Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
July 6, 2015
As of 10pm EDT on Sunday, July 5th, 2015, the Greek Interior Ministry Was Reporting the Following Results of the Referendum:
REGISTERED 9,858,508; VOTED 62.5%; NO 61.31%; YES 38.69%
In today’s historic referendum, the Greek people have delivered a sweeping historical verdict against the neoliberal conception of Europe as expressed in the programs of genocidal austerity and killer cuts purveyed by the politically bankrupt eurogarchs of the European Commission in Brussels, the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and their partners in crime at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.. The Greek vote is a vote for civilization against its enemies. The Tax Wall Street Party congratulates the SYRIZA Party, Premier Alexis Tsipras, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and their associates for this victory.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble depicted as a vampire in Greek election posters
However, in the hours after the vote it has become clear through statements by Federica Mogherini, the Foreign Policy director of the EU Commission, Sigmar Gabriel, the SPD Party deputy chancellor of Germany, and Martin Schultz of the SPD, the President of the European Parliament, that powerful factions among the eurogarchs will oppose a rational solution tooth and nail. This is the moment when a rational politician would realize that since the Greek people have spoken, it is incumbent on all European leaders to either turn away from the failed austerity policies of the post 2008 era or else resign. Just as French President Jacques Chirac responded to a French vote against an oligarchical plan to reorganize Europe in a 2005 referendum – Chirac said, “ I have heard you” and he deemphasized these policies. It looks like the European leaders of today are not intelligent enough to do this.
Therefore, it is time to prepare for another round of attacks on Greece. As is widely known there is no mechanism to expel any country from the European Union or from the European Monetary Union aka the Eurozone. However, this goal could be reached in practice if the European Central Bank under Mario Draghi were to simply cut off all liquidity to Athens. Now the ECB is providing emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) on a very limited basis, after having shut it off almost completely last week. If the ECB fails to provide Euros, the Greek government might fall back on scrip. This is the point of view of the Finance Minister Varoufakis, who says, that Greece can issue IOUs in the same way that the American State of California did in 2008 during the Lehman Brother world derivatives panic.
However, there is a much better and more effective way than to have than to have recourse to such funny money. According to the coverage of Ambrose Evans Pritchard of the London Daily Telegraph cited below, a significant part of the SYRIZA bloc is considering the necessity of declaring a state of emergency, ruling by decree, and seizing control of the national banking system including the Greek Central Bank. (For those of you who are keeping score, this would bring the total number of recommendations by Dr. Webster G. Tarpley implemented by SYRIZA up from one – capital controls already instituted – to four.) The way this could be done would be to invoke emergency provisions of the Lisbon Treaty (the most recent treaty governing the operations of the European Union) and to sue Draghi of the European Central Bank for malfeasance and nonfeasance for failing to provide an adequate Greek money supply for stability as he is required to do under the Treaty of Lisbon).
This proposal, called requisitioning, could also be seen as a commandeering of the Greek Central Bank for the needs of national survival. It amounts to the seizure and deprivatization of the Greek Central Bank, as demanded by the Tax Wall Street Party for the past several years. It would also constitute a partial seizure of the European Central Bank, since the Greek Central Bank operates today as a defacto tentacle of the ECB in Frankfurt. The practical outcome would be that the Greek government could seize plates and printing presses currently used by the Greek Central Bank to print €20 notes under the authority of the ECB. In the future this would be done without regard to the ECB, and could be a step towards overcoming rigid centralization in the current Eurocratic system.
The relevant quotes from Ambrose Evans Pritchard are as follows:
“Syriza sources say the Greek ministry of finance is examining options to take direct control of the banking system if need be rather than accept a draconian seizure of depositor savings – reportedly a ‘bail-in’ above a threshold of €8,000 – and to prevent any banks being shut down on the orders of the ECB. Government officials recognize that this would lead to an unprecedented rift with the EU authorities. But Syriza’s attitude at this stage is that their only defence against a hegemonic power is to fight guerrilla warfare.”
“Hardliners within the party – though not Mr Varoufakis – are demanding the head of governor Stournaras, a holdover appointee from the past conservative government. They want a new team installed, one that is willing to draw on the central bank’s secret reserves, and to take the provocative step in extremis of creating euros.”
“’The first thing we must do is take away the keys to his office. We have to restore stability to the system, with or without the help of the ECB. We have the capacity to print €20 notes,’ said one.”
