the Corporations, Stupid!
By Servando Gonzalez
"It’s the economy, stupid" is a slight
variation of the phrase "The economy, stupid"
which James Carville coined as a campaign strategist of
Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against
sitting president George H. W. Bush.
According to Republican media pundits, the main factor that most
likely will destroy Obama’s dreams of a second term is the
dismal state of the economy. Obviously, the American economy is
in bad shape. And it is in bad shape because close to twenty percent
of American workers have lost their jobs. And Mitt Romney is going
to win the coming election because he will create jobs for Americans
— or so they say.
Actually, both Council on Foreign Relations preferred candidates,
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, claim that they will solve the unemployment
problem. But, apart from the fact that oil magnates, Wall Street
bankers and CEOs of transnational corporations are the very ones
who created the problem, no president has the power to create
true jobs — not even their own jobs.
Just a few days ago, members of the U.S. Congress asked Federal
reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, an agent of the Council on Foreign
Relations conspirators, for a magic formula to create jobs. Finally,
New York Sen. Charles (Chuck) Schumer (CFR) urged Bernanke “to
take whatever actions you think would be most helpful in supporting
a stronger economic recovery.” 
Of course, this is wishful thinking. Only brainwashed morons of
the Republican and the Democratic factions of the Repucratic Party
can truly believe that the U.S. government, much less the Fed,
can create jobs. They seem to ignore that there is nothing in
the Constitution about the government creating jobs. And the omission
is because the Founding Fathers knew that creating jobs is far
beyond the aim and possibilities of any government — unless
they are government jobs, which history has shown are totally
useless, unproductive and — sorry for using a PC word I
hate — unsustainable.
On the other hand, it is a known truism that, in order to solve
a problem, first you have to find the true source of it, and both
politicians and media pundits either don’t grasp the true
source of the problem or simply don’t seem to be interested
in finding the true reason why Americans have lost their jobs.
Well, the reason why Americans have lost their jobs is because,
as a direct result of the so-called “free trade”
and globalization, most corporations have sent abroad their well
paying jobs. Unfortunately, during their trip abroad, the well
paying jobs changed into poorly paying jobs. Actually, just a
perfunctory study of the salaries and working conditions of the
workers abroad who got these jobs formerly performed by American
workers show that their salaries and working conditions are closer
to slavery than capitalism.
Currently, most assembly lines of products destined to the U.S.
market are made in factories owned by Foxconn, the company operating
the factories in China. Workers in Foxconn factories lack the
minimal health and safety standards and work a 60-hour workweek,
and conditions and abuse make them veritable sweatshops.
The case of Apple computer assembling iPods and iPhones in Communist
China under conditions so inhuman that some workers have committed
suicide, is perhaps the most known, but not the only case.
The phenomenon, however, is not new.
In the days of Nazi Germany, the I.G. Farben corporation, closely
linked to Wall Street bankers, fully integrated concentration
camp labor into modern industrial production. From mid-1942 on,
the SS was in charge of providing slave workers to German corporations.
A few years later, during the war, Germany’s economy had
become fully dependent on slave labor. Close to 20 percent of
Germany’s entire workforce consisted of slave workers in
The same way as the Chinese government owns the workers in its
factories, the Nazi government owned the slave workers and leased
them out to private corporations. At the time, the Nazi Labor
Minister ordered that all of the workers be fed, sheltered and
treated in such a way that they produce to the highest possible
extent at the lowest considerable cost. Apple’s “dormitories”
in which Chinese workers, some of them under-age, are forced to
live and only can escape by jumping out, are a just short step
from I.G. Farben’s Nazi slave labor camps. Workers’
conditions in Mexican maquiladoras are not too different either.
And we need to recognize that slavery has proved to be a good
thing, at least for the slave masters. The U.S.-based transnational
corporations who sent their jobs abroad are making enormous profits.
As an added bonus, they have found another way to pay even less
taxes in the U.S. Even more important, it is totally legal. Given
the fact that corporations have all the money to grease the right
government palms, they have managed to encourage legislators to
pass laws legalizing their criminal behavior.
Corporations don’t have moral or ethical constraints, therefore,
they don’t have any problem with using slave labor. In addition,
despite the fact that most American colleges and Universities
have produced Diversity and Social Justice Statements challenging
students to fight injustices arising from economic inequalities,
they have shown a total lack of sympathy for slave workers producing
gadgets for American corporations all around the world.
