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2011 – the New 1984

It’s a new world out there.  Last week I opened my Amazon account to find out that as a Prime Member (I like the free shipping) I could borrow books for free, up to one a month. That’s a nice little perk.  A few months back it was movies that I could watch for free.  This morning visits her local library web site to find that libraries have hooked up with Amazon and you can now borrow eBooks online.  I feel like I’m being seduced by Big Business.  It’s hard to resist when they offer me up literary and entertainment bonbons like that.  I know they are sucking up the little guys, and yet they make it so easy to use, so easy to accept… and how delicious the toxin is going down!  It’s rather like a Twinkie, only at least, by reading I’m getting some nutrients with my poisons.

People are taking to the streets to protest the Corporations, and I’m behind them 100% and yet… can we have a world without Big Business?  Can it seriously function if everything is small and compartmentalized?  Just think of the scale of economics.  I guess I don’t mind Big Business providing me Kindles and iPhones as long as the big boys aren’t calling all the shots, holding all the cards, and whatever other cliché I can throw at you to describe their greedy corporate antics that are… well self-destructive and short-sighted.  These new captains of industry are robber barons, but they’re robbing from their own coffers.  Who will buy their crap if they destroy the very middle class that supports all this investment, manufacturing, and innovation?  Do they really think they can just switch to the other rising economies and keep on raking it in?  With global warming, over-population, and wars and revolutions every where, it ain’t going to happen like they envision it.

Like the ancient Anasazi in the American Southwest we will all collapse from a dearth of resources, like water, to go around, and this time on a global scale.  The center might move temporarily to China and India but they’re rising fast on a faulty model, and they are already showing signs of strain. The fat cats that rule Washington now, they may die rich, but they will not leave anything to the next generation, and I’m only talking about the old ones.  The young robber barons will see it all go to shit in their own life times.  So it’s time to get money, corporations, and Wall St. out of our political process: