enero 28, 2016 § Deja un comentario
Leemos en la Omaha Platform, el lanzamiento del partido del pueblo de los EUA.
The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right to organize for self-protection, imported pauperized labor beats down their wages, a hireling standing army, unrecognized by our laws, is established to shoot them down, and they are rapidly degenerating into European conditions. The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind; and the possessors of those, in turn, despise the republic and endanger liberty. From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice we breed the two great classes—tramps and millionaires.
We have witnessed for more than a quarter of a century the struggles of the two great political parties for power and plunder, while grievous wrongs have been inflicted upon the suffering people. We charge that the controlling influences dominating both these parties have permitted the existing dreadful conditions to develop without serious effort to prevent or restrain them. Neither do they now promise us any substantial reform.
We believe that the money of the country should be kept as much as possible in the hands of the people, and hence we demand that all State and national revenues shall be limited to the necessary expenses of the government, economically and honestly administered.
Lo único que hace ruido de estos párrafos y que lo hace no apto para un discurso de campaña 2016 es la referencia a las míseras condiciones de trabajo europeas en lugar de asiáticas (y hasta por ahí). Después en el texto completo hay otras dificultades (como acuñar no menos de 50 dólares por persona). Pero los argumentos y propuestas de 1893 no difieren tanto de los de 2016.