“Such action would require invoking national emergency powers – by decree – and ‘requisitioning’ the Bank of Greece for several months. Officials say these steps would have to be accompanied by an appeal to the European Court: both to assert legality under crisis provisions of the Lisbon Treaty, and to sue the ECB for alleged ‘dereliction’ of its treaty duty to maintain financial stability.”
No sooner had it become evident that the anti-austerity NO vote had prevailed in Greece, the fanatical neo-liberal Martin Schulz, the SPD President of the European Parliament, began to rave, Time for Greece to get out of the Eurozone and procure a new currency, since no more Euros would be available in the wake of the defiance shown by the victory of the NO vote. Martin Schulz joins the wretched tradition of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) going back to their many many crimes during and after WWI. Other eurogarchs joined in the raving.
This is the point where a reasonable politician would recognize the choice between a rational debt relief on the one hand and more insane deflation and austerity on the other. We can only hope that the French/German meeting of July 6th will clarify this issue, but so far the situation does not look auspicious. Interestingly enough, it is from London that certain voices of financial rationality have been heard, not surprisingly since the British interest always consists in creating problems for the Euro as they see it.
The London Daily Telegraph today publishes articles supporting the International Monetary Fund’s study which argued that Greece requires a 50 billion dollar cash infusion over the coming months, along with massive debt relief. This debt relief is also what US Secretary of the Treasury Lew has recommended, but, as the London Financial Times wrote, the US appears as, the helpless bystander in the Greek crisis. It would certainly be time for the US to remind Berlin of the needs of economic rationality. Inside the IMF, there is now a virtual civil war between staff members who are correctly arguing that a haircut for the creditors plus a significant cash infusion represents the only road. This contrasts with the insane ravings of Madame Lagarde who has been insisting that not one penny of mercy be shown to the stricken Greeks. Speculation is now surfacing that Lagarde’s bungling incompetence has become so extreme that she will either be ousted immediately or at the latest next year, when her current post Strauss-Kahn term in office will expire. In terms of resignations, Antonis Samaras of the reactionary and anti-worker NEW DEMOCRACY PARTY has resigned after the lost referendum – an example which Merkel, Draghi and Lagarde should imitate without delay.
The victorious Prime Minister Tsipras conferred tonight with Greek financial officials. On Monday morning he will participate in wide-ranging talks with Greek political leaders, with the goal of restoring the operation of the Greek banking system to normal. Tsipras also said that the issue of Greece’s debt will now be permanently on the table, implying a writedown. He also cited the IMF report which validates the SYRIZA argument that a debt restructuring and debt relief are required.
In the midst of these world historical events, Libertarians might well wonder whatever happened to their pseudo-populist hero Ron Paul aka “Stansberry” Paul. According to published reports, Paul has compared the Greek people to American “Welfare Queens”.
IMF Analysis Admits that Greece Needs Substantial Debt Relief, Validating Tsipras’ Contention; Creditor Governments Tried to Suppress Report Until After July 5 Referendum; Top Eurogarch Tusk Confesses that Grexit Is Not an Issue in Vote, Undermining Hysterical Fearmongering by Reactionary Financiers; IMF Director Paulo Batista Says 90% of Bailout Funds Went Directly to German and French Banks, Not to Athens
With a Report from Michael Chiotinis in Athens
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
July 4, 2015
“I call on all people of good will worldwide to support Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras in the struggle against genocidal austerity, the great scourge of our time.”
— Webster G. Tarpley
Don’t Believe the Neo-Confederates: Lee Demanded All-Out War to Protect Slavery from Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863
Robert Edward Lee
In the course of the Confederate flag controversy, some apologists for the southern Confederacy have asserted that the leading rebel general Robert E. Lee was an opponent of the institution of slavery. This erroneous view is largely based on Lee’s letter to his wife of December 20, 1856, where he writes: “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country.” This is a highly abstract and theoretical statement, and Lee never did anything to hasten the end of slavery. In modern terms it is a throw-away line of self-consoling rhetoric. Lee was a slave owner who ordered escaped slaves energetically whipped when they were recaptured.
