* WON’T YOU PLEASE COME TO CHICAGO?
By Paul Street, CounterPunch
[…] What was Emmanuel thinking when in December 2010 he set Chicago up for an epic protest gathering? Here are my best guesses on the inner workings of “Rahmbo’s” egomaniacal brain at the time. Knowing that he’d probably be the new (post- Richard M. Daley) Kim Jong-Il of Chicago by 2012, he hoped that hosting two large international gatherings at the same time would burnish his civic strongman image while fulfilling his local commercial and corporate sponsors’ lust (foiled when Copenhagen turned down the city’s Olympics bid) to have Chicago’s new “global city” status acknowledged. He figured that economic justice and anti-austerity protest was a European and poor-nation phenomenon that would not pose serious risks in U.S. in the age of the great, fake-progressive pacifier Barack Obama. He figured that meaningful antiwar protest was also dead in the Obama era. At the same time, he relished the prospect of crushing any protests that might emerge with an iron, militarized-policing fist and he looked forward to the likelihood of being able to use standard security concerns connected with the hosting of great power elite gatherings to deepen his capacity for repressing local citizens and workers. He did not know that the Obama pacification bubble would finally pop (three years after the bursting of the financial bubble) for many of the president’s former supporters and give rise in 2011 to a significant American popular upsurge against the wealthy Few and against economic inequality and its political consequences.
My feeling is that protest-minded radicals and progressives should still come to Chicago anyway to honor the legacy of Haymarket by protesting the G8 in absentia and NATO, Boeing, the Obama presidency/campaign, and the corporate Democratic Party in non-absentia. Leading Chicago activist Andy Thayer says that “NATO is, frankly, the de facto military arm of G-8 and anybody who’s upset with G-8 should be upset with NATO.” Things are a little trickier than that (since NATO target Russia is a G8 member) but Thayer is right to suggest that the war party and the money party are two wings of the same global state-capitalist bird of prey. They are joined together on the back of the rapacious global vulture that is American Empire and Inequality, Inc. […]
* #OWS MARCH FROM ZUCCOTTI PARK TO WALL STREET
* POLICE THREATEN TO SHOOT CITIZENS AT PROTEST MARCH 23, 2012 – OAKLAND
* ABOUT 300,000 QUEBEC STUDENTS PROTEST TUITION HIKE
Source: Al Arabiya News
Tens of thousands of students protested Thursday against a 75 percent tuition hike at universities in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Quebec province, bringing downtown Montreal to a standstill.
“We want to study, not go into debt,” shouted the demonstrators, who converged on the metropolis from across the province, packing a two-kilometer (1.2-mile) stretch of the city’s main streets.
Since mid-February, nearly 300,000 students have boycotted classes, blocked bridges and held smaller protests around the province against the government’s plan to raise tuition by $1,625 over the next five years.
The fees will still be significantly lower than in other Canadian provinces and U.S. states, but higher than in many European countries, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Neighboring Ontario province currently charges the highest tuition in Canada, starting at $6,640 annually, compared to Quebec’s current fee of $2,200. […]
READ and VIDEO @ http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/23/202593.html
* MONTREAL: MANIF NATIONALE ETUDIANTE 22 MARS 2012
* PORTUGUESE WALK OUT OVER GOVERNMENT CUTS
* WHILE BERNANKE GOES TO COLLEGE, DOES IT LOOK LIKE CORZINE MAY FINALLY BE HEADED FOR JAIL?
Source: RT NEWS
* THE 1% DOCTRINE FOR THE 99%
Many on the American Right insist federal actions from the Civil War to recent banking regulations were encroachments on states’ rights and personal liberties, but underlying these claims – in the 1860s and today – is the greed of the richest 1 percent treating the 99 percent as chattel, writes Mark Ames.
By Mark Ames, Consortiumnews
[…] “If a company’s capital intensity doesn’t increase, profit per employee is a pretty good proxy for the return on intangibles. The hallmark of financial performance in today’s digital age is an expanded ability to earn ‘rents’ from intangibles. Profit per employee is one measure of those rents. If a company boosts its profit per employee without increasing its capital intensity, management will increase its rents.”
Extracting rent from “employees” as a business strategy: This is supposed to be the language of feudalism, not modern advanced capitalism — and yet this is the cutting edge in 21st century capitalist thinking, unashamed and unvarnished:
“One way to improve a company’s profit per employee is simply to shed low-profit employees. But if they generate profit greater than the cost of the capital used to support their work, shedding them actually reduces the creation of wealth.”
This is the language of plutocratic capitalism, a brutal system totally incompatible with democracy and antithetical to republican government and civilization. It is the language of misery, and misery is what “the 1 percent” is promising “the 99 percent” for years to come, in ever-greater doses.