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Nederlog
  June 27, 2012                  
     
Crisis: US corporations now beyond the US law + Jimmy  Carter on US deterioration
              

Corporate bodies have no soul.
-- William Hazlitt

This continues yesterday's Nederlog, with another item by
The Young Turks.

As to the problem with my eyes, I should remarkt that - as there were few Nederlogs since I stopped writing two weeks ago - I am still having problems with my eyes, but the good news is that according to the doctor I saw, who looked into my eyes with apparates, nothing serious was wrong.

And while I still have pain in my eyes, it is now considerably better that it was two weeks ago, whence again this Nederlog, because the topic of the ever increasing power of the ever less tax paying 'people' that are corporations is quite important, as is the deterioration in law and morality of the US governments and its policies the last 10 years.

       1.
US corporations now beyond the US law
       2.
Jimmy  Carter on US deterioration
      
1. US corporations now beyond the US law

The following link (after a link to the Wikipedia on TYT) is a recent item by them:

       The Young Turks:
        Obama Trade Deal To Put Corporations Above The Law
   (3 min 9 sec)


And while I do not understand all the US law details of this (very few do, probably, for lack of relevant legal knowledge), the general idea is quite clear:

What the big corporations try to achieve, and have been getting in the Brave New World the West has been living in since 9/11, is power without control and social support with no or minimal taxes, so that the rich get richer, and the poor have to pay all their bills and clean up after they - who let themselves be called 'job creators' - miserably failed, let down, and abused most human beings in the society the corporate owners prosper in.

This whole effort of less corporate taxes and less
corporate regulations is part of the now successful attempt of bringing it about that in law, if not in fact nor in common sense, 'corporations are people', commented on yesterday, which indeed is not so much capitalism, as a kind of asocial socialism, or indeed fascism, also strongly supported in Italy under Mussolini by the corporations, and strongly supported in Germany under Hitler by the corporations. (*)

It may be hard to believe or accept this is now fueled from the US and is governmental policy, but it is a fact, as also supported by the following item:


2. Jimmy  Carter on US deterioration

Two days ago, there was an interesting article published in the New York Times, written by Jimmy Carter:

       Jimmy Carter (39th president US):
       A cruel and unusual record     

This is a good article by a morally decent former President of the US. I'll quote most but not all of it. Jimmie Carter's text is in blue and indented; my comments are inbetween in black and not indented, while the red links in my text are to Wikipedia:
      

THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.

Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.

Indeed, and this 'targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens' is terrorism, indeed state terrorism.

(...)

The declaration has been invoked by human rights activists and the international community to replace most of the world’s dictatorships with democracies and to promote the rule of law in domestic and global affairs. It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, our government’s counterterrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Quite so - and what here is called “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” covers many cases of what is torture, indeed torture by US officials (who also may and usually do assist, aid and abet torture when engaging in 'rendition').

Recent legislation has made legal the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or “associated forces,” a broad, vague power that can be abused without meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress (the law is currently being blocked by a federal judge). This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration.

Quite so - and indefinite detention without trial is only possible in what is effectively   police state.

In addition to American citizens’ being targeted for assassination or indefinite detention, recent laws have canceled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications. Popular state laws permit detaining individuals because of their appearance, where they worship or with whom they associate.

Quite so - and a state where there is 'warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications' is effectively functioning as a dictatorship with Big Brother and the secret services in charge, and spying on everybody while trying to enforce conformity and obedience.

Despite an arbitrary rule that any man killed by drones is declared an enemy terrorist, the death of nearby innocent women and children is accepted as inevitable.

Indeed - and  I conclude these are war crimes or state terrorism.

(...)

Meanwhile, the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, now houses 169 prisoners. About half have been cleared for release, yet have little prospect of ever obtaining their freedom. American authorities have revealed that, in order to obtain confessions, some of the few being tried (only in military courts) have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons, power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers. Astoundingly, these facts cannot be used as a defense by the accused, because the government claims they occurred under the cover of “national security.” Most of the other prisoners have no prospect of ever being charged or tried either.

Indeed - and see my version of The times they are a'changin' - 2012: a state that has prisoners tortured is a dictatorship or police state. It is morally despicable and must be intentional, because in spite everything the US government's spokesmen say, I pointed out already in 2005 (in Dutch) that 'the war on terror' is based on deception of the public, by means of propaganda, lies and disinformationPrevious crisis

.

For consider:

Far fewer, far less measures directed against the public - that is: all of society, except its rruling élite, military, (secret) police, and courts - at large kept 'The Free West' existing in the times of Cold War, when great quantities of heavily armed well trained Soviet troops, also a country with huge amounts of atomic weapons, stood on the borders of Western Germany: No forced identity papers; no extensive telephone tapping; no 'anti-teroristt' measures; no strip searches; no rendition; no kill lists; no illegal  death sentences; no indefinite - secret - detentions without public trial or court case: Relatively civilized times, without Big Brother spying on everyone, and without a police state's foundation.

