Sunday, August 24, 2014

Laying out a Picnic for Vultures

In Greg Palast's expose on state-corporatist system of the contemporary US, Vulture's Picnic, he focuses near the source of so many social, economic, and political problems:

Regulation, the rules they tell you to hate, are the way we apply democracy to the economy. Votes versus dollars. I think you can understand that.

  Yes, I know, the government is deeply fucked up. That’s the U.S. government, the UK government, and let’s not even talk about the Chinese, Malaysian, and Tanzanian governments. People have been belly-aching about rules and regulations ever since Moses schlepped the first ten down from Mount Sinai.

  But the Big Problem with government is that we don’t have enough of it; the rules aren’t tough enough to stop BP from blowing Cajuns to Kingdom Come. Or the rules are corrupted, made by politicians who are greased to make Steve Cohen’s monkey jump.

  If you’re screaming for the “guvmint to git off” your back, I see your point. But you’re still a loser, a cheap mark, a decoy duck, a dim, unwitting stooge for forces even more powerful than that ugly guvmint, a toy for powers who are shitting on you while telling you it’s raining chocolate.

While he does a service by doing the hard work, the research and investigation that uncovers so much of the corruption in government today, he does focus a bit much on the corporate problems, which are a result and creation of an oppressive regime. Political school has little to do with it, and believing that more government can resolve the problems created by too much government is hardly a rational solution.

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