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91. K&R

Theater of Jackals

Money, violence and politics, the three jackals that hunt together, and feast on society's craving for prohibited commodities, alcohol in the thirties and cocaine today. The politicians run the perimeter of the human herd, guiding it this way and that through speeches and legislation, providing distraction, the killers enforce the code of the pack, assuring that the money always flows in the direction of the jackal pack. The jackals are a permanent fixture of global life now, whether the commodity is crude oil under indigenous people's soil, or soil itself upon which to grow palm oil trees in Indonesia.

Narco-trade money/violence/politics depress and frighten everyone on both sides of the border. Mexicans are depressed that their country never seems to escape these things. Americans are frightened that the soft psychological violence of their corporate state could be overshadowed by hard border style violence, that it will somehow seep across like all those brown people seem to have done over the years.

Meanwhile, the corporations drive the politicians who manage America's political consciousness, steering it around a thousand truths toward extraction of maximum profit from the American herd. The herd, honestly speaking, regards politics mostly as spectacle -- some emotionally, others as entertainment, if they think about it at all. Let's not mistake the Tea Party noise or yammer about sham healthcare "reform," both of which are theater state productions, for political involvement by "the people."

Those Americans who seldom give politics (or anything else) serious thought, simply accept whatever is spoon-fed by media and The Complex, an entity so omniscient as to be beyond their comprehension. This is quite OK with most working class Americans. They have much in common with the average working Mexican, who simply ignores politics, out of disgust, and/or semi-illiteracy. Unlike Americas who have not awakened to the slow motion coup that successfully overthrew their government decades ago, working class Mexicans here understand such defeat. They've had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for over a hundred years. I have never met anyone here who did not grasp that drug money and elite business cartels own the government because they paid cash for it. Dope and business elites pay for candidates' campaigns and the politicians in office, the same as corporate cartel money buys our Congress.

