One of the Democrats in the recall elections said in an interview that she did not like the recent changes in Wisconsin government, because things had become so divisive and people could not compromise. Given the current state of affairs, I would say that compromise is not in order. When it comes to balancing a budget by hampering or eliminating all of the social safety nets for the poor in order to enhance incentives for corporate interests, a legislator who seeks a balanced “compromise” on these unequal terms is not a legislator that any citizen needs…”
LIKE MANY WISCONSINITES, I am feeling rather dejected after the disappointing August 9th recall elections. But unlike most of my brothers and sisters, my disappointment stems not so much from the outcome, but from the adherence to propriety and to a faith in inherently corrupt and unjust systems.
By Bill Van Auken, Senior Analyst, WSWS.ORG, a socialist organization
As usual, the US/Western media played a crucial proopaganda role, “assassinating” the character of the Libyan leadership so as to whitewash and conceal the true objectives of the “humanitarian mission.”—Eds
Fighting continues to rage throughout the Libyan capital, whose two million residents have been made hostages of the armed gangs and Western special forces troops that have seized control of the city’s streets.
|August 25, 2011By Robert ParryIn Great Britain, convicted looters are being dressed in orange jumpsuits and made to clean up areas damaged by recent riots. The law-and-order crowd on both sides of the Atlantic cheers this “riot payback scheme,” even when applied to offenders who only grabbed some bottled water or received a stolen pair of running shorts from a friend.
After all, the phrase “zero tolerance” was made for moments when the poor and the powerless break the rules.
By contrast, these same British authorities will take no action against officials from the former government of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who joined with President George W. Bush’s team in making a bloody mess out of Iraq in clear violation of international law.
Editor’s Note: It’s usually one of the telltale signs of a conservative character—the natural reverence for tradition.
Problem is, most traditions are bad, often disgusting historical anachronisms, respectable cruelties whose only value is to please the most backward or powerful sections of the populace, regrettably in many cases, the vast majority. Thus, it’s no accident that the most backward regions of the world are still firmly ruled by tradition, places where profound inequality is accepted as normal and immutable, and where women are still treated as chattel, and gay people subject to macabre persecution. Yet the so-called “advanced, developed world” (especially the United States), while thinking itself different and superior, still carries quite a baggage in this regard, notably the mental rot of dominionistic religion, the undeserved respect for nobility and its myriad accoutrements, and a host of other reactionary, cowardly, and unexamined values and beliefs that should bring shame to any culture but which remain in place because those who should wash away such practices—especially the media and political leaders— do not dare risk losing political popularity.