Monday, September 01, 2008

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Today we celebrate the labor of hard working men and women who built America into the richest most powerful nation in the world.
But many of us are also mourning the fact that most of the wealth and power created by those hard working Americans is now concentrated among a handful of the worlds greediest war-mongering multi-national corporations.
We live in profoundly difficult days for America's great experiment with Democracy. An historical moment in our history, where factories are shuttered and shipped overseas, while American jobs are pawned off to the lowest bidders in developing countries.
Not only are our livelihoods being sold out from underneath us, but our "Purple Mountains Majesty", our rivers, wetlands, deserts, coastlines, National Parks, National Monuments and Wildlife Refuges as well.
"America The Beautiful", herself, is For Sale!
Our public lands are being opened up to the very same robber-barons & private interests, who, with the pious contempt of the so-called religious right, relentlessly cheapen the fruit of American labor while maximizing the profits of a chosen few. And, who continue plundering & profiteering from the exploitation and squandering of the worlds diminishing resources, while defending and promoting a wasteful destructive economic system that is based upon unlimited growth and conspicuous consumption.
America is no longer a sovereign nation! America is a rogue corporation whose assets have been appropriated under a hostile takeover by members of its own Board Of Directors.
The assets of America Inc.---including we, the indentured middle-class servants whose labor earns ever decreasing portions of the national pie---are being divided up amongst its major stockholders, including the chief executives of such benevolent companies as Exxon-Mobil, WalMart and Halliburton.
Yes folks, everything is up for sale, including you!
So, one last time, before you're laid off, before your home is lost to foreclosure, or before our world is consumed by our consumption, let's all do our part in trying to keep the miracle of "Disaster Capitalism" afloat.
Get out there on this great National Holiday and buy stuff on the credit card.
Something from China, something from Walmart.
Something that will hasten the exportation of more American jobs.
While you're out, fill up those gas-guzzlers at your nearest Exxon-Mobil distributor. Not just the cars, but the boats, the Jet-Skis, the OHVs, and all the other toys too.
And remember, as peak oil looms over industrial civilization, Halliburton thanks you for all the billions they're making off the hard labor of American kids fighting in Iraq, sacrificing their lives & limbs, to secure more oil for fueling our absurd dead-end climate ruining lifestyles.
~Happy Labor Day~
recommended reading - The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
God Laughs & Plays - David James Duncan
recommended viewing - Out Of Balance - Tom Jackson

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said!

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a long overdue rant. I needed it. Lee in New Jersy.

6:14 PM  
Blogger jules said...

Wow, great thought-provoking post.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.
-Joseph Stalin

9:25 PM  

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