- We superior modern people shrink in righteous horror
from the very concept of devouring others of our own kind. Cannibalism
in our enlightened civilization is seen as an unspeakably degenerate monstrosity
practiced by savages, with suitably gruesome consequences for all concerned.
The problem is, the practice of outright cannibalism never disappeared
from our common life, but merely withdrew from the crudest level of overt
skull-sipping operations. Respectable cannibals have traded the very best
in feathers, bones and huts for other lineaments of power: expensive suits,
luxurious suites, and chauffeured limousines. Cannibalism has not only
never died out, but has, to the contrary, so extended its feeding frenzies
as to include much more than the physical body parts of other human beings.
- The ancient desire of the cannibal, to actually consume
human attributes along with the body parts, has finally been realized.
It has come to pass that the whole human, talents and all, is munched
slowly over an entire lifespan. A vast accumulation of human aspirations,
dreams, intelligence, hopes, and potential has been being harnessed for
a very long time, as raw fuel for the coffers of the giant corporate cannibals.
But regarding human personal attributes as fair game for engulfing is
one thing: individuals have been more or less free in this century to take
their lives in their own hands and refuse to accept the common corporate
trade-offs. It has lately resided within the individual s own willpower
to chose what and who they wish to enrich through the addition of their
own efforts. However, this fundamental freedom is being eroded with frightening
rapidity: ask the farmer who was heavily fined simply because Monsanto
s GM seeds blew into his fields.
- The problem now is that the raging epidemic in the last
fifty years of Mad Corporation Disease has spread to include entire nations,
and all the institutions that comprise national identity have been engulfed.
Multinational corporate savages have devoured and assimilated the legislative
and justice branches of the government, the military, the communications
media, the educational system, the medical establishment, and everything
else we are used to thinking of as aspects of national life. Individuals
obviously have not been able to prevent the death and subsequent digestion
of an entire nation into the increasingly degenerate and pathological
corporate activity. Individuals can only watch, and describe what they
- "I spent thirty-three years in the Marines, most
of my time being a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street
and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism."
- General Smedley Butler, former US Marine Corps Commandant,
- " The so-called "defense" corporations
are multinational conglomerates that have no great loyalty to the United
States; they are in fact no longer U.S. corporations but transnational
entities loyal only to themselves. "
- John Stockwell, former CIA official
- How on earth the citizens of United States of America
ended up so suavely and invisibly blindfolded, penned, labeled, vaccinated
and herded to slaughter, as the virtual property of large voracious corporations,
is something of a mystery. And this coup was fully intended and carefully
orchestrated from the very beginning to forever remain unobserved by the
average citizen. It has been a long slow incremental devouring. We were
never meant to notice at all, and most of us in fact never have noticed
a thing. We have all been born and raised for generations now in this
corporate pot, and the hot water we are in seems positively natural. Yet
long ago a few people noticed the beginnings of modern corporate cannibalism
and had the foresight and courage to warn their fellow human beings.
- "Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of
corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor
to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until
wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed."
- Abraham Lincoln, American president, 1861-1865
- The body politic has been eaten alive, subsumed, digested
and assimilated by the corporate motive of profit at all costs. The very
ideals of a democratic system of government have also been assimilated
and transformed into the lowest form of life: state-sanctioned corporate
cannibalism. The living energies of human beings and the entire world
of nature now somehow or other, mysteriously , have been legally transferred
to the dark god of corporate welfare. That this underlying madness has
nevertheless been accepted as a rational form of civilization is a tribute
to the hypnotic power of evil suggestion over a long period of time. Our
current national life bears no resemblance whatsoever to the vision of
this nation at its founding, of a free and independent people. We are not
One Nation, Under God ; we are One Nation, Under Greed . Our system
of government is not of the people, by the people, and for the people
; it is of the multinational corporation, by the multinational corporation
and for the multinational corporation. This shocking state of affairs
has not dawned on the majority as yet as being anything other than business
as usual, but there have always been those who understood the seriousness
of our ever-increasing national debasement.
- "This use of the government of all for the enrichment
and aggrandizement of few is a revolution.... These sovereign powers ...
have been given by you and me, all of us, to our government to be used
only for the common and equal benefit. Given by all to be used by all,
it is a revolution to have made them the perquisite of a few."
- Henry Demarest Lloyd, 1847-1903, US journalist
- To one degree or another, life on earth is now increasingly
based on being eaten a little at a time by faceless nameless savages.
We are suffering from a new and even more virulent variant of vCJD: Corporate
Junta Disease. We have been skillfully and deliberately misdirected, and
carefully brought up generation after generation, to think of this as
capitalism , democracy in action , and the free enterprise system .
