Sunday, May 11, 2008

why little people won't win the fight

david meets goliath and kills him. yeah! little guy takes down big guy and we all root him on. doesn't often happen in real life. here we are in 21st century america and we are trying to win america back from the fascists- and we aren't going to win. i don't say that to be a fatalist. i say that as a realist. our american lifestyle does not lend itself to our winning. as a consumer nation, we aren't going to go cold turkey from purchasing our needs and our wants. and, unfortunately, even if we win a battle at a time, we won't win the war. why? you ask. if anyone has seen the movie 'the shooter'- there's a scene in that movie where one assassin tells the other that he may kill his target but that will stop nothing. the corruption is too pervasive. i believe he uses the word 'conglomerate' and i would find it to be fairly accurate.

see- we are focused on the election like it's going to do a damned bit of good. and it isn't because the government and corporate are so entwined that they now look like a screen door. no kidding. we have the military and food corporates enmeshed- and we have corporations with their own mercenary security forces. all of those defense department's contractors? well, beyond renewing blackwater's contract for another year- the pentagon contracts with these big umbrella corporates and whether you want to support the war or not- you do. it isn't enough to take our tax money for war profiteering, the government and big corporate are profiting from our daily lives-- and laughing at us for thinking that this election is going to make any difference at all.

from an excerpt of 'the real matrix' by nick turse:

"In fact, the Pentagon payroll is a veritable who's who of the top companies in the world: IBM; Time-Warner; Ford and General Motors; Microsoft; NBC and its parent company, General Electric; Hilton and Marriott; Columbia TriStar Films and its parent company, Sony; Pfizer; Sara Lee; Procter & Gamble; M&M Mars and Hershey; Nestlé; ESPN and its parent company, Walt Disney; Bank of America; and Johnson & Johnson among many other big-name firms. But the difference between now and then isn't only in scale. As this list suggests, Pentagon spending is reaching into previously neglected areas of American life: entertainment, popular consumer brands, sports. This penetration translates into a remarkable variety of forms of interaction with the public."

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