What’s there to be happy about in 2018?

South Florida Times - - OPINION - Al.Cal­[email protected]

By the looks of it, changes that are about to oc­cur in Amer­ica will more than likely shock most cit­i­zens with un­bri­dled anx­i­ety and fear. There is no telling what re­sult­ing lev­els of con­fu­sion will man­i­fest. What is cer­tain, though, is that pab­u­lum flag-wav­ing is­sues in­clud­ing faux pa­tri­o­tism will ei­ther wane or take a dan­ger­ous neo-Nazi-like turn, as pieces of Amer­ica fly off from a 228-year moor­ing. So much for so-called democ­racy.

What has al­ready emerged in plain sight with ut­most ar­ro­gance is a hereto­fore il­lu­sive plu­toc­racy. Mem­bers of this small ex­clu­sive group rep­re­sent Amer­i­can money and power. Once to­tally joined with like pow­ers through­out planet Earth, world gov­ern­ment is likely. They will have then achieved a democ­racy among them­selves, and as hap­pened with slav­ery and the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, dom­i­nance of global nat­u­ral re­sources, in­clud­ing hu­man pop­u­la­tions, looms large.

Amer­ica is a huge mi­cro­cosm of an ever grow­ing di­vide-and-con­quer sys­tem en­cir­cling our planet. It con­trols im­por­tant hu­man be­hav­iors. While work­ing-class Amer­i­cans could be a pow­er­ful group as whites and non-whites joined, they are con­trolled by a no­tion called “race.” Al­though white Amer­i­cans have all man­ner of op­por­tu­ni­ties sys­tem­at­i­cally de­nied cit­i­zens of color, many choose not to take full or even par­tial ad­van­tage of the “white supremacy/sys­tem cul­ture.”

So work­ing-class white Amer­i­cans have peren­ni­ally been pro­grammed to hate non-white work­ers who they ac­cuse of tak­ing their jobs. Never mind that white work­ers have myr­iad op­por­tu­ni­ties to be ev­ery­thing but work­ers. But racism is what has been given them, and, as a re­sult, all work­ers are un­der con­trol with white work­ers al­ways on the at­tack of non-white work­ers. Thus, Amer­ica’s work­ing class re­mains un­der con­trol through or­ga­nized di­vi­sion.

Prices will con­tinue to in­crease and prof­its soar – more yachts and pri­vate jets are be­ing bought and leased. Pub­lic education is now mostly for poor and near poor work­ing-class cit­i­zens, and mod­er­ate-in­come hous­ing is un­af­ford­able. The mantra for 2018 is do not get sick be­cause in­surance is go­ing through the roof. Jobs are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing tem­po­rary, and hope of fac­tory open­ings is not based on re­al­ity.

Plu­to­crats need more “con­trolled” con­flicts in­volv­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions to in­crease prof­its, There­fore, more job­less and un­der­em­ployed poor and near poor teens and young adults are go­ing to but­tress our armed forces abroad. Just think of all those lu­cra­tive con­tracts that min­ions of plu­to­crats con­trol. Sup­ply­ing bot­tled wa­ter to mil­i­tary forces is a very rich con­tract. So is man­u­fac­tur­ing uni­forms and all man­ner of sup­plies. Rich Amer­i­cans get richer and much work is done cheaply abroad, and U.S. tax­pay­ers pay top dol­lar for it.

Not only will we see a marked in­crease in polic­ing, par­tic­u­larly within our na­tion’s in­ner cities, but these law en­forcers are go­ing to look just like U.S. com­bat Marines in full gear, com­plete with mil­i­tary ar­mored ve­hi­cles and high-power au­to­matic ri­fles and other or­di­nances. Amer­ica’s pri­son in­dus­trial com­plex, al­ready over­flow­ing with an in­cred­i­bly out­sized num­ber of pris­on­ers, es­pe­cially black and Span­ish-speak­ing teens and adults, can be ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence con­sid­er­able growth.

