Saturday, May 3, 2008

Globalization and its Discontentents; The Insurgency from the Left

Last week, the presidents of Mexico and the United States met with the prime minister of Canada in New Orleans to discuss economic and political strategies that will effectively unite us in the vein of the European Union. Plans are quietly being laid, as per long reaching neoconservative policy initiatives, for the North American Union. The matter is not under democratic discussion. The Age of Nationalism has ended.

These plans are apparently proceeding at a pace -- under the radar of the mainstream press -- that leaves even the most credulous of right-wing populist conspiracy theorists incredulous. The popular Snoops rumor investigation site finds the evidence of such planning incredible but they will not discount the possibility completely. They only allege that it will not happen by the rumored date, 2010.

Going a step further in denouncing the possibility of such a grand union of nations under one flag, Wikipedia, an encyclopedic website of information authored and edited by informed readers and scholars, contends that populist fears regarding a North American Union have resulted from exaggerated reports of more mundane and traditional trade talks between these nations, such as the NAFTA enhancements proposed by the Bush Administration and the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. In fact, Wikipedia convincingly asserts that post 9-11 security measures have changed the character of these negotiations such that any trade agreements affecting a dissolution of common borders has been moved to the back burner. In the same cautionary regard, Mexico witnessed the removal from the negotiation table of its long-desired immigration reform agreement with the United States.

Yet, aside from the questionable economic promise of open trade agreements, discussions aimed at allaying the fears of an arch-conservative and stridently patriotic right-wing, obsessively concerned over secure borders, distinct nationalities, effective conferral of statehood, the open flow of migrant workforce populations, a common currency, major trade corridors that might exacerbate problems with drug trafficking as well as the tormenting issues associate with imminent domain and the like, all seem to ignore the preponderating realities imposed by globalization.

In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, languish in detention facilities and prisons across the United States for having committed the "crime" of crossing the border "illegally." Migrant workers and their families now represent the fastest growing population of incarcerates in a country quickly becoming known as Prison Nation.

Yet, despite what would appear to be a contradiction in social and economic direction revealed by the irony imposed by the notion of a North American Union, there is no conflict, at least in terms of neoconservative goals and objectives revealed in their social control strategies. The private prison industry is "big bid'ness." It serves the ever increasing needs of a Corporatist empire in maintaining order, not so much by detaining radicals and law breakers, but by placating a population of authoritarian followers who insist on "law & order." Even as an incipient major economic recession threatens to deepen into depression -- the result of the trillion dollar neocon war in the Middle East -- The GEO Group, the second largest contractor of Bureau of Prison services, announced first quarter gains that double previous quarter profits.

The prison population in the United States recently surpassed a frightening magic number, a first for any nation -- we now currently have 1% of the adult general population of the United States incarcerated. This number excludes migrant workers and their families. It amounts to over two-million citizens, mostly drug offenders caught-up in the politically-driven Law & Order chicaneries of a conservative nation gone paranoid at the perception that minorities are taking over the streets.

Although the following video is obviously presented as part of an educational film series ostentatiously supportive of the American penal system, it nevertheless reveals a starkly status quo ethnocentricity -- possibly even with conservative middle class racist undertones -- that its producers may not have intended to reveal yet nevertheless functions, despite its pretentious affects, as a good example of institutional media propaganda. Despite this, it is a film we belief is worthy of presenting in this article because it unintentionally depicts the reality of American culture in microcosm. Now, this is a reality we can see contained in the visual dynamics but a reality that is denied and thus betrayed by an uninformed narrative that presents "rehabilitation" through substance abuse treatment, education and jobs skills training as the mission of the system when, if fact, they are virtually becoming nonexistent. Unfortunately, the privatization of the prison system has led to underfunding and/or complete gutting of such programs in favor of "the bottom line" and has resulted in an enormous surge in recidivism rates. The "swinging door phenomenon" has especially become the reality for members of minorities who populate our prisons in numbers disproportionate to their make-up within the general population. And as if to accentuate the already agonizing irony in a manner that may even reveal an intended re-framing and watering down of a phrase become tragically popular, the film is entitled Prison Nation.

National Geographic's mollifying reinterpretation of Prison Nation depicts a nation in microcosm. The real Prison Nation is still in its ascendancy. There is increasing anxiety among Progressives, both of the Democratic and Independent Party temperament, that surrounds the current Democratic Primary. If New Democrat Hillary Clinton can hold-out against truly Progressive Democrat Barack Obama until the National Convention in Denver this August, the risk of increased racial tension will become dramatic in a way not seen since the 60s Civil Rights Movement. If the superdelegates betray Obama -- and at this point there is little likelihood of that happening -- it may unleash racial strife at a national level that can only encourage the implementation of authoritarian security measures that will further encroach upon our civil liberties. We can expect the same level of outrage if another election is stolen by operatives such as Karl Rove and the terminally sycophantic John McCain is escorted into office to serve as another ignorantly officious Howdy Dooty on strings.

