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Sun Aug 5, 2012, 10:45 PM

13. Must be nice in La La Land...

 

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Sure, we can discuss some theoretical and ideal capitalism, where all market participants have full information, none has undue market influence or oligopolistic power, and workers are free to negotiate fair and equitable deals with capital as they trade labor for goods and services. But I have never lived in such a land, and I doubt you have either.

In the America I know, the interests of corporations and the state have converged so tightly as to be nearly indistinguishable. Large corporations, mega-churches, and think tanks for the 1% all maintain lobbying offices around the Capitol, ready to buy elections, influence contracts, and finesse the media with their own message.

Have you seen the photos from Anaheim, CA this month? I'm not there, so I won't pretend to know the situation fully, but I have seen enough to know that women are being shot with rubber bullets in the shadow of Disneyland's walls. Did you see anything of Occupy Wall Street's outcomes last year? Capital clearly is willing and able to muster the full force of the state whenever it feels even slightly challenged or questioned. Why should the People not retain at least a measure of their liberties in the workplace? Without exercising at least a measure of the enumerated rights of the first ten Amendments in the place most of us spend the majority of our waking hours, what chance do we have of progress? If you think that human rights and Constitutional liberties stand a chance in this landscape without the concerted demands of people being spoken and heard both in and out of the workplace, I'd like to hear your plan.

-app

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