JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NAIVE AMERICAN BELIEFS ABOUT JUSTICE AND RULE OF LAW – BUT POWER IS POWER NO MATTER HOW OBTAINED AND IN AMERICA THAT POWER IS NOT WITH OR FROM “WE THE PEOPLE”   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN ZEROHEDGE

The U.S. Justice System Must Focus on Elite Criminality

It just cannot happen – not, that is, without some great and unpleasant circumstances or events.

In many ways, America has come to resemble France of the early 18th century, a time when a powerful duke’s carriage might safely run down a peasant in its way, the dead human being regarded as “roadkill.”

America’s dukes are not the owners of vast ancient estates, as in 18th century France, but the owners and managers of vast corporations with new ones added and old ones passing away as technological change and creative destruction proceed.

Today’s Mr. Facebook, Mr. Google, and Mr. Amazon are replacing an older generation of wealth, although their levels of wealth are even far greater than the older plutocrats.

Why is that? America’s tax laws have been butchered to make it so. Such wealth cannot be amassed without a very accommodating tax system.

And, please note, just as taxes are shaped to please wealth, just as imperial wars abroad are shaped to please wealth, and so is the administration of all justice.

It actually cannot be otherwise.

America has some superficial attributes of democracy, but it clearly is not one. It is a plutocracy.

Money has been declared as protected free speech, and American elections resemble nothing so much as a marketing battle between Coke and Pepsi. It took a multi-billionaire to defeat the best-financed candidate in history, who blew through something on the order of 1.2 to 1.8 billion dollars to lose.

In addition, we saw revealed massive fraud in many details by the Clinton Party sinking Bernie Sanders. Those efforts involved both bad intent and lots of money.

Power, no matter how it is gained, is still power.

It is a naive American idea that a stack of old papers – such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights – can genuinely protect anything if the powers that be do not want it so.

All laws and rules get shoved aside, at least periodically, by those with great power when it is to their advantage to do so, which exactly describes America’s plutocracy. We see this regularly in America and in other societies.

Posted October 8, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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