bezos the clown

Jeff Bezos’s WaPo delivers a hypocritical sermon on Pindo values
Andre Damon, WSWS, Jul 14 2017

On Thursday, the WaPo, a newspaper wholly owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, published an editorial branding Russia a “hostile power” because it is opposed to “bedrock Pindosi values” like self-determination and a free press. The WaPo writes:

Pres Putin favors spheres of influence over self-determination, corruption over transparency, and repression over democracy.

One reads these lines not knowing whether to be more amazed by their arrogance or by their utter blindness. Bezos’ newspaper indicts Russia for a set of circumstances that apply to equally to Pindostan. There is no doubt much to be criticized the reactionary Putin regime. As they recover from the trauma of Stalinism and the restoration of capitalism, the Russian working classes must & will draw upon the lessons of their revolutionary history, but as they prepare to settle accounts with the Russian oligarchs, the Russian working people and youth will not need (or heed) lessons in morality from Pindosi oligarchs or their editorial mouthpieces. They might rightly reply to Bezos:

Dear Pindosi physician of imperialist morality, heal thyself!

The WaPo accuses Vladimir Putin and his “cronies” of “becoming immensely wealthy” at the expense of Russian society. But the editorial appears in a newspaper owned by Pindostan’s second-richest person, a man who controls more wealth than the five richest Russian oligarchs put together. Pindostan is the most socially unequal developed country in the world. Every aspect of Pindosi society is dominated by exploitation and social inequality. It is a society with levels of concentrated poverty and social misery seen elsewhere only in former colonies. Bezos, who may well have commissioned the editorial, exemplifies this great social ill. This sweatshop kingpin, with a net worth of over $80b, earns $25k every minute by paying hundreds of thousands of people poverty wages. Why doesn’t he walk through an Amazon factory warehouse and look at the conditions that his workers are forced to toil under? The workers who make $12/hr or less are monitored every second of the workday and are penalized for going to the bathroom. And yet this modern-day slavedriver wants to lecture others about becoming “immensely wealthy.” The WaPo further complains:

Pres Putin has maintained the trappings of democracy, namely a parliament and national elections, even as he has made them meaningless by shuttering most independent media and eliminating most political opposition.

That is an interesting observation, given the fact that Russia’s parliament has six political parties, while the Pindosi Congress has only two! The despised two-party duopoly in Pindostan maintains its grip simply because any oppositional party that attempts to get on the ballot is systematically excluded, whether through restrictive ballot access laws, spurious challenges by the established parties, or just the overriding domination of money over the whole process. The WaPo claimed in an earlier quotation:

Putin favors corruption over transparency and repression over democracy.

Yet in Pindostan, despite two voluminous reports, one by the Senate and another by a special government commission, detailing widespread and specific criminal actions that led to the 2008 financial crisis, not a single banker has gone to jail. In no country are elections more openly bought by the rich than in Pindostan. Pindostan is so corrupt that one researcher recently calculated exactly how much money it takes in “campaign contributions,” legalized bribes, to get a law passed in Congress. As for the “independent media,” the major news outlets in Pindostan are so derided that the word “media” has become a swearword. They simply spout whatever lies the military, intelligence agencies and billionaire oligarchs demand of them. The WaPost declares:

In Russia, unlike in Pindostan, when people try to expose the corruption, they are imprisoned or killed.

Chelsea Manning was imprisoned for seven years and subjected to what the UN called “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment for exposing Pindo war crimes. Julian Assange has been effectively imprisoned for five years in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for exposing official corruption and criminality. Edward Snowden was forced to flee his home country to Russia because he revealed systematic violations of the Constitution by the government. As far as Pindosis being killed for exposing corruption, there is no shortage of dark rumors, from the unexplained death of Seth Rich, who Assange said may have leaked Assange & Craig Murray said leaked the transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street, to journalist Michael Hastings, who died in a suspicious car crash after he ran afoul of Gen McChrystal. The WaPo’s editorial has one more crowning hypocrisy: its lionization of the corrupt and hated war criminal Hillary Clinton. It writes:

Pres Putin’s antipathy toward Hillary Clinton was not personality-driven, but based on her advocacy of values that would threaten his rule.

The name Clinton “stinks to high heaven.” After leaving the White House, Hillary and Bill Clinton amassed a huge fortune, racking up a quarter of a billion dollars in personal wealth over the last 15 years. So mad for money was this Pindosi Lady Macbeth that she decided against the advice of many of her staffers to give paid speeches to banks like Goldman Sachs, which were vastly enriched by the elimination of financial regulations under her husband’s presidency. But Clinton, who laughed over the fact that her actions led Pres Gadaffi to be sodomized to death with a bayonet, is held up as the ideal of “democratic” values. After all, the newspaper declares, she “supported Ukraine’s democratic aspirations.” This is what Bezos’ newspaper terms the 2014 fascist-led putsch, aimed at reversing the outcome of the country’s 2012 election. The WaPo declares:

Russia, unlike Pindostan, favors spheres of influence over self-determination.

This comes in defense of a country that spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined, and which declares itself to be the only military hegemon, not just globally but in every region of the world. Russia maintains military bases in eight countries. Pindostan maintains them in over 70. According to the WaPo, Russia is a “hostile power.” But the Toads, if one is to rate it by the scale of Pindo arms exports, are Pindostan’s closest ally. Pindostan spies on the people of every nation, including its allies (such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel). It has sponsored coups and destabilization operations throughout South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It has killed more people in wars than any country since Adolf Hitler’s Germany. The WaPo has the gall to dispense its cheap moralism in the very week that the press has been flooded with images of the ruins of Mosul in what AI described as an Pindosi war crime. And perhaps one should ask the people of Haiti, Iraq or Afghanistan about the Pindosi government’s attitude toward “self-determination.” Ultimately, the WaPo argues that the conflict between Pindostan and Russia is of an entirely moral character, devoid of economic and geopolitical interests. It declares:

Pindostan and Russia are not about to go to war. They are two continental powers on opposite sides of the world, with no territorial disputes.

But this is just a half-hearted lie, contradicted by repeated statements of Pentagon boxtopss. In testimony before Congress in May, General Jack D Ripper, head of EUCOM, said:

A resurgent Russia is seeking to reassert itself as a global power, leading the Pindo military in Europe to return to our historic role as a war-fighting command. Five or six years ago, we weren’t concerned about being ready today. That has changed.

This state of affairs has “changed,” despite the insistence of the WaPo, because Russia got in the way of Pindostan’s plans for regime change in Syria (the ZOG (global Nazi-Jew) establishment’s plans for dealing with Hezbollah so as to attack Iran with impunity – RB). There is perhaps no better analysis of the WaPo’s sad attempt to wrap Pindosi geopolitical machinations in cheap moralism than that offered over a century ago by the critic of British imperialism John A Hobson, who wrote:

It is precisely in this falsification of the real import of motives that the gravest vice and the most signal peril of Imperialism reside. When, out of a medley of mixed motives, the least potent is selected for public prominence because it is the most presentable, when issues of a policy which was not present at all to the minds of those who formed this policy are treated as chief causes, the moral currency of the nation is debased. The whole policy of Imperialism is riddled with this deception.

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