Want To See Real Capitalism? Go To Haiti!
15 March 2014
You think that all those fat-cat corporatist
billionaires on Wall Street are capitalists? Not even
Those guys have systematically and carefully cocooned
themselves inside of a risk-free, artificially-induced
highly-rigged monopoly-style con-game bubble --
created at great cost to salt-of-the-earth types like
you and me. And inside of this fairy-tale ponzi-scheme
bubble, the top dogs all cheat and steal, no one goes
to jail and you and I are their shills. Welfare for
the rich? Yes. Capitalism? No, no, no and no. http://www.salon.com/2014/03/07/
But just come to Haiti and you will immediately see
true capitalism at work -- on every street corner.
Everyone here has something to sell. It's amazing! The
competition is fierce. There are no monopolies.
Nothing is risk-free. There are no
artificially-created safety nets. And U.S. corporate
fat-cats would only last about five minutes here.
Everywhere you look in Haiti, there is someone setting
up a booth or offering a handful of goods to sell or
improvising a restaurant on wheels -- or in a wheel
Ariana Huffington just published a book called
"Thrive," and in the opening chapter she talks about
how trying to make it in the corporate world has led
to very high levels of stress. http://www.scribd.com/doc/
secret_password=12tzqe0gw7cic5epttqj I would dearly
love to see Wall Street CEOs and high-powered American
executives who make 30 million-plus a year with the
help of a lapdog government that they own lock stock
and barrel -- would love to see these spoiled brats
and primadonnas get their asses kicked by the
competition of trying to sell yams or used T-shirts on
the streets of Port au Prince.
Within a half-hour at most, these fancy dudes would be
begging to be taken back to their sweet little tax
shelters and big-bank scams. "Please! I hate real-life
capitalism! Get me out of here! Please!"
Haitians work their butts off making capitalism work
Any fool can put together a housing-market scam if
they have a trillion dollars to back them and a
government to keep them out of jail. But Haitians know
that they have no silver spoons in their mouths, no
old-boy networks, no soft defense-industry contracts
and no fleeced American taxpayers to soften their
fall. If Haitians don't make it in their own
capitalist world, they die. Period.
When was the last time those welfare-for-the-rich
dudes risked more than a hangnail? Libertarianism?
Rugged individualism? My foot! http://billmoyers.com/episode/
"But, Jane, what's so important about net neutrality?"
you might ask. It's this: If you can't afford to pay
big bucks in order to get decent internet speed, then
you are automatically being censored and controlled.
It's all about access. While down here in Haiti, I
have certainly found out about that.
Down here the internet is so slow that it takes me at
least two hours to put together an article, plus
another three hours to get it to post on my blog,
while I wait around for everything to reload. And
that's on a good day. So while all of my blog posts
are being written by hand down here Haiti, I will have
to wait until I get home to send them out. What a
bother. Who has five hours of internet frustration to
spare every day or the patience to wait and wait to
reload? Not me.
The slow internet here has also slowed me down a whole
lot. I don't even want to blog anymore most of the
time. And when that happens in the USA too because I
can't afford to buy fast internet speed? Then, snap! I
will have been effectively shut up and shut down --
without the Deep State even having to lift a finger to
stop me. "Damn those pesky liberal bloggers. We've
certainly showed them."
But there wouldn't be any problems with net neutrality
at all back in the States if capitalism was really
working there -- and artificial monopolies like
Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc. didn't have Congress and
the courts in their pockets, creating yet another
expensive hidden tax on you and me. And some start-up
kids with a garage-app in Mountain View would be
supplying us with high speed internet for about five
bucks a month.
Want another example of welfare-for-the-rich? That's
easy. American taxpayers have been forced to fork over
trillions of dollars in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq,
Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela, Nigeria, Indonesia, Kuwait,
East Timor and even Saudi Arabia so far -- to pay for
what are essentially the top five oil companies'
private armies. But do we ever get a tax break on the
oil that these armies steal? Hell, no. Only oil
companies get tax breaks. Not us. That's
welfare-for-the-rich, not capitalism. What else did
you expect? http://www.salon.com/2014/03/08/
Let those slick dudes on Oil Street pay for their own
It never ceases to amaze me how Americans keep
electing anti-capitalism government officials who do
not represent our own best interests or even the best
interests of our country, but keep electing moochers,
schemers and con-men from the welfare-for-the-rich
class instead -- time and time again. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
PPPS: Paul Ryan just proved my case! The guy just made
an impassioned speech to CPAC, stating that receiving
welfare is humiliating and degrading. "People don't
just want a life of comfort; they want a life of
dignity -- of self-determination" http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/
the-meaning-ryans-cpac-anecdote So let's help him get
America's "communism for the rich only" 1% off of
welfare and give them some "dignity" for the first
time in their lives instead.
PPPPS: Like I just said, the internet limitations in
Port au Prince have forced me to wait to send out this
story on Haiti until I got home to Berkeley. Good to
be back. But I still miss Haiti a lot!
But on March 20th I'll be traveling again, off to
Monterey, CA, to attend the annual Left Coast Crime
festival, a convention of murder-mystery writers and
readers -- and a chance to pick up 40 pounds of free
books (without having to lug them back home on an
airplane) and, hopefully, to have access to fast
internet service so that I can blog about all that.