Nov 082012
 
Who Will Stand Up to Obama Now?
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, Editor in Chief, Counterpunch

Barack Obama is a technocrat and he just won a technocratic victory. His reelection campaign, lacking any kind of arching philosophy or defense of his own disturbing tenure as president, became a bland exercise in political calculus, targeting individual precincts, swing counties and fractionated demographic sectors.

Obama’s victory, at the cost of $2 billion, is about as thrilling as completing a game of Sudoku. Obama was propelled to his slender popular vote win by those that the Republicans almost ritually abused: women, blacks, gays and Hispanics. Ironically, these are people that the Obama administration has also ruthlessly strafed for four years. But Obama smiled as he cut the lower-classes adrift in the midsts of a cratering economy, while Romney expressed only contempt for them. Continue reading »

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Nov 082012
 

By John Chan, wsws.org


Liang Wengen (Chinese: 梁稳根; pinyin: Liáng Wěngēn) is mainland China’s richest man (worth $11 billion), and is tapped to join the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The coup against socialism engineered by the “capitalist roaders” a generation ago is now almost complete. But Chinese society is again harboring much turbulence.

The 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) congress, which opens today in Beijing, underscores the vast gulf that has widened between the rich and poor in China over the past decade since the last leadership transition, to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. Continue reading »

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Nov 082012
 

After election, Obama moves to slash social spending
By Andre Damon, wsws.org

In the wake of Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 US presidential election, Democratic-party officials have proclaimed their intent to collaborate with Republicans to slash billions of dollars in social spending.

In his victory speech, Obama made clear his priorities in the aftermath of the election, saying that “in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system…” Continue reading »

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Nov 082012
 

by Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Hurricanes and other “acts of God” provide a dramatic stage for some of the ugliest – or most endearing – acts of man. “If there is any silver lining to this awful event it is showing the limits of politics and the need for grass roots organizing to meet public needs.”

“Occupy Sandy had no money yet managed to provide food, clothing and medical care to the hardest hit neighborhoods.”

So-called advanced nations are never so advanced that they can stand up to the forces of nature. New York and New Jersey are just the latest examples of seemingly safe and “developed” places which were laid low by a change in the weather. Then again, things outside of human control can expose what was already present but kept hidden. Hurricane Sandy showed us that our society is in reality, not advanced at all. Continue reading »

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Nov 082012
 

More relevant reminder than ever—

Waiting for the Man
Your Brain on Obama
by RANDY SHIELDS, Counterpunch.org

This is your brain on Obama:

Smoking Obama increases apathy and reduces empathy, regardless of race, creed or color. Now blacks, as well as whites, don’t care in the least how many dark-skinned people America kills throughout the world. Before the Obama epidemic, the entire American working class had no class consciousness, but now it’s most historically progressive element (blacks) has no race consciousness either. (Blacks, like all factions of the Democrats, only have symbol consciousness — tangible improvements are never required.) For American capitalism, that Obama is some good shit. Continue reading »

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