Poverty And Damned Statistics
In both America and its capital colony Sri Lanka, economists point to numbers to say people are doing fine. Reduced inflation, etc. As the old medical joke goes, “the operation was a success, but the patient died.” Here’s some numbers to tell you why the conventional statistics are lies. Poverty has increased by 60% in America and at least doubled in Sri Lanka. These are much more than numbers. These are lost lives. This is the punishment of innocent children, who had nothing to do with these economic crimes.
The fact is that who suffers in an economic crisis is not some inevitable economic law. It is a choice. You can see it clearly in both the heart of the American Empire and the darkness at its edge. The cardinal rule of what westerners call democracy is property rights. This used to mean owning people and it still does, just in disguise. The rule above all rules is that the rich must get paid and the poor must get played out. As the self-declared new slave Kanye West said, “Two words: Chi-Town raised me, crazy. So I live by two words: ‘Fuck you, pay me.‘” The troubled and troublesome man is not an idiot (though that does seem to be four words, not two). He expresses the unconscious id of America. This is the globe-spanning White Empire we still live under; we live under a ‘developing’ rather than ‘civilizing’ influence now, but it’s the same shit, different day. Entire nations and internations must be reduced to debt slaves. This is the slavery of our times.
The iron law is that moneylenders must get their pound of flesh, and the poor — especially the children of the poor — must provide it. This is not some scientifically necessary sacrifice for the greater good. This is the same old corruption of ancient times, just put in modern lies. It’s the same rancid idea that the rich must get richer and the poor poorer, and don’t ask why. As Leo Tolstoy wrote about in 1900. He said:
It is admitted as an undoubted truth that if in society many thieves and robbers have sprung up who take from the labourers the fruit of their labour, this happens not because the thieves and robbers have acted badly, but because such are the inevitable economic laws, which can only be altered slowly by an evolutionary…