Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's not who or what you think - - -

GENERIC WRITING PROJECT It's not the power elite, it's the Machine(s) that largely exist independently of the people who run them. --L. Reichard White, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:27 AM
"...by the time you become the leader of a country, someone else makes all the decisions. You may find you can get away with virtual presidents, virtual prime ministers, virtual everything." --U.S. President Bill Clinton 1998
"...we had created a doom machine"



But who runs these "doom machines?" And why?
In The Constant Gardener, in particular, it was quite extraordinary to go to Basel, to get among the young pharmaceutical executives in a private way, promise them that I would never tell-divulge their names, and listen to them pouring out their rage against the work they were doing, at the people who were making them do it. But they were still taking the penny, and they were still doing what they were doing. They were still contributing to the invention of diseases. --British Novelist John le Carré, Democracy Now!, November 25, 2010
"U.S. Defense Sec. McNamara: "I was part of a mechanism..."



Governments are themselves such doom machines, ones over which we have even less control than we have over corporations. If you don't like a particular corporation, stop buying and paying for "its" products. If that's not enough, organize a boycott, etc. As Sam Walton pointed out,
"There is only one boss--the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else." --Sam Walton
When there is constant inexorable FREE market competition (which, thanks to governments, we often don't have), businesses are very very sensitive to their customers.

What's the equivalent control over government doom machines?

What can be done?



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