Corporate Cannibals and the
Spread of Mad Corporation Disease
By Diane Harvey

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 see.
"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, 1935
" 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 fittest.
" 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 uncomfortable truth.
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