Fear and loathing in Amerikkka

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Although I’m certainly not a trained psychoanalyst, it’s not hard the diagnose the epidemic sweeping Amerikkka: the masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class – are paralyzed by fear and loathing.
The fear is of terrorists, of taxes, of the “other”, of “the man,” of toxic consumer products, of tainted foods, of corporations, of the banksters, etc.
Americans fear terrorists because the political whores in the national and state capitals and the journalistic hacks in the corporate mass media have a vested interest in serving up this ultimate bogeyman. Continue reading “Fear and loathing in Amerikkka”

Tightening the screws on the working class

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The Gross Economic Pie may no longer be growing in real terms but the political lackeys of the socioeconomic elite across North America are determined that the rich shall not stop getting richer – even if it means everyone else must become a lot poorer.
Stephen Harper’s Conservative federal government in Canada has just passed draconian legislation forcing locked-out postal workers back on the job.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Tories forced them to accept a lower pay scale even than Canada Post was offering. Continue reading “Tightening the screws on the working class”

Athens’ sad descent into Greek tragedy

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Hundreds of thousands of angry Athenians stormed the centre of the Greek capital today to express their determined opposition to the latest bank bailout ploy and the savage government austerity program that would be part-and-parcel of the deal.
This would be the second Greek bailout by the European Union and the IMF (the International Monetary Fund, of which Amerikkka is the biggest shareholder) in just a matter of months.
The protesters are demanding that the government forego the bank bailout and the government austerity scheme and default on its international loan agreements.
But the political lackeys of the socioeconomic elite are ignoring the clearly expressed will of the vast majority – the masses – collectively the poor, the working class and the middle class – and choosing instead to go to the EU and the IMF hat-in-hand and beg for the bailout, even though most of the lackeys privately acknowledge that a default will almost inevitably occur within two years regardless of what is done now. Continue reading “Athens’ sad descent into Greek tragedy”

Not all have been hurt by the recession

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

While tens of millions across America and hundreds of millions around the world have been severely hurt by this seemingly-endless recession, there is one distinct group that has done quite well – the rich and the super-rich.
In the days immediately before the global economic meltdown began in 2008, there were 10.1 million millionaires, mega-millionaires, billionaires and mega-billionaires in the world. Today there are 10.9 million such people – an increase of almost eight percent.
But the percentage increase in the number of billionaires was even greater than the percentage increase in the number of mere millionaires.
While 80 percent of the populations of most countries were suffering greatly, the one percent at the top were raking it all in. Continue reading “Not all have been hurt by the recession”

How much does each of us really deserve?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The corporate mass media occasionally mentions in passing the soaring gap between rich and poor but its concern with the problem and its inevitable ramifications runs only skin-deep.
Don’t look to the corporate mass media for a serious examination of savage inequality and its impact on those in the bottom three-fourths of the bell-shaped curve, for to look too closely might inadvertently raise issues not only of the legitimacy but also of the morality of the corporate capitalist agenda.
In the U.S. – as in Canada and many European countries – the gap has become so gaping that it’s as if the rich and the rest inhabited two entirely separate universes.
But they don’t! All too often, as if a caricature of itself, western civilization sees exorbitant wealth and grinding poverty co-existing almost cheek-by-jowl.
Corporate capitalism has divided humankind – in every country in the world – into two separate and distinct entities: Winners and Losers. Continue reading “How much does each of us really deserve?”

Greasing the palms of Canada’s Tories

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands have long been recognized as perhaps the world’s single biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, making the North American country perhaps the biggest per-capita contributor to global warming.
So what is Canada proposing to do about this catastrophic phenomenon?
Well, with a Conservative federal government in Ottawa and a Conservative provincial government in Edmonton, the plan seems to be to open the tar sands exploitation zone to all comers. Continue reading “Greasing the palms of Canada’s Tories”

How to avoid a near-certain depression

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

We are on the precipice of a near-certain global economic depression by the end of 2012 unless drastic measures are taken now to prevent it.
Over the past 30 years, the governments of the primarily-western advanced industrial economies have aid and abetted the top one percent in their theft of more than 15 percent of the whole economic pie from the masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class.
During that time the wealth of the billionaires and mega-millionaires soared while real wages – and especially employee benefits – of the masses steadily declined.
As real disposable incomes declined, the working class and the middle class gradually increased their indebtedness in a vain attempt to keep up with inflation.
But the working class and the middle class have pretty much hit the debt wall. They’ve pretty much exhausted their ability to service any more debt. As for the poor, well, they’ve never really fitted into the equation anyway. Continue reading “How to avoid a near-certain depression”

Hypocrite Harper harpoons the posties

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It was in the middle of his re-election campaign just a few weeks ago that Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed that the civil service staffing reductions he was planning would come through attrition.
He’s already started laying off government auditors, facetiously and tacitly implying to the Canadian people that his government is honest and does not require any auditing.
Worse still, in the Bill the majority Tories introduced today in Parliament to force locked-out postal workers back to work, he has had the impudent audacity and brazen hypocrisy to actually impose on these workers a new pay scale – lower than that which post office management had been offering.
Although Harper’s War On The Masses will particularly target the working class and, especially, organized labour, there’s tough Tory medicine on the way for almost everybody – except the top one percent of the socioeconomic heap who already have him and his regime snugly in their pocket. Continue reading “Hypocrite Harper harpoons the posties”

An alarming portrait of Amerikkka

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

I rarely watch CNN anymore because it has become too celebrity-oriented and too shallow in its coverage of political and social affairs. However, I relented this morning and tuned in for a few minutes. And I was shocked at what I saw.
A short segment was aired about an elderly and very ill American man – in the video his face was bloated and he looked to be near death – who strolled into a bank in some American city or town, marched up to the teller, announced that it was a robbery and demanded one dollar.
The teller complied and the fragile man calmly waited for the police to come and arrest him. He wanted to go to jail so that he could get health care. Continue reading “An alarming portrait of Amerikkka”

Why do star athletes peddle their souls?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

There was a time several decades ago when a good number of celebrities – athletes and entertainers – stood for something beyond their own trivial talents.
In those days, it wasn’t only rock musicians who made bold and controversial political statements although these rock musicians generally led the chorus.
There are still a few major entertainers who really “get it” and have the cojones to speak out. But do today’s star athletes not have any balls at all?
Take Tiger Woods, perhaps the greatest golfer ever. When Tiger first achieved fame, his father boldly pronounced that his son “will do more for humanity than anyone since Jesus Christ.”
Well, that was quite a few years ago and the globally celebrated golf icon has become much wealthier and much more famous in the years since. Continue reading “Why do star athletes peddle their souls?”