Moneybag Democracy

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copyright © 2008.  Andrew Wahl.  Off The Wahl Perspective.

copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that questions of Taiwan, Tibet, human rights, the whole range of challenges that we often engage on with the Chinese, are not part of the agenda. But we pretty much know what they are going to say. We have to continue to press them but our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crises.

~ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (February 20, 2009)

The news appeared in cyberspace on Friday, February 20, 2009.  As Yogi Berra once elucidated, it was as déjà vu, all over again. International and domestic activists have come to realize, once again, America is a democracy dependent on dollars.  Amnesty International advocates shook their heads, wondered, and worried of what might be.  Students for a Free Tibet collectively shrugged their shoulders and expressed a shared distress.  Citizens at home, in America, barely blinked.  An avid Obama supporter, was resigned to realities that, only weeks ago, she might not have thought she would willingly accept.  Moneybag democracy lives.  Hillary Clinton serves the President, the precedent past, present, and perhaps, future.

Days ago, with Secretary of State Clinton abroad in China, the world was given an opportunity to witness America’s new direction.  Most anticipated dollars would no longer have a greater influence on United States policy than humanitarian concerns did.  Globally, people waited to cheer for the change that had certainly come.  Then, Secretary Clinton, pleaded with Beijing to buy United States bonds.  Contrary to her pointed comments on human rights, made during her presidential campaign, as a representative of the Obama Administration, Secretary Clinton spoke as though she no longer believes as she had, Chinese ownership of US government debt had become a threat to national security.  

Perhaps, Hillary Clinton, and her President, surmised Capitalism, or a democracy devoted to dollars must survive at all cost.  Certainly her husband, and his Secretary of State, Madeline Albright had reached this conclusion near a decade earlier.

Like Secretary Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, chose to sell America’s soul. When the first woman Head of State spoke of her decision, few United States citizens said a word.  In the 1990s, then Head of State, Albright, in a 60 Minutes interview, discussed the American policy decisions that caused the deaths of more than half-million Arab children in Iraq.  She said without hesitation, the loss of young lives were the price the Clinton Administration thought wise to pay.   Madeline Albright mused; the sacrifice of little ones was “worth it.”

Hardships on fellow humans are the cost citizens in a comfortable and “civilized” society must pay for democracy.  Apparently, Americans, even the most Progressive amongst us, seem to agree.  Then, as now, few if any said a word.

Today when news came over the wires, Secretary Clinton stood firm in favor of economic relations with China, regardless of human rights violations, only a few countrymen responded.  Activists were ‘shocked’ when they heard the American Ambassador, Clinton, take such a stance.  Representatives from Amnesty International and Students for a Free Tibet spoke out.

T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by Secretary Clinton’s comment.  The advocate for honorable and equitable civil liberties may have trusted that at least where China was concerned, the Clinton’s had a record, or at any rate, had offered respectable rhetoric.

James Mann, a Johns Hopkins scholar who wrote a history of U.S.-China relations, also recalled.  When asked of Secretary Clinton’s most recent comment, Professor Mann stated he was struck by the contrast.  Bill Clinton, he said, as president more than eight years earlier gave strong speeches on behalf of political freedom in the People’s Republic.  “Bill Clinton told the leader of China he was on ‘the wrong side of history,'” Mann recollected.  “Now, Hillary seems to be giving them the reverse message: that China is on the right side of history.”

However, historians might consider the statement that President Bill Clinton is better known for was his truer agenda.  “It is the economy stu***!”  In March of 1997, writer for China Daily, Ren Yanshi avowed the Chinese government certainly perceived the United States had a record of human rights violations, during the Clinton years.  In a “Moneybag Democracy,” the United States of America caters only to the rich.  In the States, a consumer culture allows the prosperous to profit further.  The people, the poor suffer greatly.

In recent years, as the rich got much richer, this truth was revealed in radical ways.  The word “Katrina” evokes much empathy.  “Bank bailouts elicit more emotions within the ranks of what once was the Middle Class.   Some might say, these truths are the reason that change has finally come to America.  Until today, the thought was coins and currency would no longer guide an Administration or US policy.  Barack Obama brought hope to the world.

