Police Killings Won’t Stop

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  • slorter

    NO they will not! But they could solve the problem easily! The current approach to recovery in Europe and elsewhere is deeply flawed. It is based on the same ideological perspectives that created the problem. Introducing a viable socially liveable minimum wage and offering a worker a public sector job at that wage will neither break the budget nor undermine the capacity to engage in longer-term structural reform. Through a well-designed system, that integrated a flexible pool of public sector minimum wage jobs with vocational training and rehabilitation institutions, and regional labour market analysis and strategic planning, the productive capacity of the workforce could be constantly developed, maximising national competitive advantage in a race to the top, not the bottom. By thus enhancing the efficiency of the labour market, the enhanced economic security of workers (that would tend to empower them to make greater demands in the lower levels of the labour market) would be offset (from the employers’ point of view) by an increased supply (both quantitatively and qualitatively) of available productive workers. As for the social benefits of using all willing labour, these hardly need explaining. People routinely excluded from employment because of disability, or other forms of entrenched discrimination, can be accommodated with tailor-made jobs, if need be, that can be progressively modified as a rehabilitation program, while providing the worker with the dignity and economic security of steady, paid employment. The same system could also provide vocational experience opportunities for higher education and technical college students. To the extent that people would require attendant carers and other supports to participate in the workforce, these otherwise non-existent jobs could be filled by other Job Guarantee workers. The problem is that the people who run our societies, the people who provide the campaign donations, who control the editorial policy of television networks, who fund the think-tanks, who bankroll the ‘economic education’ campaigns, who run banks and other corporations, who transfer back and forth between the upper echelons of government and the corporations, etc., do not see the elimination of poverty and unemployment as desirable at all. Labour underutilisation preserves the social domination of employers over workers.

    • cstahnke

      All that may be true and, in fact, there are many reasonable solutions available to almost any problem or difficult and nasty situation you can imagine. There is a wealth of creativity everywhere I have looked but anything reasonable is rejected out of hand whether the person is part of the elite or not.

      • slorter

        Well I guess we put more police on!

  • Southernfink

    Who is willing to them accountable?…… there’s no one but me and you.

  • cstahnke

    Hedges sees the political situation about as clearly as anyone and I agree with what he is saying here as far as it goes. But what is missing from his analysis is the understanding that we are in a different era that has been called “post-modern.” To be totally honest what that means is that society as a whole now rejects reason and, instead, is voting with irs feet for Fantasy Land. Hedges writes about this darkly in his books and sternly rejects it. The idea of solving problems by gathering information together, evaluating it using a scientific and logical approach, and then highly seasoning the mix by moral assumptions (usually not supported by reason) is so over partly because we have too much information that we cannot possibly integrate and, besides, what we really hunger for and what really rocks our world is fantasy.

    Thus you can throw study after study, report after report, video after video at my white North Carolina neighbors and they will still tell you that black people need to be more respectful and get a job. Why? It is not because they are bad but because they have rejected modernism, science and reason because there is no spiritual “juice” in it and I don’t see any way that can change any time soon. And, I have to add, the culture of blacks people is also highly tribal and ruled by fantasy. Just look at the fact black primary voters voted for Hilary Clinton despite the fact the Clinton administration did more to harm the black community than any other administration before it. At the same time, rejecting Sanders whose policies and loyalty was always with the black community. Scott Adams has it right nearly all people are almost always irrational and what moves them now are mythological frameworks based entirely on comfortable fantasies.

    • Charlie Primero

      > “Hedges writes about this darkly in his books and sternly rejects it.”

      I don’t understand. Do you mean Hedges in his books rejects the idea that people can be irrational in their voting?

      I don’t know Hedges well, but I notice that people who promote centralized managerial command economies tend to either ignore human nature, or believe they can crush it with forceful operant conditioning.

      • cstahnke

        Not at all–Hedges understands perfectly that we have become an irrational-based culture. He just doesn’t like it and believes it shouldn’t be that way because he doesn’t understand post-modernism very well. Hedges, like me, is deeply attached to the Western tradition of rationalism etc., and doesn’t understand that it is precisely that rationalism that is not addressing deeper concerns which are primarily spiritual. To put it another way, nihilism is not necessarily a bad thing when the historical moment demands de-construction before a new way of life can emerge.

  • Rehmat

    The reason is, as Max Blumenthal rightfully claimed that American police and other internal security agencies have long been Israelized.

    In his new book, ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’, he recounts his personal experience while reporting from the Zionist entity for four years.

    “I was most surprised at the banality of the racism and violence that I witnessed and how it’s so widely tolerated because it’s so common. And I’m most surprised that it hasn’t made its way to the American public,” says Blumenthal. I bet, as a Jew and journalist, Max knows why Americans are so ignorant of Muslim and Christian Native Palestinians, who face racism and violence on daily basis, because all the corporate media in the US, Canada and EU is controlled by Zionist Jews.

    • awb22

      I would prefer the term ashkanazied, to israelized, given the rulers of Israel are no more connected to the jewish people than the US oligarchy to the american people, and certainly don’t represent the israelis any more than the US gov represents Americans.

      Although you make the distinction at the end by specifying Zionists.

  • awb22

    The author does a fine job of stating the problem, and is woefully short of offering any solution. Is the author implying there is none?

    We know socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried, and it is in fact this very thing which is destroying western social democracy.

    Europe doesn’t have a generation of young workers to pay the freight for an aging population, and the kind of immigration they have is the wrong kind.

