Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Jesse Jackson Shootin' from the Left Hip

The Reverend is speaking out.

Jesse Jackson is taking Mexican President Vincente Fox to task in an old west style shootout that shakes the dust from the chronically tired Democratic rhetoric. In a recent speech, Fox said that Mexican immigrants perform jobs that "not even blacks want to do in the United States." Confronting Fox, Jackson stated, "Big business and greed manipulate the whole world for cheap labor."

In 2002, capitalist apologist Niall Ferguson stated in the Financial Times:
[M]any of the defects [Marx] identified in 19th century capitalism are again evident today. In the last 20 years, there has been a significant increase in inequality in the pre-eminent capitalist economy, the United States. In 1981, the top 1 percent of households owned a quarter of American wealth; by the late 1990s, that single percentage owned more than 38 percent, higher than at any time since the 1920s
[...]For there is no question that the bubble economy of the last decade has brought about a quite astonishing transfer of wealth from one class to another: not from the working class to the bourgeoisie, but from one part of the middle class to another. To be precise, from the sucker class to the CEO-cracy.
Jesse Jackson seems to have been reading his Marx! Huzzah! When the reactionary press and the Democrats are basically quoting Marx, then we have a situation where the capitalist system itself is being critiqued in the mainstream. I believe that it has been a very long time, perhaps since McCarthy and the Red Scare, since this has happened.

The race element of capitalist exploitation is obviously not lost on Jackson. Class struggle is becoming the theme of the day and I am excited to have a figure as dynamic as Jesse Jackson on the forefront of publicly defending the interest of the working classes.

Keep on shootin’ Sheriff Jesse “James” Jackson!

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