Debt Crisis in West is Just a ‘Prelude to War’

August 21st, 2011 - by admin

K. Selim / World Meets – 2011-08-21 20:11:30

Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity

‘We Don’t Live in a Functioning Democracy’

Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the “austerity” agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis.

The 2008 “financial crisis” in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history.

Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their “crisis” through punitive “austerity” programs that gutted public services and repealed workers’ rights. Austerity was named “Word of the Year” for 2010.
This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future.

Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin. It may be their crisis, but it’s our problem.

The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!

Debt Crisis in West is Just a ‘Prelude to War’

K. Selim
/ World Meets

(August 18, 2011) — Western governments appear powerless to confront the current crisis and the looming threat of a depression, with all of the serious consequences that implies. The colossal debt of nations and bleak prospects for growth are creating a panic situation on financial markets around the world. A crash is not a figment of the imagination. The one in 1929 paved the way for the rise of fascism and the Second World War.

It is futile to expect a paradigm shift from the established order. Since the sub-prime crisis in 2008, there has been much talk of market regulation. The noble ideas that accompanied the latest international joint financial agreement have been quickly abandoned.

The leaders of Western states, starting with the president of the United States, have failed to develop a clear and convincing way to discuss economic policy options, let alone take strong measures. Markets are stronger than states. It is they that are ultimately the masters — and they impose their own logic.

With the sub-prime crisis in 2008, the markets forced taxpayers to foot the bill. The “banksters”- an-oh-so-eloquent neologism combining banker with gangster — reminds us once again of where the real power lies. Today they continue to demonstrate this by attacking public debt incurred in part to save the day. The big banks were never going to go bankrupt; the states were! 

Contrary to what one would like to admit, isn’t economics more than just a set of mathematical formulas and theories? It is politics. And policy now sits in the hands of people that have no real accountability. The state of the political elite is such that it seems inconceivable that governments could engage in the kind of reorientation of economic policy characterized by the New Deal. 

What we should fear is that war may become — as history attests — the last recourse of capitalism in crisis. “Common sense” might call for a significant reduction in the U.S. military budget as a path toward effective treatment of America’s gigantic debt. But the cynicism of short-term interests is little concerned with common sense. How can an empire in decline impose its views?

The U.S. not only shows obvious signs of economic collapse, but also of genuine regression: the American dream no longer exists. The U.S. establishment, Democratic or Republican, is not prepared to cash in its last major comparative advantage — military supremacy.

Translated By Mary Kenney — Algeria — Le Quotidien d’Oran — Original Article (French)

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