Monday, August 25, 2008

Digging Labor's Grave

To Karl Kadie, for reading me Alice Winters’
poem “The Displaced of Capital”

Americans can't call a spade a spade;
they criticize the economic crisis now
upon us, without ever indicting vicious
neoCapitalism, still shielded by Cold War

ideological armor, no matter what it does
to whom or where: Red China’s relentless
neo-Capitalism’s sweat-shopping millions,
just like all the other Asian-Pacific 'tigers'

as once-American multi-nationals contract
with them for the world’s cheapest labor,
driving a vicious race to the bottom, digging
labor’s grave with neo-capped spades.

((24-25 AUG 08, Santa Clara CA) v11

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