Both ma­jor political par­ties are al­ready gear­ing up to put a lot of money in the hands of slick political op­er­a­tives for 2018 lo­cal, statewide and con­gres­sional elec­toral cam­paigns across Amer­ica. Democrats prob­a­bly learned noth­ing much from their dis­as­trous Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign. As a re­sult, black vot­ers may re­main skep­ti­cal, ir­re­spec­tive of plead­ings by the Rev. Al Sharp­ton and oth­ers, in­clud­ing the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus (CBC), which has scant cred­i­bil­ity through­out Amer­ica.

What’s left of Re­pub­li­can­ism is mod­er­ate to far alt-right overt white na­tion­al­ism. Along with Democrats, this frag­mented hodge­podge is cre­at­ing a path to ev­ery seg­ment of white vot­ers, try­ing to gar­ner more num­bers with a full-throt­tled ground game. No blacks, no Span­ish­s­peak­ing peo­ple, or oth­ers, just white folks. Repub­li­cans are count­ing on a tremen­dous re­sponse from clas­si­cally con­di­tioned black and brown hat­ing work­ing-class white Amer­i­cans with sub­lim­i­nally se­duc­tive hate speech and sym­bols.

Ex­pect Trump and Trump­ism to play ev­ery game heard and un­heard of for as long as pos­si­ble in an at­tempt to stay afloat in 2018. It’s go­ing to be a rough ride. What a nasty year com­ing, so, what’s there to be happy about 2018? FOL­LOW US ON TWIT­TER @SFLTIMES

Many Amer­i­cans won­der why the topic of in­ter­na­tional trade is such a big deal. To many it sounds some­what im­por­tant, per­haps even quasi-political, but what ben­e­fit does it ac­tu­ally have for you and other peo­ple?

Well, con­sid­er­ing the fact that the United States economy has shifted from be­ing solely de­pen­dent upon man­ual la­bor in fac­to­ries, to­ward a more au­to­mated pro­duc­tion and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced work­force, most op­er­a­tions in­volv­ing un­skilled la­bor are now viewed as di­nosaurs.

Thus, millions of work­ers who are un­fa­mil­iar with mod­ern technology have been left unem­ployed and/or ill-pre­pared for the fu­ture. Con­se­quently, they of­ten are de­pen­dent upon tax­payer-funded gov­ern­men­tal as­sis­tance and other so­cial pro­grams.

There­fore, given that in­ter­na­tional trade (which is the ex­change of goods and ser­vices between two or more coun­tries) plays such a piv­otal role in feed­ing not only lo­cal economies, but the global economy as well, more peo­ple should be de­mand­ing that the cur­rent U.S. pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion (and fu­ture ad­min­is­tra­tions) re-di­rect their at­ten­tion to­ward such a per­ti­nent sub­ject in­stead of wast­ing time deal­ing with triv­ial is­sues.

In re­cent years, the sig­nif­i­cance of in­ter­na­tional trade was never un­der­stood bet­ter than when Ge­orge W. Bush, in 2002, was forced to step in and be­come the first pres­i­dent since Richard Nixon to in­voke the Taft-Hartley Act emer­gency clause to stop an in­tense long­shore­men strike.

This mas­sive 11-day shut­down led to the im­me­di­ate halt of 29 West Coast sea­ports and was es­ti­mated to cost the U.S. economy over $2.2 bil­lion dollars each day it lasted. Sim­ple ne­ces­si­ties such as toi­let pa­per, canned and/or frozen foods, and an ar­ray of other items Amer­i­cans use ev­ery day were sud­denly scarce and not eas­ily found on store shelves. Few peo­ple wanted to imag­ine what con­di­tions would have looked like if the strike had lasted longer. It was an eco­nomic hur­ri­cane between man­age­ment and la­bor that most had never seen be­fore, but it proved how im­pact­ful trade is to the world and how in­stru­men­tal la­bor work­ers are to the economy, be­cause not ev­ery job can be au­to­mated.

Al­though the United States is still, mo­men­tar­ily, one of the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced coun­tries on the globe, con­sider how far we could be – eco­nom­i­cally – if we were to im­ple­ment a se­ri­ous In­ter­na­tional Trade Mas­ter Plan for Amer­ica.

Political pup­pets, Wall Street greed­meis­ters and cor­po­rate con artists are quick to claim the U.S. is still the most pow­er­ful coun­try on the block in ev­ery

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