Does the U.S. government want to fix this problem and force the
corporations to bring the jobs back home? Well, if it really wants
to do it, the solution is very simple: it is called protectionism.
Just by raising tariffs on companies bringing into the U.S. products
made abroad that they used to make in the U.S. will solve the
Transnational corporations know it, and they see protectionism
as their main threat. According to media pundit George Will, a
faithful member of the Council on Foreign Relations, protectionism
and anti-globalization could be lethal to the U.S. economy, because,
“It threatens international trade, the engine of economic
growth, which is the surest means of ameliorating poverty, which
is the world’s principal cause of preventable death.”
What Mr. Will does not mention, however, is that the so-called
“free trade” and globalization have only benefitted
the big transnational corporations, not the people. Far from ameliorating
poverty, “free trade” and globalization have increased
it. Moreover, “free trade” policies have stopped economic
growth in most countries of the E.U. and in the U.S. Actually,
the only economies that have grown are the personal fortunes of
the CEOs and stockholders of these corporations, not the people
working abroad for them. Early this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook shamelessly
reported to a delighted group of shareholders that Apple has amassed
$100 billion in cash. In its quarterly statement released in
April, Apple reported a staggering $39.2 billion in revenue.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government will not even attempt to create
tariffs because currently most members of the three branches of
the U.S. government have been bought like pigs in a country fair,
and are in the pocket of some transnational corporations. As a
result, our elected politicians will never bite the hand that
feeds them. Currently, our touted “representative government”
do not represent the American people any more, but the corporations
whose largesse provide the funds who keep the corrupt politicians
So, is there another solution to the problem? Well, there is one,
but perhaps it is not the best for American workers.
Some Mexican business leaders of the city of Juarez, just across
the border from El Paso, are trying to convince American corporations
like Apple, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, and others, to move
their production facilities from the Chinese sweatshops to the
sweatshops in the Mexican city. Their argument is sound: the
cost of labor in Juarez is between $2.20 to $3 per hour, while
in China labor rates fluctuate between $1.80 to $2.30 per hour,
but the lower transportation costs from just across the border
may mean even bigger profits for the corporations.
Therefore, simple logic indicates that, as soon as the cost of
labor in the U.S. goes below the cost of labor in Mexico and China,
the big corporations will voluntarily bring their jobs back to
America without any government pressure. And, once the jobs are
back, and American workers are making less than $1.50 an hour
working 60 hours a week in sweatshops lacking the most elementary
health and safety conditions, the economy, that is, the corporations’
economy will improve even more, unemployment will be a thing of
the past and everybody will be happy for years to come.
Don’t you agree?
Allied bombings during WWII spurred Nazi corporate industry demands
for concentration camp labor and encouraged public acceptance
of mass slave labor as a legitimate measure to win the war. How
far are we today from accepting the implementation of slave labor
in the U.S. as a necessary measure to win the War on Terror? I
don’t think that the people who accepted the use of torture
as a legitimate means to get information from suspects will have
any scruples about the use of slave workers.
Now, how can teachers explain to their students that a country
which allegedly fought a bloody civil war to end slavery, now
is so eager to promote slavery abroad? How can they explain why
some descendants of American slaves now stand in line for hours
to buy ridiculously expensive shoes made by slave workers? Have
Americans lost their sense of shame?
Corporate mouthpieces like Rush Limbaugh, allegedly a defender
of capitalism, repeat over and over that everything corporations
do is right, because it is legal. We should remember, though,
that everything American slave owners were doing was legal, because
at the time slavery was an activity protected by the laws of the
land. After the War Between the States, however, anti-slavery
laws were enacted, making slavery illegal.
The Founding Fathers of this country saw as self-evident truths
“that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness.” It comes as no surprise, though, that oil
magnates, Wall Street bankers and CEOs of transnational corporations
ensconced in organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations,
the United Nations Organizations, the Trilateral Commission and
others they have created, are viciously anti-Constitution and
work ever harder to destroy US sovereignty and substitute it with
the slave masters’ paradise they call the New World Order.
Is it time to wage a war against transnational corporations who
use slave work to make their products? Is it time to pass laws
absolutely prohibiting the import and selling in this country
of products made by slave workers? Or, if the Federal Government
in cahoots with corporate capital chooses to ignore this crime,
it is time for some anti-slavery states to secede from the Union?
