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(en) Daybreak #3 - Corporations get patriotic

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://free.freespeech.org/mn/daybreak!/article15.html)
Date Fri, 22 Nov 2002 04:36:12 -0500 (EST)


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We've all seen the commercials. Some hack salesman making
patriotic noise in front of a rippling flag and march music. From
Ford trucks to NBC to exercise equipment it seems everyone's
getting in on this patriotic scam. Of course it isn't only
commercials hopping on the nationalism train. Military
contractors are celebrating the biggest military contract in history.
In fact CSPAN showed the whole dramatic contract-bidding event
with champagne and laughing bald roly-poly white men (no doubt
celebrating the great country they live in and not the bus-fulls of
money they're making).

This is without question a manipulative sales tactic but it goes
deeper then that. These corporations that pretend to be interested
in the safety and welfare of the American people are really just
trying to suck more money out of a tragedy. They're parasitic
slime, but that's the nature of business. However if corporations
did truly care about "making our economy go again" or "making
this country strong" would they be laying off millions of workers
even though they're being receiving enormous amounts of
corporate welfare from the government?

People are falling for their patriotic façade and getting burned for
it. After the S11 tragedy when the small time investors on Wall
Street called for a "patriotic rally" of stocks they were sadly
disapointed when the major players unloaded what they could and
ran. In one analysts words "everyone [who matters] is betting
against America". This shows the heartless extent that capitalists
are willing to go to in order to make money and manipulate the
American public. They're playing both sides and treating us like
we're stupid. Not only that but they're happily sacraficing
thousands of innocent civilians to the war machine and state
violence.

These greedy corporations are very obviously benifitting and
rejoicing from the despair and death of both terrorist and war
victims. But this is no anomaly, corporations are just following
their nature which dictates they should pursue profit at all cost,
even human cost. This is the law of capitalism, and the reason
why business thinks it's okay to kill people and the environment
just to make a little money (okay a lot of money).

They lay us off while telling us we have to sacrafice for the
"countries" sake (as if they weren't laying us off even when they
were raking in record profits), they whip up war fever with their
lobbies and statements and then profit off the blood spilt. They
make money to fatten themselves up and send us to die in some
silly war. As Plato said  two thousand years ago "all wars are
fought in pursuit of wealth" but it's innocent people on both sides
who die for the sake of their leaders glory and power. We gain
nothing from war! Don't let the propaganda fool you, it's people
just like us in the machine gun sights, these corporations are not
our friends.


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