    The same for the US, immigrants are costing the US taxpayers enormously, but they vote for the liberal apparatus, which will be the downfall of the US the same as the EU.

    I would like to see a European Commonwealth include North America, to counter the Russian and Chinese influence in the world, and bring manufacturing back to the places that made the West great in the first place. The rest of the world can pound sand.

    • BobValdez


      • awb22

        I prefer a more spiritual approach, like the return of Jesus Christ for the church.

        Otherwise, it will be a rebuilding, with the US Constitution as the cornerstone.

        • cstahnke

          I would call it the return of the spirit not the flesh of Jesus Christ–if that were the case and his teachings were followed we’d be in good shape but since churches are mainly political and economic structures that is unlikely so we’ll have to look elsewhere for the most part.

          • awb22

            That’s been the case since the 3rd century AD. Thankfully, the US Constitution solves the problem of government interference in church affairs. The rest is up to us.

    • slorter

      “We know socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried” Really After the second world war socialism did have quite a positive impact on peoples lives especially in Europe. The social programs introduce were of great benefit in projecting the lives of people forward. The reason socialism had difficulty was it had to work in a predatory capitalist framework! You need to understand what socialism is and the people who fought to preserve the value of it!

      • awb22

        I have no problem with social programs, as long as they’re not paid for by borrowing from future generations, which is what we have. So no, it hasn’t worked, and why we’re seeing decline in Europe and the US. Pick a socialist country, any of them, and under the facade of media spun lies, lays the putridity of corruption and the seeds of civil unrest.

        • slorter

          Where does the military budget come from future generations as well! We just bailed out the too big to fail corrupt banks with Quantitative easing; where did that money come from future generations. In Europe their socialism has not caused their decline it is capitalism which has failed and more to the point neoliberal dogma. These policies have become dominant because capital has conducted an extremely well orchestrated and well-funded campaign, using its concentration of power in the media, its lobbying capacities to exploit the greed of corruptible politicians, and its ability to ‘buy’ academic support.
          The general population lives in smoke haze of half-truths, misperceptions and outright lies, all driven by some fear of loss that is whipped up daily in the media as part of the above campaign.
          Citizens continually support policies that make them worse off even when the politicians, in the ‘pay’ of the interests of capital, tell them they will be better off. These cumulative episodes of promise and failure have increasingly led to the refinement of the TINA (There Is No Alternative) strategy. In other words, the people have to sacrifice in order that the economy becomes ‘well’ again.

          We hardly noticed that our real wages growth had stalled during the 1970’s because at the same time our credit cards appeared with generous limits and banks opened up their loan desks (we didn’t know they were securitising our mortgages). The credit boom driven by aggressive financial engineering allowed economic growth to continue. It was like the game ‘pass the parcel’ – it was always going to blow up but for any particular individual there was time to enjoy the game and pile up the debts on the credit card. We now, with a ticking time bomb, which was hidden from our view and understanding but now is manifesting itself in real a dangerous ways!.

          • awb22

            Hahaha, “capitalism” and “capital” aren’t the culprit, Big Everything and Greed are, including Big Government. Socialism isn’t the answer, which doesn’t mean Capitalism wins, shared profits does, which surprisingly enough, Clinton stated in her first presidential debate. Even if she wouldn’t do anything about it, she is all about spin and lies.

            Wages stagnated in the 70’s because the US went off the Gold standard under Nixon. We won’t regain prosperity until we repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and repudiate the debt. Until then, we’ll continue to slide into oblivion in, as you put it, dangerous ways.

            How do you like MMT down in Australia? Have you had enough of unaffordable government or do you want more?

          • slorter


          • awb22

            Oh, in what way? Not enough government regulation?

            How’s the economy? Plenty of jobs for everyone?

            The status quo is the enemy, and the battle of the 21st century will pit ordinary citizens versus their government and corporations owned by the .01% and those who work for them.

          • slorter

            You killed your socialist system you need to revisit! Cheers!

          • awb22

            It’s not socialism, it’s fraud. So long as the world accepts the USD in exchange for goods and services, everything will be fine.

  • Sarastro92

    This is unhelpful and greatly distorts perceptions

    1) Every year police kill a little over 100 black men a year… some actions are justified … many are not and cry out for justice.

    2) Every year almost 4500 black men are killed — by other black men. Shouldn’t we be talking about this tragedy?

    • diogenes

      American police kill more people EVERY year, black, white, red, yellow, etc. than all the police in all the countries in Europe killed in the last 20 years. THAT”S A PROBLEM. Get it?

      • Sarastro92

        Sure I get it. But BLM isn’t complaining about cops killing Americans… thy’reonly concerned with cops killing Af-Ams…

        Anyway, as stated, black men kill 40 times more black me than the cops do, bad as that is.

        Understand now?

        • You know that’s called “distraction” when there is an issue and someone says YEAH BUT LOOK AT THIS OVER HERE. That is exactly what you are doing Try that in court: kill someone and say YEAH BUT THAT GUY KILLED ***TWO*** PEOPLE SO FORGET ABOUT ME KILLING ONLY ONE PERSON.

          • diogenes

            Thanks Big Dan, you beat me to it. I was going to point out that this character is principally intent on changing the subject and starting a fight on a different, incendiary subject. How cute. And how stale. And how self-damning and self-defeating. One wonders, does he do it on purpose or is it reflexes?

  • ICFubar

    Great poem and correct thoughts on the state of society from the prisoner to the Apex Elite.