It has been a month since Corporate Constraint was launched and, even now, I feel it necessary to restate my purpose -- if by doing so it serves only to keep me grounded. But fear not dear reader, this is not mere self-indulgent navel-gazing; as always, there is much wisdom here to nourish you (grin).
"Passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil."
"What we have today is a corpratocracy. We have the President and Congress in the hands of Big Food, Big Pharmacy, Big Oil, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate...the President doesn't run this country; the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State don't run these people, and God help us (!) the American people don't run this country! Big Money runs this country."
It is true that the present realities are solidly aligned against the kind of change described above, the infrastructure firmly ingrained. Money and power, in the service of money and power, is an insurmountable force. The status quo relies upon our ingrained sense of learned helplessness, based on a strategy calculated to suppress any concerted response. This idea that we can redress our errors is a fantasy -- to imagine that corporations could be subordinated, that elected representatives would actually reflect the will and serve the needs of the many, that our looming catastrophes could be averted. As Chris Hedges has said,
"The war is over, and they won."Still, for now I'm gonna hold to this crazy notion that since we made-up this thing called the corporation, we can just change it. And, from far away, I hear Dr. King whispering...
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
And so dear reader, should you ever find yourself with that sinking feeling that something's not right, if you cease to accept this unjust system, what small act of refusal will distinguish you?