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Monday, May 03, 2010

They're the top dogs and we're a bunch of fire hydrants

jim hightower talking with bill moyers...
I'm saying pretty clearly that I see the central issue in politics to be the rise of corporate power. Overwhelming, overweening corporate power that is running roughshod over the workaday people of the country. They think they're the top dogs, and we're a bunch of fire hydrants, you know? Out here in the countryside. And they can do what they want to with us. What's been missing is what can we do about it? And those people in Iowa, by the way, are not alone. There are people in Minnesota doing that, people in Oregon that I know. People in Texas. All across the country.

It's about the long haul. And the target is not government, it's those who are pulling the strings of government, which are those corporate lobbyists and the money that the corporate executives and now corporations directly can put into our campaigns.

i think hightower is only partially right... for one thing, it's not the central issue only in politics, it's the central issue across the globe in every area of human existence... for another thing, corporate power is only the tip of the iceberg... there are unbelievably wealthy elites that sit largely invisible behind the corporations, the banks and world governments that, for all practical purposes, get their way with little to no opposition... as the old saying goes, we have to drive stakes through the hearts of these blood-sucking vampires if we don't want them continuing to hunt us through their vale of perpetual darkness...

the populism hightower advocates is a good start but we have to take it further... populism has to be rooted in the common good... i think hightower gets that, at least if this quote from him is any indication...

Everybody does better when everybody does better.

the real vampire we have to slay is the twin-headed, hideous monster of unfettered capitalism and social darwinism...

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