Waving From the Rooftops

Steppling, John

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  03/07/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21133

The drug Narcan (Naxalone) has skyrocketed in price due to the heroine and opioide crisis. Political response shows disregard for not only drug addicts, but the welfare and lives of all people under capitalism.



The sadism of the state today reaches from city councils to the President. The recent Grenfell Tower fire in London looms as the single most pronounced example of Western government indifference to what is viewed as a surplus population. No such fires are possible in buildings in The City, or on Wall Street, or Beverly Hills for that matter, or any gated and protected enclave of privilege. Grenfell Tower is additionally significant for the extent and duration of the criminal indifference to safety standards and sub-code materials in that tower block. In fact those who tried to expose the lack of adequate fire escapes and the inferior cladding were threatened. Earlier fires like Laknal House where six peopled died including a mother and her six month old baby did nothing to spur reform. Southwark City Council pled guilty for Laknal, were fined a reduced figure of 270 thousand Pounds and nothing changed. Nothing changed, certainly, at Grenfall Tower. Psychopaths like Maggie Thatcher ushered in the era of Blair and Cameron and May and Boris Johnson -- and such people, all of them, cannot hide their contempt for the poor and underclass. In the U.S. higher office is restricted to those from the ruling class or those who desire proximity to the ruling class. Obama was the latter, so was Reagan. Bush was the former. Trump is rich but not of the ruling class. And he is in reality sort of minor league rich. D-League rich. Thatcher was the latter, and even with her implacable pro-ruling class policies, she was also a usurper in the more calcified British class system. But it is hardly surprising that such people tacitly endorse the sadism of Flint Michigan, or cutting welfare benefits or food stamps, or the Imperialist wars bent on controlling the global disposable. That is, when they weren’t the ones creating such policy.

Under Obama, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, in answer to why 16 year old U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was killed by drone (along with several of his teenage friends) answered..he should have had "a more responsible father".
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