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"CEOs face a conflict between generating profits for shareholders and doing the right thing for the country."
In fact, it is not just steel, manufacturing or information technology that have been targeted and are either dead or hurting. Many professions are at risk from the corporate policies of out-sourcing jobs to third world countries. Corporations may trancend national boundaries but they do exist within national boundaries. With plutocratic desires encoded into law, legally these corporate entities may not be breaking the law but in reality they are traitors to the nations that harbor them and most of all to the people that make up the nation.
Why do you think any government is on your side?
What do you think you have in common with the owners of the world?
Aggressive, territorial, ritualistic, hierarchical, reptilian central banks, government and corporate meditation and planning.
Government Lies; Corporate Power Lies.
Peasants killing peasants.
Consolidation of fortune and power by and for the owners carried out by the peasants. Again.
What is your payoff in this war?
Unlimited ambition, dreams of empire, boot heel on the world's neck.
And all in our name...
"The bullshit piled up so fast in Vietnam, you needed wings to stay above it."
Has a familiar ring, yes?
"...Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace."
1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
1. a. Of, relating to, or constituting an island.
b. Living or located on an island.
2. a. Suggestive of the isolated life of an island: "He is an exceedingly insular man, so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist" (Leonard Michaels).
b. Circumscribed and detached in outlook and experience; narrow or provincial.Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
n. pl. plutocracies
1. Government by the wealthy.
2. A wealthy class that controls a government.
3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.Source: The American Heritage. Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright \251 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Plu*toc"ra*cy, n. [Gr. ?; ? wealth + ? to be strong, to rule, fr.? strength: cf. F. plutocratie.]
A form of government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the wealthy classes; government by the rich; also, a controlling or influential class of rich men.Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, ) 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
n : a political system governed by the wealthy peopleSource: WordNet . 1.6, ) 1997 Princeton University
These definitions quite accurately describes America these days. Just about the only ones saying how wonderful we are is, well, us. And, of course, we believe ourselves. And we're always right and we're never wrong.
Christians have become killers. Jews have become nazis. Americans have become terrorists.
Something terrible has happened in America and to Americans. We have become ignorant, selfish, condescending, conceited and at the same time have maintained our time-honored traditions of bigotry and racism. We have given up any idea that we should educate ourselves, think critically or question anything that is presented to us as "the truth". We're republican or democrat because that's what our parents are. Not that there's any substantial difference between the two. We accept, without any questioning, the religious brainwashing we received as children.
We think that because someone has money that they will have our best interests in mind. By far, most of us pay rent or a mortgage and yet we vote for leaders that have never had to fear being removed from their home for lack of money. We let those who have never wanted for anything create economic plans that determine how all of our lives will be lived. We never ask what to these people have in common with us. Some sort of magical thinking is going on here, as if by supporting a wealthy person then somehow I will be weathly too. Very strange. Of course it could be that most of us realize that we're clueless and simply hope that someone who has a lot of money actually does know what's going on and will do what is right by us. I suspect this is naive.
We take as gospel, pontifications from "experts" who derive their livlihood from corporations who trade in the knowledge these people inform us about. And we see no possiblity that what they say might be compromised by their understandable desire to stay employed.
We believe the slogans and sound bites rather than what is actually occurring. Not that we actually actually know what is occurring. The media has been completely taken over by a few of the richest people on the planet. And by the way, this is not a group known for its liberalism. In spite of being told that America is at war, network and cable news shows spend hours rehashing old murders and kidnappings that have absolutely nothing to do with anyone not actually involved. This is known as diversion. This is America today. Totally diverted. We are not interested in anything beyond our borders and in fact, not much interested in what is occurring within our borders. As long as we are able to keep our little job supporting some corporate entity or selling little trinkets to ourselves so that we can pay the rent, make the car payment, have a little left over for beer and cocktails and to go out to dinner every so ofter, well, this is, after all, the greatest country in the world. Right? Anyway, that's what we're told.
We have leadership today who although they claim to believe in a religion that teaches love, forgivness and compassion, is nevertheless willing to use military force against an entire nation in order to eliminate one person. You have to wonder what they would do if they were not kept in check with the precepts of their religion.
Those who engineer a coup détat always take over the means of mass communication. This took place in the US many years ago and it is a problem of huge dimension. Once the channels of information have been captured, well, pretty much all is lost.
So the rest of this is basically just an exercise.
A democracy should mean that each of us has some representation, not just the charade of voting for tweedle-dum or tweedle-dee with winner take all. There is no representation at all for those not for the winning team. Proportional representation and the requirement for consensus would no doubt slow down various agendas, but then that might not be such a bad thing.
How is it that the software that counts the votes is proprietary and held secret? How can that be in a democracy? When was this allowed and by whom? A computer program counting votes? I don't think think that this is a good idea. Along with so-called polls and statistical analysis why even bother with encouraging the actual physical effort of touching a place on a monitor screen. Just trust and go along with the results as reported?
Concentration of wealth. About all that is ever mentioned, no matter how briefly, is the growing disparity between the rich and the poor. Never are we told the actual magnitude of the difference. If one looks one can find reports that indicate that as few as 1% of the population controls 90% of the wealth. Perhaps this is slightly exaggerated, or not, but it is and should be an issue. All social projects, health care, infrastructure and so on are therefore paid out the remaining 10% of wealth in order to benefit 99% of the people. At least the slave owners paid for some level of maintenance of their slaves.
I think that the obsession with gun control should be dropped. It is as polarizing as the abortion issue and is definitely a deal breaker for many who would otherwise find themselves agreeing more with the democrats than republicans. There are already numerous laws on the books regarding guns, not the least of which are those concerning murder. A point to think about is that disarming people might not be the best idea in light of the apparent direction this government is taking us.
The so-called Christian right should be spot-lighted and their ignorance, superstition, bigotry and intolerance should continually be pointed out. They are the equivalent of the Taliban and they're here in American now. Of course they vote, but so do we. Besides if the fix is in (and most likely it is) at least we will have the satisfaction of pointing out what they are. If we don't, then we legitimize their position. Not a good thing.
"Worship the Rich, Punish the Poor" has become the prevalent philosophy in American and the world today. Human validation is only possible through constant accumulation. This along with the rapid utilization of natural resources can only be compared with biological cancer. The maintenance and growth of a monetary system that has debt as its core mandates greed and corruption. The American myth that anyone who works hard can be a success should be exposed as simply a myth. For every Bill Gates that makes a fortune by selling, in his case, a mediocre product, there are a 100 million who will slave away at some job barely able to pay their monthly bills. We are the norm, not Gates.
Health care is, and under the current monetary system must be, only concerned with treatment, never a cure. Does anyone see a problem with this? After all, treatment is where the money is, not in the cure. As an example, stem cell research could actually lead to cures for many diseases. Are we really so naive that we think that religious beliefs are the reason this research is being stifled?
The fact that there is class stratification in America needs to be at least occasionally mentioned. To a great number of points on the scale, the only difference between the old European systems of power is that in America we don't call ourselves serfs and peasants and we don't call those who rule, kings and Nobles. But we are serfs, and the rulers are the those with the old money, major shareholders, CEOs and Presidents. What is that old saying? "Behind every great fortune is a great crime". Why do we worship and admire these people?
There is much more but these are some issues that I never see addressed or even talked about.
On this site you'll find links to many different sites. Many issues are covered. Not everything is provable or verifiable but then we rarely prove anythings for ourselves anyway and possibilties for verification have generally been eliminated.-tmc
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