I don’t know about you, but I can’t but help in feeling hopeless with all that’s going on in the world. After reading two very important books by author and activist, John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and The Secret History of the American Empire), the realization that the same terrible actions by the “corporatocracy” continue unabated. This link between these huge criminal corporations and government are at the core of most of the ills of the world. Perkins remains hopeful because of organizations that are focused on change. He feels we still have a chance, but writes that unless all the children of the world have the same opportunities, change will not occur. But what are the realities of this happening? He strongly urges all of us to take proactive steps to end the corporatocracies. A few of these steps are: researching which companies use exploitation in their practices and refrain from buying their products, writing to those companies why we refuse to purchase these products, joining progressive movements, writing to our representatives, and non-violent disobedience. However, during the worst economic period since the Great Depression, people are more focused on survival and feeding their families, trying to find a job, any job. The corporate media is like an opium to the masses and puts s**t on tv and the “news” is rather propaganda than real journalism.
The floods and devastation in Pakistan are not just a “natural disaster” but have occurred due to man-made climate change and made extremely worse due to projects conducted by the “assistance” of the World Bank and IMF including the creation of farmlands (which benefited the country’s elite) in areas that would have been buffers to the flood and prevented much of this devastation. The fact that the so called relief efforts have been minimal in comparison to other disasters, including the Asian tsunami, shouts out Islamaphobia. The US more concerned with sending killer drones to attack “insurgents” than sending such needed aid to these doomed people speaks for itself.
Instead, what are we focused on? A so called “Ground Zero” mosque in NYC (which is mainly a social center and NOT on Ground Zero). The Republicans are using this as a campaign issue, while the weakling Democrats are either succumbing (as the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Harry Reid did) or not making a stand. While the mass rapes continue in the (ironically called) Democratic Republic of the Congo and we do nothing about it, rather, we are focused on creating and pushing hate as Muslims are targeted daily for practicing their religion. This Islamaphobia is the new anti-semitism. Using a scapegoat for their ills rather than focusing on the real problem—corporatocracy. I wonder when the concentration camps will be set up? I naively really believed that when I voted for Obama, the country was headed in the right direction, however, this Manchurian Candidate has been a wet dream for the rightwing and Wall Street criminals. He has continued the previous administration’s stance on nearly every subject (and even taken it further in many instances). I didn’t think it was possible to have a worse administration than the previous one but sadly I feel I was wrong. The huge corporations continue their stranglehold on our representatives. All three branches of our government are now controlled in this manner. If I’m not mistaken, Mussolini called this Fascism.
As the title of this article states, when will we finally get it? I’m afraid we won’t.
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