Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Christina!
(and Ozzie)

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's re-nationalization of the oil company YPF, (which, as much of the media fails to mention, was formerly government owned but was privatized in the 1990s,) is drawing many howls of protest and much whining from political and corporate elites who are accustomed to a 40 year almost unfettered forward march of Neoliberalism. But in Argentina one can hear cries of "Cristina, Cristina, Cristina," and read headlines calling her "Dame Courage." The Argentine working classes are solidly behind her, as are those working people worldwide who are aware of the shafting they've received during Neoliberalism's massive transfer of wealth upward -- in other words, working people are happy in most countries except the United States, where a docile and uninformed working class has by and large accepted Neoliberalism like sheep being led to slaughter and isn't even aware of what just happened in Argentina. (The top story right now on my Google news page is about Warren Buffet's colon.)


Meanwhile, professional baseball's Ozzie Guillen, who was excoriated for exercising his free speech rights, i.e., for saying he admires Fidel Castro, seems to have survived a lynching attempt by the right wing media and by the Miami Mafia, sometimes known as the Cuban exile community, those remnants and descendants of the whoremongers, casino owners and plantation bosses Castro threw out of Cuba in 1959.

This cabal of hypocrites -- the right wing and the Miami Mafia -- have been claiming for more than 50 years, since Cuba's liberation, that they want there to be more freedom in Cuba. Their attempts to censor Guillen demonstrate that they want there to be less freedom in the United States.


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