During World War II, 8 to 10 million Jews, Roma (Gypsies), Poles,
and other Eastern Europeans, were forced to work under inhuman
conditions as slave workers for Nazi corporations, including IG
Farben, Audi, BMW, Daimler-Benz, Siemens, Leica Camera, Volkswagen,
Ford Werke, A.G. BASF, Bayer, Daimler Chrysler, Degussa-Huels,
Fred Krupp, Hoechst and Siemens. Also, Japanese corporations like
Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Sumitomo and Nippon Steel extensively used
Many years after the end of the war, some of this slave workers
sued these corporations and asked for compensation for his labor.
As expected, their claim was struck down by the Supreme Court
as an improper state intrusion into foreign affairs. But now we
have a totally different case, because the corporations who have
been using slave work are American. Is it time for slave workers
in Mexico and China to sue Apple, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Cisco,
and others who profited with their salve labor? I think so. As
Americans love to say, sue the bastards! Hit them where it hurts:
in their wallets.
In less than three generations, America has changed from a beacon
of liberty to a projector of slavery and involuntary servitude
all around the world.
Cuban patriot José Martí once said that watching
in calm the commitment of a crime without trying to stop it makes
you an accomplice. Either we stop right now American corporations
from using slave labor abroad, or we all become part of this horrendous
crime against humanity. We cannot seriously claim that America
is the land of the free, while some American corporations enjoy
the enormous profits produced by slave workers.
1. Anthony Mason, “Bernanke, Congress appeal to one another
to fix U.S. economy,” CBSNews.com, July 17, 2012,
2. Free trade is actually free only for big corporations. I.e.,
we have a free trade agreement with Mexico, NAFTA. Also, some
very expensive prescription drugs are sold in Mexico for one tenth
of their U.S. price. So, why nobody has tried to just drive a
few miles across the border, buy them there, bring them to the
U.S. and sell them here for a profit? Because if the customs agents
in the border see them they will confiscate all of them. And don’t
tell them that it is legal because most likely they will put you
3. According to CNN, an explosion on a Foxconn building
on 16 May, 2011, killed two workers and injured 16.
4. An article on Wired magazine on February 2011 reported that
in the past five years there have been 17 suicides at the Foxconn
plant assembling Apple products.
5. Christopher Simpson, The Splendid Blond Beast: Money, Law,
and Genocide in the Twentieth Century (Monroe, Maine: Common
Courage, 1995), pp. 84-86.6. George F. Will, “The Perils
of Protectionism,” Newsweek, March 29, 2004, p.
84.7. See, Jay Youndaghl, “Apple’s Dirty Money,”
East Bay Express, March 7-13, 2012, p. 7.
8. See, Gabriel Vasquez, “Could Bad PR and Increased Competitiveness
Bring Apple to Juarez?” Juarez-El Paso Now, July
2012, p. 44.
9. Given the fact, however, that Apple and other companies do
not pay the Chinese workers directly, but to Foxconn, owned by
Chinese Communist Party leaders, one can surmise that the workers’
hourly pay is way below that figure.
10. I say “allegedly,” because Limbaught conveniently
ignores that monopoly capitalism — the type of capitalism
he loves — is not capitalism at all, but socialism, either
in its Facist of Communist variety. Monopoly capitalists hate
11. In the pre-PC English language of the time “men”
comprised both men and women.
Servando Gonzalez is a Cuban-born American writer, semiologist
and intelligence analyst. He has written books, essays and articles
on Latin American history, intelligence, espionage, and semiotics.
Servando is the author of Historia herética de la revolución
fidelista, The Secret Fidel Castro, The Nuclear Deception
and La madre de todas las conspiraciones, all available
He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council
on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro
Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro,
California, both available at the author's site at http://www.servandogonzalez.org.
His book, Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The
Secret War Against the American People appeared in late 2010
and is available at Amazon.com.
Or download a
.pdf copy of the book you can read on your computer or i-Pad.
His book, OBAMANIA: The New Puppet and His Masters,
is available at Amazon.com.
Servando's new book (in Spanish) La CIA,
Fidel Castro, el Bogotazo y el Nuevo Orden Mundial, just
appeared, and is available at Amazon.com
and other bookstores online. He is already working on his next
book, The Council on Foreign Relations and the Betrayal of
the American People: A Chronology of Treason, which he plans
to have ready by the end of this year.