Joe Bageant, Cantina Tolteca, March 2010

RIP, Joe Bageant - 1946-2011
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  -I was taken aback when Chomsky said this right after the election Ichingcarpenter  Nov-20-11 07:36 AM   #0 
  - recommend  xchrom   Nov-20-11 07:41 AM   #1 
  - kick n/t  Crop Circle   Nov-20-11 07:41 AM   #2 
  - Yep. n/t  Smarmie Doofus   Nov-20-11 07:48 AM   #3 
  - K&R  Fumesucker   Nov-20-11 07:51 AM   #4 
  - K&R  hulka38   Nov-20-11 07:54 AM   #5 
  - Thanks. nt  BlueIris   Nov-20-11 07:56 AM   #6 
  - K&R  PETRUS   Nov-20-11 07:57 AM   #7 
  - Lula - Brazil's Lula da Silva shaves beard in cancer battle  geckosfeet   Nov-20-11 08:10 AM   #8 
  - brazil?  bigtree   Nov-20-11 08:18 AM   #9 
  - Yes, Obama was a 'community organizer' in Chicago  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 08:33 AM   #11 
  - entirely different countries  bigtree   Nov-20-11 09:26 AM   #18 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-20-11 12:55 PM   #68 
  - How about you throw that red herring back...not edible.  FedUp_Queer   Nov-20-11 01:33 PM   #80 
  - American Exceptionalism is BUNK  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-20-11 11:50 PM   #154 
  - Ah!  Shining Jack   Nov-21-11 05:51 AM   #162 
  - LOL! You get the point, but then you don't. That's great stuff.  Pacifist Patriot   Nov-21-11 06:20 AM   #165 
  - I have found myself wondering how true this claim by Obama is.  haikugal   Nov-20-11 04:27 PM   #98 
  - I accept every word you say  truedelphi   Nov-20-11 04:52 PM   #102 
  - actually, you miss the biggest point. other places elect actual  roguevalley   Nov-20-11 09:25 AM   #17 
  - Brazil isn't like America  bigtree   Nov-20-11 09:38 AM   #20 
     - VIVA Democracy!!!  bvar22   Nov-20-11 11:42 AM   #46 
     - Right on, bvar22 ! Right on, right on, right on!  Enthusiast   Nov-20-11 04:16 PM   #96 
     - Oh dear God...  Number23   Nov-20-11 05:27 PM   #108 
     - A joke, right?  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 08:08 PM   #129 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-20-11 11:50 AM   #49 
     - PLUS ONE!  Enthusiast   Nov-20-11 04:18 PM   #97 
     - Yes.  sendero   Nov-20-11 02:07 PM   #89 
     - Which of these is not like the other  ashling   Nov-20-11 02:13 PM   #90 
     - That's another difference, the corrupt are held accountable  sabrina 1   Nov-20-11 06:47 PM   #117 
     - +1000!  Shining Jack   Nov-21-11 05:58 AM   #164 
     - Whether it's not like America or not is irrelevant to the point.  caseymoz   Nov-21-11 01:09 AM   #157 
  - Lula is a male, kid. Not 'her background' his background...  Bluenorthwest   Nov-20-11 11:10 AM   #36 
  - Man, you're still the same.  12AngryBorneoWildmen   Nov-20-11 12:06 PM   #53 
  - The large size of the picture doesn't change the fact that Bluenorthwest  suffragette   Nov-20-11 12:39 PM   #61 
  - In fairness...  FedUp_Queer   Nov-20-11 01:37 PM   #81 
  - That is really coincidental.  dotymed   Nov-20-11 05:24 PM   #107 
  - And Teddy Kennedy died ot it last year, and three of the most liberal  loudsue   Nov-20-11 05:43 PM   #114 
  - Community organizer indeed. Veeery good for the resume,  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 07:18 PM   #121 
  - Fail.  EFerrari   Nov-20-11 11:49 PM   #153 
  - Corporate controlled Empire in which we live does not allow for peasants  sarcasmo   Nov-20-11 08:30 AM   #10 
  - They are there but are marginalized at every step unless  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 09:06 AM   #15 
     - OWS's message is that BOTH parties are finished ---  defendandprotect   Nov-20-11 12:36 PM   #60 
        - I wholeheartedly agree with you.  dotymed   Nov-21-11 12:18 PM   #166 
  - Sorry Noam,  Itchinjim   Nov-20-11 08:45 AM   #12 
  - And no less than Gore Vidal was talking about it in the 80's....  bengalherder   Nov-20-11 12:50 PM   #64 
  - The First Step  liberalmike27   Nov-20-11 01:02 PM   #72 
  - Who cares who says it. It's correct. My God the toadies are out in force today.  FedUp_Queer   Nov-20-11 01:40 PM   #82 
  - Chomsky has been parroting this tired old line for a half century.  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 07:58 PM   #126 
  - And yet, 2000 - 2008, and therefor now, would have been much better if a Dem. had been elected  aikoaiko   Nov-20-11 08:51 AM   #13 
  - Yes it matters .. but we can do better than this  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 09:17 AM   #16 
  - Agreed. We can do better.  aikoaiko   Nov-20-11 09:59 AM   #24 
  - "we can do better than this" LOL! Yeah, in your magical fairy world where politics  KittyWampus   Nov-20-11 05:12 PM   #105 
  - if we settle, we lose. why do we always have to settle? I dream  roguevalley   Nov-20-11 09:26 AM   #19 
  - Why do we settle? Because everyone settles in the end. Some people need to settle a little more.  aikoaiko   Nov-20-11 09:58 AM   #23 
  - There's no rule that says that we have to settle  Lorien   Nov-20-11 12:55 PM   #67 
     - It seems to me that in a democracy every settles at least a little.  aikoaiko   Nov-20-11 03:06 PM   #93 
