Unspeakable: the Black Book of Imperial Terrorism

Street, Paul

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  03/02/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20413

American "mainstream" journalists who want to keep their paychecks flowing and their status afloat know they must report current events in a way that respects the taboo status of the nation's underlying inequality and oppression structures and its savage and relentless imperial criminality.



One unmentionable topic was capitalism's reliance on what Karl Marx called "the reserve army of labor" -- a mass of job-seeking unemployed people sufficiently large to keep the price of labor power to guarantee profitable exploitation of the working class. Is it unthinkable that Rutland might consider turning their town into a labor magnet that might attract workers by, say, raising the local minimum wage to $15 an hour? Sadly, it is probably because local employers -- including the global megacorporation and leading corporate welfare recipient and "defense" contractor general Electric (GE), which employs more than a thousand workers across two Rutland plants -- wants to keep wages as low as possible in the interest of sustaining an "acceptable" rate of profit.

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