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  •  The logic of pure capitalism is (7+ / 0-)

    also wrecking the very planet that sustains us all. And really, in fact belongs to us all. The Arctic ocean does not belong to Shell Oil, any more than the Gulf of Mexico belonged to BP. And yet BP, via the Deepwater Horizon, was somehow privileged to pour millions of gallons of oil into it. Bravo, capitalist logic.

    If people try to stop the ongoing wreckage, to stand in the way of some oil giant, they get prosecuted. They become "eco-terrorists". Was a more idiotic term ever invented? If it were to have any meaning at all, it would be applied to BP and Shell for despoiling what does not belong to them in the first place.

    Yet who do you suppose the NSA and related spooks will be keeping an eye on? Who risks being sent to prison? It won't be oil company execs, that's for sure.

    •  "National Security" = Corporate Security (6+ / 0-)

      Not always, but often, and increasingly. In previous eras it was Bechtel, Standard Oil and the United Fruit Company.

      We really have 2 governments, one that serves the interests of regular people, that's increasingly broken and broke (or so we're told), and the other that serves the interests of the rich and powerful. Somehow, it never seems to be broken or broke. Funny how that works.

      Cuts to Social Security and Medicare, budget increases for the MIC.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:21:27 PM PDT

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