“It worked so well in the third world that we brought it home. The Corporatacracy colonized its own People.” John Perkins, “Hoodwinked.”
There’s a scent of a fresh kill in the air, and the hunter is crouched and ready to spring, it is so certain of it’s prize it’s brazen about showing itself. We’ve seen it play out before on whatever nature program: Some one is going to eat today, some one else is going to die. Except this isn’t a normal kind of nature program to which I refer, in this case the
hunter is corporate America and the prey is US citizens.
There’s been evidence of its coming for some time now. As Naomi Klein describes in her important work “Shock Doctrine” Americans ravaged several South American nations during the eighties and nineties. Graduates of Chicago’s School of Economics, impressed with Milton Friedman’s perception of free market capitalism tore apart democratic governments and national resources, all for the love of mammon. It was ugly. People went to jail or were killed for protesting against American influences. In the aftermath of ravaged economies that were driven to third world nation status, only socialist kinds of interventions ameliorated the damage.
The time is ripe for the Corporate Hunter to finally move in for the kill on its Citizen Prey. With a Congress full of Corporate lackeys (Pass this bill or say goodbye to your donations) and a CEO for President whose greed is ostentatious, the chase is nearly over.
Cutting Corporate taxes as well as individual taxes for the wealthy (not to mention a permanent ban on estate tax) means that the monies to run the nation must come from somewhere. They come from 98% of the rest of us. Many itemized deductions that are currently available to Mr and Mrs Average are nixed under the plan which combined with changes in tax rates, spell disaster for most of us. It severely curtails the ability for communities to pursue bonds for building and education. Higher education, our biggest contributor to progress, innovation, and enlightenment, is threatened.
While we reel from the blow of the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”, another fatal wound will be incurred with the elimination of longstanding safety nets of Social Security and Medicare. We will take our last breath with the ending of Net Neutrality where equal access to information allows our democracy a freedom other nations covet.
We are in trouble. There’s not much to do now, no matter how fast or how hard we run, the Corporate Hunter has gained considerable strength these past twenty years, it has waited patiently for right time, the right hour, to move in for the kill, and it seems to be upon us. The Oligarchy is unashamedly cannibalizing its own.
RIP Middle Class. RIP American Dream. RIP American Democracy.