Bethlehem Steel

 

What you see above you is the great Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Or at least it was.

It can be again.

But now it sits vacant.

Just to the side of it, out of the camera’s sight, sits the Sands Casino.

That’s the story of America in the latter half of the 20th century.

Replacing meat with cotton candy was what our leaders gave us.

Replacing muscle with flab is what happened to America.

Free trade was the philosophical  bullshit that was sold to us.

With free trade and open markets everyone would prosper.

That’s what they said.

Sure.

The people who prospered were the people at the top.

They shut down the factories in America and transferred their operations to China.

Why?

Cheap labor, baby.

As one executive told me many years ago, one US worker was equal to 10 Mexican workers or 25 Chinese workers when it came to cost overhead.

Cheap labor boosts profits, and increased profits boosts stock share value.

Viola!

Do the math.

Free trade is a winner if you’re a CEO.

If you’re a worker at Bethlehem Steel, well, look at the picture above you.

Now, of course it wasn’t just free trade that did in Bethlehem Steel.

It’s a nice narrative to believe such, but Bethlehem Steel went a long way to doing itself in.

In a nutshell what also contributed to the demise of Bethlehem Steel was its own failure to adopt new technologies that were introduced into steelmaking.

One such technology was continuous casting which made steel production cheaper and more efficient.

But who ultimately is responsible for failure to adapt?

Is it the 9 to 5 worker?

Or is it the CEO?

It was failed leadership that doomed Bethlehem Steel and not just at the company level.

The blame must be shared by the leadership in Washington, who are entrusted to protect the general welfare of the people of the United States.

It’s the captain who runs the ship.

It’s the captain who goes down with the ship – except in this case.

In this case the captain made a secret deal with his lieutenants and abandoned a debilitated ship in the middle of the night when no one was looking.

He and his buddies took a sweet, shiny new yacht to safety while the passengers took a one-way trip to the bottom of the sea.

Why fix an old ship when a new one with a luxury cabin suits the captain just fine?

Maybe the captain wasn’t all that motivated to fix the old ship, do you think?

Ironically, after Bethlehem Steel closed and was sold to make way for the new casino, a problem arose.

When building the new casino, steel was difficult to find due to a global shortage of steel.

It figures.

Now the rationale for closing these plants is that they can’t compete on price.  Well, of course, they can’t compete.  Why would they be able to compete when Chinese workers get paid a few dollars a day?

Free traders argue as if the American worker is somehow inefficient or being a cheat by demanding a fair wage.  But even if we accept that flawed conclusion for the purpose of this argument, the cost of Chinese steel far exceeds the cost of manufacturing steel here in America when we add in the costs of unemployment and the social ills – increased crime and drug addiction – that functional unemployment yields.  Further factor in the absent ripple effect to the local economy that ensues when well-paid steel workers purchase goods from strong local retailers rather than multinational big box retailers who siphon money out of the local economy into their one-way piggy bank in New York, and you will see that Chinese steel is not cheap at all.

 

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Surviving the Globalists

Can Earth survive globalism? 

Let’s leave humanity out of the question. Can Earth survive globalism?

It’s doubtful.

It was the current leadership that gave us Fukushima.

Yes, I know, it was a tsunami that did in the reactor.

Agreed.

But it was the doofuses in charge who put the reactor next to the ocean in the first place.

Doesn’t everyone know not to a put a radio near a bathtub?

Not these guys.

It was the doofuses in charge who took us down the road to nuclear power.

It was the doofuses in charge who failed to prosecute alternative pathways such as liquid molten salt reactors.

Why?

Breeder reactors gave them the option of producing weapons-grade plutonium that they can use to bomb the daylights out of people.

Had enough?

It was the doofuses in charge who have failed to resolve the Sword of Damocles aka Fukushima which hangs over us still.

That’s right.  We are sitting on the edge of the precipice today holding our breath that another earthquake does not strike Fukushima.

If it does, you can say goodbye to fish in the Pacific Ocean.

Thank you doofuses in charge.

But of course it’s not just radiation that we have to worry about but plastic also.

The Pacific Ocean is quickly becoming a Sargasso Sea of plastic crap courtesy of Corporate America.

Slowly, slowly this plastic is contaminating and killing the fish in the oceans.

Its toxins are making their way to you.

And what is our leader’s response?

Nothing other than more power to the globalists who created the mess in the first place.

Huh?

You mean you create the mess,  then fail to clean it up; and you want more power?

How does that work?

Serious questions are put aside or never asked in the first place as celebrity-stooges dance and sing the song of globalism.

They hold hands, sway and sing: We are the World.

Be afraid; be very afraid.

