No Giant Corporatists Allowed
We really don’t need giant corporations and giant corporatists. They greedily demand, consume or despoil resources far in excess of their fair share. The greedy bastards want all of the earth’s resources. Those resources are humanity’s trust. Any attempt to privatize and unfairly profit from their sale and exploitation is criminal, anti-life, anti-social and less than human behavior. It is corporatists who have distorted and corrupted our government, so-called “big labor” (usually written with capital B and L by rightwing ideologues) is a distant sideshow. Big Labor does not control the airwaves or congress or the Supreme Court, Big Business corporatists do; and did not send all our jobs offshore, or destroy our economy, Big Business corporatists did. Their most ardent advocates, other than the greedy who profit by them, are often Ayn Rand-hypnotized libertarians – it is well to recall that Ayn fashioned her hero in her well-known Atlas Shrugged from a real sociopathic serial killer; Ayn Rand found early inspiration in 1920’s murderer William Hickman, whom she admired for his utter disdain for other people.
Corporatists and their minions and admirers are nothing more than grazing, killing, baby-making, eating, pooping machines; their single purpose is to proselytize consumers and consumption. In this sense, they are animals, not humans. The faux spiritual life they pretend to advocate is practiced, preached rote; an imitation of sense, sensibility and spirituality. Many speak of an imaginary god, which asks, to whom are they really praying? If the outcome of their chosen path is misery and deprivation for most of humanity, how can they possibly argue for a god’s blessing, a conscience, or any other claim of compassion or even simple human sympathy? It is because they are not human; they are poor dumb animals: fodder is all.
We humans need to parent and act as stewards for these poor dumb brutes. We need social and economic laws, rules, regulations and enforcement to re-balance power and money in this country. We left the barn door wide open and we need to put these animals back in their pens and corrals so that they will not run around willy-nilly and needlessly and destructively detract from the harmony of the farm.
We really need the immediate suppression and re-education of all Big Guy creatures, and re-distribution of all their property and money. Old banks to be required to hand over all of their assets and accounts to new community banks and credit unions; old bankers to fold their tents and look for honest and modest human employment. The entire Health Insurance Industry should be closed down and put out to pasture – some nice place such as Angola State Prison back in the day.
The fact that we enjoy civil and human rights now doesn’t mean that we will have them in the future. It’s up to each person, each generation, to protect, defend and cherish his/her rights and block or defeat any impending assault. We must fight to keep our rights. We must resist the tyrant (who is any would-be or actual dictator of whatever title or costume). Don’t let the bastards get started; keep them chained and humbled, unable to wreak their evil oppression, prejudices and destruction on not only people, but nature herself. What mad ego, what blind selfishness.
In the mid-1960’s a book entitled Thunder on the Right urgently identified and warned against the anti-democratic, fundamental religionist, bigoted fanatics of the political reactionary right. Among the American Nazis, KKK hoods and militia toughs was the John Birch Society, which ran Patrick Henry bookstores filled with scurrilous lying polemics attacking and undermining and diminishing government and advocating a treasonous program of subversion and sabotage. The John Birch Society harnessed Cold War fears into hate against progressives, warning that President Kennedy, Civil Rights activists, and organized labor were in league with communists. One JBS newsletter civically advised members to “join your local P.T.A. and take it over [emphasis mine].” If you don’t like the truth, twist the hell out of it.
Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch are the wealthiest, and perhaps most effective, opponents of a progressive agenda today. Ranked together as the 5th (or is it 2nd now? They had a helluva good oil year – Keystone pipeline is lookin’ good!) richest men in America, the Koch brothers sit at the helm of Koch Industries, a massive privately owned conglomerate of manufacturing, oil, gas, and timber interests. David and Charles are also responsible for a vicious attack campaign aimed directly at obstructing and killing progressive reform. Their opposition is a long family tradition of trying to shift the country to the far right. Their father, Fred Koch, helped to found the John Birch Society in the late 1950s. He funded Adolph Hitler’s Nazis in the 1930’s and early 40’s. His sons continue to galvanize hundreds of thousands of middle class people into supporting the Kochs’ narrow agenda of cutting corporate taxes and avoiding consumer regulations to the ruin of our equality and democracy.