Students for a Free Tibet embraced the new Administration.  They believed the current White House could and would make a difference in the lives of all people.  Surely, a President Obama would not serve only the affluent.

As a Senator, Barack Obama was among the sponsors of the act, which bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, on the Dalai Lama.  Senator Obama urged Chinese president Hu Jintao to “meaningfully address the Tibet issue.”  After the election, Tibetans were encouraged.  They sent President Obama letters of Congratulations.  Thus, it was an unexpected and an unwanted surprise to hear Secretary Clinton cavort, cajole, and say as she did.  The proponents of social justice stated, Clinton’s remarks “sent the wrong signal to China at a sensitive time.”

“The US government cannot afford to let Beijing set the agenda,” said Tenzin Dorjee, deputy director of the New York-based advocacy group.

Long-time activists, domestic supporters of Barack Obama, persons such as Jessica, see Secretary Clinton’s statement differently.  This woman who energetically endorsed Barack Obama from the moment he announced his campaign would have welcomed a more mindful position.  She yearns for United States policy to be benevolent as she believes Barack Obama, the man, is.  Jessica, who organized her community to come out and work for what she craved, an Obama White House, now thinks America cannot “afford” to do other than cater to the wishes of the Chinese government.

A jubilant Jessica has been joyful since her presidential candidate was chosen to serve. She avows; “Unfortunately, due to our greed, China owns us.  If they pulled their money, this country would die.  Sad fact but true.”  

American lives would be lost if foreign affairs focus on humanitarian concerns in China.  There can be nothing worse.  Who would buy the wares that please the people in the States, or Jessica might say, in her own defense, furnish jobs for those born in the Far Eastern nation.  The argument could be made; and certainly, descendants of Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, would be the first to offer it.  US dollars support a much-improved Chinese culture.

George W. Bush might have mused the latter claim an important one.  Perchance, that is why the former President chose to attend the 2008 Summer Olympics.  United States indebtedness served to justify relations with China, a country well-known for human rights violations.  The desire to feed a Capitalist market, the need to assuage the hunger of citizens who habitually consume on credit, and a country famished for cash, will do all that they can to appease those who beat and brutalize Chinese citizens.

The people of China, many Americans cried at the time, cannot be punished because they live under totalitarian rule.  Nor can US athletes be penalized.  Cruel and inhumane treatment is not acceptable, or at least it would not have been months ago, to Jessica who did all she could to help place the now President, Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

In primary season, Jessica stood staunchly against what she then thought were Hillary Clinton’s hawkish views.  She, might have agreed with essayist Stephen Zunes when he wrote for the Foreign Policy in Focus on December 11, 2007, “(F)ront-runner for the Democratic nomination for president shares much of President Bush’s dangerous attitudes toward international law and human rights.”  

Nonetheless, today, Jessica, the proud Progressive, a self-identified peace lover offers, “If there is no money, people will die.  Fact.  I hate it (almost) as much [as an idealist would.]  I also agree we are a soul-less country.”

Then, she quickly deferred to her disgust for the George W. Bush years.  She stated the crimes committed by the former Administration were deplorable.  Jessica concludes, “(W)e have to hold the previous administration accountable for their crimes.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose position on censure has wavered would concur with Jessica, today. If the subject were an investigation or possible prosecution of the Bush White House, Nancy Pelosi would be on-board.  However, Speaker Pelosi may, or may not, think the United States can ignore human rights violations on the part of China.  One never knows.  History and statements made in the past, are often inconsistent.

Almost a year to the day, on February 21, 2008, Secretary Clinton’s good friend, the esteemed Representative from San Francisco, Pelosi, spoke eloquently of what she did not publicly discuss with fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton, now in 2009.

“If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in China and Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world,” House Speaker Pelosi told reporters during a visit with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, India.

Indeed, America, the Moneybag Democracy has forfeited ethical influence.  Economics has replaced principled certitude as US policy.  The press understands the priority.  The commercial media knows dollars deliver.  Damn the lives and liberties of our brethren abroad.  In the United States there is but one mission, moneybag democracy.

