Re: NEWS: Genoa riots

From: Tiberius Gracchus (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 20:02:23 MDT

On Sun, 22 Jul 2001 20:59:54 -0400, you wrote:

>Tiberius Gracchus wrote:
>> On Sun, 22 Jul 2001 08:40:38 -0700, you wrote:
>> >> Carlos Gonzalia wrote: Our local protesters sometimes make
>> >> explicit mention to those organizations in their protests, but are usually
>> >> more concerned in getting their displeasure be known to the local
>> >> establishment and oligopolies. That is, to the guys that have reaped the
>> >> spoils of IMF/WB/etc policies. ...-Carlos
>> >
>> >Carlos, why do the locals have a problem with the guys who reap
>> >the spoils of the IMF/WB policies? Seems like they would be in
>> >favor of these guy because they bring jobs and money into the
>> >neighborhood. What am I missing? spike
>> Maybe they don't want to turn Italy into another America: just a
>> bunch of hamsters spinning madly on a wheel in some rich man's cage...
>> (I'm exaggerating, of course, but there is some truth to that...)
>Hardly, considering that the US has the highest percentage of its
>population with business ownership / self employed of any industrialized

That may be. point is that if you have wealth then that
is dependent mainly (in most cases) upon the demand for that wealth by
other people. I think I have shown that this system (call it
capitalism or whatever else you want) NECESSITATES that some sizeable
fraction of the population MUST GO WITHOUT the basics of a comfortable
life; furthermore, there must also exist some still fraction that
struggles to keep falling into that bottom category.
There is a myriad of laws/regulations/cultural norms designed to make
it harder to obtain the basics of a comfortable life. These laws/regs
etc prop up wealth. This is oppression and exploitation, nothing less
(of course, everytime I mention exploitation, the kneejerk response is
" oh well how is offering a low paying job exploitation?" That has
nothing to do with it, of course..)

Just because it is 10 or 20 or whatever percent of the population that
is oppressed, means nothing. They have no more, so they riot.

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