Boycott Fed-Ex [Chris Hedges Unmaks Fed-Ex ]

Posted on Friday, February 26 at 10:53 by Janet M Eaton

Chris Hedges * (graduate of Harvard Divinity School, foreign  correspondent for over two decades a NY Times foreign correspondent and author of many books on war, American Fascism and most recently "The Empire of Illusion" ) begins with an example of the human pain of a corporatist system that throws its workers on the scrap heap of human misery.  "Dean Henderson's career with FedEx ended abruptly when a reckless driver plowed into his company truck and mangled his leg. ... No longer able to drive, stripped of value in our commodity culture, he was tossed aside by the company. He became human refuse. .Henderson  is not alone. Workers in our corporate state ..are abandoned when  they can no longer contribute to corporate profits. It is the ethic  of the free market. It is the cost of unfettered capitalism. And it is plunging tens of millions of discarded workers into a collective misery and rage that is beginning to manifest itself in a dangerous right-wing backlash. "

He castes Obama and elected officials as ones who speak in a cloying feel-your-pain language and as a liars."Our destitute working class is beginning to grasp that Barack Obama and other elected officials in Washington are not attempting to prevent wages from sinking, unemployment from  unting, foreclosures from ripping apart communities, banks from looting the U.S. Treasuryor jobs from being exported. The gap between our stark reality and the happy illusions peddled by smarmy television news personalities and fatuous academic and financial experts, as well as oily  bureaucrats and politicians, is becoming too wide to ignore....Right-wing rage is being fused with right-wing populism. And once this takes hold, a protofascism will sweep across our blighted  landscape fueled by a mounting personal and economic despair. .".

Hedges points out how Obama recently praised Fed-Ex president Frederick Smith for thinking long term and questions Obama's messaging knowing that: "Smith's company lavished money on members of Congress in 1996 so they would vote for an ad hoc change in the law banning theTeamsters Union from organizing workers at Federal Express. Now FedEx is busy making sure Congress keeps unions out of its shops. It  has lavished $17 million, double its 2008 total, on Congress to fight off an effort by UPS and the Teamsters to revoke Smith's tailor-made ban on unions. Smith ..plans to continue to hire thousands of full-time employees and list them as independent contractors so he won't have to pay Social Security, Medicare and unemployment  insurance taxes. And when they get sick or injured or old he can push them onto the street."

Hedges aptly notes that a country that stops taking care of its own, that loses the capacity for empathy and compassion, that crumples up human beings and throws them away when it is done with them, feeds dark ideological monsters that inevitably rise to devour the body politic.

He concludes  "If you have to send packages do not be a scab. Send it with UPS or the U.S. Postal Service. They have unions. Every step, however tiny,we take to thwart the corporate rape of the country and protect workers counts. We would have to do more, much more, but this would be a small start. Like Smith, our politicians have sold their souls.They will not help us. We must help ourselves. And the longer we stand by and permit the Democrats and the Republicans to strip American workers of their jobs and their dignity the less we will have  to say when the day of angry retribution arrives. " Feb. 22, Boycott FedEx by Chris Hedges

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