Time To Declare War on "Terminator (mega) Corporations"
Posted November 8, 2003 thepeoplesvoice.org
Rob Kall OpEdNews.Com
a war in this country, between the far right's Bush Regime and republican
politics and the democrats. They are attacking the middle class, workers,
the environment, the nation's resources, assets, rights, freedoms, ethics,
values and principles. And the main sources for the funding for this
massive war, with attacks on so many fronts are the mega-corporations--
the "Terminator Corporations."
the left, the Democrats, liberals, progressives, greens and whoever else
values what the right is attacking are going to fight back, then the
battle must go to the corporations... and the top tenth of the top
percentage of the most wealthy Americans who are also the most greedy.
not only weak-willed, indecisive and bad strategy to avoid going after
these enemies of the vast majority of Americans and America's most
precious rights and assets, it is crazy. Imagine being horribly attacked
by some group and then going after an ugly guy in a country that has no
relevance to the real attackers. That would be crazy or, quite literally,
treachery, or even treason, it would be such a failure to properly
defend ourselves. Of course that's what George Bush did. But he did it as
a service to those corporation that are supporting him. He attacked Iraq
in a treacherous act aimed to help his corporate allies in spite of the
danger it put our troops in, in spite of the weak condition it left our
military forces in throughout the rest of the world, in spite of pulling
resources away from the search to capture, kill and neuter Al Qaeda.
we not only have the corporations funding the war against our nation
through political funding and corruption of the political process, we also
have corporations corrupting the safety of our nation.
is consistent with the reality that corporations ARE the inventions that
have come back to attack the human race. Corporations are the form the
"Terminators" have taken in reality.
I'm not talking about the small business corporation, nor the corporation
that employs 50 or 100 workers in your local town. Those businesses are
the heartblood of America. We need to support and protect them as allies
in the fight against the megacorporations that register in the Bahamas to
avoid paying taxes, the huge corporations that put ten thousand people out
of work by outsourcing phone or data services or manufacturing to India or
the Caribbean. We need to protect our family owned and small local
businesses, even local chains, like the supermarkets
that are being killed by Walmart and being forced to resort to the
same unconscionable employee, wage and benefit policies. WE need to
protect our homegrown, local businesses from international
megacorporations that seek to replace loyal employees with the lowest
wages to be found on the planet, seeking out what is tantamount to slave
labor in third world countries.
is not about communism or socialism. I'm for honest American businesses
operating in the US, paying their fair share of taxes, giving Americans
jobs, operating responsibly in respect to the environment and the humans
they serve. There are enough ethical, responsible businesses in the US to
provide us with the best quality goods and services without the abuses
this article lists.
democratic party has to build a platform that rewards these businesses--
the local contractors, plumbers, hardware stores, mom and pop groceries
and video stores, the 10 store chains that treat workers with respect and
dignity. We have to differentiate between the 98% of businesses who are
the good guys, who treat humans right, from the "terminator"
megacorporations that, without conscience or ethics, have been engaged in
funding the war against humanity, against America since the Nixon era or
on the left are finally beginning to have some seriously funded policy
promotion think tanks, like the Center
for American Progress and we need to have these organizations help
develop clear policies and strategies to take these corporations down.
What does it mean to "take them down?"
a starter list:
away corporate personhood rights from corporations. They are not persons
and should not have the rights of humans. This will have just about zero
effect on small businesses. It will help prevent corporations from
contributing to election campaigns or influencing elections. it will force
them to open their secrets to government investigations since they will no
longer be able to claim privacy rights.
some of the arenas where corporations have failed to responsibly manage,
such as energy production and distribution. Enron was a monster, but also
the tip of the iceberg.
around the trend towards de-regulation. While the right creates laws and
punishments that send millions of people to jail for crimes that hurt
no-one, they elminate laws that prevent corporations from abusing
workers, poisoning the environment, producing unsafe products or using
monopolistic prices to artificially inflate prices. The mega-corporations
were given a chance with a long leash. They failed to show they were
worthy of our trust. We need to shorten the leash.
severe criminal penalties for corporations and their managers, including a
corporate death penalty. make sure that managers do hard time if they, on
their watch, allow corporations to hurt humans or the nations' assets.
tax incentives that reward corporations of all sizes for treating humans
and the environment with respect.
equal opportunity funding that helps small businesses to compete with
megacorporations. (This is illegal now because of corporate personhood
is essential that include small businesses as our allies as we on the left
acknowledge that this war was declared by the "terminator
corporations" decades ago. We must, as an alliance of individuals and
small businesses, declare that we are going to fight back We
must finally, after Enron and Tyco and Worldcom and Walmart, see
that they are our Pearl Harbor, our 9-11 and we must gear up like we did
in world war two and fight for our lives, for our nation.
right wingers will call this socialism or communism. That's to be
expected. They also accuse us of engaging in class war when we complain
about tax breaks to the super-rich, when they are the ones engaging in
class war. So these accusations will be shrill attacks that are guaranteed
to come. But the truth is the "terminator corporations" prove
that capitalism unrestrained has its weaknesses, and like any process or
system taken to an extreme, capitalism can be toxic. We can work within
the capitalist model. It's still the best we have. We just need to add
some rules, and while we're at it, declare all out war on the
"terminator corporations" that have been at war with humanity
and the nation we love.
Kall is editor of www.OpEdNews.Com a tough liberal news and opinion
website. He also organizes the Futurehealth winter Brain, Optimal
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