  - Right -- OWS isn't going to push a vote for "lesser evil" in 2012 ... they're moving to LEFT --  defendandprotect   Nov-20-11 12:31 PM   #58 
  - We had better find a challenger. Many of my Dem friends here in town are talking about  Lorien   Nov-20-11 12:53 PM   #65 
     - Ron Paul has some solid policies that are attractive to some liberals.  Dutchmaster   Nov-20-11 01:06 PM   #75 
     - He's a dinosaur throw back.  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 01:06 PM   #76 
        - Paul says he say he wants to close US bases all over the world.  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 07:57 PM   #125 
  - Agreed. nt  Lorien   Nov-20-11 12:54 PM   #66 
  - i remember 2000  oldhippydude   Nov-20-11 10:33 AM   #28 
  - Kerry vs Bush was 2004, not 2000  Bluenorthwest   Nov-20-11 11:14 AM   #38 
     - WOW! Rag Momma Rag  12AngryBorneoWildmen   Nov-20-11 12:16 PM   #54 
     - yah got me..  oldhippydude   Nov-20-11 03:12 PM   #94 
  - A Dem was elected.  Union Scribe   Nov-20-11 11:47 PM   #152 
  - K and R  bigwillq   Nov-20-11 08:53 AM   #14 
  - As usual, Chomsky is right.  Fantastic Anarchist   Nov-20-11 09:43 AM   #21 
  - while the marketing was good..  oldhippydude   Nov-20-11 10:22 AM   #26 
     - You are absolutely right.  Fantastic Anarchist   Nov-20-11 10:43 AM   #32 
  - Oh, and a hearty kick and rec.  Fantastic Anarchist   Nov-20-11 09:44 AM   #22 
  - Evo Morales was a very poor, Indigenous coca leaf farmer who rose to become...  Peace Patriot   Nov-20-11 10:02 AM   #25 
  - the corruption in those countries runs rampant  bigtree   Nov-20-11 10:35 AM   #29 
  - Corruption by definition is illegal.  FedUp_Queer   Nov-20-11 01:47 PM   #83 
  - The corruption was there long before there were any leftist leaders.  eppur_se_muova   Nov-20-11 01:56 PM   #87 
  - What makes you think that the US political structure is not just as corrupt?  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 08:07 PM   #128 
  - Very powerful post and really ought to have it's own thread.  snagglepuss   Nov-20-11 10:36 AM   #30 
  - Thank you.....A MUST READ  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 10:42 AM   #31 
  - TRANSPARENT VOTE COUNTING is what this site  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 11:13 AM   #37 
  - Excellent post. (k&r)  CanSocDem   Nov-20-11 11:30 AM   #41 
  - Right on!  Agony   Nov-20-11 11:43 AM   #47 
  - What an excellent and interesting piece  arikara   Nov-20-11 12:49 PM   #63 
  - Your response needs to be  arikara   Nov-20-11 01:01 PM   #71 
  - Whoops  arikara   Nov-20-11 01:03 PM   #73 
  - Excellent excellent post!  Desertrose   Nov-20-11 01:07 PM   #77 
  - Wonderful post!  Enthusiast   Nov-20-11 04:33 PM   #99 
  - Viva Democracy!!!  bvar22   Nov-20-11 09:57 PM   #146 
  - ""Not a dime's worth of difference" isn't a precisely correct critique...  Orsino   Nov-20-11 10:25 AM   #27 
  - I wasn't. nt  LWolf   Nov-20-11 10:45 AM   #33 
  - For being here so long like you  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 11:06 AM   #34 
     - I was not surprised  LWolf   Nov-20-11 12:26 PM   #56 
        - Brother in Arms  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 01:11 PM   #78 
        - You're welcome, and I hope so. nt  LWolf   Nov-20-11 01:49 PM   #84 
        - "I was a pariah for pointing this out."  Enthusiast   Nov-20-11 04:57 PM   #103 
        - Anyone who didn't see Obama's post-ideological dogmatism by 2008...  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 08:20 PM   #132 
           - For the last time, there is no such thing as "post-ideological" or "post-partisan"  Maven   Nov-21-11 02:09 AM   #159 
        - Great post LWolf. You took the words right out of my mind.  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 09:03 PM   #139 
  - REC  L. Coyote   Nov-20-11 11:10 AM   #35 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-20-11 11:15 AM   #39 
     - good one  L. Coyote   Nov-20-11 11:31 AM   #42 
        - Any way.... we've seen over the years.....  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 11:44 AM   #48 
  - We had hope! Don't forget a majority of Americans want and voted  Alameda   Nov-20-11 11:24 AM   #40 
  - Yes, the campaign clearly knew what voters wanted all right.  Ghost Dog   Nov-20-11 01:01 PM   #69 
  - K and R nt  femrap   Nov-20-11 11:31 AM   #43 
  - K & R !!!  WillyT   Nov-20-11 11:36 AM   #44 
  - kick  piratefish08   Nov-20-11 11:37 AM   #45 
  - It's pretty hard to honestly disagree with that. nt  Zorra   Nov-20-11 11:55 AM   #50 
  - I can't wait for the first primary.  MilesColtrane   Nov-20-11 11:58 AM   #51 
  - In Soviet Union we all have democratic primaries.  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 12:06 PM   #52 
  - If Obama is unopposed, that won't mean we're all down with him  Ken Burch   Nov-20-11 04:35 PM   #100 
     - Re: Progressives giving up  MilesColtrane   Nov-20-11 08:26 PM   #136 
        - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Nov-20-11 10:23 PM   #149 
