The Corporate States of America and the Pathology of Capitalism
An opinion expressed by Charles Sullivan, a Master Naturalist and community activist:
The U.S. is an occupied territory that could more accurately be described as the Corporate States of America. The systems of power do not allow the voice of working people to be heard or their collective will to be acted upon.
Despite the subterfuge of freedom and democracy, the rights of corporations have consistently superseded the sovereign rights of the individual and those of the community. Labor history and a litany of environmental catastrophes bear this out.
For instance, government agencies, ostensibly created to protect the public welfare, are allowing hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus shale, even when it poisons municipal drinking water and causes incalculable harm to the environment. Our diverse forests are commodified, measured in board feet to be clear-cut and off-shored at prodigious bargain rates, like a liquidation sale.
The world and the people who live in it are treated like products to be exploited. We are told that nothing is sacred, save for the dollar and markets.
Through lifelong indoctrination, Americans are persuaded that self-interested greed is in their best interest. The rich and powerful have decreed that corporate profits, the Holy Grail of American capitalism, are more precious than life itself.
We are literally sacrificing the Earth’s life support systems and mortgaging the future, while attempting to satiate the greed of a few grotesquely wealthy individuals. Nevertheless, it is an inescapable fact that no human being, including corporate CEOs and members of Congress, can live without potable water or breathable air.