Perchance this truth explains why coverage on the decision to forego human rights concerns is limited.  An article appeared here, or there.  Yet, few commentaries focused on the human rights aspect of the Secretary Clinton’s travel.  The Los Angeles Times reported, Clinton added environmental and security issues to economic talks in China.  Most say Secretary of State Clinton has sealed the deal.  She has merged the past with the present. Former First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton has performed laudably for her President, Clinton, Bush, Obama, or for the precedent moneybag democracy.

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Mortality Test

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copyright © 2008.  Andrew Wahl.  Off The Wahl Perspective.

In August 2007, Artist and Essayist Andrew Wahl asked us to look at our life.  Today, as he endeavors to better his circumstance and being, the rest of us might reflect on our state of being.

No New Toon Till Next Week

I had every intention of cartooning this week – especially given last night’s political drama. But it’s finals week for my first quarter of grad school and compromises had to be made. Back in seven, I promise.

Till then,


Clinton: ‘President Must Remember China and Magnequench.’ First Lady Forgets

Hillary Clinton on Magnequench

copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert

A brilliant man, a Rhodes scholar named William Jefferson Clinton stood in front of the gas stove with his sweet protégé, a country known as China, a nation much like a  lost lad.  The powerful President wished to mentor a territory adrift in the Twentieth Century.  As a father might teach a son, Bill  handed the boy a box of matches.  Hillary Rodham Clinton, surrogate mother as she thought herself to be, while experienced, and wise in her own right, said nothing of the possible peril.  Indeed, rarely was she able to speak of what went on in the family’s little White House.  The then First Lady did not enter private rooms; nor did she attend her husband Bill’s closed-door ‘conferences.’  The encounter, near the range, was thought to be a restricted exchange.  The couple while close had separate lives.  Special spouse that she was, Hillary did not have security clearance.

The current Senator from New York was a proxy parent at the time.  She was aware of what went on within the inner sanctum of the Oval Office.  Bill, Commander of the residence and the region known as the United States,  felt very close to his wife.  He says, then and now, he shared all secrets with his partner.  In 1995, Bill Clinton told Hillary Rodham Clinton of his plans to present the Asian guardian in his charge with an ignitable force.  Benevolent Billy hoped the child, China would be empowered.  Of course, the elder man made the younger male promise he would never use the thin sulfur tipped stick of wood near the stove.  Although the oven was close at hand when Bill provided the tools and taught the little gent how to use them.

President Clinton also asked for a pledge.  Children or associates that might benefit from the gift the Chief Executive bequeathed his student must be contained.  The United States must forever remain the world’s superpower.  Bill Clinton trusted nothing would change once the child was given his gift.

Clinton Administration ‘Approved the Sale’

By Jake Tapper

ABC News

April 30, 2008

In 1995, China National Non-Ferrous Metals, headquartered in Beijing, and San Huan New Material High-Tech Inc, funded by the Chinese government, joined with other interests to purchase the Anderson, Ind.-based Magnequench, which made Neo powder for use in magnets.

The two Chinese companies were headed by the husbands of the first and second daughters of then-Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.  One of those daughters was at that time “vice minister of China’s State Science and Technology Commission, whose responsibilities included acquiring military technologies by whatever means necessary,” according to David Cay Johnston in “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Corporations Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill).”

“Complaints about the sale of Magnequench were made to the U.S. government because of the military applications for the magnets,” Johnston reports.  “Still, the Clinton administration, an ardent proponent of globalization, approved the sale.”

The Clinton administration requested that the technology and production remain in the U.S.

“If we believe this was truly a national defense issue, the company should not have been allowed to be sold in 1995, to the group it was sold to, which was backed by the Chinese government and Chinese entrepreneurs,” says Virginia Shingleton, head of the economics department at Valparaiso University for the past 12 years.

Thirteen years later, long after Bill’s munificence exploded and harmed all in the neighborhood where the Clinton’s once lived, the matriarch, strong woman that she be, spoke of the harm caused, but blamed it on another, later inhabitant of the property on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The former First Lady of the White House, in a feverish campaign to reclaim the estate, does not wish to damage her husband’s reputation or her own, Hence, Hillary Clinton continually cries out.

“A Chinese company bought the company, called Magnequench, and they wanted to move the jobs to China.  The people in Indiana protested, did everything they could to convince the Bush administration that this was a terrible mistake.  Couldn’t even get a hearing,” she said.

