Tucker Carlson made my skin crawl. Like many Americans, I am glued to the television,
mesmerized by the unfolding horror in New Orleans. First, reporting "live"
from Hell on Earth, Carlson, minus bowtie, and a bit sweaty around the edges,
interviewed an old woman, even cleared a downed tree branch from beside her
house as MSNBC video cameras rolled. It's disgusting to watch these
corporate news personalities (Anderson Cooper on CNN was almost as bad, wandering
around the carnage in Mississippi with his personal video camera, dispensing
with mawkish observations). Later Carlson, heir to the Swanson
frozen-food fortune, went toe-to-toe with a contentious Rev. Al Sharpton.
Although I have big problems with Sharpton, he stared down the camera and told
it like it is: no way the people or the government of New Orleans had the resources
(more than 30% of the people live below the poverty level) and Bush reacted
too slowly because the lives of poor people (especially African-American poor
people) are not all that important. Carlson attempted to give Sharpton hell
but the preacher-cum-politician wasn't about to back down. He was in his element,
if in a non-threatening television studio a world away from the contretemps
of New Orleans.
Bill O'Reilly simply wanted the police and National Guard to shoot
down "looters," that is to say those attempting to survive by taking
food and drink from stores, thus sending the ruling corporate elite's message:
"law and order" (i.e., protecting corporate property and banks) is
more important than human life, especially expendable African-American human
life, for what the robber baron Jay Gould said a hundred years ago still applies
today: "I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."
As if to comply, Kathleen
Blanco, the Democrat governor of Louisiana, dispensed with a bit
of threatening machismo: "These troops are battle-tested. They have M16s
and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect
they will." In fact, with an intolerant right-wing grumbling in the background,
Ms. Blanco expects soldiers to kill poor people as they loot stores devastated
by the storm (stores that are insurance write-offs) because it is of paramount
importance to send a message to the lower and dispensable classes, even those
starving and suffering from dehydration.
But it was the neocon columnist Jonah Goldberg who really dropped the mask
and revealed the attitude of the ruling elite toward the poor and suffering.
"I think it's time to face facts," a malicious Goldberg
writes for the neocon house organ, the National Review. "That place is
going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within
the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow
gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you're working on that,
find the biggest guy you can and when he's not expecting it beat him senseless.
Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect
any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate
the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It's never too soon to be prepared."
Of course, this should not be surprising coming from a person
not all cultures or people are of "comparable worth," thus
concluding the "natural aristocracy" (composed primarily of his Straussian
buddies) are entitled to rule over the "losers" and "serpents."
Katrina will dominate the focus of corporate media for some time to come. In
due time, however, after a few starving looters are shot to send a message and
"order" is restored (and poverty slips from the radar screen), the
focus will return to Natalee Holloway, Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, and
other such drivel.
As we watch the horror of Katrina, we should recall that preeminent neoliberal,
Henry Kissinger, who proposed population control for all the "useless
eaters" of the sort wandering the flooded streets of New Orleans. Kissinger,
as far back as 1974, discussed with leaders of the Club of Rome on how best
to reduce population (in other words, genocide). "We are letting people
breed like flies without allowing for natural causes to keep population down,"
Ferguson, the Latin American case officer for the State Department's Office
of Population Affairs. "We raised the birth survival rates, extended
life-spans by lowering death rates, and did nothing about lowering birth rates."
In the brave New World Order envisioned by Kissinger and Ferguson, there "will
be dislocation and food shortages," and maybe even natural disaster as
Is it possible this is what we are witnessing in New Orleans and the Gulf states
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