here's the beginning of my latest letter to my local electronic fishwrap. the rest is at the link below;
We’re told we have a system where we can elect politicians to
represent us and prevent corporate abuse but government obviously serves
its corporate masters and not citizens. Our legal system is a wholly
owned subsidiary of the corporate state, the freedom to dissent without
government supervision is mostly gone and our basic civil liberties
aren’t protected. What we ‘vote’ for and what we get are almost always
two different things, locally and nationally, yet about half of
Americans still participate in the ‘voting’ game.
The corporate state has passed a series of oppressive laws and set up
a vast security and surveillance machinery that obliterates our
privacy, allows you to be snatched off the streets by the ‘authorities’
and held without due process in indefinite detention, criminalizing
dissent. The corporate state holds in its hands the legal and physical
tools to shut us down and has gradually been doing so.
Corporate capitalism holds total, unchallenged power. The
politicians, judges, press, and boards of education operate within the
decrees of corporate power. Activists have learned things ‘consumers’
have yet to understand: corporations will poison Earth and all of its
inhabitants for profit. There are no limits. Resistance will be
effective only when we refuse to do what we’re told.
American exceptionalism operates on the belief that the Empire is a
uniquely virtuous nation that loves peace, encourages liberty, respects
human rights, and embraces the rule of law. Americans like to think
their country behaves much better than other states. The Empire isn’t as
brutal as history’s worst, but honest historical investigation shows
large lies about American moral superiority.