Wednesday, February 15, 2006

An American story

Here is a fascinating hour BBC documentary by Greg Palast that collates the measurable degree of name privledge and chicanery that accompanied the rise of the Bush family in American politics. It is simultaneously the documentation of the (barely) hidden class system that permeates American life. I challenge every right wing sympathizer to watch this film, and then review the values for which you believe the 21st century Republican party stands. This is not America. This is Skull and Bones. This is country club malfeasance. I challenge everyone of you Bush supporters to ask yourself if these are national values for which YOU stand.

"And it's still rolling along..."

A reminder from Howard Zinn:
"The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough wealth to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its' citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. There is no system of control with more openings, apertures, flexibilities, rewards for the chosen. There is none that disperses its control more complexly through the voting system, the work situation, the church, the family, the school, the mass media - none more successful in mollifying opposition with reforms, isolating people from one another, creating patriotic loyalty."-- from 'A People's History of the United States, first published 1981.

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