Terrorism, “The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.”
During the government shutdown, a lot of liberals labeled the Teapublicans who had instituted this idiocy terrorists, and I can’t say I blame them. Harming millions of Americans for the sake of legislative power is as violent as it comes.
The mistake liberals made though was deciding that the Tea Party was the grandmaster of this scheme, and that’s completely wrong. There’s a larger ruler at work that they themselves answer to, and it’s called the corporation.
Slowly yet steadily, the corporation has gained more and more power: Ronald Reagan allowed lobbyists to destroy regulations, Bill Clinton let their globalization needs open up worldwide market abuse, and Bush II worked with them to orchestrate an oil war. Then in 2008, the Supreme Court granted the corporation personhood and, in other words, permitted them to run even more amok. The 2003 Canadian documentary The Corporation warned this country that corporations, if people, were technically psychopaths, yet we didn’t stop them. Only now are we complaining about Citizens United.
Unfortunately, things didn’t stop there. These monsters are continuing to seek more and more clout until they become Gods in this world. To meet that end, they have started to employ terrorist tactics to get Americans to side with them. Whether it be this shutdown of the government or denial of decent healthcare or destruction of our environment, corporations want us to end up being reliant on them so they can control the world.
In the coming years, we need to be extra careful and far more vigilant when dealing with this threat. Unlike religious terrorism and eco-terrorism, which both suffer from lack of membership and resources respectively, corporations hold a vast amount of capital at their disposal. If they can afford to pay billions for just electoral power, imagine what other corrupt financial schemes they’re employing on a day-to-day basis.
I know a lot of you have been advocating for the plight of small businesses, but the truth of the matter is we need to stop investing all our time into a path we know the majority of Americans aren’t going to take. Attacking the corporation, revealing their violations of human rights and their sickening treatment of animals and the environment, should be our primary objective. Just look at what Ric O’Barry did with the annual Taiji dolphin hunt in Japan. Rather than tell everyone to look at alternative products not made from dolphins, he instead attacked and showed the horrors of the reality. Four years after the release of The Cove, the eponymous area in the film is now, for the first time in history, blue, and no dolphins have been murdered.
I’m not saying to stop campaigning for small businesses, but I am saying that it’s not going to get us anywhere anytime soon. If these massive institutions really are sociopaths suffering from a god complex, let’s show the world their true colors.