One criticism of libertarians claims that they are too pro corporation. As one who still self identifies as a libertarian (small l) despite the continuing barrage of insulting rhetoric and misconceptions coming from both Democrat and Republican sources, I take exception to that critique. I am not pro corporation at all, but I am pro business. The difference being a corporation is the creation of a government and is given privileges and protections over individuals, a business is the creation of an individual to provide goods and services to other individuals and it is its privilege to serve the individuals who are its customers. Businesses are the cornerstones to innovation and human advancement, corporations are a danger to human endeavors and individual freedom, especially when given the power to govern.
It is no secret, in my opinion, that elite multinational corporations
have usurped the power to govern in the Western world. All one needs to
do is look at the connections made between mega corporations, national
central banks, and government leaders and officials who are selected (no
longer elected) to sit in the highest national offices. It is money and
special interests that rule not only in Washington, DC, but all over
the Westernized world now. They use their money and privileges to keep
the little guys from competing with their cartels and monopolies.
There was a time when we were moving in the right direction. There was a
time when the people of the west had supposedly freed themselves from
the tyranny of monarchs and an oppressive ruling class. For a while in
the United States of America, opportunity flourished and prosperity
reigned. The federal government was formed to help protect the little
guy, the individual, from the power and might of the rich and powerful.
Oh sure, it was never perfect and there were flaws in the system, but
the principles of liberty were established and we were headed in the
right direction. We took a wrong turn somewhere along the way. At one
time, corporations were ruled to be persons with the same rights as
individuals by the supreme court of the United States. That, in my
opinion, was a huge error in judgment.
Fast forward to today. We are in a big mess. The world stands on the
brink of an economic collapse that will make the great depression look
like a boom time. The saber rattlers in the United States seem to want a
war with Iran which could quite possibly start the next world war and a
possible nuclear conflagration. Day after day we are worried about the
damage being done to our environment, the environment we need to protect
in order to survive. What are people doing about it? Many are looking
to big government to protect them. But big government got us into this
mess. What does big government do? It doesn't protect the little guy,
the individual and his rights, instead it protects the monopoly
privileges of the big international corporations. This doesn't solve
problems, it adds fuel to the fire.
As a case in point I present the story of an Illinois beekeeper,
Terrence Ingram. He seems like a pretty intelligent and successful
individual. He owns four businesses. He has been a beekeeper for 58
years, longer than I've been alive. He has been teaching beekeeping
classes for 40 years. It seems like he should know a thing or two about
beekeeping. In fact, I would suspect that in a court of law he could be
called upon as an expert witness in a lawsuit about bees. So why is it
that the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture (IDofAG) snuck unto his property
and stole his beehives back in March?
According to IDofAG they did this because his beehives had a highly
contagious disease called foulbrood. According to him, if there was any
disease present it was the disease known as chilled brood. That disease
can be caused as an unintended consequence due to the use of Monsanto's
Roundup (for details please read the story
at the above link). So, who are you going to believe, a man with 58
years experience beekeeping, or bureaucrats from IDofAG who simply do as
they are told without question and believe what they are told by
Mr. Ingram's beehives were stolen three weeks before he had a hearing.
Conveniently for the state, the bees were lost along with any other
evidence they may have had. Certainly one might say that Mr. Ingram got
off easy because of the loss of the bees, but what if the state and
IDofAG didn't really want to prosecute Mr. Ingram? What if they merely
wanted the hives destroyed? If so, then they achieved their goal. Why
would they want to destroy the beehives of such a man? Well, it could
have something to do with the fifteen years of research this man had
independently undertaken that shows that the recent bee die offs and the
mysterious colony collapse disorder so many have been talking about
recently have everything to do with genetically modified crops and
In one of his statements Mr. Ingram claimed he had a queen that had
survived three years of spraying and may have developed a genetic
resistance to Roundup. He had planned to use her progeny to create other
queens to see if he could make more genetically resistant bees. I
wonder if IDofAG knew that. I wonder if Monsanto knew that. If not, and
they destroyed the bees, then they may have destroyed a chance to solve a
problem they created. But then, government never really wants to solve
problems they create unless the solution creates other problems that
will help them achieve more power.
