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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-22-11 12:16 PM
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14. Reclaiming government from the corporations may not be sufficient
You look at countries like Greece and you see a situation where even left-wing governments are pushing through crippling austerity programs because they are at the mercy of international lenders.

The United States has been exempt from those kinds of outside pressure because we are effectively above it all. Our dollar is the world's reserve currency, our bonds have no lack of buyers, and so forth.

But what if that were to change? What if global corporations and global capital were to realize they could no longer control the US and depend on the US military to secure resources and markets for their use and decided to cut us loose?

I don't know enough about the underlying economics to say exactly how this would happen -- but I do know that it's a real possibility. And I suspect it may underlie some of the thinking of the Obama administration when they seem to be kowtowing to business interests.

So the question is not merely how to free ourselves of corporate control but how to do it in a way that does not leave us economically crippled and beset on all sides by far more savage global forces, many of them with an active desire to punish us for our temerity.

This may be the real reason the occupy movement needs to be global. The existing system needs to be deconstructed on a global basis -- and a more authentic alternative put in its place -- because without that there's no way to simply extract yourself from it safely.

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