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Amy Goodman: When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy


Business  (tags: amy goodman, corporations, democracy, egypt, hosni mubarak, military, military-industrial complex, technology, uprising )

Judy
- 2480 days ago - truthdig.com
"It's a form of corporate welfare for companies like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, because [money] goes to Egypt, then it comes back for F-16 aircraft, for M-1 tanks, for aircraft engines, for all kinds of missiles, for guns for tear-gas canisters



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David Cromie (6)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 5:08 am
Thanks Judy, good article.

The plea has always been, "If we don't sell (these despots) arms, someone else will". What an unethical cop out!!
 

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 6:42 am
thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 12:41 pm
When haven't corporations chosen profits over people? It should be no surprise that corporations actively work to subvert democracy both in these United States and around the world.
 

Penelope Ryan (178)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 1:49 pm
Yes, we live in a fascist- corporate state in America.
 

Jon Stewart (37)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 2:25 pm
The planet will be better off once we're extinct. What's a REAL shame is that we'll exterminate many other innocent species on our relentless march toward the inevitable.
 

Robert B (60)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 2:36 pm
So when will we be sending auditors and investigators to off shore banks? It would probably shock us all if we really knew just how much of our hard-earned tax money is being funneled off into off shore account of various fat cats and crooked politicians. Just the thought makes me want to puke. Yet the sheeple tea blatherers keep voting idiots back in. DOWN WITH THE GOP!
 

Claudia O (73)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:18 pm
Thanks for this very interesting and concise article.
 

Sheila D (28)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:32 pm
Unfortunately, it's a hole we've been digging ourselves into for many, many years. How soon before we realize it's too deep to climb out?
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:39 pm
Big corporations care for noting but money.
 

David Cromie (6)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 5:10 pm
Too true, Sheila and Nelson. As Jefferson predicted: “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of [private cartels], lending institutions, and moneyed incorporation's”. In a letter to Madison in 1787, he said, "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing".

Take your cue from the Middle East, stand up against tyrrany and oppression, fight for equality, civil rights, democracy, and real freedom. In the meantime, lets hope that the Egyptian, etc. demonstrators have their successful 'little rebellion' against their particular despots.
 

Norm C (74)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 8:40 pm
The munitions and armaments manufacturers are concerned with the same thing any other corporation or business enterprise is concerned about -- revenue and profits. The thing that makes them different is the nature of their product. The US ought to severely curtail armaments sales abroad.

But to do that we would also have to change our entire foreign policy approach from corporate- to people-centered. Wouldn't that frost the very heart of the oligarchs in the US.

Consider also that all corporations are essentially dictatorships internally. Of course, they are most comfortable dealing with fellow dictators. The corporation is the most anti-democratic presence in the US.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 10:12 pm
Remember, the corporations are people; the Supreme Court told us so.
Do they have any idea, that when they treat our citizens with such disrespect, they will get no respect in return. Our highest court is becoming a laughing stock.
Forget overt actions, whatever happened to the appearance of impropriety?
 

Cindy Black (61)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 10:37 pm
So very vexing and depressing. But here's a question: If Egypt has, at the very least, been a bastion of Mideast stability, as we've so often heard here lately, just what the heck are they doing with all those lethal, powerful weapons of war? Just stockpiling them as "insurance," like the larger powers do with their missiles? Anyway, KUDOS to Amy Goodman; we need SO MANY MORE like her!!
 

KS Goh (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 2:25 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Edward M (8)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 5:48 am
America, through the ages has had no problem dealing with these despots and dictators; many times, they have actively helped to instal them, and have then fully supported their tyrannical rule.
 

David Cromie (6)
Monday February 7, 2011, 5:23 am
I fully agree, Edward, and I doubt if the right wing will hang their heads in shame over this.
 

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday February 8, 2011, 2:46 am
noted
 
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