One can read too much into the unprecedented rude behaviour and abrupt departure of Juan Carlos, Bourbon King of
Ancien regime leaders like President Bush, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and European Union NATO ventriloquist-dummy Javier Solana have now bumped up hard against the limits of their imperialist regime’s economic power and environmental sustainability. Their overwhelming economic dominance no longer goes unchallenged. Their countries’ own natural resources are almost exhausted. Like any other empire in decline they are more than ready to use military power to hold on to what they want.
Reading headlines at random in mid-November, one finds: "Bank’s grim warning over UK economy"(Guardian November 15th) , "Europe will use tariffs in subsidy fight with China" (FT November 15th), "OPEC refuses to increase supplies despite US plea" (FT November 15th), "Japan’s exposure to an external shock remains"(FT November 15th), "All signals pointing in the direction of a US slowdown" (FT November 15th), "EU must be prepared to use military power"(Guardian November 15th).
The vast anti-humanitarian, corporate-welfare globalization scam has ended up as little more than a faltering cheap credit boom facilitating rich-country multinational control of worldwide resources and markets to feed destructive, exclusive, parasitic "growth". The "war on terror" – and the pathetic failure of international corporate media to give a true and fair view of their political and economic leaders’ accounts – are directly related to the relative economic decline of the ancien regime of the US elite and their allies.
The dead hand of die-hard feudalism
At the same time as the ancien regime is targetting Iran on the hypocritical, bogus pretext of nuclear weapons concerns (apparently inapplicable to nuclear rogue-State and multiple UN-Resolutions recidivist Israel), they are yet again actively destabilising Venezuela. Both
Apart from the economic links between those countries, they are also committed politically to building a multi-polar world. The
To understand their mentality it may be handy to look again at shape-shifting mutant Head of State, Juan Carlos W. Bush. King Juan Carlos was not Generalissimo Franco’s preferred heir for nothing. The Bush family’s proto-fascist pedigree before and during World War 2 is also well known. For such people and their peers, democracy is an inconvenient facade to be circumvented whenever possible.
They believe fervently they are the natural inheritors of the earth and everything on it not owned by legitimate people – people like themselves. Their mental landscape is a feudal demesne where seigneurial rights prevail. Colonialism expanded that mentality to take in the natural resources of whole countries and peoples. For the ancien regime, those revert to the natural inheritors, the global elites, by right of mortmain.
Indigenous and colonized peoples around the world live this reality every day. They are forever treated as if they belong to a vast global class of serfs – homines manus mortuez. They are deemed people without the right to make a will, their goods and property passing as of right to be disposed of by the global corporate elite and the elite’s political factotums.
This is the cheating, carpet-bagger instinct driving Nicolas Sarkozy in his current efforts to strip away pension rights won after bitter conflicts by generations of French workers while Sarkozy’s elite, systemically corrupt, financial and business euro-buddies walk off with spuriously-won bonuses of tens of millions of Euros. The elite must be guaranteed their perquisites. The masses must live out their old age in want. The same logic drove Gordon Brown’s abysmal failure to improve public services in the
Global war on the poor
Now the destructive internal logic of corporate globalization is compounded by many diverse kinds of resistance throughout the disinherited majority world. The level of conflict may vary, but it is hard to think of a region in the world where murderous, corporate globalization is not facing determined resistance. In such a context, for the corporate aristocracy, the prioritization of a military and economic assault on
Members of the multinational corporate elite that own and operate the G-7 imperialist Thing know very well that the biggest threat to their system is not
That is why they hate the Iranian and Venezuelan leaders with such venom. It is why they are determined to destroy the Iranian revolution, to defeat the indigenous movement in
Now that Ecuador and Angola are OPEC members (along with Iran, Venezuela, Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar, Indonesia, Lybia, Iraq, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia), the capacity of these countries to defend their economies against the collapse of the dollar will be greater. But it is absolutely clear that the
Exploiting the crisis
In the report below the above headlined Bank of England’s gloomy prognosis for the
To that slump in demand can be added already rising inflation in Latin American dollar zone countries. Countries like
Over the next three years, we will all be able to see how completely bogus is the rich-country commitment to the Millenium Goals – halving numbers living in poverty by 2015. A consistent rich country response in line with that commitment to cut poverty would include wide-spread, well-coordinated measures to assist the economies of vulnerable countries in the
The next three years are likely to be decisive in the final liberation – or its failure - of
In truth, there are only two sides to what is unmistakeably a global class conflict. When George W. Bush said, notoriously, "either with us or against us", he could not have been more right. Either one is with the death-dealing, destructive, unsustainably-greedy global elite or one is with the vast majority of the world’s peoples who want, simply, a sustainable decent life. One is either on the side of ordinary people or of the seigneurial global elite – on the side of humanity or of inhumanity.
toni solo is an activist based in