But for Lee, the real test came when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Lee’s response was to write nine days later, on January 10, 1863, to Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon that he needed more troops to defend the Confederacy against the “savage and brutal policy [Lincoln] has proclaimed” – wording which makes clear that Lee wanted to defend the southern oligarchic social order based on slavery (“our social system”) against the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation by the Union army. Lee wrote:
“In view of the vast increase of the forces of the enemy, of the savage and brutal policy he has proclaimed, which leaves us no alternative but success or degradation worse than death, if we would save the honor of our families from pollution, our social system from destruction, let every effort be made, every means be employed, to fill and maintain the ranks of our armies, until God, in his mercy, shall bless us with the establishment of our independence. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, General.” 1
Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was in any case the mainstay of the institution of chattel slavery in North America, and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox spelled the doom of the odious Peculiar Institution.
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
July 3, 2015
How to Thrive After the Memorandum and the Euro
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D., Tax Wall Street Party USA
June 28, 2015
Greece has negotiated in good faith with the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, and European Commission. But these institutions have sabotaged a negotiated solution. Because of the reckless and erratic bad-faith shown by figures like Merkel, Schaeuble, LaGarde, Juncker and Draghi, as well as by the Samaras opposition, Greece must now prepare other options. Remaining inside the eurozone on reasonable conditions would still be the best option. But, if the creditors refuse all reasonable solutions, Greece must be ready to defend herself economically. It is of great importance that the creditors be perceived in their actual role of aggressors, deserving of liability and opprobrium for expelling Greece from the euro. The creditors must be seen in the eyes of world and world public opinion as the fanatical guilty parties, and responsible for all damages. It is imperative that any further negotiations be conducted in this spirit. Countries outside of Europe must blame Merkel, Schaeuble, LaGarde, Juncker, and Draghi, and not Tsipras and Varoufakis, for any and all negative consequences for the world economy.
If expelled from the euro, the Greek government must declare a total state of emergency equivalent in every way to one that would be invoked in case of military attack by a hostile foreign power. The Greek government may be obliged to rule by decree. The option of dissolving parliament must be kept ready.
Acting under these emergency powers, the Greek government will reinstate the drachma as legal tender if expelled from the euro bloc.
If expelled from the euro, the Greek government must declare an immediate, unilateral, and comprehensive foreign debt moratorium, covering all principal and interest payments to international and supranational institutions like the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, all foreign governments and multilateral entities, plus all foreign banks, hedge funds, financial institutions, and creditors of all types. Because of the complicity of these institutions in the multi-year rape of Greece, not one penny will be allotted either by the Greek government or by Greek financial entities until further notice. At the same time, the Greek government stands ready to negotiate in reciprocal good faith with foreign creditors on a case-by-case basis. This unilateral debt moratorium will be uniform, orderly, and total. In no case will the Greek government accept formulas based on paying creditors a certain percentage of export earnings for any variation on this theme. The international debt of Greece represents an odious burden, which for the moment can no longer be serviced. Payments on debts within Greece should continue normally.
If expelled from the euro, the Greek government will have no alternative but to declare a bank holiday to carry out the nationalization of all commercial banks in this country, without exceptions. These commercial banks will be subjected to immediate triage, with hopelessly bankrupt institutions wound up and shutdown, healthy institutions immediately reflated with credit from the new National Bank of Greece (see below), and salvageable banks subjected to a process of bankruptcy, reorganization. These commercial banks will operate under the direction of the Greek finance ministry, which will have the power to order with immediate effect hirings and firings among executives and boards of directors. In the course of the bankruptcy liquidation of hopelessly insolvent banks, over-the-counter derivatives, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, and similar derivative instruments will be paid last. The banks will be operated for the general welfare, and for the broad recovery of the Greek economy, rather than for the interests of a minority of plutocrats.
At the same time, the Greek government will stabilize the banking system and restore confidence by immediately activating a system of deposit insurance, modeled on the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Greek government should issue a special proclamation that under no circumstances will it permit a Cyprus-style solution through legalized theft from bank accounts and safe deposit boxes.
Comprehensive capital controls and exchange controls must be enacted, by decree and without warning. Finance ministry officials will be stationed in the banks. Large withdrawals from bank accounts and sales or transfers of securities will have to be licensed through the finance ministry. Transfers of capital out of Greece will have to be licensed by the finance ministry and subjected to a special tax. Special measures against capital flight will be instituted, including sending additional special inspectors to prevent currency smuggling of by land, sea, and air. Transfers by wire, Internet, bitcoin, hawala and all other systems will be subject to finance ministry examination and approval. For Greece, the era of hot money will be over.
