first_imgJournalist Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury” depicts Donald Trump as totally unfit to serve as the chief executive of U.S. imperialism. It describes the Oval Office as a snakepit populated by subordinates and relatives at each other’s throats, but who all have a low opinion of Trump and his abilities. Many, according to Wolff, question his personal and mental capacities.The publicity given to the book is a clear signal that the capitalist media and many pundits are trying to undermine the Trump presidency. They give great publicity to the quote from Steve Bannon about Donald Trump Jr.’s attendance at a meeting with a Russian lawyer. Bannon called Trump Jr.’s presence “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”This may have been Bannon’s way of keeping himself from being indicted by the Mueller Russia investigation, or it may have been driven by ultra-right factionalism. But the widespread coverage of this quote was aimed at breaking up the Trump-Bannon axis, which lasted even after Bannon was fired.Bannon is an ultra-right ideologue whose aim has been to destroy the political center of the Republican Party. Trump, on the other hand, is a right-wing, racist, misogynistic bigot without any particular ideology. He is a pragmatist known to be easily manipulated, so the bourgeois establishment is pleased at the split caused by the book. They fear Bannon’s influence on Trump more than they fear Trump himself.Trump, the state and the ruling classThese events raise the question of the relations between the ruling class, its executive in the form of the presidency, and the capitalist state as a whole.It is a tenet of Marxism that the capitalist government is the executive committee of the ruling class. Its job in general is to enforce the will of the bosses and bankers. When the capitalist class is split, this function can become complex, but the general claim is certainly true. However, Marxism is also dialectical and recognizes contradictions.Right now there is a contradiction between the immediate short-term interests of the corporate boardrooms and parlors and the long-term interests of the ruling class to maintain the U.S. as a global imperialist power.On the one hand, Trump is showering the bosses and bankers with riches — billions in tax cuts, gas and oil drilling rights, mining rights on public lands, destruction of environmental regulations, rollbacks of banking regulations and labor protections, etc.On the other hand, he has taken a hatchet to many long-standing policies of imperialism abroad and capitalism in the U.S. that can do long-term harm to broad ruling-class interests.Capitalist advisory establishment and the ruling classIn this discussion it is important to distinguish between the advisory establishment to the ruling class and the class itself. The bourgeoisie over the years has created a vast stable of intellectuals who serve different factions of the ruling class.There are think-tank intellectuals devoted to ferreting out the interests of the imperialists as they see them. There are journalistic scribes with different political lines, depending on which faction of the bourgeoisie and the political establishment they are aligned with. There is a vast array of academic advisers who go back and forth between the universities and the capitalist government.They all vie with one another to serve the interests of imperialism and become the favored mouthpieces. Their immediate perspective can be quite different from the immediate perspective in the boardrooms, however, even as they seek to serve capitalist interests.While various journalists, think-tank bourgeois intellectuals, academic pundits and commentators of all sorts are aghast at Trump as he swings his diplomatic and political wrecking ball, the bosses are focused on the money.Trump drives bosses’ gravy trainAs long as Trump is in the presidency, the bankers and bosses are going to get much of their way with respect to profits, business, money. Under the various Democratic and Republican administrations, they have been chipping away at public land and coastline, at bank regulations, at environmental regulations, etc. But now they are enjoying unusually expanded freedom to plunder the land and the sea. They are exulting in the cuts on corporate taxes, from 35 percent to 21 percent, and billions from other cuts. Whatever Trump’s shortcomings, they can overlook them for now, because the billionaires don’t want the gravy train to stop.The military-industrial complex — Lockheed, Boeing, Raytheon, United Technologies, etc. — is feeding off the increase in military spending to $700 billion for nuclear weapons, anti-missile systems, new warships, warplanes, drones and missiles as Trump stokes the flames of war with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, feeds the Saudi war machine’s assaults on Yemen, ships weapons to Ukraine and positions arms to threaten Russia, China, Iran and other countries.Military stocks rose to an all-time high when Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with the bourgeois-feudal monarchy of Saudi Arabia. He has been the arms salesman in chief, pushing offensive missile systems, fighter jets and ships on Japan and South Korea as part of the war buildup against the DPRK.When the government checks come rolling in to military corporate treasuries, the embarrassments and limitations of Trump can be easily overlooked for the moment. The mass deportations, racist code words, misogyny and sexual harassment, homophobia — all are brushed aside.It is no coincidence that when the Wolff book came out, Trump quickly made a public announcement that he was opening up the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts to the oil and gas industry for drilling. The executives of ExxonMobil, Chevron and Conoco were not giving their primary attention to the scandals of the White House at that moment.Energy Fuels Resources, which mines uranium, got the Trump administration to slash the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears public area down to 202,000 acres. That put the uranium deposits outside the national monument. Native lands stolen from five different nations were redirected to the private sector by this ruling.Trump