Occupy This: US History exposes the 1%’s crimes then and now. 2b of 6

By Carl Herman, National Board Certified Teacher in economics, government, and history, who blogs as the Nonpartisan Examiner at Examiner.com. Carl was one of the leaders who launched the microcredit movement, and is a tireless activist for peace and justice.

Occupy Wall Street (and nationwide) has three emerging objectives:
  1. Public recognition of the 1%’s crimes, centering on war and money.
  1. End war and money crimes that annually kill millions, injure billions, and loot trillions of our dollars.
  2. Build a brighter future for 100% of humanity, centering on full constructive employment and the creation of money that maximizes public good.

My Open proposal for US Revolution: end unlawful wars, parasitic economics explains and documents

  • war and money crimes so they are “emperor has no clothes” obvious,
  • Gandhi and Dr. King’s strategy for victory, with recommendation for a window of Truth and Reconciliation to encourage criminals’ peaceful surrender,
  • Historical consideration and today’s possibility of the US creating money to cause full employment and optimal infrastructure. This replaces the Orwellian “debt supply” the 1% creates and controls as their main weapon of dominance (more on economic solutions here).

This 6-article series documents the history of criminality of the 1%’s Wars of Aggression and War Crimes. The power of this history is to reveal that the 1% lies, kills, and loots as their usual business. We the People, the 99%, have historically been distracted by political and media rhetoric that propagandized the crimes.

For whatever reasons of greed never having “enough,” the 1% overplayed their hand. We the 99% have reached a critical mass stage of engaged attention. The criminals among the 1% have a rapidly closing window of opportunity to reclaim their humanity, have “Scrooge conversions,” and contribute to causing the above objectives.

The facts that the 1%’s war and money policies are massive and obvious crimes is important. The 99%’s recognition is a trigger for those of us with Oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Arrests will follow; the 1%’s houses of cards will collapse in tragic-comedy.

These six articles are taken from an assignment for my high school seniors to understand current events. The 11-part series will be available under the title,Teaching US History of empire/terrorism to recognize it today.

The 1%’s crimes will end because the 99% embrace the political, economic, and spiritual ideals of our Declaration of Independence (my emphasis added):

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” 

  1. A revealing current event of our United States: MCA
  2. Revealing current event: waterboarding and its reporting by corporate media (parts 2a and 2b)
  3. Past “current events”: Native American treaties, Mexican-American War
  4. Past “current events”: US overthrow of Hawaii, Spanish-American War
  5. Past “current events”: World War 1, CIA wars, Vietnam War
  6. King family’s civil trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Revealing current event: waterboarding and its reporting by corporate media

Our experience as lobbyists with RESULTS is in agreement that US corporate media would severely distort reporting on ending poverty and microcredit. For example, we were a leading voice for the creation of the 1990 World Summit for Children, the largest meeting of heads of state in world history. The purpose of the Summit was nations’ agreement to end poverty once and for all, forever. The developed nations would fund the work to accomplish the Summit’s goals with just 0.7% of their incomes. This would save a million children’s lives every month, with the history strongly projecting that proven strategies would end poverty everywhere on earth within ten years. And in every historical instance of ending poverty, population growth rates decrease and end the problem of over-population.

Largest meeting of heads of state in world history?!

Saving a million children’s lives EVERY month?!

And the investment is just 0.7% of our income, while reducing population growth rates in every historical case?!

Whoa! That’s front-page news, yes?

The only article I can find in 2011 is representative of the US corporate media coverage: The New York Times covered the Summit in the “Education” section way in the back of the paper, only for that one day as I recall, and only on the last day of the Summit. Corporate media refused invitations from RESULTS and similar organizations for interviews about the Summit, and then ongoingly refused our requests for follow-up reporting when the US reneged on their promises to end poverty. Here’s the headline:

Education

COLLECTIONS>WORLD LEADERS

WORLD SUMMIT FOR CHILDREN; World’s Leaders Gather at U.N. for Summit Meeting on Children

By PAUL LEWIS, Special to The New York Times

Published: September 30, 1990

Look at the New York Times front page today and see where their “Education” section is at the left column of their main topics for news. This is a listing of topics by importance:

  1. WORLD
  1. U.S.
  1. POLITICS
  2. NEW YORK
  3. BUSINESS
  4. DEALBOOK
  5. TECHNOLOGY
  6. SPORTS
  7. SCIENCE
  8. HEALTH
  9. OPINION
  1. ARTS
  1. STYLE
  1. TRAVEL
  1. All Blogs
  2. Cartoons
  3. Classifieds
  4. Corrections
  5. Crossword / Games
  6. Education

