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The Malice Of Corporate AmericaWritten by Jarba
If you are one of most Americans who own stocks or corporate bonds, thanks to retirement plans, mutual funds and such, you are owning a piece of "Corporate America". But wait, before getting complacent and letting out a tearful "being proud to be an American", make sure your pride and loyalty as a shareholder are carefully guarded by blindness and naiveté, because corporations have no scruples in ignoring, or even going against your interests, as long as it serves theirs. The truth is, shareholders or not, majority of people in this country are passive receivers of whatever, be it government, policies, or sometimes even perceptions, handed out by "corporations", and when corporations screw up , consequences would be all ours. The insignificance of our paltry ownership of this Corporate America destines that our voice be unheard, our opinions ignored, and our interests, whenever contrasting to that of corporates, invariably trampled.
When Monsanto and other bioengineering corporations are ready to push their transgenic products to market, government's stand is duly in their favor. The FDA forgoes stringent safety tests and gives their green light by assuming GMO foods are safe because they're claimed to be equivalent to conventional products. Whatever FDA's concerns are on this account, consumers' interests and opinions are not among them. There was never a public educational or view-solicitation program on changes so drastic and so important to our daily lives. Instead, tactic of Corporate America, with corporations and their representatives in form of government, is to smuggle those products onto supermarket shelves with as least fanfare as possible, so most consumers wouldn't even notice anything changing. For those unlucky few who happened to get wind of it, and dare to question it, there're answers, loads of them, manufactured by PR companies hired by Monsanto's. To even fewer who are still unconvinced by this gigantic PR machine, who wisely understand their powerlessness in blocking onslaught of bioengineering corporations, and hence content themselves by requesting only proper GMO food labeling so they can opt-out in purchasing them, outcry is ignored. After all, it goes against most important marketing tactic of corporations, and it's corporations' interest, not individual American's, that this country cares about and serves.
This is not surprising, considering how our government itself is molded by big corporations. It's corporation money that keeps most politicians' career aspirations afloat. Without those fat checks to buy mass media for face-time, chance to have a successful campaign is next to zero. This political system is nicely convenient to Corporate America, and thus carefully designed and strenuously maintained in this country, as very few industrial countries do. Look who were privileged ones invited into our vice president's secret national energy meeting - industrial leaders, or more accurately, biggest campaign donors. You shouldn't really be surprised that California energy crisis was intentionally brought upon by big corporations, (with help of government policy, they have that capacity and after all, business is business); And individual investors are one who default first on Enron's collapse, (individuals are, of course, outside of government concern); And vice president refused independent scrutinization of content of that mysterious meeting, (again, those secrets are entitled to be kept as they were, which is best call to interest of corporations involved).