has taken an axe to ruling-class institutions. He has launched attack after attack on the FBI, the crown jewel of the ruling class’s repressive apparatus, in order to discredit the Mueller investigation into his relations with Russia — even though the FBI has ruthlessly carried out the destruction of progressive and revolutionary organizations since World War I.Trump has also taken an axe to traditional imperialist alliances. He has denounced NATO and demanded that NATO countries pay more for their militaries. He has humiliated the presidents of Mexico, Canada and Australia, among others. He has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and torn the mask off the U.S. as a “neutral” mediator in the struggle with the Palestinians.In addition, Trump pulled $1 billion in funding from the United Nations. He pulled out of the Paris climate accord and jettisoned talks for a pact on immigration and asylum.Reagan administration and the ruling classWhen the right-wing government of Ronald Reagan took over in 1981, the majority of the ruling class was deeply concerned. Reagan was the darling of the ultra-right and stood outside the main capitalist establishment as he climbed the political ladder in California. His wing of the Republican Party was at war with the Rockefeller wing.Reagan started out his term in office by viciously breaking the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. The workers who went on strike were then banned from federal employment for life. It was the first time in decades that such a brutal, premeditated attack was made on a labor union.This was followed up by a full-scale anti-labor offensive against copper miners in the West, meat packers and Caterpillar workers in the Midwest and more. Reagan and his corporate allies herded scabs in all strikes that took place.Reagan slashed welfare spending by hundreds of billions, attacked welfare rights and turned the money over to the military for a vast expansion.At first the ruling class was deeply concerned, not for the workers or the welfare recipients, but from fear of a rebellion from below. But there was no real fightback and the labor leadership not only abandoned the welfare recipients but capitulated to the anti-labor offensive. Reagan got away with it! Then the bosses and bankers and their politicians adjusted to the new normal of reaction. They laughed all the way to the bank.Trump coming after us — we must come after himThe deep support that Trump is getting from the Republican Party is a reflection of the bosses’ attitude toward him. They are sticking with him in this latest crisis. They have tied their fate to him for now. The Republican congressional gang wants to attack Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. If they start down this road, they are counting on Trump’s backing.For political reasons, he may not be so anxious to launch such an attack. But Paul Ryan and the Republicans have not given up on this program at all.Just as during the Reagan administration, the bosses and bankers are not rushing in to stop Trump — for the moment. They may ultimately unseat him, but for now they are watching to see how much he can get away with. They will stick with him to try and get the last nickel in profits out of his rulings and laws. Until he endangers their profits and their social stability, the ruling class proper, as opposed to their pundits and advisers, will stick with him, whatever his embarrassments, limitations or diplomatic blunders.What did not happen under Reagan was any fightback. And the Democratic Party is following the same route they did under Reagan: reliance on electoral politics and now the hope that the Mueller investigation will unseat Trump. Even the recent suspension of Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadorans in this country — on top of denial of protection for tens of thousands of Haitians and Nicaraguans — has not moved the so-called Democratic opposition to fight back.Mass resistance in the streets, the factories, the retail stores and service industries, the campuses, and the oppressed and immigrant communities is the only way to stop this right-wing wrecking machine.Trump wants to come after us. It is time for us to come after him.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Organisations need to be much more systematic in the way they capture staffknowledge. This is the message from a CIPD report Managing Knowledge Workers: the HRDimension, which shows employers need to work harder at encouraging theiremployees to share knowledge and ensure essential know-how isn’t lost whenworkers leave. The report advises on managing knowledge workers, highlighting theimportance of autonomy, challenging work and sharing in the creation oforganisational values. It also looks at how firms have taken a more inclusive approach to knowledgeworkers. Diane Sinclair, CIPD adviser on employee relations, said the creation andsharing of knowledge is a major source of competitive advantage.”Companies can inadvertently encourage employees to keep knowledge tothemselves, but this knowledge is increasingly where critical values lie,”she said. Comments are closed. Share knowledge to move forwardOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgJam Cruise will celebrate the release of their lineup during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The iconic festival at sea will announce the lineup for their 2020 sailing, which will make stops at Ocean Cay, Bahamas and Costa Maya, Mexico, on Thursday, May 2nd. The lineup will be celebrated with an announcement party during the sold-out show NOLA 50: Celebrating The Music of New Orleans, taking place at the intimate French Quarter venue One Eyed Jacks on Friday, May 3rd.Approaching its 18th sailing, Jam Cruise has cemented itself as one of the most important and influential events in the jam and funk scenes. It is one of the most unique and special festivals of the year, and the overwhelming sense of community that it creates is well known. Jazz Fest, of course, also promotes similar feelings of connectivity, making it the perfect destination for Jam Cruise and their fans to celebrate the release of their exciting new lineup.Last year’s Jam Cruise lineup