If Nazis or other fascists took over North America, what would we all do? What would we all do if they implemented Mussolini’s definition of fascism: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power”? And what would we do if they then instituted laws allowing them to put a significant portion—say one-third—of all Jewish males between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five into concentration camps? What if this occupied country called itself a democracy, but most everyone understood elections to be shams, with citizens allowed to choose between different wings of the same Fascist (or, following Mussolini, Corporate) party? What if anti-government activity was opposed by storm troopers and secret police? Would you fight back? If there already existed a resistance movement, would you join it? Substitute the word African-American for Jewish and ask yourself the same questions.
Now, would you resist if the fascists irradiated the countryside, poisoned food supplies, made rivers unfit for swimming (and so filthy you wouldn’t even dream of drinking from them anymore)? What if they did this because . . . Hell, I can’t finish that sentence because no matter how I try I can’t come up with a motivation good enough even for fascists to irradiate and toxify the landscape and water supplies. If fascists systematically deforested the continent, would you join an underground army of resistance, head to the forests, and from there to boardrooms and to the halls of the Reichstag to pick off the occupying deforesters and most especially those who give them their marching orders?
Okay, so maybe your sense of kin, and your sense of skin, doesn’t extend to the natural world. Maybe you don’t yet love the land where you live enough that you will fight for it. But what if the fascists toxify not only the landscape but the bodies of those you love? What if their actions put dioxin—one of the most toxic substances known—and dozens of other carcinogens into the flesh of your lover, children, mother, brother, sister, father? Would you then fight back? What if the fascists toxify your own body? Would you still cling to the illusion that their edicts carry more weight than that brought to bear by their secret and not-so-secret police? Would you work for this regime? Would you teach others its virtues? Or would you fight back? If you will not fight back when they toxify your own body (and toxify your mind with propaganda leading you to believe their edicts carry moral weight), when, precisely, will you fight back? Give me—and more importantly yourself—a specific threshold at which you will finally take a stand. If you can’t or won’t give that threshold, why not?
None of these questions are rhetorical. The questions are real. They are, at this point, some of the most important questions there are.
Derrick Jensen – Endgame
“Sound familiar? It is an old and cruel tactic in any company town. Reduce wages and benefits to subsistence level. Break unions. Gut social assistance programs. Buy and sell elected officials and judges. Fill the airwaves with mindless diversion and corporate propaganda. Pay off the press. Poison the soil, the air and the water to extract natural resources and leave behind a devastated wasteland. Plunge workers into debt. Leave them owing more on their houses than the structures are worth. Make sure the children will be burdened by tens of thousands of dollars lent to them for an education and will be unable to find decent jobs. Make sure that everything from hospital bills to car payments to credit card fees exact increasing pounds of flesh. And when workers stumble, when they cannot pay soaring interest rates, jack up rates further and deploy predators from debt collection agencies to harass the debtors and seize their assets. Then toss them away. Company towns all look the same. And we live in the biggest one on earth.”
As usual, Chris Hedges nails the issue squarely on the head (not to mention a great history lesson you’ve probably never heard). Please click through and read his entire post, and then share it far and wide. Be the revolution.
Clearly, Monsanto and other mega-corporations of their ilk have far too great a reach, far too much power and influence over our lawmakers and regulators. They have taken over our lives and are destroying everything in their path in the relentless pursuit of profit. One way or another, these giants must be broken up, their power over our lives reduced, and made to serve the interests of all rather than those of a rich and powerful few.
Someone posted the following comment somewhere on the Internet the other day. I liked it and saved it here to see if I could add anything to it. Unfortunately, I didn’t copy the source, so I don’t know who to credit, but whoever they are; they’re absolutely right.
“Can you imagine the absolute shit-storm that would blow up if Jesus came back and started preaching the same old things he did before but in the USA ?
Can you hear the howls of outrage from the conservative ‘christian-right’, from the grassroots of the GOP, that the guy’s a socialist or a commie or at least a bleeding-heart liberal who hangs out with low-life scum and whores and that he’s pretty obviously anti-christian and therefore probably a tool of the devil?
And if he caused enough of a commotion, if there was any serious chance he might change the way things are, he’d surface on the US (government’s) radar and that could be fatal. Swarthy middle-eastern guy with a beard butting heads with the establishment ? Chances are some government agency would pin him as a ‘terrorist’ and assassinate him or whip him off somewhere secret where he could be hurt for a spot of ‘indefinite detention’ without trial.
You can understand why he might want to stay well clear of America today.”
When I read that, my first thought was, ‘Isn’t that exactly what happened to the guy 2000 years ago in Palestine?’
Some of the most “religious” people I know, some of whom have advanced degrees in, you guessed it, Christianity, have been soaking so long in the brine that they cannot see how far removed their own beliefs are from what the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth were really all about.
Jesus hung out with the dregs of society because they didn’t get any respect or love from the powers that were (and still are) in charge. Jesus was pointing out to those people that they didn’t have to see themselves as less than human just because they were poor, or sick, or outcasts, or foreigners. Jesus was teaching that we are all brothers and that we didn’t have to listen to the corrupt rulers of church or state who told them and still tell us that we’re all so different we can never trust each other, live together, or find the strength in our numbers to challenge the status quo and make a better world for ourselves right here, together.
The kingdom of heaven is within you, he said, and that stirred some people’s imaginations, and got them to thinking and talking to each other, and, worst of all, challenging the powerful few who controlled the many. For that, it was arranged to have old Josh put to death, but the seed had been planted and was growing.
Over the decades and centuries that followed, one group of usurpers after another latched onto the original message preached by the Nazarene and worked their own particular agenda into it until today, the original message is almost totally lost.
If Jesus came back today, he’d be in the streets, protesting NATO and capitalist imperialism. He’d be standing up for equal civil rights for all people – including homosexuals. Hell, he’d probably be gay just to spite the hateful bigots who continue to preach hate in his name. He’d be carrying signs, or playing a guitar, singing at the top of his lungs, and if his work created enough of a stir to make the plutocrats and oligarchs in power feel a little bit insecure, the writer of that original comment up above would be absolutely right. Jesus would be disappeared to some nice quiet death camp, where some Bible-thumping self-righteous idiot, funded by our own holier-than-thou government, would torture him to death in the name of his god, the almighty dollar of the US of A.
If you ever wondered how so many big corporations get away, quite literally, with murder, here’s one example of how they do it. The diagram below lists 15 people, all in powerful positions or connected to someone in such a position within both our government and the Monsanto corporation. Please note one very important name that’s missing from this list: Clarence Thomas.
Clarence Thomas was once a corporate lawyer employed by Monsanto. Today, Thomas is an associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, scheduled to rule on a case involving his former client. So far Justice Thomas has refused to even consider the enormous conflict of interest his presence on the bench presents in this case. Added to a long list of other questionable behavior since joining the court, Clarence Thomas is at the top of the list of justices in need of impeachment.