The first wind of an approaching hurricane

Published on Online Journal, by Dennis Rahkonen, December 17, 2010.

The ongoing WikiLeaks saga, the recently-concluded Cancun climate talks, and Washington’s tax-cut debacle may seem unrelated. All are linked, however, by incredibly shortsighted and often vile attitudes that they’ve triggered within ruling-class ranks. Let’s look at these issues one by one … //

… Finally, we’ve just witnessed a completely amoral abandonment of both simple common sense and basic ethics in the steadfast Republican insistence that America’s wealthiest elite must be given lavish income and estate-tax breaks, as a precondition for those rendered jobless by that group’s greed and malfeasance receiving more direly needed unemployment benefits. 

Unconscionably, President Obama and many Democrats have gone along with this shafting of our majority wage earners and this nation’s public welfare and common good.

It’s all part and parcel of an international oligarchic drive to impose withering “austerity” on working folk around the world. The masses must cruelly suffer so that exploitative corporate fat cats and high finance banksters can keep their ill-gotten riches.

In the three instances I‘ve cited – and several others that many could additionally mention – we’re witnessing a telltale, total betrayal of fundamental decency by power structures intent solely on preserving their own, narrow ability to lavishly prosper at intolerable cost to both the world’s everyday people and our planetary home itself.

In effect, Earth’s capitalist controllers tenaciously adhere to an atrocious credo that unwittingly seals their fate: “I’m looking out for Old Number One! Let the Devil take the hindmost!”

But ordinary citizens everywhere finally come down to emphatically believing that an injury to one is an injury to all.

It’s that unbridgeable gap that makes global revolution unstoppable and inevitable, no matter how much some would prefer to take milder half steps along humanity’s forward path.

A strengthening wind is quickly rising.

Soon it will become a storm without historical precedent, and no shore on any continent will escape its cleansing fury. (full text).

(Dennis Rahkonen of Superior, Wisconsin, has been writing progressive commentary with a Heartland perspective for various outlets since the ’60s).

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