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.
“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
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.