It’s more than just radiation and plastic that we have to worry about.

There’s plenty of chemicals that are dumped into the seas also.

Europeans can’t even legally buy fish unless the toxicity content is labeled properly.

And that requirement exists because their fish is toxic.

That comes about courtesy of Corporate Europe which has been polluting oceans like the Baltic Sea for over 100 years.

Corporate Europe dispenses dioxin and other chemicals like ethoxyquin (courtesy of everybody’s buddy, Monsanto) into the Baltic Sea  which finds its way into eels which serves as fish food which is shipped out to fish farms around the world which then finds its way into fish which then finds its way into you.

Of course that’s just the indirect route.  Regular fish eat this stuff also.

Isn’t that special?

Had enough?

Keep reading.  Here and here.

I could go on all day.

Suffice it to say, that this was but one of the reasons why JFK was killed.  You see, he threatened their greedy world, and they knew it.  He threatened their world by existing, by talking about responsibility, by placing controls on corporate greed, by desiring the United States to enable other nations rather than exploit them.

Such a leader was definitely not in their plans.

So they killed him and Earth in the process.

So, no, we won’t survive globalism because these globalists are greedy, blind and stupid.

 

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Fixing Camden

Camden apparently is lost.

Chris Hedges, an author on American values, has given up on it.

No industry exists in Camden except crime and drug consumption.

The people are there, but hope is gone.

Fortunately we don’t need hope. We don’t need positive thinking either, or slogans, or “We Care” buttons.

What’s needed in Camden and many other troubled areas, like Newark and Trenton, are things for people to do.

If there is land, there’s opportunity.

Camden has land, doesn’t it?

Upon land, people can build their own factories, farms and shops for the people in Camden.

What’s needed is protection from predatory corporations who would prefer no competition.

If people are living in Camden, they must be eating; they must be wearing clothes.

If people are doing both, no reason to doubt that, then there is no reason why the people of Camden, Trenton and Newark can not do for themselves what others refuse to do.

What these people could use, instead of arming themselves, is protection from outside entities.

What they need are not enterprise zones which benefit the rich, but enterprise-free zones which benefit the people.

They needs tariffs and walls – and lots of them.

In other words, goodbye Nike shoes.

Say hello to local shoes.

When people can make and sell their own stuff, they can buy stuff and take ownership of the community.

When they have a stake in the community, they take pride in the community and help clean it up.

They are no longer renters waiting for the landlord to show up.

The poverty of Camden can be eliminated in a generation by giving people what they need as surely as they need to breathe – a chance to contribute meaningfully to their community.

The Beauty of Globalism

Why doesn’t globalism work, and why do globalists not desire a unified world?

Globalism as currently envisioned by the corporatists does not work because it is inefficient and exploitative.

An efficient economy would within reason manufacture 80% of a nation’s goods there in that country.

An efficient economy provides the maximum meaningful productivity for its citizens.

Instead globalists barge goods back and forth all over the world creating inefficiencies not to mention potential points of disruption in case of war or conflict.

Which leads us to why they do it – exploitation.

By placing manufacturing in different countries than that country in which the product will be consumed, manufacturing escapes the oversight of the consuming country.

This allows the corporation to mistreat and exploit foreign workers who are often brutalized by dictators the corporations control.

That is why CIA and MI6 exist – to help the dictator control his people.

The globalist thus steals from the citizenry in terms of a meaningful productive life.

The country that is outsourcing loses quality of life through lesser employment, higher drug use, greater criminality, higher suicide rates, lesser sense of self-worth and greater loss of time by compelling adults to waste precious time at government benefit stations.

The country that is being exploited loses quality of life through poorer pay, greater workloads, backbreaking child labor, poorer health and greater loss of time by compelling adults to work 16 hour days.

In addition to exploitation, globalism places the country that is to receive goods at the mercy of the globalists should there be a conflict which of course there will be.

There will be conflicts because conflicts are mandatory in a world run by corporations.

War makes corporations and their owners fabulously rich.

War is a perpetual motion machine of choice which the globalist has no desire to stop.

It’s too perfect a scam.

In a unified world where people respected each other as citizens to be respected, there would be no exploitation of third world countries because there wold be no third world counties to exploit. There would also be no war because people who are meaningfully employed have no motivation to go to war.

Which means, my friend, that all the talk you hear from the corporations and their media shills about a global world where people come together is bullshit.

The Irish potato famine affected one crop – the potato. There were still plenty of grains being produced and exported out of Ireland by globalists, enough grains to prevent the catastrophe that ensued. So much for a global economy. So much for holding hands and singing “We are the World.”