Author: Jay Taber

Givers and Takers

My piece de resistance — Netwar at Cherry Point — turns one on April 1st.

This case study about the dark side of white power on the Salish Sea focuses on fossil fuel export versus indigenous peoples, or perhaps better stated — Wall Street versus human rights.

For some, the beloved San Juan Islands beckon as paradise in a world of total chaos. For Warren Buffett, BP and other major energy investors, they are collateral damage in the pursuit of oil portfolio profits.

Price of Prejudice

Bigots who voted Trump to satisfy their Christian white supremacy urges are now witnessing the culmination of the hate campaign against Obamacare. For the bigots on Medicaid, this is the test of their loyalty to Trump. Will they happily surrender the health insurance their families depend on, or will they put self-interest first?

After announcing his plan to abandon the disabled, the working poor, and the elderly, Trump’s approval rating dropped to 37%. Even a Republican member of Congress can read those tea leaves.

The GOP split with Trump over cutting public health infrastructure goes to a vote in Congress today. This is a test of Paul Ryan’s ability to push through brutal austerity laws under the model of his fascist mentor in Chile, Jose Pinera. Ironically, the deciding factor won’t be public protests by liberals, but rather the reaction of the radical right.

Path of Least Resistance

As the driving force of American fascism and the subverting instrument of capitalism, respectively, the Christian Right and the NPIC combine to deprive pro-democracy citizens of a voice in public affairs. Resisting the fascist movement in the US thus requires an understanding of the religious right and the non-profit industrial complex. Research on these tools of social engineering is extensive, but popular education is largely absent.

Organizing by the Wall Street-funded NPIC of a so-called “resistance” epitomizes the absurdity of American ignorance about public affairs, and suggests that ineffective public gestures such as marches and protests will continue to dominate communication and journalism on the topic. Communicating social transformation, on the other hand, will take a lot more effort and engagement with social and public institutions.

Conducting opposition research, attending public meetings, taking over state and local Democratic Party organizations, and volunteering with grassroots human rights groups is tiring, but it is the only way to change things for the better. Becoming a mindless follower of Wall Street-funded non-profits that coordinate campaigns and choreograph events leads to more of the same.

The Christian Right has tirelessly followed the formula for success for forty years now, and has succeeded in putting their man in the White House as Vice President — one heartbeat away from the Oval Office. With dreams of a fascist theocracy within reach, their demands to promote bigotry and to punish the poor are already on the Congressional agenda. Fighting such horrors by wearing silly outfits and wielding slogans is simply ridiculous.

Due to cowardice, laziness, and widespread ignorance, most concerned citizens will opt for the path of least resistance — signing petitions, putting bumper stickers on their cars, or donating to a campaign. The fascists, meanwhile, are counting on them to surrender without a fight.

State of Shock

Economic despair is killing people. As the recession crisis unfolded in Europe the consequences of austerity measures on poor and middle class individuals, versus maintenance of high caliber medical care for the wealthy came into sharp relief. In Greece, for example, several rounds of austerity measures imposed by the IMF and the EU led to massive reductions in public health and medical services, starting in early 2009. By 2012 the Greek suicide rate and mental illness crisis had soared, pharmaceutical outages were reported all over the country, hospital hygiene and basic services had reached such low levels that doctors advised patients not to seek inpatient care, HIV incidence was climbing, malaria was widespread for the first time since World War II, dengue spread in various regions of the country for the first time in nearly a century, and tragedy plagued every aspect of health protection in the nation. When the state of Greek health was summarized for EU leaders in a May 2013 austerity meeting the Europeans reportedly left in “a state of shock.”

–Laurie Garrett, The Survival of Global Health — Part Three

Saga of the Centuries

There are two motivational forces and associated social movements that dominate discourse in US social media, and, despite this overwhelming dominance, they are little understood. A convergence of anthropology and documentary film could help to improve popular understanding of this aspect of communication, consciousness and social engineering, but until this happens, nothing will change. Consequently, both Christian Identity and Pagan Socialism continue to generate misguided protagonists in the ongoing saga of the centuries.