David Koch also presents himself as a champion of science. Nevertheless, he has done more to undermine the public’s understanding of climate change science than any other person in America. Koch Industries has spent ten millions of dollars to misinform the public on climate change legislation. They funded the gate-crashers in Copenhagen to prevent international progress on greenhouse gas control. How they must love the EPA-gutting their Tea Party minions are exacting in Congress. Much of the fierce opposition to health reform can also be credited to the Kochs. Their opposition is a long family tradition of trying to make themselves (by any other name) kings, controlling all of our “little” lives. That makes me mad.
Listed below are several ways we can all fight back against this pernicious aristocratic notion of noblesse sans oblige – nobility without obligation, or spiritual heart. Slave owners eye their intended slaves, slavering at our door with their whips and chains. DON’T GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT.
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Critical Mass Wakes Up
Most Americans have never heard of the Business Roundtable. However, it is the most influential and powerful Economic Elite organization. READ MORE: http://www.alternet.org/economy/145996/the_business_roundtable%3A_the_most_powerful_corporate_business_club_most_americans_have_never_heard_of
Corporatists declared war on the rest of us. Time to fight back with full vigor and from every side, Let Freedom Ring!
Ways to fight back and unplug from the corporatist state. (Adapted abstract from Fran Korten, YES! Magazine).
1. Amend U.S. Constitution to declare that corporations are not persons and do not have the rights of human beings. Congresswoman Donna Edwards and constitutional law professor Jamie Raskin speak out against the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and call for a mass movement of people to support a constitutional amendment.
We Move to Amend.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
- Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
- Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
- Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.
Signed by 144,666 and counting . . . CONTACT: http://www.movetoamend.org/ Loads of useful information and contact links.
2. Require shareholders to approve political spending by their corporations. Britain has required shareholder approval since 2000.
Thomas Paine, American patriot and author warned us to watch, guide, and stop the powerful elite if we want humanity in general to succeed. Paine proposed that any bill that enriches a corporation or grants a corporate charter should be enacted in one session of the legislature, and confirmed in a second, AFTER A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE, to stop corporate raids on the public treasury. READ MORE: FreeSpeechforPeople.org to learn more and get involved!
3. Pass Fair Elections Now Act for federal financing for Congressional elections.
4. Give qualified candidates equal amounts of free broadcast air time.
We need a reformed public ownership of uncensored airwaves, subject to strong democratic citizen oversight. Free PBS and the Wilson Center!
5. Ban political advertising by corporations that receive government money, hire lobbyists, or collect most of their revenue abroad.
6. Impose a 500 percent excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns. Representative Alan Grayson (D-Florida) proposed this, calling it “The Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act.”
7. Prohibit companies from trading their stock on national exchanges if they make political contributions and expenditures. Another Grayson, which he calls “The Public Company Responsibility Act.”
8. Require publicly traded companies to disclose in SEC filings money used to influence public opinion. Grayson calls this “The Corporate Propaganda Sunshine Act.”
9. Require the corporate CEO to appear as sponsor of political commercials that his or her company pays for. A personal favorite: let’s see these sleezebags shill their own dirty work.
10. Publicize reform options, inform the public of who is making contributions to whom, and activate the citizenry. Citizens must act. Grassroots anger at corporate power is high, and when the public is angry, action is inevitable.
** READ MORE: Fran Korten, YES! Magazine http://www.alternet.org/rights/145441/10_ways_to_stop_corporate_dominance_of_politics
Does a cat’s life have cosmic meaning? If not, why so ours? We give our lives meaning, search for it, but the cat doesn’t ask why it’s in the world. How is that different from us? You don’t have to ask a cat why it’s lying in the sun. – 6/31/05.
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