“The jobs went to China, but so did the technology.  And now the United States military has to buy the magnets we need for the smart bombs we invented from China.”

What the passionate Presidential aspirant does not tell the common persons who can help her regain the property she feels she deserves is, Magnequench was originally sold to Chinese interests when her darling husband was at the helm.  President William Jefferson Clinton signed the documents, which would become the law of the land despite concerns for national security and eventual job loss.  Although, alarm was expressed at the time, Commander-In-Chief Clinton relinquished the rights to ownership, or bestowed the matches upon the child.

Experts say the Chinese acquired the “technical sophistication” that created the magnets long before George W. Bush took office.

Nevertheless, as the former First Lady speaks, family friend, and a person who objected to her husband’s actions at the outset, smiles and bows, or bobs as he weaves.  The prominent Representative, like a doddering, foolish, old uncle, conveniently forgets the past.  He would not wish to blemish his own record within the community or sever his ties to the Clinton’s.  Chances are good, if Hillary Clinton inherits the throne, Evan Bayh may also personally prosper.  Thus . . .

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind,, Clinton’s top surrogate in the state, often joins her on the stump in bashing the president (Bush) for allowing Magnequench to move abroad. What Bayh doesn’t tell voters these days is that he has blamed the company’s moving on a 1995 decision made by Clinton’s husband’s administration.

Back in the day, when the Clinton’s ruled the roost, governed the manor, and controlled the countryside, Senator Evan Bayh foresaw the destruction that might befall the nation and impact his plot of land.  The man who represents the state of Indiana, and did all those years ago, understood if the child [China] were to be given an opportunity to set his [economic] world ablaze, he [it] would.  

Senator Bayh predicted if the burgeoning boy [China] was equipped to burn the house down, the residents in the homeland might find themselves out in the cold.  Countless considered the possibility, an avid and curious learner given information, and the means to multiply his skills, will succeed.  In other words, if China was granted an opportunity to gain knowledge and talents, they would.

What is forgotten by the candidate and ignored by her beau, the previous President is: when a Head of State ships vital Union jobs overseas, then a strong economy will not be sustained here at home.  Apparently, the affable fellow who stood at Senator Clinton’s side  as she tours his home territory Indiana, also fails to remember the flames he knew were coming.  Back in the day, indeed, as recently as a year ago, a statement prepared for Evan Bayh expressed more than a cautious concern for what the Clintons did.

A memo prepared for Bayh by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service earlier this year stated that the Clinton administration could have objected to the sale under CFIUS, but it did not, and that the consortium promised to keep those Anderson, Ind., jobs in the U.S. only until 2005.

An Oct. 6, 2005, press release from Bayh[Bayh] noted that he asked for the Government Accountability Office to study “concerns over foreign takeovers of American companies with national security implications & after an Indiana company called Magnequench closed thanks to a 1995 decision by Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States CFIUS to approve a Chinese consortium’s takeover. At the time, Magnequench made 85 percent of the magnets used to guide U.S. smart bombs.”

Said Bayh, in the release: “The committee responsible for providing this protection does not have a good track record, as I saw myself when it allowed an Indiana company that made smart bomb magnets to be purchased by a foreign business. When it comes to protecting our national security interests, we should be doing more, not less..”

Now on the campaign trail in support of fellow Senator Clinton, Bayh dismisses the outrage he once expressed at the Clinton administration’s approval of that 1995 sale, or at least he does not discuss it.  Currently, the melodious Indiana Senator sings another song.  He  emphasizes no companies manufacture Neo magnets in the United Sates and evades the essential reason.  His bud Bill, husband to Hillary, is the cause for concerns within his neighborhood.

What Bayh doesn’t tell voters these days is that he has blamed the company’s moving on a 1995 decision made by Clinton’s husband’s administration.

Andy Albers, a former vice president of Magnequench, said he received a phone call from Clinton’s campaign to go over key details of Clinton’s Valparaiso event before it happened on April 12.

“I told them all the truth, but it didn’t go anywhere,” Albers told ABC News. “Evan Bayh and Hillary Clinton are living in some false reality here, making all these false accusations.”