Face it, corporations like Monsanto own our governments. Monsanto owns
Illinois agriculture. They do as they please and anyone who defies them
will pay. It doesn't matter if they poison the food with their
chemicals. It doesn't matter if they cause serious and deadly diseases
in humans with their genetic manipulations. No one is going to do
anything about it. Government won't even take the simple step of
requiring genetically modified food to be labeled as genetically
modified. Thanks a lot Rand. They don't want you to know what you're
eating. Powerful corporations own the state and it doesn't matter what
you think, or whether or not you're in the majority.
In this case, Monsanto's ownership of the Illinois Department of
Agriculture has cost a man his beehives. But more than that, it has cost
all of humanity. It possibly could lead to the collapse of a huge
section of our food chain. Already nature has answered Monsanto's
genetic modifications with some modifications of its own. Super weeds
and super bugs have already adapted to the poisons created by man and
now threaten to decimate crops even more than they had been in the past.
Yet does Monsanto stop using their dangerous toxins? No. Instead they
try to cover up and disappear evidence that their products are creating
hazards to mankind and nature. Instead they use their buddies in
government to strong arm those who would expose them. It is this type of
fascistic marriage of government and private corporations that is the
most dangerous and damaging to humanity.
Who is going to be held accountable? The corporate executives? I think
not. How many corporate executives went to jail for the gulf oil spill?
How many are serving life sentences for the deaths of those eleven men
on that oil rig in the gulf? How many of Monsanto's executives will go
to jail for stealing Mr. Ingram's bees and perhaps a shot at developing a
bee that could survive Monsanto's toxins? How many of Monsanto's
executives will go to jail for poisoning and perhaps causing cancers and
other horrible diseases in those who eat their supposedly safe
genetically modified foods?
How many executives are ever held accountable? How many board members of
these elite corporations? How many owners and executives of central
banks worldwide will end up in jail for causing the economic hardships
we are still feeling the effects of and have yet to see the end of? How
many of them will be held accountable for the human suffering they have
caused? My guess would be zero.
Will the politicians be held accountable? Not likely. They have limited
immunity. They have plausible deniability. They are the biggest culprits
of them all and yet they skate away Scott free when the hammer comes
down. They are the biggest Mafia, legalizing their theft of hard earned
money while pocketing the gifts of lobbyists and campaign contributors.
When they walk away from their political offices they do so as
millionaires with pensions that you and I can only dream of.
No, I am not pro corporations. In fact, I believe if we are to have a
federal government at all, then it should govern and police only the
corporations. There should be no limited liability. Liability should
fully rest on the executives that run a corporation. Any monies awarded
in lawsuits should come from their pockets. Any negligence should be
their responsibility. They should be personally held accountable for any
life they might destroy with their avarice and lust for power. They
should always feel the hot breath of competition breathing down their
necks, always be ready to adapt or fail in the marketplace. If they are
to reap great rewards, then they should have to take great risks.
The federal government, on the other hand, should protect the weak from
the very powerful and wealthy. It should protect individual rights, not
corporate privilege as it does today. If we are to have such a
government, then those who have been involved with corporations should
not be allowed to govern or create laws. Those who have taken money for
personal gain from corporations should not be allowed to govern or
create laws. If it is found that they have done so while in office they
should be subject to criminal prosecution. What is and what should be
are two very different things.
I think it will take some hard work to affect real change in this
nation. It will take protests. It will take lobbying efforts. It will
take an awakening of the masses that is long overdue. It will take
people getting involved where before they were content to sit it out and
go along to get along. It will take people like you and me telling
everyone the truth as we see it and letting those at the top know that
we know what they've done. Let them know that we know what they're up
to. Let them know that we will not let them get away with it. Let them
know that their secrets are out for the world to see. Resistance is
victory. If we just keep pecking away a little at a time, eventually we
will topple the elite and establish a more free and prosperous society.
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