No one should assume that a declaration of martial law and the postponement of national elections is not already under strong consideration by the Bush/Cheney Regime. A national outbreak of racial discord during the current "War on Terror," a Straussian meme that is wholly constructed out of neocon propaganda and red, white and blue cloth, could easily serve as another "Pearl Harbor" in the vein of 9-11 and secure their goals of "never-ending war," increased social control and Corporatist economic exploitation of both.

For all these nefarious acts and possible future acts of political exploitation resulting in the era of Law & Order Corporatism, we have the heroically affable, panderingly racist cowboy from the 50s era of Hollywood westerns to thank -- demented as he was under the makeup. Yet more realistically, the credit for the exploitation of drug offenders, alcoholics and migrant workers should go to The Gipper's man in the shadows, the ivy league CIA careerist, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who presided over the October Surprise, the Iran-Contra Affair, the organization and "taxation" of the cocaine cartels of Latin America channeled through the Panamanian plaza del narcotraficantes, and the secret illegal arming of Pakistan that resulted in the Afghanistan-Turkey heroin pipeline and the spreading of nuclear technology throughout the Islamic Middle East that it helped to pay for -- George Herbert Walker Bush, the current titular head of the Republican Party, point-man for Global corporatism and its plutocrats, and son of the notorious financier and congressman, Prescott Bush, who participated in the failed right-wing coup d'├ętat against FDR then served in some peripheral way, probably financial but still being traced, in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The role of George Bush 41 should not be overlooked or denied. He was present in Dallas in November of 1963 as the CIA's administrator of Guatemalan and Cuban-exiled paramilitaries who, scholars now reveal from analysis of recently unclassified documents by the Kennedy Archives, were awaiting orders for a second invasion of Cuba, pending the successful assassination of JFK and its exploitation as a false-flag act of provocation against Fidel Castro.

It would be expected of any social analyst to opine that the growing number of migrant workers held in detention facilities across the United States is the result of increased law enforcement efforts by the Bush Administration in answer to right-wing public demands. The truth is more sinister. The American myth of freedom, liberty and justice is devolving before a corporatist juggernaut -- what Eisenhower warned of and labeled as a Military-Industrial Complex -- now taken over by the financial sector of a global economic surge-to-empire and directed by Straussian Neoconservatives who seek to ingratiate themselves among its patricians. The coup d'├ętat of 1963 has emerged from the shadows of successive conservative administrations, including Clinton's, and has now gained full political and military hale under Richard B. Cheney.

Since its onset within the shadows of the Nixon Administration, the pragmatically imperialist goals and objectives of the reining coup can best be understood through the writings of neo-aristocratic classicist scholar, Leo Strausss of the University of Chicago, and his now infamous students Paul Wolfowitz and Alan Bloom, who along with their "neoconservative" followers, are now accused of egregiously misconstruing and conflating Strauss' teaching with a perniciously Machiavellian form of Kissingerian realpolitik and an aggressively militant Zionism that belies Strauss' more academically oriented views. The often enigmatic views of Leo Strauss are said by the opponents of neoconservatism to be more comprehensibly restrained within a framework of the history of political philosophy rather than as the Straussian version of neoclassic conservative political philosophy itself, an allegedly esoteric philosophy meant only for the elite who can interpret and direct a disciplined class of aristocratic civil servants toward their fulfillment in public policy and law. The latter may well explain the sometimes delusional sense of entitlement presented by their adherents. This has especially been the case with such quasi-interpretative Projects for a New American Century and the policy initiatives that Wolfowitz, Perle, Bloom, Ledeen, Kristol, Podhoretz, Libby, Feith, Kagan, Bolton, Gaffney, Chalabi and others of the Neocon ilk have asseverated.

We ardently pray that the Father of All Nations, the Everlasting and Sublime Glory, who provides refuge and succor under the shadow of His wings to all He calls as His own, will set all captive free, place their feet upon a Rock of Salvation and put a new song of joy on their lips.

Isaiah 61:
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
4 Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations;
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
5 Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks,
And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD;
You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
8 For I, the LORD, love justice,
I hate robbery in the burnt offering;
And I will faithfully give them their recompense
And make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Then their offspring will be known among the nations,
And their descendants in the midst of the peoples.
All who see them will recognize them
Because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed.
10 I will rejoice greatly in the LORD,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.