  - K&R (n/t)  a2liberal   Nov-20-11 12:18 PM   #55 
  - When an election costs a billion bucks, what do you expect?  Gregorian   Nov-20-11 12:30 PM   #57 
  - Exactly! Bash the system, not Obama...unless you want a fascist  SunSeeker   Nov-21-11 12:53 AM   #156 
  - knr  Douglas Carpenter   Nov-20-11 12:32 PM   #59 
  - Hard to figure this ...  defendandprotect   Nov-20-11 12:48 PM   #62 
  - I like rational discussions with a touch of  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 01:04 PM   #74 
     - That doesn't quite explain your declaration you will vote for "lesser evil" ...  defendandprotect   Nov-20-11 01:51 PM   #85 
  - Hey now, hey now .......we won't let them win  Ichingcarpenter   Nov-20-11 01:01 PM   #70 
  - "get to know the feeling of liberation and release" - perfect!  evrstrong   Nov-20-11 07:27 PM   #122 
  - k/r  fishwax   Nov-20-11 01:16 PM   #79 
  - Nihilist.  Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin   Nov-20-11 01:52 PM   #86 
  - To elaborate on this  Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin   Nov-20-11 01:58 PM   #88 
  - K&R  DeSwiss   Nov-20-11 02:28 PM   #91 
  - K&R. nt  OnyxCollie   Nov-20-11 02:35 PM   #92 
  - Kicked and recommended! nt  Enthusiast   Nov-20-11 04:11 PM   #95 
  - Chomsky is such a fucking hypocrite. I got to the part about attending "elite universities"  Azathoth   Nov-20-11 04:43 PM   #101 
  - Thank You for that. The irony escapes Chomsky's acolytes.  KittyWampus   Nov-20-11 05:13 PM   #106 
  - You missed Chomsky's point. Obama's statement was false. Chomsky points it out.  yardwork   Nov-20-11 05:31 PM   #110 
  - Chomsky's statement about the universities was false.  pnwmom   Nov-20-11 07:12 PM   #120 
     - Off the top of my head  MFrohike   Nov-21-11 01:54 AM   #158 
  - +a million. This entire thread and the jaw dropping ignorance within is simply astounding.  Number23   Nov-20-11 05:34 PM   #111 
  - I see what you're saying, but  onpatrol98   Nov-20-11 05:39 PM   #112 
  - Chomsky was referring to Bush versus Kerry.  ChadwickHenryWard   Nov-20-11 06:36 PM   #115 
  - Do you really think that there is a difference? nt.  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 07:47 PM   #123 
     - No, I think it's the same shit shuffled around every four years.  ChadwickHenryWard   Nov-21-11 01:11 PM   #167 
  - Such contortions.  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 09:53 PM   #145 
  - It's what you do with that education that counts. Sure, Obama is a lesser evil, but Chomsky is  leveymg   Nov-21-11 05:16 AM   #161 
  - Um, Obama is not from the ruling class.  mahina   Nov-20-11 05:08 PM   #104 
  - Chomsky: ""He grew up in a privileged way..."  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 08:22 PM   #133 
     - He did go to a great school. I sent my kid there too, and we aren't rich by any perverse stretch.  mahina   Nov-20-11 09:48 PM   #144 
  - K&R. The myth of American exceptionalism is killing us.  yardwork   Nov-20-11 05:29 PM   #109 
  - Amen. Amen. Amen.  davidwparker   Nov-20-11 05:39 PM   #113 
  - Of course you won't vote for the Democrat.  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 08:24 PM   #134 
  - But if you listen to Chomsky carefully you realize that he would vote for Obama too ...  jimlup   Nov-20-11 06:44 PM   #116 
  - k&r! nt  wildbilln864   Nov-20-11 06:52 PM   #118 
  - Nixon went to Whittier. Carter went to Georgia Tech.  pnwmom   Nov-20-11 07:09 PM   #119 
  - Meh.  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 07:56 PM   #124 
  - Deep understanding of American politics? Cynical linguist?  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 08:27 PM   #137 
     - I didn't stutter.  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 08:36 PM   #138 
        - Stutter? Lost me there.  Fokker Trip   Nov-20-11 09:41 PM   #143 
  - So choosing miniFascism over super Fascism isn't still choosing Fascism?  MNBrewer   Nov-20-11 08:02 PM   #127 
  - Sounds exactly like the "both parties are the same" brigade here (nt)  Nye Bevan   Nov-20-11 08:11 PM   #130 
  - And equally as clueless.  jefferson_dem   Nov-20-11 08:12 PM   #131 
     - "And equally as clueless."  unkachuck   Nov-20-11 08:25 PM   #135 
  - He's always so spot on. nt  gateley   Nov-20-11 09:21 PM   #140 
  - K & R  L0oniX   Nov-20-11 09:26 PM   #141 
  - Not me! I only voted for Obama because the alternative was totally unacceptable.  RoccoR5955   Nov-20-11 09:37 PM   #142 
  - REC. thanks for posting this. nt  bertman   Nov-20-11 10:19 PM   #147 
  - I Was Listening to Nader Speak  dash_bannon   Nov-20-11 10:23 PM   #148 
  - In my case, you're preaching to the choir.  Beacool   Nov-20-11 10:27 PM   #150 
  - You sure you're part of the choir? Chomsky's "logic" applies even more to the Clintons n/t  Azathoth   Nov-20-11 11:05 PM   #151 
  - I hate Noam Chomsky  Pryderi   Nov-21-11 12:33 AM   #155 
  - K & R  dipsydoodle   Nov-21-11 04:05 AM   #160 
  - He and a number of others also said it BEFORE the election  Doctor_J   Nov-21-11 05:57 AM   #163 

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