This weekend as the American delegation of the global oligarchy and ruling class returns stateside after a four-day lobster feed and feel-good session in Davos, Switzerland, they'll reconvene for the Koch brothers' annual Warren G. Harding Memorial Barbecue and Festival of Larceny at the Rancho las Palmas resort, near Palm Springs.
Palm Springs' Desert Sun newspaper reports: Previous meetings, held in the desert and elsewhere, have featured two Supreme Court justices (guess which two), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sens. Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, and conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
As you can see in the Desert Sun article, Greenpeace plans to mount a feeble protest against this convocation of capitalist buccaneers, blue-blooded aristocrats, and their political and media errand boys with a helium balloon bearing an anti-Koch message on its side. And a group of protestors will gather in Rancho Mirage, miles away from the site where our porcine rulers are eating their bacon.
It's really a shame they won't be subjected to a little Egyptian-style democracy. Because after watching al-Jazeera for a while today, I can tell you that's all that's going on in Egypt. It's not about Islamism or any other -ism. The people on the streets over there are the Egyptian people, and they're expressing years of pent-up grievances in the only way available to them.
The world's plutocrats meeting in Davos took little or no notice of the Egyptian eruption of democracy, but they will before long, because it's coming our way. Maybe next year we can have a real people's barbecue at Porky's, and turn up the heat on the revelers inside.