It is not too soon – and, certainly not too late,  to become chest-thumping, table-slapping angry.

Evidence continues to pour in that our government needs to be shaken like a dirty rug. Why might we fear the people of Iran? How much evidence do we need that these people (I will go after North Korea next week – in the event I get distracted, and neglect to do so, please feel free to contact me and remind me) are like chimpanzees with shot guns, to spark outrage?

To really  jump-start this diatribe process, please read the article: “The Great American Bubble Machine” confidently penned by Mr. Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, September 23, July 2009. If you don’t have early access like we (the Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen – don’t bother looking it up, you can’t find it without proper access) do, you can go and download it from Scribd here. Please be advised that free registration is required.

From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs (those basterds!) has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression – and they’re about to do it again.

The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. Stories about the way they twist deals and people’s lives (certainly those of entrepreneurs) abound globally. North American and Great Britain are certainly no exception (and, yes, I have personal experience here). The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire-like squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled-dry American empire, reads like a Who’s Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.

By the way… Its not just that damned smoking Rabbit (and, his legion of pipe-smoking black dogs).

There are some formidable players. But, any attempt to construct a narrative around all the former Goldmanites in influential positions quickly becomes an absurd and pointless exercise – rather like trying to make a list of, well, everything.

What you need to know is the big picture… If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain – an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and a free electoral process, organized greed always defeats unorganized democracy.

It’s not always easy to accept the reality of what we now routinely allow these people to get away with; there’s a kind of collective denial that kicks in around what our own country goes through again and again lately – especially when a people lose as much prestige and status as we have in the past few years (although we damn near pulled it all back coming close to defeating Brazil in the Confed Cup (soccer) this very day). You can’t really register the fact that you’re no longer a citizen of a thriving first-world democracy, that you’re no longer above getting robbed in broad daylight (think in terms of a Jamaican Drug Possey taking it to a troop of Iowa Girl Scouts).

I get this nagging sense that the world of collective terror is going to keep drawing a line in the sand and dare Barack Obama to cross it. His general response is going to rat them out to the United Nations and admonish them roundly and then claim he is focusing on national healthcare (where he is encouraging allowing the Democrats to wage their own form of terror).

But this is it. This is the world we live in now. It’s a gangster state, running on “gangsta economics”. And maybe we can’t stop it, but we should at least know it’s out there, it’s happening, and where it’s all going.

I was reminded earlier this week that it’s what you don’t know (certainly what you don’t see coming) that will kill you.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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