17 December 2014

David Cay Johnston: The Hunger Games Economy

“All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.

I can’t even give you hope that it will be different someday— that they’ll come out, and forget death, and lose their technology’s elaborate terror, and stop using every form of life without mercy to keep what haunts men down to a tolerable level— and be like you instead, simply here, simply alive.”

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

As you know The Hunger Games society has been a recurrent theme here for some time.

An elite minority economically oppresses the rest of the nation, using force and fraud to keep the public in line.

The Capitol district is unproductive, effete, and consumed with the self, consumption, fads, status, power, and fashions. And of course the sentimentality and reality televised gore of The Hunger Games themselves.  They are beautiful on the outside, in inwardly filled with every manner of corruption and the bones of their victims.
The games are designed to provide the Districts with some hope, but primarily fear.  Anyone may be chosen and destroyed, with debt increasing the odds of being chosen.

Hope and fear.  And what happens when the people lose confidence in a corrupt and manipulative system, and therein lose their hope? 

And may the odds be ever in your favour.

The ‘Hunger Games’ Economy
By David Cay Johnston
December 15, 2014

That our Congress is intent on taking from the many to enrich the few was on full display during passage of the new $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, as five provisions show.

In a Washington run by and for oligarchs, official theft happens suddenly and without warning. No public hearings. No public debate. Instead, as we saw in North Carolina and Wisconsin, it occurs with just abrupt moves to shift power and money from the many to the richest few.

And with little focus by our best news organizations on the consequences for people’s lives, especially if they are in the 90 percent, many people have no idea they just got officially mugged.

The continuing resolution to fund the government was combined with an omnibus spending bill to create a 1,603-page statutory monster called the “cromnibus.” Among the provisions that show how both political parties help corporations pick the pockets of the vast majority, while far too many mainstream journalists help obfuscate the awful truth...

Read the entire article with details here.