The Bank of Greece will be seized, nationalized, and reconstituted as the National Bank of Greece. Under normal conditions, the operations of the National Bank of Greece will be controlled by public laws openly debated and approved by parliament. For the duration of the post-euro economic emergency, however, the National Bank of Greece will operate under the immediate supervision of a special interministerial committee of the prime minister, the finance minister, and the economics minister. Also, for the duration of the emergency the National Bank of Greece will be tasked with full employment, the defending and improving the standard of living and general welfare of the people, with the most rapid possible technological modernization of Greek agriculture, industry, and transportation, and – strictly subordinated to these — price stability. The National Bank of Greece will no longer be a mere central bank responding to the demands of bankers, but rather a National Bank responsible for serving the needs of the national economy as a whole. A principal tool in the pursuit of this goal will be the issuance of cheap, subsidized lines of credit and the rediscounting of bonds at interest rates as low as 0% per year, and with maturities ranging up to 100 years (century bonds), as needed.
The National Bank of Greece will establish special windows with an initial capital of the drachma equivalents of 500 billion euros in a revolving fund subject to increments as needed:
- Infrastructure development, with emphasis on freight rail, modern highways, and the upgrading the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki, which should become the great entrepot ports of the Balkans and southeastern Europe.
- Promoting Greek shipping and shipbuilding to renew the merchant fleets and retain or improve Greece’s position as the number four merchant fleet in the world.
- The support of Greek agriculture.
- Meeting the needs of the Greek petrochemicals and energy production.
- Developing light industry.
- Enhancing tourism and recreation.
- Improving the health care system.
- Investing in human capital through education and training.
- Export financing and guarantees for all Greek products and services.
- Providing working capital and credit for all productive economic activity which generates a tangible physical product through commodity manufacturing. These categories will include industry, agriculture, mining, transportation, infrastructure, food services, maintenance and repairs, textile production and maintenance, electronics, and scientific research leading to productive technologies. No subsidized long-term credit by the National Bank of Greece should be allocated to financial services, financial engineering, etc.
These investments will be guided by an In-Country Resource Census. This census will be used first of all, to determine the magnitude of Greek national resources available for an ambitious and expedited program of quality modern housing for the Greek people. As a general rule, credit for housing construction should be allocated by the National Bank of Greece up to the point where no unemployed or discouraged workers remain in the construction sector, and all material resources are being fully utilized. The same thing goes for highway construction, and the creation of schools, hospitals, university buildings, government buildings, libraries, and the like.
The Greek government should also arrange a series of barter arrangements wholly outside the IMF-WTO system to guarantee adequate supplies of oil, coal, electricity, basic foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and other indispensable provisions for the welfare of the Greek people.
Financial support for Greece must be sought from all available sources from Beijing to Moscow to Washington, with no ideological preclusions whatsoever. At the same time, the assistance of friendly nations should be sought for the purposes of neutralizing such color revolutions, coups, destabilizations, and other disturbances as may materialize.
With a Report from Michael Chiotinis in Athens
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
June 27, 2015
“John” Schellnhuber, Merkel’s Holdren: Now a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber
Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber, radical environmentalist and global warming advisor to Chancellor Merkel of Germany. He was the star of the Vatican press conference presenting the new encyclical in support of the global warming theory. Schellnhuber has just been named as a member of the Papal Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, despite the fact that he is an atheist. Some observers class Schellnhuber as a scientific pantheist. He embraces the Gaia theory of James Lovelock, according to which the earth is a living thing, locked in an existential struggle with the destructive forces of Shiva. Schellnhuber also subscribes to the carrying capacity theory developed by the Venetian crank Giammaria Ortes in the late 18th century. According to Schellnhuber, earth’s carrying capacity is limited to 1 billion persons, far below the current level of 7.32 billion. “In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people,” said Schellnhuber at a December 2009 global warming meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. (“Scientist: Warming Could Cut Population to 1 Billion,” New York Times, March 13, 2009, at http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/13/scientist-warming-could-cut-population-to-1-billion/?