Saturday, November 02, 2013

Existing in New York City: The New Plantation Is the Old Plantation

Foto by tgw, "Out the Window," New York City, October 2013
Wisdom From C. Wright Mills (from his book, The Power Elite (1956!!!!)

The higher immorality can neither be narrowed to the political sphere nor understood as primarily a matter of corrupt men in fundamentally sound institutions. Political corruption is one aspect of a more general immorality; the level of moral sensibility that now prevails is not merely a matter of corrupt men. The higher immorality is a systematic feature of the American elite; its general acceptance is an essential feature of the mass society.

Of course, there may be corrupt men in sound institutions, but when institutions are corrupting, many of the men who live and work in them are necessarily corrupted. In the corporate era, economic relations become impersonal-and the executive feels less personal responsibility. Within the corporate worlds of business, war-making and politics, the private conscience is attenuated-and the higher immorality is institutionalized. It is not merely a question of a corrupt administration in corporation, army, or state; it is a feature of the corporate rich, as a capitalist stratum, deeply intertwined with the politics of the military state.

The New Plantation Is the Same as the Old Plantation
Remember, on the Old Plantation, Blacks (known in those days as N-worders) could not vote nor could women vote.  The only folks who could vote were landowners who were MEN.  This country was founded on aristocratic ideals.  Our White forefathers were all aristocratic slaveholding landowning MEN.  Slaves and women can't vote because they're too damn dumb to understand the complications of lawmaking and gentlemen conniving in sharing power through back-room (cigar-smoke-filled) politics.

The New Plantation is the same as the Old Plantation in that due to its vastness it relies on lackeys and ass-kissers called managers to keep it running smoothly.  The New Plantation's slave labor has to be overseered.  Down in the fields, the overseers are all well-armed and outfitted in the latest military paraphenalia.  Any uprising has to be immediately shut down by overwhelming force.  The fieldhands have no weapons to fight back with.  Say a little group of the North 40 fieldhands get together in secret and decide to cause a work stoppage.  The field-worker overseers must have ways of knowing about such conspiracies so they infiltrate the fieldhands with informers.  And then let's say the work stoppage actually happens.  BOOM, the overseers and their tactical squads move in and the work stoppage fizzles out quicker than the winking of an eye.

Above the ownership and management and overseers of the New Plantation are the financial sectors.  The New Plantation occasionally may suffer a crop failure so during those times it may need to borrow money or raise capital in order to tide it over to the next high productive cycle.  Also there is a need for insurance goons to insure Ol' Massuh's holdings, including his slave labor, which is chattel mortgage.  Thus the financial giants and the insurance giants were born back in the days before the Civil War.  It was the bankers who have historically kept our governments going.  Abe Lincoln depended on Philadelphia bankers to keep his government's flow of money coming in and going out, bankers who eventually shelled out monies for the Union in the Civil War.

Even after our slaves were freed, the Old Plantation kept rolling along, this time on the backs of tenant farmers, ex-slaves and poor Whites who worked their asses off only to find out they were in-debt up the Wazoo to the company store.

The religion of the Old Plantation?  Same as that for the New Plantation: Christianity...leaning with obeisance to the fundamentalist brand of such, with Catholics accepted too.  There are also a whole bevy of Jewish-Christian righteous reverends among this brace of Christians.
World Series Note
Did you notice how few Blacks were on the Red Sox or the Cardinals in the World Series?  I don't recall one Black on either team unless you classify Big Papi as a Black man.

Country Music Awards
And you talk about a field with NO Blacks in it.  Check out the Country Music Awards.  This field of music looks White to the core to me.  Name me a Black C&W star?

for The Daily Growler

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