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Written by Jim Jordal   
Sunday, 01 July 2012


By Jim Jordal

 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter…. If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a district, don't marvel at the matter: for one official is eyed by a higher one; and there are officials over them.  Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.

Ecclesiastes 4:1 and 5:8-9, WEB

Who needs austerity? It’s not the 99 percent, or the unemployed, or pensioners, or sick people, or children, or veterans, or teachers, or nurses, or students, or construction workers, or anybody who’s not already rich. Austerity is the latest delusion (big mistake based on a little truth) being pushed by the top 1 percent. Their goal is to make us believe that America (and the world) is doomed if we do not quickly balance the budget, emasculate government safety nets, cut taxes for the rich, reduce or eliminate governmental regulation of business and especially finance, maintain or even increase national security expenditures, and increase the prices of public necessities like electricity, water, and energy. None of these benefits the 99 percent.

Give some serious thought to what’s now transpiring in Europe. Greece is hanging on the ropes of bankruptcy, saved only by aid from other eurozone nations. Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy are mired in recession with massive, unserviceable debt constituting a serious drag on their economies. The mantra coming from leadership of the eurozone, mainly Germany, is that this debacle has resulted from years of socialistic largesse under permissive social policies designed mainly to gain votes and popular support. The only cure now is to institute new austerity programs aimed at restoring fiscal and monetary sanity. These programs originate from the international banking community led by International Monetary Fund (IMF), the large banks, with support from their lackeys the public media and conservative political parties.

But the people say NO! Consider that many of the poorer members of the eurozone have been in recession for years. The proposed austerity measures are draconian at best and promise increased suffering for the already impoverished masses. Years ago during the Great Depression of the 1930s British economist John Maynard Keynes warned that attempting to balance national budgets during time of recession or depression would only make matters worse. He was heeded then by some more enlightened leaders, but today his ideas get mainly scorn from conservative politicians and economists.

So why are we rejecting common economic knowledge at this time of potential world economic disaster? I I wonder sometimes if it’s not that the global financial domination system realizes that it’s time to crush the 99 percent into submission to a world order dominated by money and power for the benefit of the super wealthy and to the detriment of everyone else.

The author of Ecclesiastes (probably king Solomon) noted that we shouldn’t be surprised when we see violent perverting of justice by civil rulers having great oppressive power over their people. He also promoted the truly revolutionary idea that the profit of the earth is for all people, not just kings and those in authority. That idea alone contains enough power to upset governments and topple empires if it were to be fully grasped by the people.

The concept that the wealth of the world is for everyone comes from the Jubilee promise first mentioned by Moses in Leviticus 25, repeated by Isaiah in Isaiah 61, and presented anew by Jesus as his earthly mission in his first sermon (Luke 4:16-19). Jubilee is about establishing righteousness (right relationships between God and man, man and man, and man and nature); justice, or fairness in financial, political, and social dealings; and mercy, or compassion in dealing with broken relationships and anti-social behaviors. Jubilee is the model for human existence in the coming Kingdom of God on Earth under the rule of Jesus Christ. And it is nearer than we think.

The poor people of Europe are saying Enough! to the economic czars plotting their continued subjugation. Greeks march in the streets. France votes in a new government. German dominance is resisted. The eurozone is threatened by impending withdrawals of poorer nations. The people say that it’s time to listen, not to bankers and financial experts, but to the needs of common workers and their families. Yes, excessive debt is dangerous, but it seems to be the bankers and people of great wealth who are most threatened by it.

As Jubilee says, the danger of debt arises from interest charges and the lengths that the power structure will go to in order to see that they collect their usury. It’s a struggle to the death, and the side of Jubilee justice will win.