President Obama Signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’
The headline is as outrageous as the law itself, but it is also the inevitable result of what is called “corporate capitalism” or more accurately “monopoly capitalism.”
Those who think they can stop such actions or revert to a more pristine time or “make things right” without changing the present economic system are deluding themselves.
We must remember what I among others have been saying for years – There is only one party in the United States but it has two wings: the Democrats and the Republicans. The mission of this two-winged party is to protect corporate capital aka monopoly capital.
Before 1981 there were still a number of independent power centers in our society (even within government and the so-called “parties” at all levels), but since Reagan’s election in 1980, those independent power centers have been so weakened (some almost destroyed and still others suborned) that they cannot launch effective countervailing efforts against the corporate juggernaut.
Essentially we live in a morally corrupt society, that is, a society where the actual or prospective lawbreakers can pay to have the laws changed to their advantage; almost everything done by the corporate capitalists is “within the law” (after all it is their law – many times even drafted by their lawyers) but bought and paid for with workers’ / consumers’ money filtered through the government (now a corporate adjunct) as taxes, or through the corporations as profits, or since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, effectively from corporate operating funds as a ‘cost of doing business.’
Welcome to the future, which looks all too much like the past, namely the “Gilded Age” when the “robber barons” and “trusts” ran rampant; when there was a wide disparity between the resources of the majority and that of a small number of elite affluent families; and when the United States became an empire with overseas possessions. All of that was stopped or contained only by those same independent power centers and masses of people united together – all of which effectively doesn’t exist anymore in full enough measure to make a real difference.
It may take more catastrophic events of an economic or natural type for a majority in this country to forsake their illusions, and join together to sweep away what is in essence a plague upon the earth, a monkey on our collective back.
As George Orwell wrote, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
And we must learn still again the truth that Frederick Douglass knew all too well in his flesh and bones: “Power concedes nothing without a demand… Power concedes nothing without a struggle. Never has, never will.”
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(c) Gregory V Driscoll 2013