What happened to the “uncommon sense” of Wachovia?
And where is the prudence of Morgan Stanley?
It’s 3 Canal time again, with a video of Blue Devils dancing, classic figures from the pre-dawn J’ouvert of the Trinidadian carnival. There are many reasons why 3 Canal is the featured musical inspiration of this blog, musical mentors (previously featured on past Monday Morning Madnesses here, and here), not least of which is their rescuing of the potent political symbolism of carnival-as-resistance, their consistent critiques of capitalism and hegemony, their philosophical dwelling in the working class street, and of course their hybrid musical inventions.
Monday Morning Madness in truth today, as Washington cooks up a transfer of public wealth into the mismanaging hands of the super wealthy, because otherwise the failure of “capitalism that works” (we have been fed a diet of propaganda of how capitalism is the best possible system, the only system that works, no viable alternatives) might have caused some “shock” to people in growing tent cities, in jobless lines, people losing their homes? Those realities of dispossession and loss will continue regardless of Wall Street’s improved health, and indeed, because of it.
This is a “world turned upside down” in another sense than the one intended by 3 canal (see the Nader video below it) — this is Americans’ much hated “socialism” (public funds wielded by an interventionist state) coming to the rescue of capitalism. And they will pay for it very dearly. In the meantime, John McCain entertains fantasies of no new spending on social programs, but lots of new spending on national security — an aspiring “war president” of perverse proportions, who thinks you can run an army without an economy, presumably because he is confident that China and the Gulf States will continue lending the U.S. money for its imperial adventurism? McCain looks more like an old guard figure of the declining USSR, a war-a-holic headed for the same exit, coincidentally also stuck up to his melanoma in Afghan sand.
- Public financed private wealth
- State bailouts for the “free market”
- A national war economy funded by foreign lenders
- Securing economic health (for the dwellers of the tent cities?)
- An aspiring VP Palin, who thinks the bailout is about health care…
Enjoy it, it’s your first of many Monday mornings of state sanctioned madness.