” … but will we see it before it’s too late”?

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I’m always amazed at how some people on the one hand are easily convinced that our national interests are somehow tied to the civil unrest in countries on the other side of the globe, convinced how imperative it is that we take action before it’s too late.  On the other hand, they feel no compulsion to act at all on the preponderance of science that warns we are headed for tragic consequences if we do not change our fossil fuel consumption habits.

When there is little evidence to support the notion of intervention requiring vast expenditures and human life in civil matters of other countries and huge amounts of evidence to support the threat of man-made global warming, who is at the helm creating the message that one is more important than the other?  Could it be the same ones who argue that greed is good and that the increased concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people is somehow justified in a world where hunger and want affects more people today than any other time and jobs to lift them out of such poverty are more scarce as wages are unable to keep up with inflation.

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“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it’s issuance.”  – James Madison

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. … corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”     – Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (Letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

“… there are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go to keep the workers in slavery.”Mother Jones

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.”  – Alex Carey

“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac”Henry Kissenger

“In the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the l990s it triumphed over democracy”.  – David Korten, The Post-Corporate World

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Creeping corporatism infects the social fabric of democracies everyday but will we see it before it’s too late?

 

A special thanks to Jon Jonik for making his editorial cartoons available to the public at no charge.  All of his work can be viewed at the Jonik Editorial Cartoons website.

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18 responses to “” … but will we see it before it’s too late”?

  1. Larry, it is sad but we Americans recognize the problem when it is nearly too late……we are told that what is good for business is good for the country…that is NO longer accurate….we need a new radicl group called the Economic freedom Fighters or something along those lines…..chuq

      • A tear that will be hard to mend…..the middle class is vanishing and no one seems to notice or even care…..that indifference will be our undoing……

      • Actually, I’d much rather spend the rest of my life hammered…and otherwise “self-medicated”, if you know what I mean.

  2. Either that or no one cared John, being lulled into the false belief that one’s self-interests will really keep things in balance. Ha! Fooled once will we be fooled again? The remnants of democracy are dangling by a thread.

  3. I’m always bemused by the argument for paying bankers enormous bonuses, that says if we don’t pay over the odds the bankers will go elsewhere. Where, exactly? And, these are bonuses for banks bailed out by the taxpayer. Mind you corporations have never been shy about looking after their own interests. Look at what they’ve done in Africa over the last 200 years.

    • “if we don’t pay over the odds the bankers will go elsewhere. Where, exactly?”

      Yes, this argument didn't carry water especially as global economies were crashing back in 2008-09. I mean, what gain was there to go from one failed financial institution to another?

      Fear mongering is what the monied interests do best, relying on a poorly informed public who as Steinbeck suggested years ago never really saw themselves "as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." A notion fostered by billionaires who know damn well that most poor fools will never come anywhere close to their vast fortunes

  4. it’s what happens when corporate america allows the nuts to hold sway on social issues in return for backing their money grubbing ways…a freakin’ disaster…

  5. Hey, Woodgate. Have you ever seen the documentary The Corporation? It’s about 10 years old, but is as appropriate as ever, and has some funny & jaw dropping parts. It’s stunning what a couple of these folks actually said on camera.

    And if you have geo-blocking technology, here’s the expanded, 3 episode, TV Ontario version.
    http://tvo.org/program/120323/the-corporation

    It helped me see the corporation for what it is; a soulless monster destroying everything in its way.

      • I wasn’t ten minutes into before I realized I have seen this and yes it is an excellent representation of what transpires today with the “corporate agenda”.

      • Excellent. If you’re interested, the TV Ontario version has about 30-40 extra minutes, but it only aired on TV Ontario and can only be seen on the Internet by Canucks. Usually us Canucks get geo-cock-blocked by American media interests, not the other way around. This is one of the many reasons I have an ISP masking program.

        Aside from the message & style, I liked the approach. “If a corporation is a person, what kind of person is it?” Well, it’s a sociopath by design. They’re created to do our society’s dirtiest work, while shielding and isolating us (and its managers who give the orders) from any and all repercussions.

        Had Nazi Germany been a corporation instead of a national government, Hitler would have received a golden parachute and would’ve died of old age in a gated community in Boca Raton.

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