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    Body Counts 

    By Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Axis of Logic
    Axis of Logic
    Thursday, Dec 29, 2016

    “We know the predator.
    We see them feed on us.
    We are aware to starve the beast is our destiny.”
    – John Trudell

    They say “Money is the root of all evil” but that’s a half-truth because money is just a colored piece of paper with an enforced value, so it is not the money itself that is evil; the enforced value is the evil. “Pay to play” is the name of the game called survival in the realm of empire. The enforced value ranges from paramilitary and mercenary armies protecting the corporate loot, to electricity turned off and accounts closed if you don’t pay on time.

    In the so-called land of opportunity aka life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (that last bit sounding like a mantra for the new age self-help industry), the goodies are an ever-dangling carrot.

    The first official dangling carrot corporation was known as the Dutch East India Company.

    “The East India Company was founded by a group of London businesses and chartered in 1600. Its original mission was to trade for spices… The company conquered and governed India, shipped slaves from East Africa and traded Indian opium for Chinese tea. And, of course, the East India Company encountered struggles in the tea market in America.”[1]

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    http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_75789.shtml

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  • Immacolata (135 posts)
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    1. Great article!

    Great writer too:

    “The word-root of “corporate” further shows: “early 15c., “united in one body, form into a body.” That’s the psychological trick in a nutshell! Corporations want everyone to be “one body” wearing the same clothes advertised in the same magazines sold at the same gas station… yet the wide variety of styles gives people the illusion of choice, tricking them into celebrating their so-called individuality. Hypocritically, corporations will do anything they can get away with – including war, poisoning food, pharmaceuticals and Mother Earth – so as to divide and rule peacefully co-existing religious sects, so as to keep any people from having a “common feeling,” (except maybe, as advertised, a four-hour erection).”

     

  • Sadie (3068 posts)
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    2. We were never free

    Thanks for the article.

    The list of the top 50 Corporations.

     

     

      Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
  • Koko (3178 posts)
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    3. Thanks, Polly!

    He describes our condition so well!

    This is a good read/insight and still hopeful message for the New Year, 2017.

    As bleak as things are right now, we just have to keep pushing that boulder up the hill expecting that even though there will be many backslides we still will eventually get it up to the top.

  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    4. I don't think its enforced value is the evil either. Its control by the few of

    the physical and abstract properties that’s the evil — most people see money as a very real thing and their lives are ruled by it — I supposed that’s what the writer means by ‘enforced value’ though — control enforced by the few

    The largest and most valuable corporation in history,[5] it possessed quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts,[6] negotiate treaties, strike its own coins, and establish colonies.[7]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_East_India_Company

     

    always been an interesting factoid, the historical movement of the center of capitalism — from Portugal/spain, to Netherlands (‘dutch’) to England and then the us…and what precipitated that movement…

  • PADemD (916 posts)
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    5. Money is not the root of all evil.

    The love of money is the root of all evil.