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Chris Hedges: Corporations Have No Use for Borders

World  (tags: barack obama, bush, canada, chris hedges, environment, government, health care, israel, keystone xl, keystone xl pipeline, military, montreal, obama, occupy wall street, toronto, wall street )

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What happened to Canada? It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable. No nuclear weapons. No huge military-industrial complex. Universal health care. Funding for the arts. A good record on the environment.

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Madeleine watt (243)
Monday January 30, 2012, 5:22 am
It is saddening and frightening that Canada is not a safe haven for us this time. It was in the Viet Nam era. I have a friend who has bought property in Canada and has long touted it as the heaven on Earth for English speakers on this continent. Wonder what she is beginning to think.
Like the defenders of the Alamo, I choose to make my stand here.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Monday January 30, 2012, 5:39 am
Corporations are only bound by their profit motives. No place to flee. Then, we must stand with firm resolve. We must watch each other's backs when we make our stand.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday January 30, 2012, 11:18 am
From article:

The voices of dissent sound like our own. And the forms of persecution are familiar. This is not an accident. We are fighting the same corporate leviathan.

Canadian activist Leah Henderson wrote to fellow dissidents before being sent to Vanier prison in Milton, Ontario, to serve a 10-month sentence.

It is clear that the skills that make us strong, the alternatives that reduce our reliance on their systems and prefigure a new world, are the very things that they are most afraid of.”

The decay of Canada illustrates two things.

Corporate power is global, and resistance to it cannot be restricted by national boundaries.

They assert their power to exploit the land and the people everywhere. They play worker off of worker and nation off of nation.

Those who seek to discredit this movement (Occupy) employ the language of nationalism and attempt to make us fearful of the other. Wave the flag. Sing the national anthem. Swell with national hubris. Be vigilant of the hidden terrorist.

Those with whom we will build this movement of resistance will not in some cases be our own. They may speak Arabic, pray five times a day toward Mecca and be holding off the police thugs in the center of Cairo. Or they may be generously pierced and tattooed and speak Danish or they may be Mandarin-speaking workers battling China’s totalitarian capitalism. These are differences that make no difference.

Our most dangerous opponents, in fact, look and speak like us. They hijack familiar and comforting iconography and slogans to paint themselves as true patriots. They claim to love Jesus. But they cynically serve the function a native bureaucracy serves for any foreign colonizer. The British and the French, and earlier the Romans, were masters of this game.

Global financiers are the new colonizers. They make the rules. They pull the strings. They offer the illusion of choice in our carnivals of political theater. But corporate power remains constant and unimpeded.

This is why the Occupy Wall Street movement is important. It targets the center of power—global financial institutions. It deflects attention from the empty posturing in the legislative and executive offices in Washington or London or Paris. The Occupy movement reminds us that until the corporate superstructure is dismantled it does not matter which member of the native elite is elected or anointed to rule.

My comment: The excerpt above I highlighted, although I recommend reading article fully. Chris Hedges to me has his finger on the pulse. There are many brush fires burning, but we need to keep our eye on the one(s) who are in the process of setting the brush fires. We can run around putting them out, or we can all unite and focus on the main area of cause of the brush fires. Like you m watt, to too make this my Alamo. For with the tenticles of the Corporations there is no place that is unaffected, just some places more so than others, but we all are part of it.

I am part of Occupy in our local community, I suggest everyone join up with their local Occupy Movement. Google Occupy Together to find the one nearest you or you can start your own, we are each an Occupier by the mere fact we exist. Take a sign stand out on a corner and begin the movement, do it the same time same place each day, call yourself Occupy__________whatever the name of your town is, and others will start to join, then as new faces with new ideas join in, you will grow, and become motivated, and start doing what needs to be done. No matter the age you are, we all can offer something to the Occupy Movement.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 3:24 am
wake the sheeple
an ounce of prevention is worth more then a pound of cure knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Judy C (97)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 5:12 am
I agtree with each of you. We have to stand together. We 99% have the power if we stand together.

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 9:52 am
thanks Judy, agree we all must take a stand against the greed that behind many decisions

Bill Eagle (41)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 1:02 pm
There are no longer any safe havens. Corporations have more power than many nations.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Wednesday February 1, 2012, 2:32 am
Chris Hedges' article is very interesting, but the headline here doesn't reflect it accurately. Corporations have plenty of use for borders, because any time there are differences in prices, standards, laws, and enforcement across them they have a way to make money from that, which is what interests them. Also, let me say this: people in the US tend to be myopically focused on their own country's issues and would do well to learn from the experience of other countries as well.
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