The strike wave in Europe and
the decay of Western democracy
Worker protests in the streets of Paris
"A measure of wheat for a penny [literally - denarius,
a Greek coin which represented a WHOLE DAYS wages], and
three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not
the oil and the wine." (Rev. 6:6)
NOTE: The meaning of
this lyric is that the condition of man during this era
(i.e., the "end of days") will be reduced to
such that he will have to labor a whole day simply to
buy a loaf of bread or three measures of barley. But the
second part of the lyric [i.e., "... and see thou
hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means that the
"hard times" of this period will not extend
to the elites. This is the common interpretation - the
one subscribed to by Ryrie, Pentecost, Ironside, Gaebelein,
Rule by the rich inevitably means a dictatorship
One of the most important dynamics in the world today
is the increasing speed at which REAL democracy is disappearing
in the world - contrary to what one hears being trumpeted
from the mainline press. The fact is, the world is not
becoming more democratic, but less - and it is being driven
forward in this process by the ever quickening pace of
globalization and the inexorable division of the world
into a small elite of wealthy "worthies" and
a huge population of indigent "worker-serfs"
- a division that follows in the wake of the globalization
process as surely as water flows downhill. [Please
see our article, "The
Third World as a Model for the New World Order."]
The rich have no idea concerning the economic injustice
they have wrought
And it is important to note here that the division of the
earth's population in this fashion is occurring not only in
the so-called "Developing World," but in the so-called
"Developed World" as well.
OBVIOUSLY, UNDER THE IMPRESS OF THIS
KIND OF MALIGNANT DYNAMIC, DEMOCRACY IS NOT WORKABLE.
Why? - because in societies where people are ground into
the dirt by the crush of the powerful, those responsible
cannot then expect those they have beaten down to endorse
what they have done through the so-called "democratic
In other words, when the elites force the poor into various
states of poverty, they cannot then expect these workers to
endorse this kind of brutality through the ballot box. Democracy
- REAL democracy - is not something the elites would want to
endorse in this kind of situation.
It's tantamount to giving the whip to the slaves and expecting
the slaves to willingly give it back so that they can
be beaten all the more! At best, in such situations democracy
must be reduced to a sham - the way it was in the South
during the era of Jim Crow where blacks (and the poor
in general) were "limited" in their access to
the "democratic process." [We urge you to
acquaint yourself with this dynamic insofar as Europe
is concerned, a dynamic that has been unleashed on Europe
by the machinations of the American New World Order System:
"The Rise of Fascism
The growing struggles of working people in Europe and internationally
against mass unemployment and government austerity policies
are exposing the reality behind the fašade of Western democracy.
In every country, the government, whether conservative or nominally
"left," is cutting jobs and wages and slashing social programs
in complete disregard to the overwhelming opposition of the
Huge strikes in France that the American press is not really reporting on.
Elections and parliamentary debates have no effect on policy.
The state does the bidding of the financial aristocracy, tearing
up the living standards of average people in the interests of
the bankers who are responsible for the economic crisis. The
financiers and corporate executives are making more money than
ever by exploiting mass unemployment and growing social distress
to slash wages and increase the exploitation of average citizens.
[Please see our article, "The
Elites Want High Unemployment."]
Where the best efforts of the government-controlled trade unions
do not suffice to hold the workers in check and struggles break
out that challenge the plans of the bankers, most prominently
in France and Greece, the state uses its powers of repression
to smash strikes and protests. In France, the Sarkozy government
has deployed riot police to break up strikers' blockades of
oil depots and attack protesting students with tear gas and
rubber bullets, arresting hundreds across the country.
NOTE: The American press
is reporting that the strikes in France are simply about
moving the retirement age from 60 to 62; THIS
IS A HORRIBLE MISREPRESENTATION OF THE TRUTH. What
it's really about is shifting the economic burden for
the current recession in France from the elites who caused
it to workingmen and women. The fact that retirement was
set in France at age 60 was a sop from the elites to the
workers of France some years ago in lieu of raising wages.
It should also be noted that no one in France retires
at age 60; the amount of money one would get if he did
so is so paltry that there is no possibility that one
could live on it. The actual age of retirement in France
is somewhere around 70 years - five years later than the
retirement age in the US. It's only then that retirement
pays enough to keep "body and soul" alive.
In Greece, the social democratic PASOK government, elected
with the support of the unions, deployed the military to break
a strike by truckers in August. Last week, the same government
used riot police and tear gas against culture ministry employees
occupying the Acropolis to protest mass layoffs. [Please see
our article "Europe Is
Going from Bad to Worse."]
Despite these attacks, the resistance of average people is
growing. The current wave of strikes and protests in France
is the most developed expression of a new stage in the struggle
between every-day people and the financial elites. It marks
a shift in the world political situation of historic proportions.
[Please see our article, "The Decline
and Fall of the Euro."]
Recent days have seen the spread of the strike movement in
France, the outbreak of a strike in Greece that has paralyzed
the country's rail system, and a demonstration of hundreds of
thousands in Rome protesting the policies of the Berlusconi
There have been one-day general strikes and mass protests in
Spain, Portugal and Ireland, strikes by workers in Romania,
and powerful strikes by auto workers in China and by workers
in India, Cambodia and Bangladesh.
In Britain, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government
is imposing historically unprecedented cuts totaling 83 billion
pounds, which will mean the loss of at least 500,000 jobs in
the public sector and another 500,000 in the private sector.
British workers have repeatedly sought to resist the government-corporate
onslaught, but have to this point been stymied by the treachery
of the trade unions, which - like their counter-parts in the
United States - oppose any serious strike action. London tube
workers have struck against privatization and mass layoffs,
prompting the government to draw up anti-strike legislation.
BBC and British Airways workers have voted for strike action,
but the union leaders have refused to call them out.
In the US, the inability of the White House and the Democratic
Party to in any way distance themselves from the corporate-financial
elite has been underscored by the administration's actions over
the past week, just two weeks before the congressional elections.
The administration has announced that Social Security recipients
will receive no cost-of-living increase, and rejected calls
for a moratorium on home foreclosures.
The UAW has become nothing more than a government-sponsored union
The growing opposition of working Americans is finding expression
in an incipient rebellion by workers against the United Auto
Workers union, which is seeking to make the 50 percent wage
cut for newly hired workers worked out last year between itself,
the auto bosses and the government the new baseline for the
The contempt of the American elite for the democratic will
of the people was summed up in an editorial on the events in
France published Tuesday by the New York Times. The major
organ of the "liberal" Democratic Party establishment acknowledged
that there is broad support in the French population for the
strikes and protests against Sarkozy. "Despite the widespread
inconvenience and economic losses," it wrote, "public opinion
has remained sympathetic to the unions." (French polls show
upwards of 70 percent supporting the strikers).
This did not prevent the Times from insisting, "France's
Parliament should give final approval to the reform bill this
What is emerging in the experience of hundreds of millions
of people around the world is the incompatibility of today's
economic system with their most basic needs. What's happening
today is exposing Western democracy as little more than a fig
leaf for the dictatorship of the banks and corporations over
economic and political life.
A revolution against the world's present economic system is
The rich are preparing for a revolution - and they intend to use ALL the power of the state to stop it.
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"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
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