_r=0) At this meeting, Schellnhuber appeared to amend reports of his statement to say that global warming could soon reduce earth’s alleged carrying capacity to 1 billion. Schellnhuber heads the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU or Scientific Advisory Council of the German Federal Government for Global Environmental Changes), an aggressive neo-Malthusian propaganda organ, in addition to his post as founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Schellnhuber wants an Earth Constitution (replacing national constitutions and the UN Charter), a Global Council (no doubt of éminences vertes), and a Planetary Court. He has warned that “earth likely will be populated by at least 9 billion people by 2050…You have to imagine that these people will reach an average level of consumption that Portugal has, one of the poorer countries in Europe …When you imagine that if all these 9 billion people claim all these resources, then the earth will explode.” This is just the opposite of third world development. Schellnhuber’s global warming extremism thus appears analogous to the role of John Holdren, Obama’s White House science advisor. (Foto Hollin)
Schellnhuber’s emphatic statements amount to rhetoric, not science. The global warming hypothesis is in grave crisis and could soon collapse, as we can see in a 2013 Der Spiegel interview with top German meteorologist Hans von Storch, who remains lucid despite his status as a global warming supporter:
Storch: “So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break. We’re facing a puzzle. Recent CO2 emissions have actually risen even more steeply than we feared. As a result, according to most climate models, we should have seen temperatures rise by around 0.25 degrees Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 10 years. That hasn’t happened. In fact, the increase over the last 15 years was just 0.06 degrees Celsius (0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) — a value very close to zero. This is a serious scientific problem that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will have to confront….If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, [i.e. 2018] we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models. A 20-year pause in global warming does not occur in a single modeled scenario. But even today, we are finding it very difficult to reconcile actual temperature trends with our expectations….The other possibility is that, in our simulations, we have underestimated how much the climate fluctuates owing to natural causes.” (“Climate Expert Hans von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?,” Spiegel Online International, June 20, 2013, at http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-hans-von-storch-on-problems-with-climate-change-models-a-906721.html) Obviously, natural causes cannot be anthropogenic, but could easily turn out to be a matter of solar activity.
The five year deadline after which the anthropogenic global warming theory may collapse could account for the great haste with which Merkel and other politicians have embraced the “decarbonization” of the world at the recent G-7 conference, now followed by the encyclical. All the more reason to avoid a flight forward at the Paris conference at the end of this year.
Was the Confederate States of America Based on Slavery, or Was Slavery an Incidental or Minor Issue?
Confederacy Based on Slavery: CSA Vice President Alexander Stephens
CSA VP Alexander Stephens
Stephens was so weak and small that he risked being spoken to as a child, but his atrophy did not prevent him from arguing for white supremacy as the bedrock of the new Confederate slave empire.
Some hysterical libertarian idolaters of the Confederate battle flag have been shocked by the massive and long overdue repudiation of this symbol on the part of the American people to the point of asserting that slavery had little or nothing to do with secession and civil war. This is plainly absurd.
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens was adamant in 1861 that slavery was the foundation of the entire Confederate enterprise. In his infamous Cornerstone Speech, delivered at Savannah, Georgia on March 21, 1861, Stephens rejected the American idea that all persons are created equal. Rather, he argued, “Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornerstone_Speech)
This could not be clearer, although it did not prevent Stephens from demoting slavery to an issue of scant importance in his postwar writings.
As for the Confederate Constitution of 1861, it was emphatically organized around slavery, prescribing that “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.” — Article I Section 9(4)
Slavery would always follow the same Confederate flag being debated today:
“The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several states; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form states to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory, the institution of negro slavery as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected by Congress, and by the territorial government: and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories, shall have the right to take to such territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the states or territories of the Confederate states.” — Article IV Section 3(3)
It was thus Confederacy and slavery, then and forever, one and inseparable.
As for the supposed anti-slavery feelings of the much-overrated tactician Robert E. Lee, it was the standard practice of his Army of Northern Virginia to kidnap and enslave any black people they captured, as for example during the Antietam campaign of 1862 and the Gettysburg campaign of 1863.
