We are now not allowed to make a pin
‘Before you study the economics, study the economists!’
e-Con e-News 23-29 January 2022
Welcome to the 200th edition of ee. Bankers say it is greater crime to rob a bank than to own a bank. Our economists say, it is a far greater crime to make a tractor than import a tractor.
Invaders for over 500 years first attacked the granaries that sustained life, and the metal workshops that shaped tools and weapons. We are now not allowed to make a pin – from mining the abundant iron we have, to making the steel we need, to fabricating one thing that leads to another: from sheet to wire to pin, needle, etc.
The Arts have been used historically to underplay and jail craft in our world: sabotaging its advance from handicraft, assembly and manufacture, to modern industry. Our bribed economists and ‘creatives’, claim to know little of this. Importing for them is the most import-ant Art. Art with a Capital A.
Still fast asleep, yet acting woke, Modern Art is a tombstone in our world, burying alive the craft that would normally evolve to make machines with machines. Hindering this modern industry in non-settler colonies remains the greatest crime. This stunting underpins all the other national maladies.
Colombo this week saw a well-funded but sparsely attended shoddy Art ‘show’. Fattened and hyped by imperialist governments, corporate conglomerates and the usual rentiers, artists were heard miming the latest US rhetoric of ‘woke’. Perhaps a prelude to Sri Lanka’s 74th year after Soulbury independence on February 4, and the UNHRC inquisition in March. This 200th ee looks at the criminal version of Art, that serves to divert from the real art of developing modern machine-making industry (see ee Focus, Artists & Criminals)
- The Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm agreement between the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Indian Oil Corporation states that any possible dispute between the 2 countries will be settled by arbitration courts in Singapore. This week’s ee Focus suggests that Sri Lanka has no strategy for dealing with the maneuvers of multinational corporations: to counter the endless ingenuity of the import mafia (see ee Focus, Trade Deals).
- No oil for power, we’re told, but the Indian Oil Corporation’s Lanka unit reports almost Rs1billion in December 2021Q profits. No food, but London fertilizer importer ICI’s CIC Holdings posted 9-month profits of Rs3.2billion. They make even more profits, but their tax magicians do disappearing tricks. They also won’t reveal how much is reinvested in producing these goods here.
Corporations have several accounts of their accounts at any given time. One book to not fool themselves, another to fool workers, another to fool shareholders, and yet another to fool the state. And many more versions. Ah! The real fictions of the corporates, gain no literary or numerary awards.
- The capitalist (is there any other?) media now diverts again from debt & default back to mass death & fault-finding: As another UN agency gone rogue, this white-funded Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) threatens to rake Sri Lanka over frigid Swiss snowjobs on March 3.
Media could be headlining daily the national priority for modern industrialization. To not just go beyond debts, but to also cease the sermonizing. Media instead promote dependence on accessing imperialist capital and exporting to finicky markets. They won’t discuss first taking control of our own home market. The US this week threatened to bar Sri Lankan nail exports. ee always reminds, Lanka does not make even a pin (which could lead to nails, needles, wire etc). So what’s with the nails? (ee Industry)
- A spluttering live wire runs underground from the US embassy in Colombo 3 and from the English High Commission in Colombo 7. The wire appeared overground this week, sparking up a Daily Mirror reporter’s ass. The wire extends angiogram-like to the poor man’s fingers, which prey and pounce, like the jaws of a ventriloquist dummy, onto his laptop keys. Or more possibly, he just rubberstamps his name to US political attaché press releases.
Readers may ponder how exactly the wire makes it way up there thru the DM reporter’s rear. Does it first snake through the owners and then the editors? The Daily Mirror belongs to the Wijeya Group, who ran Anagarika Dharmapala into exile. These families who ran the Anagarika out of the country now act as adoring acolytes, fantasizing a non-industrial caricature of the independence Dharmapala sought for the people. In truth, they need no wires. The fealty of these ruling oligarchs to whiteness is wireless!
This DM hack, who usually echoes NATO howling, reached new levels of hysteria, hilarity and sycophancy this week. He mangled and distorted a press release from the media-maligned organic fertilizer company Seawin to attack China’s links with Sri Lanka. Seawin exposes the sabotage by ‘Agricultural Professors’, clearly in the pay of the chemical fertilizer import mafia, working overtime to overturn state policy. Jayavayva! DM instead headlined the press release with a fraudulent charge that the Chinese company is still pursuing a claim in the UN against Sri Lanka (ee Agriculture).
- The Seawin affair flashes more insight into the agribusiness import mafia that still controls the media and education systems. Was the mishandling of the Seawin issue, deliberate, sheer nonchalance, carelessness, naivete, or political manoeuvring by import merchants to control agricultural policy? After centuries of colonial trade, older multinationals like Unilever, ICI-CIC, Nestles, run the agri-chemical game, and brook no interference. They puppeteer the regulatory authorities (standards, labs, etc) and the media. Firmly under their thumb, they pull the wires that excite DM reporters’ nether lands. And not just DM.
The wires that are constantly clicking out imperial edict and worldview are a unified network with numerous fibres, overlapping with the grids that deliver fuel, electricity, water, cable TV, fast-moving consumer goods, and violence. This wiring can excite stipendiary professors, economists and other experts who keep rushing out of their air-conditioned woodwork, to demand imported fertilizers warning of imminent famine, to insist we return to the IMF; importers and exporters wail for dollars, pharma importers fake local production, warning of shortages. All holding up the stage for the culture of imported consumption and imported culture. The next stage is the question.