I’m a Marxist; and I’d like to clarify that I’m not a Lenninist but given the drastic economy I am wondering when and where the violent revolution will occur: when tax-paying Americans are losing their modest homes AND their jobs and our “taxes-don’t-apply to me” government-“leaders” are debating over the terms of bailing out the pirates who thrust US into this panzer attack – only to find out that taxpayer money was applied to redecorating CEO offices (John Thain’s, Merrill Lynch office: $1400 waste-paper baskets…?) and corporate-kumbaya vacations to Laguna Nigel spas and casino-junket sprees; not to mention that Obama’s $500,000 cap on CEO salaries is met with the criticism that financial institutions will lose their top talent. Ummm. To what? These are the perps who got us into this mess! If they have the saavy and any sense of responsibility (which, by the way, SHOULD have qualified them for their positions) they can step up and take it in the belly with the rest of us. If not. Good riddance! If they managed their lifestyles’ with the same delusions with which they ran their banks and corporations, please, PLEASE, let them burn! I will contribute to Exxon’s record profits and buy the gas to fuel that fire. What’s more is, for the first time EVER I’ve agreed with Dick Cheney’s hardline stance toward bailing out the car companies: “I see no compelling reason (to do so)…”
So back to the question: when and where the violent revolution? Based on my mom’s New Mexico report, I’m suspecting universities, in general, will be the first raw confrontation of corporate perversion versus the quotidian. Word is the bowed-out commerce secretary (due to gnawing New Mexico pay-to-play corruption scandals in New Mexico) Bill Richardson appointed some high-priced corporate-pledged president to the university while tuition goes up and instructors get laid off. No doubt Bill(k)’s not alone in setting the stage.
God bless us everyone.
22 February 2009 update (Albuquerque Journal): “Faculty, administration at war over University of New Mexico’s future”