one would never have even considered, is whether the USA needs The Senate. Apparently The Senate is little other than expensive window dressing, promoting hierarchical interests, and too often placed in positions of power by big-money via Citizens United. But the public gets to fund this curiosity of pompous supremacy. Who knew?
The Democratic Branch of the Republican/Democratic Duopoly are especially functional in voter suppression—–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNbdkuU1edw —#GreenSocialist Notes #76
Howie Hawkins brings up the concept of whether the USA needs the Senate. Apparently according to some people, the Senate isn’t necessary. This brings up the blockage from the Senate of many bills that would benefit We The People. Combined with Citizens United that promotes big-money interest choice of Senators, in which laws are passed that benefit big-money interest rather than We The People, and that We The People support economically, the members of the Senate, this seems a good topic for discussion.
The US Constitution doesn’t seem to sanction elections run by political Parties, and to permit control of political debates by political Parties seems equally corrupt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7kn2-GEmM —
Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the “Giant Sucking Sound”
Centralization is the lifeblood of the R&D duopoly. It’s the way to enforce capitalism onto workers in 2022.———————–We can do better———-
That “we are a 2-Party system” is a fabrication of the Republican/Democratic duopoly and spread by MSM. In FACT the majority of voters aren’t either registered Democratic or Republican. The censorship about this info must be envied by bureaucrats of the Former USSR and their simplistic style of 1-Party elections.
Regardless of which character sits in the Oval Office, We The People have work to do to maintain principles of our democratic (small d) Constitutional republic. Several items to challenge—*We need the integrity of ranked-choice voting so voters won’t feel compelled to “hold your nose and vote”*Censored debates must be stopped. The Democratic/Republican duopoly pretends to legitimate debates in what is nothing other than another campaign show. Independent debates run by uninterested sponsors such as The League of Women Voters, must be restored. (Access www.debates.org to understand the extent of duopoly control). The so-called Debate Commission is a corporation to promote the Democratic corporation and Republican corporation, not to inform We The People*Challenge and stop gerrymandering that is a trick especially of the Republican branch of the duopoly.*Stop voter suppression by political Parties, and especially confront and stop Party suppression, which is the over-arching approach to voter suppression. Party suppression seems to have been the responsibility of the Democratic corporation*Promote by law ranked-choice voting, so we won’t be told again, by D&R duopoly, to “hold your nose and vote”
If these issues are handled, our next elections can be honorable.
*******************************************************************https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx—-Political Party affiliation of voters.
https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”
WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE–end of lwv info–Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!
Along with Climate Change, many people oppose the imperialism of the USA under control of the Republican/Democratic duopoly. Use of the wealth of our nation should be to enhance quality of life for We The People rather than for imperialism. Some people vote accordingly.