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
June 16, 2015
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
June 16, 2015
Inclined to believe that the Magna Carta was really a charter of liberties for the English people? Guess again. The rights enumerated are mainly those of predatory feudal barons. These rights included the right to wage bloody civil war against the king, killing anybody and everybody except the sovereign, the queen, and their children. Check to see if the version you are reading includes the infamous paragraph 61, the civil war enabling clause, which is usually omitted from politically correct texts:
(61) SINCE WE HAVE GRANTED ALL THESE THINGS for God, for the better ordering of our kingdom, and to allay the discord that has arisen between us and our barons, and since we desire that they shall be enjoyed in their entirety, with lasting strength, for ever, we give and grant to the barons the following security: The barons shall elect twenty-five of their number to keep, and cause to be observed with all their might, the peace and liberties granted and confirmed to them by this charter. If we, our chief justice, our officials, or any of our servants offend in any respect against any man, or transgress any of the articles of the peace or of this security, and the offence is made known to four of the said twenty-five barons, they shall come to us – or in our absence from the kingdom to the chief justice – to declare it and claim immediate redress. If we, or in our absence abroad the chief justice, make no redress within forty days, reckoning from the day on which the offence was declared to us or to him, the four barons shall refer the matter to the rest of the twenty-five barons, who may distrain upon and assail us in every way possible, with the support of the whole community of the land, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, or anything else saving only our own person and those of the queen and our children, until they have secured such redress as they have determined upon. Having secured the redress, they may then resume their normal obedience to us. Any man who so desires may take an oath to obey the commands of the twenty-five barons for the achievement of these ends, and to join with them in assailing us to the utmost of his power. We give public and free permission to take this oath to any man who so desires, and at no time will we prohibit any man from taking it. Indeed, we will compel any of our subjects who are unwilling to take it to swear it at our command. If one of the twenty-five barons dies or leaves the country, or is prevented in any other way from discharging his duties, the rest of them shall choose another baron in his place, at their discretion, who shall be duly sworn in as they were. In the event of disagreement among the twenty-five barons on any matter referred to them for decision, the verdict of the majority present shall have the same validity as a unanimous verdict of the whole twenty-five, whether these were all present or some of those summoned were unwilling or unable to appear. The twenty-five barons shall swear to obey all the above articles faithfully, and shall cause them to be obeyed by others to the best of their power. We will not seek to procure from anyone, either by our own efforts or those of a third party, anything by which any part of these concessions or liberties might be revoked or diminished. Should such a thing be procured, it shall be null and void and we will at no time make use of it, either ourselves or through a third party.
If we recall that the incessant private armed conflicts among the feudal nobility was the most destructive feature of medieval civilization, far worse than any royal abuse of power by weak feudal monarchs, we can see the vast fraud perpetrated on the modern world by the Magna Carta myth. Compared to feudal private warfare, the absolutism of Giangaleazzo Visconti, Louis XI, or Henry VII looked like a god-send.
Among the sanitizers of the Magna Carta who omit Paragraph 61 as revealed by a cursory check, we found the US National Archives and Records Administration (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/translation.html).
The Constitution Society has paragraph 61 (http://www.constitution.org/eng/magnacar.htm), as does Fordham University (http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.asp).
CNN, NPR, and countless media outlets omit any mention of the civil war enabling clause. In any case, the barons’ idea of liberty coincides with the ideas of Rand Paul, the Koch brothers, and so many neofeudal oligarchs.
With Reports from Michael Chiotinis in Athens, Charlie Skelton in Telfs-Buchen, Austria, and Rev. Edward Pinkney in Coldwater, Michigan
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
TARPLEY.net – World Crisis Radio
June 14, 2015
Reverend Edward Pinkney
Italy’s top judge, an admired anti-terrorism and anti-Mafia investigator, supports the campaign to free Rev. Edward Pinkney while at the same time preventing Whirlpool Corporation from carrying out massive layoffs at its plants in Italy: Judge Ferdinando Imposimato, who just a few months ago was a contender for the Presidency of the Italian Republic, is the first signatory of a call that includes these demands. In 1985, the French magazine Le Point saluted Imposimato as Mr. Justice Courage on its front page. In the January 2015 election of the President of the Italian Republic, Imposimato received the second largest number of votes.
From Varese, Italy to Benton Harbor, Michigan: The Same Struggle Against Whirlpool
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
June 12, 2015
Having examined a summary of the legal action against Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan (USA), I feel the duty to express my gravest concern about abuses of civil and human rights against this of this minister of the gospel, who is at the same time the main leader of popular resistance against the anti-freedom regime imposed in that area by the multinational corporation Whirlpool, which has its world headquarters precisely in Benton Harbor.
Whirlpool represents the largest appliance company in the Western world. Pinkney was indicted with the accusation of having forged the dates of a few signatures on petitions circulated to recall Mayor Hightower, a Whirlpool ally, and force him to justify his behavior in office before the voters through the device of calling an early election. Pinkney was sentenced to up to 10 years’ imprisonment, despite the absolute absence of any proof against him. Normally, according to Michigan law, this entire matter would have been considered a misdemeanor, but in order to take down Pinkney, the head of the opposition in the city, this charge was inflated to the level of being an extremely serious felony. In addition, Pinkney’s trial was polluted by so many intrigues among the judge, the sheriff, the county officials, and a member of the jury who committed perjury, all of which makes Pinkney’s conviction invalid, and requires that it be struck down, in my opinion.
