Monday, September 13, 2004

"Self-Empowerment" Who is Watching Out for You?

Free market economies work well when there are intelligent, informed consumers and competition. Corporate monopoly-based economies work well for the corporations. Consumers/customers must purchase needed goods and services and if there is o­nly o­ne source available, the right to vote has been lost. Corporate monopolies exist because we allow them to exist and they have power because we give it to them. We can support our free market economy and assure its existence by supporting competition and voting for politicians that have a track record of doing the same. Would you expect a politician who has support from the petroleum industry and family interests in petroleum, to act in the petroleum industries best interest? Would you expect them to support your interests by actively developing alternative fuels and not going to war to facilitate petroleum fuel monopolies?

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Blogger Michael Hawkins said...

I understand that "we" are the ones who allow corporations to rule the world. What I find horrifying, however, is that the corporations (or the evil fuckers who run them, namely the handful of ruling families we've been screwed by for thousands of years) have perfected various mind-control techniques, and that these techniques are used on a daily basis through corporate-owned media to condition consumer consciousness so as to turn "us" into a collective pile of mush. "We" have been brainwashed to accept an endless barrage of consumer products, mostly obtained on credit at usurous interest rates, hardly any of which is essential to a quality lifestyle, and the outsourcing of once-stable careers is reverting an entire class of workers to peasant (or worse) status. The screw is turning, but if you watch corporate news you'd think that everything is great. As you pointed out, it IS great if you happen to be a corporation....

My point is, I've lost hope that "we" can do anything about corporate encroachment/dominance, as corporations increasingly control our ability to think.

I'm not talking about the few who bother to educate themselves to what would otherwise be obvious; I'm talking about the poor sheeple who never question authority. They are taking everyone down with them.

So, the few blog on....

September 13, 2004 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Eric Stewart said...

I do not know if the corporate mind-f**k machine is unstoppable or not but I DO know that were we to resign ourselves to it, any other alternative becomes, thereby, impossible.

September 13, 2004 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Michael Hawkins said...

I hear ya. Reading my comment again, I see that it sounds depressing and resigned, which is not what I was going for. I think that we have no choice but to be ourselves, which is to say, we shine out our alternative way of viewing the world, and it either resonates with the brainwashed or it doesn't. Attachment to outcome doesn't work for me, so I don't keep track of wins and losses.

That said, it's discouraging to look at the mind control aparatus as it has evolved. The greater majority of people in Western society -- especially here in the U.S. -- is tied by the umbilical to its consumerist ethic, and it's this carrot that is leading consumers to doom.

I believe that collective spiritual awakening is countering this movement, and will eventually guide humanity to a pendulum swing away from the abyss. This belief is what keeps me going.

September 13, 2004 at 11:35 PM  

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