In reality, on the ground and in practice, what is happening is none of
those things. It is not even survival of the fittest, but something far
lower than that. Unless of course one agrees that the human ability to
devour one s own kind is a reasonable, just and moral definition of the
- " What we have is not a market economy. It is a
corporately planned and controlled economy. "
- " We have a world in which a handful of corporations,
detached from any link to any place or community, have extended their
power beyond the reach of most governments. "
- " The U.S. has a centrally-planned economy, in
many ways more tightly controlled than any state-planned economy that
we have seen. "
- " The political system ... [is] enormously expensive.
The only way you can raise the money to win an election is by appealing
to corporate interests, which then means you're in their debt and have
to focus on their agendas."
- David Korten, economist
- Who do we imagine human beings, nations and nature itself
belong to anyway? Have multinational corporations created us? Have they
created the Earth and all therein as a for-profit enterprise? To be a
human being means to be born with innate energies, abilities, and desires.
Most of us have something within us worth developing and worth offering
to this world. Do we exist then, including all our capacities for love
and intelligent activity, only to be fodder for subhuman forms of life?
The answer to this question is: Yes, as long as we allow it.
- "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never
has, and it never will."
- Frederick Douglass, 1817-1895, escaped slave, abolitionist,
author, orator, statesman
- We come into existence here with, on the whole, large
stores of physical energy, emotional energy, intellectual energy, and
spiritual energy, in varying degrees. Some of this we need to exchange
for feeding and caring for the body. Early Homo sapiens worked hard a
few days a week, because that s about the energy-quotient it took to survive
on this once-nourishing and unspoiled planet. Of course corporate cannibals
had not destroyed nature then either, or fenced off the world so that
humans are effectively confined into little zones of legal residency
pens within their own nations. But under normal circumstances on a planet
like this, when nobody owns us outright, or convinces us that it s normal
for the energy of our lives to be owned, making a living need not be
an endless everlasting drudgery.
- & They make shift to live merely by conformity,
practically as their fathers did, and are in no sense the progenitors of
a noble race of men. But why do men degenerate ever? What makes families
run out? What is the nature of the luxury which enervates and destroys
nations? Are we sure that there is none of it in our own lives?
- Henry David Thoreau
- Even adding a few good mod cons: the hours, days, weeks,
months, and years of being harnessed body and soul to corporate cannibals
is not a rational, beautiful or necessary exchange for human beings to
enjoy a few comforts.
- *"True, the white man brought great change. But
the varied fruits of his civilization, though highly colored and inviting,
are sickening and deadening. And if it be the part of civilization to
maim, rob, and thwart, then what is progress?"
- Chief Luther Standing
- A Conscienceless Entity, a legal construct of a Thing
with more rights and power than any individual, and no responsibilities
whatsoever, was allowed to insert itself between the people and their
government. Greed decided it would like to have free reign and to be officially
protected from the people s realization that any such transfer of power
had taken place. And since Greed whined that it was not really Greed, but
merely capitalism and free markets , here we are. We are captives of
the worst kind of savage motive for human interaction and exchange of energy:
the dynamo of mindless and heartless Greed.
- "A criminal is a person with predatory instincts
who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation."
- Howard Scott
- The United States of America was not founded on the
ideal of man s predatory instincts. This nation came into existence as
the direct result of a rebellion against the various overweening predations
and stultifying limitations of the established authorities . Thomas Jefferson
later carefully pointed out to us that ongoing periodic rebellions would
be necessary in order to shake off inevitable incursions from new generations
of predators. We have ignored his percipient advice, and we are reaping
the rewards of our infamous much-lamented, little-altered apathy. Mad
Corporation Disease has been evolving over the generations, and it has
now spread to include most of this planet in its diseased clutches. This
world and everything in it is very close to being utterly devoured by
a technologically and psychologically highly sophisticated Cannibal Cabal.
And just so long as the citizens of this country do not care much that
the United States of America, and all it once meant, is now nothing but
a multinational corporate For-Profit Product &then the infection will
continue down the generations. To see the truth is to be jolted out of
the cozy ruts of the common modern consumer s life, and at the very least
to feel responsible for changing the way one lives, if nothing else. And
if there is anything that the modern American resents and hates most,
it s the very concept of changing physical, emotional and mental habits
of consumption. We have preferred, even more enthusiastically than the
generations before us, to trade our liberty, our health, our power, and
our nation itself, for the strange passive enjoyments and security
offered as inducements to remaining quietly in the corporate profit pot.
And meanwhile, Mad Corporation Disease is spreading faster, farther, and
deeper than ever in the depths of the global corporate cannibal brain.
At the same time, those in power behind the scenes are few in number.
We are not powerless in the least, and nothing prevents us from wresting
control out of the hands of the hidden persuaders . Nothing, that is,
except that the majority of us still do not wish to see the extremely
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