In Pittsburgh on April 14, Clinton told voters that “not only did the jobs go to China, but so did the intellectual property and the technological know-how to make those magnets.”

Albers says no secrets or intellectual property transferred to China when Magnequench moved in 2003, despite the claims of these politicians.

Perchance, the Hoosier State Senator is more enamored with magnetism than magnets.  Hillary Clinton can be quite a charmer, and Bill is not bad himself.  As a couple, the two can mesmerize constituents and cause a community to forget its sorrows, or the story of woe that is their history in the White House.

Consider not only the gift President Bill Clinton gave to his protégé China, contemplate the present he bestows upon many a voter.  Bill Clinton, the man with the matches, reminds crowds gathered in the rural regions of Indiana and North Carolina, the two states next to hold primary elections that he and Hillary feel their pain. The story he tells in these hamlets is, when he was in the Oval Office, America was in the Golden Age.   The working man and woman prospered.  

The magnanimous Bill Clinton decrees only he and his wife can bring back the euphoria that was life in the United States in the 1990s.  He tells the hordes of rural folk that ‘other people may look down on them, but not the Clintons.’  The enchanter, the esteemed Mister President, indulges, “Hillary is in this race today with a real chance to win because of people like you.”  He honors the crowd, “If it had been up to the experts and the party elites and the wealthiest Americans who are Democrats, she’d be toast.”  Bill bestows . . .

A Political Gift

After the speech, no one brought up the fact that Bill Clinton fits that definition himself: a wealthy party elite. In the eyes of small-town voters, Bill Clinton will always be one of them.

Katherine Clontz watched Clinton in his last stop of the day in Whiteville.

“He’s really charismatic. He does know the people’s pain and what they’re going through right now, the struggles of American people,” Clontz said, acknowledging that Clinton’s skill helped him when he was governor of Arkansas but sounding a note of mistrust that he now lives in New York.

“Call me a sucker, call me what you will,” Clontz said. “But I think he does understand and try to help the people.”

It’s a political gift. And Bill Clinton still knows how to use it.

Hillary Rodham has also acquired the flair.  When in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the former First Lady shared the lopsided legend and the public swooned.  The electorate in the Keystone State cast a ballot that said, Senator Clinton we entrust our lives and jobs to you regardless of what is real.  Evan Bayh offers his novel version of jobs lost and escapes scrutiny.  Perhaps he too has acquired the cult of personality.  The Clintons and Bayh can relate and captivate.  The three can help America forget that failed policies began with Clinton not Bush.  Ah, what a little magnetism or magnets can do.

References and Realities (?). . .

Super Power – Now Running On Empty

copyright © Judith Moriarty

You’ll never meet these folks.  They represent the hundreds of thousands who have been kicked to the curb these past years (from Clinton’s NAFTA in ’94 until the current time).  A ‘restructuring’ company (better known as hatchet men) took over their company in 2004 with lofty promises of Jobs etc.  Fact is – these companies buy and resale companies.  They were informed right before Christmas that they (122 people) no longer had a job by Watermill (International) Ventures.  The company only decided to give two weeks severance pay due to the Governor’s intervention.  Naturally, all their health benefits etc went out the window.  Some of these folks had worked at this DECENT paying Modular Home Company for decades.  They bought homes here (Claremont) and have children in college.  These employees were highly skilled.

They were the leading builder here in New England of energy efficient modular homes/ businesses etc.  They have won numerous awards for their outstanding craftsmanship and have been featured in many building etc, magazines.

This is a sample kitchen.

This is one of their energy efficient homes.

The skilled carpenters and craftsmen at CSI trained youngsters.  This was not addressed in the numerous news articles (nor their great work).  Today kids are leaving school – they seek men who will mentor and train them in skills they can use!  They are not interested in perpetual testing and social engineering.  Now this great gift to our area’s children is lost.  Do the corporate predators care?  No – they’re in the business of profits not the future of children.

