Our Lefty Military
Posted by FoolProof in government 6 years ago
As we search for paths out of America’s economic crisis, many suggest business as a paradigm for cutting costs. According to my back-of-the-envelope math, top C.E.O.’s earn as much as $1 a second around the clock, partly by cutting medical benefits for employees. So they must be paragons of efficiency, right?  
 
Actually, I’m not so sure. The business sector is dazzlingly productive, but it also periodically blows up our financial system. Yet if we seek another model, one that emphasizes universal health care and educational opportunity, one that seeks to curb income inequality, we don’t have to turn to Sweden. Rather, look to the United States military.
Debout, les damnés de la terre!
Dyskolos: Stand up, damned of the Earth  
Stand up, prisoners of hunger  
Reason thunders in its volcano  
This is the eruption of the end  
Of the past let us make a clean slate  
Enslaved masses, stand up, stand up  
The world is about to change its foundation  
We are nothing, let us be all  
 
This is the final struggle  
Let us group together, and tomorrow  
The Internationale  
Will be the human race
Il n'est pas de sauveurs suprêmes
Dyskolos: There are no supreme saviours  
Neither God, nor Caesar, nor tribune.  
Producers, let us save ourselves  
Decree the common salvation  
So that the thief expires,  
So that the spirit be pulled from its prison,  
Let us fan the forge ourselves  
Strike the iron while it is hot  
 
This is the final struggle  
Let us group together, and tomorrow  
The Internationale  
Will be the human race
L'État comprime et la loi triche
Dyskolos: The State oppresses and the law cheats  
Tax bleeds the unfortunate  
No duty is imposed on the rich  
The rights of the poor is an empty phrase  
Enough languishing in custody  
Equality wants other laws:  
No rights without duties, she says,  
Equally, no duties without rights  
 
This is the final struggle  
Let us group together, and tomorrow  
The Internationale  
Will be the human race
Hideux dans leur apothéose
Dyskolos: Hideous in their apotheosis  
The kings of the mine and of the rail  
Have they ever done anything other  
Than steal work?  
Inside the safeboxes of the gang,  
What work had created melted.  
By ordering that they give it back  
The people want only their due.  
 
This is the final struggle  
Let us group together, and tomorrow  
The Internationale  
Will be the human race
Les rois nous saoulaient de fumées
Dyskolos: The kings made us drunk with fumes,  
Peace among us, war to the tyrants!  
Let the armies go on strike,  
Stocks in the air, and break ranks  
If they insist, these cannibals  
On making heroes of us,  
They will know soon that our bullets  
Are for our own generals  
 
This is the final struggle  
Let us group together, and tomorrow  
The Internationale  
Will be the human race
Ouvriers, paysans, nous sommes
Dyskolos: Workers, peasants, we are  
The great party of labourers  
The earth belongs only to men  
The idle will go to reside elsewhere  
How much of our flesh have they consumed,  
But if these ravens, these vultures  
Disappeared one of these days  
The sun will shine forever  
 
This is the final struggle  
Let us group together, and tomorrow  
The International  
Will be the human race
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