Propoganda at it’s finest
If you ever wondered why God and Cash—two mutually exclusive concepts—are so inextricably entwined, this is why. Businesses in collusion with either power hungry or misguided evangelists put a lot of money and notoriety into a campaign to make it part of our public consciousness. And it worked. The damage from that campaign is so extreme that the ideology is threatening to end America as we know it, but it continues to be pushed.
The next time someone tells you it’s “ungodly” and “un-Christian-like” or “unAmerican” to help the poor, the weak, the defenseless, the very old, or the very young, remember that it’s a lie. Remember where it comes from, and why.
Then ask yourself, are you more than a product of an eighty year old advertising campaign? Well, are you?
“During the Great Depression, the prestige of big business sank along with stock prices. Corporate leaders worked frantically to restore their public image and simultaneously roll back the “creeping socialism” of the welfare state…Realizing that they needed to rely on others, these businessmen took a new tack: using generous financing to enlist sympathetic clergymen as their champions. After all, according to one tycoon, polls showed that, “of all the groups in America, ministers had more to do with molding public opinion” than any other.
…Throughout the 1930s and ’40s, [The Rev. James W. Fifield, pastor] and his [corporate] allies advanced a new blend of conservative religion, economics and politics that one observer aptly anointed “Christian libertarianism.” Mr. Fifield distilled his ideology into a simple but powerful phrase — “freedom under God.” With ample support from corporate patrons and business lobbies like the United States Chamber of Commerce, his gospel of godly capitalism soon spread across the country through personal lectures, weekly radio broadcasts and a monthly magazine.”
We Are All the Same to an Elite Few
Corporations do not care about our needs. They see no people, only cheap labor and consumers. They don’t see national boundaries, only lands to rob of natural resources and their futures. And they will devour us given half a chance, as any top predator would.
“I was in Montreal on Friday and Saturday and saw the familiar and disturbing tentacles of the security and surveillance state. Canada has withdrawn from the Kyoto Accords so it can dig up the Alberta tar sands in an orgy of environmental degradation. It carried out the largest mass arrests of demonstrators in Canadian history at 2010’s G-8 and G-20 meetings, rounding up more than 1,000 people. It sends undercover police into indigenous communities and activist groups and is handing out stiff prison terms to dissenters. And Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a diminished version of George W. Bush. He champions the rabid right wing in Israel, bows to the whims of global financiers and is a Christian fundamentalist.
…The decay of Canada illustrates two things. Corporate power is global, and resistance to it cannot be restricted by national boundaries. Corporations have no regard for nation-states. They assert their power to exploit the land and the people everywhere.”