William Greider and other left intellectuals are incisive in their observations about our ruling-class of financial moguls and imperialists. The problem is their greed but also their unspoken "Realwirtschaft," as I call it. A counterpart to Realpolitik, Realwirtschaft recognizes the "iron laws" (Ricardo) of wage regression, applied to the US from the global economy and the even harsher consequences of scarcity that will come from inevitable climate change.
The left really has no answers for these. Why? Because there are no answers. Those who have power are not going to give it up to support increasing world populations. Globalism sets the world's working classes against one another, driven by the capital class of each nation in its effort to reduce its production costs. Climate change offers to world rulers an answer to the population problem: massive reductions due to starvation and disease. Large numbers of people are no longer needed anywhere and are a threat to the ruling classes of each country. It is ridiculous to think that the elites do not take seriously what climate scientists are telling us: we are at or beyond the "tipping point" on global disaster.
Already implemented in the US are the "legal" tools for dealing with internal social unrest: media control, national policing, abandonment of posse comitatus, presidential arrest and detention, suspension of habeas corpus. The Patriot Act and the elevation of the executive branch above the other two are tools for dealing with the future.
Our wars are the means of continuing our elite rule and avoiding the devolution of power to the working-class. The left is a paper tiger.
Alvin D. Hofer
St. Petersburg, FL
Nov 19 2009 - 12:45pm