This is the first of Chris Hedges' new program on RT "On Contact"
will collapse because banks & political elite ‘allow poor to
rot’ ‒ Tariq Ali
Ali / RT
banks behind politicians in the western world “have allowed the
poor to rot,” and now the elites in those countries, especially the
US, are facing a revolt, journalist and author Tariq Ali told RT
America’s Chris Hedges in an exclusive interview.
elites who have run the United States and western Europe have proven
incapable of offering even the smallest palliatives to their
populations. They have allowed the poor to rot ‒ regardless of skin
color ‒ and grow,” Ali
so what we have is a protest against this center elite, which I call
the extreme center because whether it’s social democratic or
conservative, they unite to crush.”
Republican nominee Donald Trump has become a perfect example of this
protest against the extreme center, he tells Hedges.
found in Trump someone who airs their most crazed fantasies at the
same time who attacks the banks, at the same time attacks these new
treaties which are being carried through and promises some
palliatives to the poorest section of the white working class,” Ali
right and the far right are growing around the world, while the left
has been weak. That is part of the reason that Democratic
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wasn’t able to succeed, even
though he also offers an independent voice to the working class.
don’t think that there’s anything on the radical left at the
moment ‒ of course, these things are volatile, things can
cited an appeal that actress Rosario Dawson made to Sanders
supporters as to why Trump is so popular at a widely attended rally
in New York City at the end of March.
Hedges and him think that capitalism is heading towards a collapse
and the banks and political elites are doing everything they can to
stop it. An example of what they are willing to do to keep the status
quo is what happened in the European Union when Greece was on the
brink of default.
is kind of the perfect case study of the myopic thinking on the part
of international elites, where they are squeezing everything they can
out of this country, knowing full well that it’s ultimately not
said in his first episode of ‘On Contact’ on RT America. “A
lot of people in Greece are suffering, and a lot more are going to
will, yeah,” Ali
responded, adding that poor people in Greece were already suffering.
figures coming out of Greece were horrific: malnutrition in Greece,
people dying for lack of food, people using barter to survive,
pensions going down and down and down ‒ in a poor country,” Ali
the same time as the ship owners, a plutocracy which has owned that
country, carries on ‒ there’s no
problems, as far as they’re concerned at all. They don’t pay
taxes, they register their ship somewhere else, and even when they
don’t, they don’t think it’s their duty.”
asked if Greece was destroyed to make an example of it, comparable to
what then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger did to Chile and
Salvador Allende during the Cold War: “The
banking system has to destroy Greece ... to send a message to
countries like Portugal, Spain, Ireland, whose economy is a mess,
RT America host said.
agreed with the analogy.
was a message to other countries where there is no armed struggle, no
guerrilla warfare: ‘Don’t try coming to power like this and
nationalizing industries and rapping us on the knuckles [because]
this is how we’ll deal with you’,” he
is what was done to Greece by the European Union and, you know,
one has to
be honest here… it’s had its effect. It’s pushed people back.
The Spanish radical group Podemos stepped backwards.
And so it’s had its effect.”
journalist and author warned that the collapse is coming because the
elite refuses to plan for the future.
do know that collapse is coming, and they’re trying to make sure
that it doesn’t affect them. So the German banks are not prepared
to allow the politicians to take any risks by bailing out Greece or
bailing out other countries in trouble,” Ali
was one thing bailing themselves out, the banks and the hedge fund
system via the banks, but anything else, they say, is unacceptable
because it will bring the collapse closer and our interest is to
defend the banking system. It’s short-sighted, and they live for
today as we know; capitalism and capitalists, by and large, don’t
think of the long-term