In recent days, I have seen the beginnings in Italy of that same process of urban degradation and economic impoverishment which has ruined the city of Benton Harbor. In recent years, Whirlpool has bought up large chunks of our splendid Italian appliance industry, including especially the appliance manufacturer Indesit. Now, Whirlpool executives have issued a proclamation from Benton Harbor announcing with absolute arrogance that they intend to wipe out about 2,000 jobs, which means more than a third of the current personnel of the Italian branch of Whirlpool. This mass firing would be a devastating blow for Varese, Caserta, Turin, Naples, Siena, and the other Italian cities which Whirlpool is targeting.
We have to ask ourselves if Whirlpool is trying to drive these Italian cities down to the same level of plantations of despair which we observe today in Benton Harbor. God forbid!
I therefore call on the Italian government to intervene to protect these jobs in our country. The Italian government should call in the American ambassador in Rome and demand explanations about the Pinkney case, emphatically reminding him that the United States, as signatories along with Italy of the Final Act of the Helsinki Treaty (1975) are required to respect human rights and civil rights, with voting rights at the top of the list — meaning exactly the right which Reverend Pinckney was attempting to exercise.
Ferdinando Imposimato, Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy, anti-terror and anti-Mafia investigator, former candidate for President of the Italian Republic
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
12 Giugno 2015
Vista la sintesi del procedimento penale contro il Reverendo Edward Pinkney di Benton Harbor, Michigan (USA), sento il dovere di esprimere la mia più viva preoccupazione per gli abusi dei diritti civili e dei diritti umani di questo sacerdote, il quale rappresenta al contempo il principale dirigente della resistenza popolare contro il regime liberticida imposto nella zona dalla società multinazionale Whirlpool che ha il suo quartiere generale mondiale proprio a Benton Harbor. La Whirlpool costituisce la più grande impresa di elettrodomestici del mondo occidentale. Pinkney è stato incriminato con l’accusa di aver alterato la data di alcune firme sulle petizioni per porre fine al mandato del sindaco Hightower, uomo di fiducia della Whirlpool, e costringerlo a giustificare la sua condotta davanti agli elettori nella forma di elezioni anticipate. Pinkney è stato condannato a ben 10 anni di reclusione nonostante l’assoluta mancanza di prove a suo carico. Normalmente second le leggi del Michigan questo si sarebbe considerato come una trasgressione minore, ma per colpire Pinkney, capo dell-opposizione in città, è stato gonfiato fino al livello di un gravissimo reato. Inoltre, il processo era inquinato da tanti intrighi fra il giudice, lo sceriffo, funzionari della contea, e una componente della giuria colpevole di falsa testimonianza, rendendo la condanna di Pinkney non valida e da rovesciare, al parer mio.
In questi giorni, io vedo iniziarsi in Italia lo processo di degradazione civica e impoverimento economico che hanno rovinato Benton Harbor. Negli anni recenti, la Whirlpool ha acquisito grosse fette della nostra splendida industria italiana di elettrodomestici, in particolare della Indesit. Adesso, i dirigenti della Whirlpool di Benton Harbor annunciano con somma arroganza la loro intenzione di abolire circa 2,000 posti di lavoro, ossia più di un terzo dell’organico in Italia. Questo licenziamento di massa sarebbe un gravissimo colpo per Varese, Caserta, Torino, Napoli, Siena, Trento e le altre città italiane nel mirino della Whirlpool. Dobbiamo chiederci se la Whirlpool intenda ridurre questi centri allo stesso status di triste piantagioni che osserviamo oggi a Benton Harbor. Dio non voglia.
Intervenga dunque il governo per proteggere questi posti di lavoro. Il governo Italiano esiga spiegazioni sul caso Pinkney dall’ambasciatore Americano a Roma, facendo presente con grande enfasi che gli Stati Uniti in quanto firmatari assieme all’Italia dell’Atto finale del trattato di Helsinki (1975) hanno l’obbligo imperativo di tutelare i diritti umani e civili, fra cui spicca quel diritto di voto che il Reverendo Pinkney voleva esercitare.
— Ferdinando Imposimato