I think Terry has a very good analysis of what has happened and will
continue to happen with the corporate control of the media and the success
of the "eithic of self-loathing" that has been foisted on us at least here
in the USA.
After all, WE are the government. Remember "of the people, by the people
and for the people". Now it is "of the corporate 'people', by the
corporate 'people' and for the corporate 'people' ". WHY do we fall for
the "hate your neighbor as yourself" routine?
Big money controls the government in the US, especially after the two party
system died in '96 with the corporate money control of both party's
campaign funding. The government has lost something very important - the
respect of those governed as I am afraid we may very well learn here in the
next couple days. Hugh's post illustrates the attitude of mistrust many of
us have in the veracity and fairness of our government.
We are almost 20 years into this revolution now. We have children grown to
adulthood with nothing but the attiude of me Me! ME!! and money at all
costs. Maybe it is poetic justice that the parents of those children who
led or at least acquiesced in the destruction of the spirit of community
will be the amoung the groups to suffer the consequences. Social Security
re or deform???
After all everyone who does not die young will get old and lose their grip
on the power needed to protect themselves from the very attitudes they
helped establish. I can hear it now "What have you old folks contribed to
my bottom line lately?" Like the W2 program in Wisconsin, will the new
government order include a 2 year time limit to become a "productive"
member of society?
Mike Miller, the proud owner of a new bag of catfood containing : poultry
by-product meal, beef and bone meal and "dried animal digest". (10,000
flies can't be wrong, your cat should eat ....) That was the Sustainable
Ag connection for this way off topic post :>))
>>many on the sanet are anti-government
>This was an aside in a posting, but it should be the subject of a focussed
>I assert that supporters of sustainable agriculture should be supporters of
>The corporations are anti-government, to promote their own power. They use
>their media to push an anti-government attitude on the rest of us.
>The corporations push from two directions-
>1. We are told that governments collect too much in taxes
>Taxes, for a time, used to be progressive. As we accept corporate
>propaganda, taxes become regressive and tax breaks to corporations accrue,
>and there are two consequences:
>1a Government revenue decreases and so does its power vis-a-vis the
>1b Government has less to spend on our essential services, such as health,
>education, public transportation.
>2. We are told that government provides poor service
>This is true, for sure, to the extent that government cuts back to match
>This is used as an excuse to do two things:
>2a Privatise government services, such as telecommunications, health
>services, and education.
>2b Remove regulations. Laws that protect working conditions, fair prices,m
>and local economies are swept aside.
>Terry J. Klokeid, Ph.D.
>Amblewood Organic Farm
>Fulford Harbour, British Columbia
>The constitution of Canada does not belong either to Parliament, or to the
>Legislatures; it belongs to the country and it is there that the citizens
>of the country will find the protection of the rights to which they are
>entitled. Supreme Court of Canada A.G. of Nova Scotia and A.G. of Canada,
>S.C.R. 1951 pp 32
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