Corporate Environmental Murder Makes Obama Sad
"It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this manmade disaster are made whole."
I'm so glad you feel badly about it, Mr. President. But that doesn't help. What would help is clamping seriously down on BP and putting the fear of God into them. What would help is if you would give expression to our anger. What would be really great is if you weren't looking at a very subtle arm of their PR machine.That would help a lot, Obama. You should look up the word "Chernobyl," something that contributed to the fall of an otherwise splendid, well-meaning, reformist leader. Your enemies, though...you're so worried about what they think and how you'll look--to them. Like most Democrats, you've been sucked into this post-Kennedy reliance on symbolism.Symbolism will not save the Gulf. And whatever you do, your enemies will vilify you, and call you a socialist even as you give a handjob to BP. There's your nerve failing again, Obama. You will never win over your enemies, but now you're angering your friends.And I think the time has come to seriously question a lot of crap we've been blindly accepting for decades, the idea that somehow the free market is a god, that can be angered, that may bless us so we should not insult it. We think of it as something other than we should, which is a tool, to be adjusted as necessary, not a god.I think that it's been proven at least in the last few years that corporations, left to their own devices, are quite dangerous and irresponsible. That if they are legally individuals, they should be treated like other individuals who have committed monstrous criminal acts. That there is no such thing as a free market, but rather a regulated or an unregulated, but rigged, casino. That quite simply, capitalists do not have our best interests at heart and do not deserve the stronger-than-religious faith they inexplicably have from people who have this useful fantasy they can be like them someday. So few of us ever will be, or maybe we have it for a while, and then when it's all lost, we learn it was only an illusion of control, as in these times so many are. That some will always be prosperous, while others will have cycles of prosperity and poverty, but that they will never be as safe as some are. It's rigged. You will never be in their club, and their thanks for supporting their system is to poison your seas and land, to steal all your money, to leave you for the wolves.One could argue: Screw capitalism, and screw the free market system, if that's what needs to be done to protect the rest of us from these criminals. The free market isn't a suicide pact, either, and the point is human, not ideological, survival.I wonder how much that will be argued in the coming year.
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