Jerry Brown’s Chances; Life in a Corporatized World; Remembering Dr. DuBose …

by on June 26, 2009

To the Editor:

It may be true the press has been overestimating Jerry Brown’s benefit from Antonio Villaraigosa’s decision not to run, but he still stands to benefit more if the Democratic machinery (which had remained largely uncommitted, waiting for the LA Mayor) goes with Brown. Chatter in the back rooms is it will.

Newsom may be “the much younger version” of Brown, but that might be his undoing. Seen as a liberal seeking the limelight, he has higher negatives with the “moderate” voter. The younger version of Brown wouldn’t carry the same weight as the older one, suddenly recast as a voice of experience and pragmatism in a time of chaos and uncertainty.

Tomas Summers Sandoval

To the Editor:

Randy Shaw wrote a good review of Life Inc., but missed the most pivotal recent book on this topic: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins (2004; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco.) Perkins reveals the corporatocracy’s tactics in Third World Countries, which the banking and mortgage industry scandals indicate were also used on American citizens at home.

Corporate robber barons dictate actions taken by politicians. Governmental action is now so favorable to what Eisenhower called the military industrial complex, it ignores the needs of the middle class and work force as it earlier ignored those of the poor and disadvantaged here and abroad. If democracy weren’t murdered with Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Malcolm X, it fell when the twin towers were imploded, a missile struck the Pentagon, and more than one plane plummeted out of the sky before John-John’s made it clear fascism didn’t die with Hitler.

It is alive and well in what used to be our country; we no longer have a democracy to export — any claim we do is yet another excuse to pour billions into the corporatocracy. Laws once inadequately enforced, especially as to minorities, are now evaded by having them violated elsewhere. Companies that set up owners for future foreclosure own empty homes. Those who once owed their soul to the company store have seen their jobs moved abroad. It was once said there is no there in Oakland; any there left of America has been re-packaged and re-sold by entities with no ethics and no loyalty to any human being. Our once gold-backed economy is now a poorly papered promise. Based on what? A declaration that “the era of greed is over” (issued AFTER we caved in to the greedy)?

Sharon Jones

To the Editor:

Thank You for the wonderful tribute to Dr. DuBose. For many sincere comments and memories from his colleagues at Golden Gate Seminary, please view the Seminary website:

Phyllis Evans

To the Editor:

Dr. DuBose influenced my life in many ways, and he will be missed. Thanks for the sharing in this article. Because of his devoted support, my mother’s church — Nineteenth Avenue Chinese Baptist Church — has been greatly involved in community services and has been part of the “Church of the Nations” family at NABC for over 20 years. Dr. DuBose planted a great example for us to follow and he should be honored.

Terence Hui

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