‘The Little Eichmanns’

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

The black plague spreads.

The leadership lies.

The CEO’s spin.

We are not ignorant of the horrific nightmare you have unleashed.

Chris Hedges has a piece on TruthDig today about our corporate leaders and how these ‘Little Eichmanns’ are doing exactly what many thought would happen when you commoditize every living breathing thing on the planet.

You die.

Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit the natural world and the members of their society in the name of progress until exhaustion or collapse, blind to the fury of their own self-destruction. The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, estimated to be perhaps as much as 100,000 barrels a day, is part of our foolish death march. It is one more blow delivered by the corporate state, the trade of life for gold. But this time collapse, when it comes, will not be confined to the geography of a decayed civilization. It will be global.

Those who carry out this global genocide-men like BP’s Chief Executive Tony Hayward, who assures us that “The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume”-are, to steal a line from Ward Churchill, “little Eichmanns.” They serve Thanatos, the forces of death, the dark instinct Sigmund Freud identified within human beings that propels us to annihilate all living things, including ourselves. These deformed individuals lack the capacity for empathy. They are at once banal and dangerous. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications. The death they dispense, whether in the pollutants and carcinogens that have made cancer an epidemic, the dead zone rapidly being created in the Gulf of Mexico, the melting polar ice caps or the deaths last year of 45,000 Americans who could not afford proper medical care, is part of the cold and rational exchange of life for money.

Hedges

Karl Polanyi in his book “The Great Transformation,” written in 1944, laid out the devastating consequences-the depressions, wars and totalitarianism-that grow out of a so-called self-regulated free market. He grasped that “fascism, like socialism, was rooted in a market society that refused to function.” He warned that a financial system always devolved, without heavy government control, into a Mafia capitalism-and a Mafia political system-which is a good description of our corporate government. Polanyi warned that when nature and human beings are objects whose worth is determined by the market, then human beings and nature are destroyed. Speculative excesses and growing inequality, he wrote, always dynamite the foundation for a continued prosperity and ensure “the demolition of society.””In disposing of a man’s labor power the system would, incidentally, dispose of the physical, psychological, and moral entity ‘man’ attached to that tag,” Polanyi wrote. “Robbed of the protective covering of cultural institutions, human beings would perish from the effects of social exposure; they would die as victims of acute social dislocation through vice, perversion, crime, and starvation. Nature would be reduced to its elements, neighborhoods and landscapes defiled, rivers polluted, military safety jeopardized, the power to produce food and raw materials destroyed. Finally, the market administration of purchasing power would periodically liquidate business enterprise, for shortages and surfeits of money would prove as disastrous to business as floods and droughts in primitive society. Undoubtedly, labor, land, and money markets are essential to a market economy. But no society could stand the effects of such a system of crude fictions even for the shortest stretch of time unless its human and natural substance as well as its business organizations was protected against the ravages of this satanic mill.”

Turtle deaths running high since oil spill: Expert

(Reuters) – At least 150 sea turtles have washed up dead or dying along the U.S. Gulf Coast since the giant oil spill off Louisiana, a higher number than normal for this time of year, a leading wildlife expert said on Monday.

The toll among sea turtles has been steadily rising since the deep-sea well ruptured last month, and the stranding count began to reach an unusually high level in the past week, said Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian overseeing some of the area’s wildlife rescue teams.

Reuters

British energy group BP said Tuesday the Gulf of Mexico leak will have only a “very modest” environmental impact, adding that its engineers are siphoning up twice as much oil as previously thought.

Update:

Nothing to see hear little people. Deny, obfuscate, dismiss…

Do you realize we no longer believe a single thing that spews from your lips?

The Obama administration is actively trying to dismiss media reports that vast plumes of oil lurk beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, unmeasured and uncharted.

HuffPo

This spill is becoming so large, so devastating that I can no longer wrap my mind around the catastrophe.

This is what we’ve become.

This is what the human species aspires to?

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  1. You wanted everything

    You needed everything

    You wanted everything

    You needed everything

    Everything is…

    Everything is…

    Greed

    • banger on May 19, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I’m wrapping my mind around it — but what’s worse is the reaction (or lack of) of human beings both in leadership positions and the body politic.  

  2. Generally bringing up Nazis in writing, discussing issues and events in our current world is counter-productive, many minds just click “off”.

    I can see how the destruction of our many millennia old relationship with the planet and greatest examples of human evil in recent history (Eichmann etc.) makes sense.

  3. To apply what Arthur Silber says we should be saying to ourselves about torture to ecocide as well:

    This is insane.

    This is monstrous.

    This is deeply, unforgivably, irredeemably evil.

    http://powerofnarrative.blogsp

  4. the banal bastard that he was were those who enabled him.   The problem, among many, with what is going on in the Gulf is they all seem to be Eichmanns.  There doesn’t seem to be one culprit pulling the strings, just banal evil all around.  I’m so very depressed about this crime and the consequences.  I do not believe the seas will be same in our lifetimes.  

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