Let’s do some analysis on the choice of reporting of the NYT. The article title was, “WORLD SUMMIT FOR CHILDREN; World’s Leaders Gather at U.N. for Summit Meeting on Children”. Along with burying the story after cartoons, corrections, and games, they chose a headline that omits the point of saving millions of lives and that this is the largest meeting of heads of state in the history of planet Earth, not just some ambiguous “leaders.” The article discusses the investment to end poverty only as costing “more money” and lies in omission that it’s less than one percent of US income. It reports that the meeting will cause “headaches” for planners, and traffic jams for everyone in New York City. It then reports the non-story that because such a meeting cost $5 million to create that “some people” might criticize the Summit (we never heard that complaint or could imagine anyone making it). The “reporting” ends by repeating that this “meeting” of a “long list of goals” will cost more money than is currently being spent.

This choice of reporting was AFTER our continuous communications with the NYT to report on the facts. For an example of what we offered NYT for factual understanding, preview the assignment we’ll do that’s also one of my published articles, Economics of ending poverty: 0.7% of GNI is all it takesAn example:

The total deaths from poverty in the last 15 years is conservatively greater than from all wars, revolutions, murders, accidents, and suicides in the 20th century.[11] In the past 20 years, the total deaths from poverty probably eclipse all the above categories of death in all known human history.[12] Make sure you get this: in your lifetime of a high school Senior, human beings have allowed other people in poverty, mostly helpless children under the age of five, to die before our eyes in numbers greater than all of the catastrophic events in our history books.

Ask and answer for yourself: is this NYT article on the World Summit for Children they buried deep in the paper, and only reported on the day of the event, an example of professional and comprehensive reporting on our most important issues? Is saving a million children’s lives every month such a non-story, or was NYT reporting on this issue intentionally manipulated to under-inform, dis-inform, and keep this topic away from the attention of Americans? Indeed, is this an “in your face” lie of omission to both distract from the main facts and place it after the comics?

If the second explanation makes more sense to you, does this propaganda continue to our present because the NYT continues its non-reporting of our power to save a million children’s lives every month, and that since the 1990 Summit more people have died from preventable poverty than all the wars and categories of violent death in all recorded human history?

I think that 95% of Americans would prefer to understand the facts of how we can end poverty with less than one percent of our income, and for less than ten percent of what we spend on our military every year. The polling data [30] included in my article on ending poverty affirm this interest of the American public.

But wait, there’s more. That was the first of two UN Summits for heads of state we worked with.

RESULTS led the work for the 1997 Microcredit Summit, also for heads of state. Microcredit is so effective at ending poverty (and it’s profitable) it was the topic of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. When we received identical US corporate media coverage (and worse lies and reneged promises from political leadership), I shifted my lobbying for the end of poverty to economic research in order to “follow the money.” That’s led to my current use of my “hobby time” (I work as a teacher, remember) to research, write, and lobby for monetary and financial reforms with principal projects of national monetary reform [31] and state-owned banks [32] for at-cost credit.

Btw, here’s how the New York Times is covering what’s happening as a “current event” as I write: the Occupy Wall Street event that directly concerns monetary and financial reforms: their online report of police arresting 700 protesters, “After allowing them onto the bridge, the police cut off and arrested…” in just 20 minutes was “edited” to read, “In a tense showdown over the East River, police arrested hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators after they marched onto the bridge’s Brooklyn-bound roadway.”

And here [33] is a 14-second video showing the police apparently leading the protesters onto the bridge. This video is prima facie evidence that the police may be guilty of entrapment. So it appears that the NYT is not merely correcting an error they discovered. Indeed, any correction should have reported on the possibility of entrapment. The NYT seems to be choosing to lie in omission in order to demonize protest against current monetary and financial systems, don’t you think?

Remember: don’t believe anything I claim. I’m asking you to develop the critical thinking skills to evaluate factual claims for yourself. I’m telling you what you already know: res ipsa loquitur, roughly that facts speak for themselves. Please don’t accept my words any more than you’d accept the word of a member of Congress, a US President, or US corporate media reporting.

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endnotes:

30. The end of poverty: economic possibilities for our time. Sachs, J. Facts on international aid.

31. The leading organization is The American Monetary Institute. I was a speaker at two of their conferences.

32. The leading organization is the Public Banking Institute. I initiated lobbying in California for a state-owned bank.

33. Washington’s Blog. Over 700 protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge … claim entrapment. Oct. 2, 2011. YouTubevideo: Police Leading #OccupyWallStreet protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge traffic lane. Oct. 1, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz67fULXc-0&feature=player_embedded

 

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  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    Excellent work Carl.

    • Carl Herman

      Thanks, Dredd :)

 

 

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