How Our Government Has Merged With Corporations
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The latest demand of agribusiness is the genetic engineering of the food of America and the world for the corporate control of food. The EPA bought this scheme, knowing that it would exacerbate the pesticide effects of American agriculture. But genetically engineered food is hazardous to rats and risky to humans.(3) In addition, genetic engineering is sold as an elixir for human immortality, at least, that's the spin of the engineers fiddling with the very structure of life. Both the government and the wealthy fund such a nightmarish prospect. According to Spencer Stober and Donna Yarri, experts on biomedical sciences, genetic engineers don't dispel the fantasy of engineered humans living forever.(4)
In addition, the EPA approves the release of the toxic effluents of animal farms, machines and factories into the air and water of the country with the result of harming both public health and nature.
These machines and factories are also fueled by coal, petroleum and gas, the burning of which is causing global warming, a long-term calamity for the earth and her people. For the most part, it is industry that is the chief beneficiary of government policies and actions. We fail to call such merging of government and industry fascist, lest we feel shame for such a plunge in civilization and degeneracy in political organization.
This demands drastic rejection of current political ideologies fueling the running of government for millionaires and corporations. Business institutions that have become gigantic must be cut down to size, and their privileges, including fake treatment as if they were persons, withdrawn. We should choose honest people to represent us while we forbid any private money for their election. We have to demand our government return to the fundamental values of democracy and justice we inherited from the Greeks. Yes, democracy is difficult, but it is the only antidote to plutocracy and its subsidiary, fascism. Another Renaissance would do us good. In fact, it is necessary for our survival.
1. William D. Hartung, "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex," (New York: Nation Books, 2011).
2. John W. Gofman and Arthur R. Tamplin, "Poisoned Power: The Case Against Nuclear Power Plants before and after Three Mile Island," (Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1979).
3. Jeffrey M. Smith, "Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods," (Fairfield, Iowa: Yes! Books, 2007).
4. Spencer Stober and Donna Yarri, "God, Science and Designer Genes," (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2009).