It’s not communism or capitalism that’s eating away humankind. No, it’s corporatism, the unrestrained growth of power held by global corporations beyond the control of democratic governments that is eating away much of humankind’s dignity and personal wealth. Corporatism uses national governments, international organizations, academia, the media and its growing independent military power to subjugate 99.9 percent of humankind to the will of 0.1 percent of humankind. This includes not just everyday people but as well entrepreneurial businesses and innovators who can offer both better jobs and a better way of life for everyone.
Who is the enemy of corporatism? Pretty much anyone and anything that would stand in their way. Corporatists want nothing and no one to resist their power. Anywhere. At any time. In other words, chances are pretty good that you’re their enemy.
“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.”—ascribed to Noam Chomsky (via quiet temperament)
To most Americans, the first Monday in September means a three-day weekend and the last hurrah of summer, a final outing at the shore before school begins, a family picnic.
But Labor Day was born in a time when work was no picnic. As America was moving from farms to factories in the Industrial Age, there was a long, violent, often-deadly struggle for fundamental workers’ rights, a struggle that in many ways was America’s “other civil war.”
It was a war fought when 12-hour days and six-day weeks were routine. Wages were low; there were no sick days, pensions or holidays. There was certainly no unemployment insurance. Any attempts at organizing were met by the combined wrath of business and government. The business of America was business.
That conflict, a period in which thousands of workers died in America’s unsafe and unsanitary factories and mines, and hundreds more died in riots and pitched battles over workers’ rights, is the little-noted history behind this holiday.
Imagine life without Unions. Union gains have permeated the entire job market, whether your profession has a union or not.
“Remember all the good old Disney movies? Yeah, all of them came from works no longer under copyright protection at the time. The whole of the Disney Empire and all the childhood magic that it produces only exist because there was copyright free work for Walt Disney – you know the guy who actually started the whole company – to rework and update. But the corporate, Waltless Disney was the big pusher of the 1998 life 70 years copyright extension. It made sure that no one could make more popular versions of their movies in the same way they made a more popular version of Alice in Wonderland.”—
“The global marketplace trades numbers at the speed of light, without regard for the damage done to communities or nature. Every big company will say they care about nature, but the imperative is always to make the maximum profit. By contrast, the local marketplace is a real place where people become friends, lovers, and political allies. Through local trade, we become surrounded by people we trust. That has economic and social value, as well a health value.”—from Anti-Monopoly Money by Paul Glover