"We Wont Pay for Your Crisis!"
Edinburgh is set to have a demonstration against the government's criminal bank bailout, at the Corporate Headquarters of HBOS.
In a capitalist society, the magnitude of the crime and who perpetrates it is crucial to an understanding of the punishment. If a large capitalist or "entrepreneur," as they like to be called, commits a robbery on the scale of the savings and loan heist or the recent robbery of people thinking they could actually have a roof over their head, the punishment is actually a reward by the government of even more money. Hundreds of billions, as a matter of fact. The executives of AIG recently held a party with the lavish expense of $400,000 dollars on part of the $700 billion government bailout. On the other hand, if a poor person commits a robbery, say because he is desperate for health care for himself or a family member, he will be considered by the system as a despicable individual and locked up probably for 20 years or more and will rarely see the sun as a result.
The President of the United States, usually in the same economic class and possessing the same ideology as those exceedingly influential individuals from the oil companies and the manufacturers of modern weapons, receives great pressure for wars in general and certain wars in particular. An example would be the Iraq war, fought for the profits of the oil companies. Iraqi oil is enormously profitable being close to the surface, of immense quantity and of high quality. The President and his administration in the process kill, maim and spread uranium 238 all over the area and indeed the planet, jeopardizing our genetic heritage forever. Of course, to minimize public outrage, if the truth be known, this mass murder is done under a canopy of lies, including weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, the war on drugs and last, but not least, patriotism. The soldiers are supposedly fighting for freedom and democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan and not the profits of Exxon-Mobil or Lockheed Martin. If one thinks otherwise then one is unpatriotic and un-American and probably a communist.