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US Preparing for Genocidal Austerity Against Working Class: Tarpley

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A political author says the so-called United States 'fiscal cliff' gives an excuse for the government to implement genocidal austerity against the working class. Does it?


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Barbara W (342)
Monday November 12, 2012, 9:50 am
Excerpt: " The fiscal cliff refers to a variety of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to kick in from January 1 unless the Republicans and the Democrats can come together with an alternative budget plan.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian from Washington, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: We see the global recession across the world; but when it comes to protests and a complete financial stop, we only see it being targeted in European countries like Italy and Greece. Why not the US?

Tarpley: I think there’s substantial protest activity. You just got to know where to look for it. Just about two weeks ago, we founded the United Front Against Austerity in New York City, which is a fast growing nationwide organization.

We’ve had the general strike in Wisconsin at the beginning of last year. We’ve had successful fights in Ohio to rollback anti-union measures. We’ve had a big fight in Michigan.

One of the things - the best thing that happened on Tuesday was that in Michigan the proposal of the governor, Schneider, a reactionary Republican, was defeated. He wanted to send austerity dictators into cities like Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac...and so forth. That has been heated.

Now some people are gearing up to defeat the so-called ‘grand bargain’. We’ve got all the nonsense and hysteria about the fiscal cliff. There is no fiscal cliff. It’s a fiscal bump. It’s a fiscal nothing, really. But this is being used to hype the idea of genocidal austerity against working people.

So, I think your premise is not exactly right. There’s plenty of protest activity in the US.

In Europe, you could say there’s protest activity but with a few exceptions, notably SYRIZA in Greece. It has not been effective in bringing down these austerity regimes.

Let’s take Italy. We’ve now had one year of the Mario Monti austerity regime. Monti, of course, is an executive from Goldman Sachs so he’s part of the international banking clique that brought this about. He’s been in power for one year and his measures have failed. He’s imposed tremendous increases in taxation.

Right now the students are demonstrating this weekend, 35 percent youth unemployment in Italy. We’ve got a deepening recession; decline of production of about 2.5 to 3 percent; and very, very high unemployment. What’s keeping this guy up?

Remember, Monti is a technocrat - he doesn’t have a majority. This is a politician where if the so-called democratic party, which is the old communist, the old PCI (Partito Comunista Italiano) in a new disguise, if they decided they wanted to bring him down, they could do it...with general strikes but that’s not what there is." more at link..

Barbara W (342)
Monday November 12, 2012, 9:52 am
NOTE: "The International Monetary Fund has a tragic criminal track record…they seem to be pushing the United States in particular towards a policy of genocidal, brutal, drastic, savage austerity on the home front, not with the idea that it will get the United States out of a depression but that that will strengthen political forces that the IMF would like to support.”
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