Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
So, why is "big government" (that the citizen has some modicum of control over), a bad
thing and "big corporations" (which the citizen has no control at all over), "good."
I don't really expect you to answer anything reasonable here as your comment about how we control companies "through our dollars," shows a rather complete lack of understanding about politics and economics. I'm just pointing out the giant gaping hole in your argument/ideology with the arctic wind raging through it.
I think it's hilarious you think that "we" have control over the government - the exact same forces you cite as impotence against big corporations is squared when it comes to government.
You want the shining example? In America if you vote for democrat or
a republican congratulations - your part of the problem and why "we" have little control over the political process. This whole two-party system bullshit is a fabricated system that works perfectly at keeping everyone talking about trivial bullshit and not of issues of substance.
Americans are always going on about the evils of big government but they let huge, un-elected corporations rule the country (and most of the rest of the world), essentially unchecked and without even guidelines as to how these entities are supposed to act, let alone actual rules and regulations.
Really? We have more regulations than at any other time. The US Code is so unwieldy, it's not uncommon to hear lawyers who deal with it every day comment that it's probably illegal to cross the street in there somewhere.
We have MORE than enough regulations. Now, if you want to argue we don't have enough enforcement or oversight - on that I will wholeheartedly
But again this class warfare bullshit of "corporations" evil and "government" good (or vice versa) is counter-productive. Corporations and governments are both
creations of men. As long as people are involved, they will be imperfect and flawed and therefor should be monitored.
The problem is that takes actually paying attention, possibly getting out of your comfort zone getting involved and not just buying off on the soundbite or label. There are tons of keyboard jockey's like on these forums that are willing to pontificate about these subjects and pretend to be smarter than they are - but unless you are hitting the pavement, trying to educate and sway people to pay attention your just flapping in the wind and as much a problem as that which you criticize.
Americans are always also going on about "freedom" and letting the people decide what they want to do for themselves, but individual american citizens have demonstrably fewer freedoms than European or Canadian citizens, and no protection at all from corporate "mega-citizens who actually enjoy more rights and freedoms than the people themselves.
And who's fault is that? History - indeed, American history in particular, has proven that the people have the power. What I want to know is when are the American people going to wake up, reject the bullshit two parties and move in a new direction for real and sincere change? And no, crap like "occupy wall street" isn't the answer - its the same old establishment BS disguised as counter-culture. Counter culture to me was the civil rights movement - occupy wall street are a bunch of anarchists and media whores with quite a few liberal shills sprinkled in...
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain indeed (excellent movie that was on the other night and I caught the end of...)