And since these foundations have been laid, both by Bush and by Obama, and since the point is elementary: There is no enemy as there was in the times of Brehznev and Mao, and not by a large streak, my conclusion must be that these foundations for a fascist state have been laid on purpose.

That is: Someone - some group(s) of people and some organization(s) (**) have been systematically deceiving the public for over 10 years now, apparently aiming at the introduction of what is effectively a police state in the US - which has practically succeeded, giving the changes that Jimmie Carter lists and rightly disagrees with.

At a time when popular revolutions are sweeping the globe, the United States should be strengthening, not weakening, basic rules of law and principles of justice enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But instead of making the world safer, America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends.

Quite so - but in view of my remarks, it seems that ' America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends' are quite intentional, and are designed to bring about a police state that serves and protects the big corporations - which amounts to the classical definition of fascism (which also is fascism if called otherwise, or if introduced 'democratically': 'Yes, we can!...'  ...bring about fascism in the US. (***)

So my problem with Jimmie Carter's closing paragraph...

As concerned citizens, we must persuade Washington to reverse course and regain moral leadership according to international human rights norms that we had officially adopted as our own and cherished throughout the years.

... is that it seems very unlikely to succeed, since all US governments this new millenium have been intentionally lying to the public and have been intentionally bringing about a police state that serves and protects the big corporations, indeed with active support by parts of the media, and tacitly but effectively supported by virtual quiescence of nearly all the rest of the media that did not actively support these police state measures, policies, stances and acts.

We live in interesting, dangerous times.
Incidentally... the crisis link is to the index of a presently 113-part series started in the beginning of September of 2008, mostly in Dutch until 2010, and unlike anything I have seen elsewhere, for one thing because virtually all media pundits and leading journalists blandly denied there was any crisis until well in 2010, while I have insisted from the very beginning that the crisis is real, both economical and political, at least (and now also, as illustrated above, legal, military and moral), and that it would be ordinary men who would be forced to pick up the bills. (See September 8, 2008, if you read Dutch: At the time all Dutch politicians claimed there was no problem whatsoever, and no crisis, and no depression, and nothing to fear either. Then again, so did almost all politicians anywhere.)

(*) The reason rich folks desire that 'corporations' are people is that this  fundamental lie and confusion much increases the power of the effective owners of the corporations, while the whole judicial point of a corporation these days is - and I quote Wikipedia - the following:

An important (but not universal) contemporary feature of a corporation is limited liability. If a corporation fails, shareholders may lose their investments, and employees may lose their jobs, but neither will be liable for debts to the corporation's creditors.

So when Mitt Romney says 'Corporations are people, my friend', what he means is:

I want the power and rights of a real human being, multiplied by the number of my  staff, lawyers, and PR, and I want to exercise that power and those rights for my benefit, but all without any or with very
limited liability.

(**) I am not suggesting "a conspiracy theory", but it is striking that all of the GOP and the GOP-media have been singing the last 10 years from clearly identical hymn sheets, all repeating the same terms and ideas as if divinely or diabolically inspired to do so, while in fact we live in times when, thanks to the internet, it is extremely easy to set up a secret conspiracy (especially if one is part of the government, or protected by it!), or indeed to coordinate actions of politicians and paid journalists, paid anchormen, and paid media, all without saying anything about this coordination.

Also, while the Wikipedia lemma linked in the previous paragraph says rightly...
   

A conspiracy theory explains an event as being the result of an alleged plot by a covert group or organization or, more broadly, the idea that important political, social or economic events are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown

... this does not mean that is no or cannot be a true conspiracy theory, while the whole notion of "conspiracy" has been radically changed by the fact that one can coordinate the actions of thousands through e-mail, in a way that simply was impossible until very recently.

In any case: It seems very probable to me that especially the supporters of the US Republican (and those who fund them) have been doing a large amount of coordinating of their politicians and spokesmen and media, that may not be quite the same as 'conspiracy', but would be considered or at least called as such by the same persons and groups if others did it, and that certainly is and has been very much subject to cover-up.

(***) One problem with the term "fascism" is that it tends to be used as a term of strong political disapproval, often without any real cognitive content, and that apart from that, quite a few different definitions tend to be supposed, usually tacitly, by  different folks using the term. But the phrase I use: "a police state that serves and protects the big corporations" catches the two main points about it that justify its rational use when discussing societies: The societies with authoritarian governments that effectively serve the large corporations are fairly designated as practising some form of fascism. (It also means - correctly, I think - that Stalin's and Mao's regimes where 'fascistic' in that sense, with the additional characteristic that in their systems the state - effectively: some People's Commissar appointed by the political leadership - owns the means of production and what are the corporations in another system.)



                                    
                                    P.S.    
Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

 

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
2.  Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: 
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
9.
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
10.
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A  space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.



See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

 


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