New Category added to Samadhisoft

I’ve added a new category under which I can classify posts here in Samadhisoft.  It is:

Corporate takeover of government

I’ve been realizing for sometime that in their efforts to maximize profits for their shareholders, corporations have been working to control our governments in order to diminish the power those governments to make the laws that limit their actions and opportunities.

This is a major factor in the way human history is progressing now in the early 21st century.

We, as a species, should be deep into the realizations now that if we do not change directions, we are going to experience a calamity of truly historic proportions.  I call this the Perfect Storm.  A calamity so huge, in fact, that it will make all the other major ‘events’ of human history pale.

So, what makes us press on so heedlessly when the danger signs are growing so prolifically around us?

Some of it is our human nature.

But another very significant part is the fact that corporations have gotten so powerful that they are directly or indirectly controlling our governments for their own aims.  And, as those aims are solely about maximizing profits for their shareholders, those aims do not include considerations about the future of our species or the health of the planet.   In many cases (as you will see in the links, below), corporations are working actively to defeat the very things we should be doing for own own survival. And they do this because if we are allowed to do these things, it would interfere with their profits.

To get an idea of the size and tenacity of the problem, consider that of the 100 most powerful economies on the planet, 51 of them are corporations.

In honor of the new category  and to review for you some of the stories and perceptions that have led me to this POV, I’ve listed below a number of stories and pieces I’ve written or reported on here that bear on this subject:

 

:arrow:  - The Corporate “Heist” of the United States Government Began With a Memo in 1971

:arrow: – Forbidden Planet – George Monbiot

:arrow: - Tobacco and the manipulation of public perception for corporate profit

:arrow:  - The new face of how corporations dominate governments

:arrow: – The Greedy are everywhere…

:arrow: - Myth of Perpetual Growth is killing America

:arrow: - Top (American) CEO pay equals 3,489 years for typical worker

:arrow: - Why increasing corporate control of our world is bad

:arrow: - Obama tries again to end oil subsidies

:arrow: - Corporate Margins and Profits are Increasing, But Workers’ Wages Aren’t

:arrow: - Plutocracy, Pure and Simple – George Monbiot

:arrow: - Syngenta PR’s Weed-Killer Spin Machine: Investigating the Press and Shaping the “News” about Atrazine

:arrow: - Ohio Lawmakers Introduced 33 Bills Last Year Based on ALEC Model Legislation

:arrow: - Directors’ pay rose 50% in past year, says IDS report
:arrow: - Financial world dominated by a few deep pockets
:arrow: - As Verizon Demands Huge Cuts to Worker Benefits, Its Profits Soar and Its CEO Gets $18 Million in Compensation
:arrow: - America in Decline – Noam Chomsky
:arrow:  - Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Postpone Care
:arrow:  - Lobbying Firm Advising Corporate Clients How to Take Advantage of Campaign Finance Ruling
:arrow:  - We’re having the wrong conversations

:arrow: - The Supreme Court and Corporations

:arrow: - Corporations Are Citizens – What Are We?

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