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Doesn't all of this "take my money" crap reminiscent of how the industrialized countries (the US?) gained control of Central American/South American/African countries ... give corrupt governments money which finds its way into corporations, in this case banks, and the population is "on the hook" for repayment? IOW enslavement through laws,

Yes, that is precisely the correct analogy.

and your politicians know exactly what they're doing, what the consequences will be. This is not accidental stupidity, this is your politicians selling you out!

No, that assumes far greater foresight and planning ability than the neoliberals have demonstrated in this crisis. It is simply that the neoliberals suffer from a religious delusion that has empire as its natural consequence.

IMHO, there is an economic war on, not as flashy as the bombs-and-bullets kind but just as deadly. And the weapons on OUR side are what? Somebody answer that one.

We have a lot of weapons - industrial action, political parties, positions in academia, etc. But they all boil down to better organisation and greater numbers than our enemies, to compensate for their greater wealth and greater command of the police. Right now, we have neither the numbers nor the organisation to mount an effective counterattack. The number of potential recruits will go up as deprivation becomes more commonplace, but it is an open question whether they will gravitate towards our position or join the ranks of the authoritarian right.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Nov 18th, 2010 at 09:25:53 AM EST
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