While we are kept dutifully distracted with the drunken antics of air headed starlets (called breaking news) or the theater of mud slinging politics, few are aware of what’s happening in their own state, let alone what is happening across the nation.  What ‘breaking news’ announced the closing of Maytag – in business for 114 years?  The thousands losing their jobs due to this closure (parts – appliance stores – businesses in town) wasn’t deemed newsworthy?  Mike, leaving Maytag, on the last day, doesn’t know where he’s going to turn.  He was four years short of receiving his pension.  Not so with our politicians.  They needn’t invest 30 years before they’re eligible for pension.

A mere five years will see them given life long pensions (the longer in office the bigger the pension).  Unlike work a day folks whose pensions are stolen – they receive pensions with yearly cost of living increases (plus life long medical coverage).  This is WHY you see such a detachment on the election circuit.  Those in cradle to grave political jobs have long ago lost any empathic understanding of men in their late 40s – 50s – 60s suddenly jobless in a nation without jobs (livable wage jobs that is).

Maine and New Hampshire have seen their paper/pulp mills closed.  Like Maytag – the move is on to China.  The usual patronizing PR of job retraining   is lauded – and then, these men (families) get lost in the shuffle of time.  This job retraining is a colossal joke.  Another story.

We hear of massive foreclosures across the nation.  The media would have you believe that every one, and his brother, is losing their homes because they bought homes they couldn’t afford.  When mills, and manufacturing plants close, duh, banks don’t care if you can’t pay a mortgage.  These steel mills (gone to China etc) forged the steel for our ships, planes (WWII) built the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge etc.  The fuel company, electric company, etc, aren’t interested in your plight when the mill closes.  You’re on your own after unemployment runs out.  You’re now thrown into a job market where people highly educated with numerous degrees are being thrown overboard.

When a  company leaves  town, all the supporting businesses,  where employees shopped go belly up.  People worried about buying milk for the kids or keeping the lights on aren’t buying  seafood, winter clothing, shoes, or pizza.  Restaurants and movie houses don’t take promissory notes.  The truth is  America (due to drastic cutbacks) has no safety net.  The only bailouts in the USA are for the corporate destroyers; loans, grants, subsidies, tax breaks etc.  Towns boarded and closed search for investments such as  box stores, foreign companies (promising JOBS) , high-end condos,   or malls!  All of which produce nothing and do not contribute to the fiscal health of a town.

Years of paying a bank,  twice as much for a home  (with interest)  goes up in smoke when you miss a few payments.  These mortgages held by foreign/corporate conglomerates don’t care if you end up living in your car, in a tent or under a bridge.

It is really quite insulting and degrading to hear officials laud the future opening of a foreign owned Tap Water/plastic bottle plant as a viable option to replace that job as  a skilled craftsman!  There appears to be this mindset that ‘any job will do’!  These same officials don’t see their own positions (yearly raises – bonuses) being replaced !  You’d be hard pressed to see them identifying filling bottles with water, (making the molds) for $7.25 an hour  (maybe $8.00)  as an adequate job  to live on (pay their mortgage – car payments – etc).

Steel workers in Pittsburgh were advised to get that job at Wal-Mart (part time of course).  Filled with Chinese junk – it’s little wonder one cannot find anything Made In America.  Wal-Mart is our nation’s largest employer.  This should frighten people no end (also NH’s largest employee).

In the end, Corporate Greed (paid 400x more than common worker)  is destroying the nation.  In 1886, the Supreme Court declared that corporations were  henceforth to be considered ‘persons’ under the law, with all of the constitutional rights that designation implies.  Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, corporations reshaped every aspect of life in America and much of the rest of the world.  The factory system turned self-sufficient small farmers into wage – earners and transformed the family from an interdependent economic production unit into a consumption- oriented collection of individuals with separate jobs.  Advertising turned productive citizens into ‘consumers’.

Business leaders campaigned to create public schools to train children in factory- system obedience to schedules and in the performance of isolated, meaningless tasks.  And now ?  Corporations came to own and dominate sources all information and entertainment and  the control of politicians and judges.  Once upon a time, the robber barons influenced Washington.  Now they sit on the cabinet and have been appointed to the positions of influence.  The great exodus of immigrants taking place worldwide is their doing.  Be it the UK – Sweden – France – the US – etc) the name of the GAME is cheap labor.  The American – Mexican – UK etc, dream was all an illusion.  Trade agreements  make slaves of us all.