I consider myself a defender of corporate America
And then there's this:
America is the solution to the world’s problems.
What the hell does Corporate America have to do with advocating America?
Would he consider Republican Abraham Lincoln an advocate of America? This is what Lincoln wrote about corporations:
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.
See: What Lincoln Foresaw: Corporations Being "Enthroned" After the Civil War and Re-Writing the Laws Defining Their Existence
This is what Corporate America wants:
Dollar Uber Alles. Pick your poison and give us your money. The hell with anything that binds a people together, that encourages thrift or industry, that cultivates honesty or intelligence, that grows strong roots for the preservation of the nation as it heads into the future.
Here is the absolute naked face of Corporate America:
Network - Jensen/Beale Boardroom Scene
And American Rhetoric has the transcript of Paddy Chayefsky's immortal words. I've carried Jensen's speech in my PDA for years:
You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it, is that clear? You think you have merely stopped a business deal—that is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity, it is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations! There are no peoples! There are no Russians! There are no Arabs! There are no third worlds! There is no West! There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multinational dominion of dollars! Petrodollars, electrodollars, multidollars, reischmarks, rubles, rin, pounds and shekels! It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet! That is the natural order of things today! That is the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And you have meddled with the primal forces of nature and you will atone! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?
You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen, Mr. Beale, and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and Du Pont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world now. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state—Karl Marx? They pull out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories and minimax solutions like the good little systems-analysts they are and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments just like we do.
We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale! It has been that way since man crawled out of the slime, and our children, Mr. Beale, will live to see that perfect world without war and famine, oppression and brutality—one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.
There it is in a nutshell.
The world is not a business.
And what we have now is nothing more than legalized enslavement.
Take forty-seven minutes out of your day for the following video. I keep forgetting to link to it and I think it's so important, so revelatory, that I'm embedding it here again:
Money As Debt
That explains the mess we're in today.
And if that doesn't open your eyes, you're as blind as Limbaugh is deaf!
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