featured Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, The Motet, Turkuaz, and more, with artists-at-large such as Skerik, Roosevelt Collier, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. Previous sailings have seen appearances by, among others, Lettuce, moe., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Snarky Puppy, and Pretty Lights.Tickets to Jam Cruise 18 go on sale on May 14th, following several opportunities for returning attendees to pre-book. For more information on the on-sale and pre-booking opportunities, head over to the Jam Cruise website.If you’re heading to New Orleans during Jazz Fest, don’t miss out on all of the excellent late night shows happening around town. Check out all of Live For Live Music’s late night shows on our website, or in the graphic below.last_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Details Names mean things. Words mean things. And in a world where the only sure thing seems like constant change, sometimes the names of corporate entities have to change to keep up with the times. Famous examples of this include Nissan (called Datsun in the United States until the early 1980s), Xerox (known as The Haloid Company) and IBM (previously known as the hilariously-lengthy Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company).In each of these examples, to some degree, the original name of the company simply got in the way of success. Therefore, a change had to be made. The same concept applies with credit union names. In order for a credit union name to work, to click, to resonate in the minds and hearts of consumers, it must have three things — meaning, purpose and longevity. Without any of those three legs, the new name of any financial institution is likely to fall flat on its face.What are some reasons why your credit union might want to look at changing its name? Consider the following scenarios.Loss of a single-sponsor membership pool. This often happens when a credit union that has served a single sponsor employer (such as a large local plant or other manufacturing facility) suddenly finds itself without said sponsor. It could be that the sponsor was bought-out, changed management or simply went out of business. Regardless, the credit union now finds itself in the lurch and has an albatross around his neck in the form of a dead-weight name. A profound example of this is Enron Credit Union, which survived that entire messy Enron debacle in part with the name change (to StarTrust FCU) that was as much necessary as it was practical.Lack of uniqueness or clarity in a crowded market. Every marketplace is now crowded with financial service providers. It’s just a fact of life in this day and age. The struggle here becomes when a credit union sports a name that simply doesn’t stand out. Sometimes it is geographically linked (such as lots of businesses using the word “Northeast” in their names simply because the market is in the northeast part of the state). Or it could be that your credit union simply has a blah and boring name (really, who would remember something as unremarkable as the fictitious “Central Credit Union” if fifty other businesses in that area have the word “central” in them?).Charter change. Here’s an example of the change coming from within. If your credit union is changing its charter from federal to state or from single-sponsored to community, you’ll probably want to consider a name change. In this case, the scope of the membership you are now trying to attract is so dramatically different, a new name may serve you better in your quest for new members. And if it’s a change from federal to stay charter, you’re going to have to change and drop the word “federal” from your name as it is. This could be a prime opportunity for you to look at an entirely new identity for your new charter.Merger or acquisition. This one is somewhat of a “gimme.” If your credit union acquires another or is acquired by another you are simply no longer the same animal. A great deal of thought must go into which of the two is larger (both in terms of membership and total assets) and in which direction the least amount of political fallout lies. There are times when the larger of the two in an acquisition situation simply retains its original name (or some slightly modified version of it). While the set of variables at play here is large, the thought process remains the same — a name change may be in the best interest of your credit union after a merger or acquisition.Legal challenge. This probably happens the least often, and comes in the form of the dreaded “cease and desist” letter in the mail. An example of this is Erie General Electric FCU which changed its name to Widget Financial after receiving letters from GE corporate attorneys demanding that they stop using the GE name and associated markings.Any way you slice it, the name change process is an enormously lengthy, detailed and labor-intensive process for any credit union. Factors in the name change process include the name development, trademarks (and a host of other super-fun legal stuff), logo development and brand application. It is also critical that your entire staff buy-in to the new name and promote the revised brand enthusiastically to members, potential members and the community at large. Most credit unions opt to seek the services of an experienced and qualified partner to assist them in the name change process.Jeff Kjoller has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Communication Design, Jeff began his career at Nortel Networks where he managed the design and production of marketing materials used by the wireless division’s sales and training team. After 10 years with Nortel Networks, Jeff joined Beckett Publications as Creative Director in 1999 and was responsible for the design and production of six monthly magazines. His staff of over twenty employees designed and produced all of the collectible magazines to support the various collectible fields. In 2004, Jeff became Creative Director at Texans Credit Union, the third largest credit union in Texas with assets exceeding $1.7 billion. He served in this role for more than eight years, overseeing all marketing materials and corporate communications. He became a Principal at Loudthought in 2010.last_img read more