Of Occupy Wall Street :: Democracy, Free Press, Police State & the American Liberty Myths

“We own half the world, oh say can you see And the name for our profits is ‘Democracy’ So, like it or not, you will have to be free ‘Cause we’re the Cops of the World, boys We’re the Cops of the World…” – Comrade Phil Ochs (1940-1976) “State Police Keeps Press Away; Arrests and Assaults Peaceful People” This is the Democracy that brings the likes of Bush and Obama to power. The Democracy that lets Democrats and Republicans contend with each other to run the American imperialism. The Democracy which exemplifies itself as the freedom forum to force its…

Wall Street Spring :: Americans Demand Democracy

The homeless and the Hippies, the socialists and the students, the communists and the commoners – the Wall Street has been occupied for good by the countless human beings demanding dignity of life denied to them under American capitalism. Every disenfranchised minority is now decrying the citadel of private capital, greed and monstrosity. And contrary to White House assertions and corporate media verdicts, the defamed Wall Street has been denied a bail-out – by the people of the United States. Braving the NYPD interventions and assaults, seeking solidarity with the otherwise indifferent bystanders, and hoping that the collective aspirations of…

A World Without America?

“It’s coming to America first, the cradle of the best and of the worst. It’s here they got the range and the machinery for change and it’s here they got the spiritual thirst. It’s here the family’s broken and it’s here the lonely say that the heart has got to open in a fundamental way: Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.” – Leonard Cohen: “Democracy” No country in the world history has been as yearned for and despised as the United States of America; even more so in recent times, as the unipolar superpower of the world. Ironic is the…

Militarist Obama and Corporate Nobel: Peaceful Partnership

By Saswat Pattanayak (Written for publication in Radical Notes and VoxUnion) There simply need not be any elements of surprise or shock at Barack Obama receiving Nobel Peace Prize. Almost every year, this award has been granted to neoliberal policy brokers otherwise known as liberals, social democrats, or simply the firm believers in Eurocentric democratic ethos that can be ruthlessly applied on lesser countries via doublespeaks. Obama joins Ahtisaari, Gore, Dae-jung, Trimble, Belo, Walesa, Robles, Esquivel, Begin, Sakharov, Sato, Cassin, Kissinger, Wilson, etc., as the latest torchbearer of the most overrated award in the human history. Liberal media are attributing…

Capitalism: A Democrat’s Love Story

By Saswat Pattanayak Written for publication in VoxUnion Capitalism: A Love Story, is just that. As occurs in most love stories, there are depictions of mismatched expectations, conflicting situations, remorse and grief, cherished moments, rejoiced nostalgia, idealistic aspirations, and eventually a unilateral resolve to call it quits. Michael Moore’s disillusionment with capitalism is manifested in the current liberal crisis: a crisis that discovers resolve in invoking the founding fathers and preaching moral ethics, a crisis that must indulge in taxonomy of political correctness. Wistful Days of Yore: Most liberal commentators are currently obsessed with the ‘good old days’ before Ronald…

Ahmadinejad is the Leader the World needs Now!

By Saswat Pattanayak Obama administration has two vital interests in Iran: continuation of war and imperialistic expansion. And neither of these remotely relate to establishment of a democratic society or any other fanciful distractions that most Americans are being spoon fed to believe in through their reactionary media propaganda. In fact, a democratic society already exists in Iran. It is more vibrant and expressive than many other nations, including that of the United States. Iran’s democracy is so vibrant and strong that it has been able to produce a visionary leader such as Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – a leader who…

New American Magic Realism

By Saswat Pattanayak Now that some time has passed since the United States stopped rejoicing a routine election fanfare necessitating short term relief from the economic war the capitalist government has unleashed upon the media consumers, one needs to critically attend to the repercussion of the events that passed by. Not only Bush-McCain administration was unacceptable to the American people, they were equally unwanted by the corporate czars. Fixation on Iraq had to shift gears as not much excitement was left following brutal murder of Saddam Hussain. The military-industrial complex, tired of its “reconstruction” missions in Iraq (despite the profitability…

An Open Letter to President Obama: Against the Rhetoric of Hope

BY SASWAT PATTANAYAK Originally written for publication in Radical Notes Dear President Obama, I hope you truly emerge as the hope you have claimed yourself to be. A hope for the ordinary people, who have believed in your promises of change and cried tears of joy upon your election. A hope that will let the likes of Bernard Madoffs to face trial and be sent to jail, not left to enjoy house arrest at his comfortable multi-million-dollar penthouse, while, need I mention, thousands of young people of color languish as under-trial prisoners of the industrial complex you are going to…

Satyam Scandal :: Ramalinga Raju is not the Problem

By Saswat Pattanayak When Enron conveniently declared its bankruptcy in 2001, it not only resulted in rendering more than 5000 employees jobless, and relegating more than $1billion in employee retirement funds to vacuum, but the corporation also succeeded in eventually evading recovery of more than $40 billion of its assets. Enron’s corruption was neither pathbreaking nor unique. Financial bunglings are necessary features of market capitalism resulting in widespread unemployment, continuation of class society and dependence of world majority on the corporate minority. All criticisms being hurled at Ramalinga Raju – the disgraced former boss of India’s leading software giant Satyam…

Workers’ Rhapsody

By Saswat Pattanayak All the while, all the while Freedom mile, all the while Been oppressed, all the while Exploited, all the while Set me free, set me free Incarcerate me, set me free Always in debt, set me free Bank dues late, set me free Never before, never before Mayhem forever, never before Darkness ahead, never before Hopeless dejected, never before Cannot rest, cannot rest Hallucinate, cannot rest Abused drugs, cannot rest Competitions, cannot rest How many years, how many years Greedy corporates, how many years Conservative cronies, how many years Liberal phonies, how many years Who bail ’em…