Richard Wolff and Bob Hennelly on Injustice

Richard Wolff and Bob Hennelly on Injustice


if you look at how that how the system
treats and Mr. Epstein versus Eric Garner, you really have in a nutshell how
upside down our current moment is. What about the case of Kushner? It’s also
getting a lot of attention and you’ve written about it.
Oh, Charles Kushner, the father of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Does
that also illustrate the injustice of the justice system? Well, this of course
is a story about Jared Kushner’s father who was a developer and a major
donor to the Democratic Party nationally. And he was very close to Governor Jim
McGreevey, he was appointed to the Port Authority, which is very powerful body
here (a multi-billion dollar capital budget). It turned out that he was
involved with political corruption. He was indicted but he was able to work it
out so that in the final analysis he didn’t have to give anybody up. He really
was in command and control of the way his sentence went down. And so you really
have two tracks of justice here and it’s becoming really, at this point, medieval. I
mean, the stark contrasts are getting worse every day and that’s why you’re
seeing, I think, with this grassroots outcry. And then to some degree the
corporate media wants to keep it only about race. But, for instance, when they
cover about Ferguson and they talk about the upheaval there, they won’t look at
the situation related to the foreclosure crisis and the economic
crimes that have devastated these cities. And so we never seem to get to that
piece of the thing that really threatens the kind of radical critique and
analysis that can prompt people to take the action that’s long overdue.
Yeah, you see it (to bring in something more recent perhaps) you see it in the attack by Mr.
Trump on Mr. Cummings in Maryland, in Baltimore, a city afflicted by the way
capitalism has evolved in many ways doing similar things in parts of
Philadelphia, doing similar things in Camden New Jersey. And somehow making
it almost a racial issue so he can
focus people’s awareness of the inequality that is everywhere in
our society by portraying it instead as though it has some racial origin rather
than an economic one.
What’s kind of ironic is if you go back and look at his stump speech where
he got the Rust Belt to reject… and that’s the other thing I think it’s so
relevant right now. Remember, he only he managed to flip 200 counties and he
voted for President Obama twice. So these were in place and only by 70,000 votes ( that was a margin), and these were places like Pennsylvania,
Michigan and Ohio. These are places that had a traditional labor base, if you will.
What had happened is there was no recovery and we talked about this at the
time. We saw Trump coming. Other people didn’t and so the irony is that Trump
had talked about how corporations had (when he was running for president
the first time) had abandoned America’s industrial base and he was gonna hold
them to account. Well, that’s what happened in places like Baltimore, Newark,
Camden. We had people that moved, people from the south who were people of color
moved for work and there were union jobs here to maintain and support and uplift
a family. And the jobs left and the people were left behind and the
consequences are still living with us. So, people just have to pay
attention to the earlier Trump and compare notes

3 thoughts to “Richard Wolff and Bob Hennelly on Injustice”

  1. One step that would lead to more just law and the enforcement of that law is to replace election of our legislators with selection by lottery. Anyone willing to serve would take and pass a civil service examination that demonstrates competency to serve. Then, the person's name goes into the lottery. Legislators would serve one four-year, then be replaced. No more elections. No more campaigns. No more corporate lobbyists donating to candidates to buy influence. A high degree of public service. No more professional politicians.

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