By Henry McRandall
The masses turned out this weekend in cities across Israel – in total numbers exceeding 150,000 – to add their angry voices to the cacophony rising around the world of poor, working-class, and middle-class victims of the unyielding avarice of the global econocorporate socioeconomic elite.
It was, of course, to be expected that a social trend originating in a handful of Muslim states might be slow in gaining support in the Jewish state; but it has finally happened.
In humongous crowds in some cities and in small gatherings in others, the global masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class – are starting to come together in bugeoning reflections of their growing antipathy to a cruel and corrupt corporate capitalist agenda that is swelling the coffers of the elite and beggaring the masses.
So far this year, mass protests have occurred in dozens of countries on just about every continent and generated the support of people young and old, urban and rural, and from all major religions and total lack of religion and from scores of different cultural groups.
The constructed differences of identity that the elite has used for centuries to divide the masses are beginning to lose their power to influence the common people.
More and more, people around the world are starting to recognize their common dilemma and their common humanity – regardless of race, gender, colour, creed, age, culture or sexual orientation – and are moving – ever so slowly – from the things that divide to the things that unite.
As the neoconservative and neoliberal political toadies that run the world’s “governments” continue to conspire in imposing a global socioeconomic regimen of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and spending cuts for health, education and social programs that serve the masses, those who are being asked to pick up the tab for the biggest embezzlement in corporate capitalist history – the masses – are starting to read between the lines of the half-assed journalism that inflicts today’s mainstream corporate mass media.
Two decades after the global triumph of corporate capitalism over a phony communism suffocating under the weight of its own incompetence and the vagaries of history,
the 20-year celebration gala may finally be coming to a well-deserved end.
Historians will one day write that it was the pure, unmitigated greed and the unchecked excesses of the corporate agenda – such as “free trade,” corrupt taxation policies, the hijacking of the electoral system, and financial and corporate deregulation – that brought the entire system crashing to the ground.
While Wall Street may still be counting its ill-gotten gains, there is a whiff of something new a-brewing down on Main Street.
And the flavour of that concoction may not be pleasing to the palates of today’s “master class.”
The ‘Arab Spring’ finally infects Israel
By Henry McRandall