…no holiday, this… it is just that, the shoe, sort of is on the other foot…
The Independent, certainly not of the mold of the corporate US MSM, has a laugh at itself, and a jeer at the sanctimoniousness of the US media. The ‘third world’, and worse, has been present for decades in the US, it is just that ignoring its existence would make it ‘go away’ – until the ‘thugs’, the ‘savages’,. the ‘Apaches leave the reservation’, that is. Yes, aside the drivel of ‘post-racial’, ‘post-partisan’, the US is in a severe state of deinial, just one big, happy, racist, exceptionalist country, if not racist, elitist and confused. A fact that no ‘USA! USA! USA!’ can dispel. Read the rest of this entry »
…truly, nothing like the power of eloquence, the spoken Word, of the US Nobel Laureate President…
Having focused on US unemployment and the many citizens who lost their homes to skulduggery, a focus sufficient to ‘disappear’ those challenges, the President would showcase the power of the spoken word, his spoken Word.
To lead us into what would be a phenomenal accomplishment, we invite the quintessential voice of corporate truth, the ‘Beeb’, whose broadcast grandiosely titled, ‘BBC America’, really means ‘BBC USA’ with its gushingly facilitating Katty Kay. States the ‘Beeb’, State of the Union: Obama promises action on inequality. And it reassures US citizens and the rest of the world,
US President Barack Obama has promised “with or without Congress” to tackle economic inequality, in his annual State of the Union address.
…it just keeps coming, the drivel…
The NYT does it again. At Rio’s Beaches, Kicks Go Over the Net. The nugget,
Futevolei is a Brazilian version of volleyball in which players use any move that would be legal in soccer to get the ball back over the net. A soft touch and powerful legs are critical.
Now, what if we were to tell these latter day neo-Columbuses that the head also features, not the hands nor the feet, using the same net. Then again these folk must keep ‘discovering’ the long existing; and for that the world being ‘discovered’ must be ever grateful. The prerogative of the exceptionalists is noted, neither respected nor feared. Read the rest of this entry »
…first thing, we wish the best of luck to Kim, Kanye, Paris HIlton (?) and their fellow travelers, and move on quickly…
On the economy and the status of citizens, how informative has been the MSM, especially the US MSM, cable and network? Exactly.
On the subject of inequality and declining quality of life, aside newest or just new smartphone, precious little. For over a decade economists have been pointing to the increasing inequality in the ‘advanced’ countries, especially the US and the UK, as many ‘developing’ countries, especially of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), continued their policies to alleviate poverty and inequality, even despite strong opposition from a hostile North. Of course, many leading politicians of the north have done their part in ignoring the very issue, as their corporate benefactors would expect.
Handy references on inequality. Read the rest of this entry »
…the glib, ever more so; the gullible, increasingly much less so…
To put the face of the disadvantaged to the forefront, we have an article from The Independent (UK), The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
And from The Guardian, From food banks to property bubbles – the moral decay that blights Britain. A tart observation on how the visible is made invisible, especially with regard to the disadvantaged,
Food banks will be to the 2010s what hunger marches were to the 1930s. But they are not dramatic places. You don’t see queues of distressed people waiting by their doors. The food banks are discreet. The Anglicans who run them show their kindness by doing nothing to draw attention to their clients’ poverty.
[Yet the Guardian’s writer places his faith in another political party, the party of Tony Blair, to right wrongs of which Labour had been a major part?] Read the rest of this entry »
Thomas Piketty’s, Capitalism in the Twenty-first Century, continues to command attention.
For some entertaining reading, we have Tim Fernholz over at quartz who shows how Piketty uses literature and popular culture to explore and analyse inequality. Everything wrong with capitalism, as explained by Balzac, “House” and “The Aristocats”
Of course, especially relevant are those classic literary works such as Victor Hugo’s, Les Misérables. Or Charles Dickens’, Oliver Twist.
At the policy level in the US and the UK, the expectation is that action to reduce inequality will be as concerted as it presently is, lively banter in the media or at the social functions of the 1%. And as for the rapid progress made in those Latin countries where inequality has been historically high? Too uncomfortable for the corporate MSM to report on.
Upstairs, downstairs. As the world turns, things seem to turn not for the better – for the great unwashed? Inequality, so evident and so little remarked on by most public officials, and worse, not even perfunctorily acted on.
When Pope Francis in late November 2013 delivered his apostolic exhortation on inequality and the role of unfettered capitalism in its continuing increase, that famous exceptionalist politician was quick to seek to co-opt the issue. Inequality would be declared with ‘gravitas’ to be ‘…the defining challenge of our time…’ He would then recommend a measly minimum wage of US10.10/hour for some workers in the US and all would be well – no need to mention the slashing of some social programmes and extended unemployment benefits. Problem solved and subsequent substantial personal wealth assured. And the dutiful MSM moved on – but others in the US and elsewhere chose not to, as we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »