reply to post by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Exactly right. We don't need milk...only baby cows do. However, the dairy industry is not unique here. This is happening to all of our industries,
both those whose products we can do without and some we can't.
This article just underscores how seemingly benign and well-intentioned big government programs create opportunities for predatory corporations.
And while some people do resist (and I pray this trend continues), choosing to either do without or create and support local alternatives. And while
some pockets of smaller business still exist, like in Wisconsin, perhaps, they do so because it just hasn't been their turn yet, and they won't
exist for long.
The vast majority, however, don't notice or they don't care because they see the initially cheap prices and embrace that but for the most part just
deaf, dumb, and blindly accept what they view as progress or inevitable. They don't see or think about the many layered, long term effects,
implications, and consequences of this. And so the numbers are on the side of the giants. And don't think the giants don't realize this and use
Unless enough people do realize the implications and consequences of this trend, decide it's important, refocus, and change it, we're stuck with it
and all it's downsides.
We're putting more and more control over our lives into the hands of a few. The few who are so integrated into government, they are becoming the
government, your government.
The few who have demonstrated time and time again that 1.) they don't care about people or what happens to people...they're all about the numbers
and 2.) they get the power to make decisions that are seemingly well-intentioned "for the common good" but in the end wind up dictating to us or
trapping us or worse.
Supporting the large conglomerates affects our pockets in the case of all industries...we pay what they say.
In the case of the food, pharma, and healthcare industries, for example, it's going to affect our health primarily, both physical and mental.
In the case of the finance industry, they control your life via credit and credit scores. Want a job/house/apartment/insurance and have a bad "credit
score," aww too bad. You don't get one, or you pay through the nose for it.
In the case of the energy industries, it affects our choices for us and our planet (stick with oil because we've decided wind is not in the
people's best interests). Can we get off their grids? Yes, but they're going to do everything in their power to stop us.
In the case of the military industrial complex, it affects our . Can we do without wars, Jean? Yep. But they can't.
So many people don't even realize these things or even a lot of the companies that still "seem" small are part of large conglomerates. They hide
this because it would alarm more people.
The upside is that it's not too late. As people here have mentioned, trends are developing to ensure that people still have choices. Think, support,
and buy locally. And see, here again is the key. Locally. Get AWAY from big government via big corporate. They are the same.
But unless these trends go viral, unless we get the word out and get it out fast. to identify the pitfalls and dangers in a simple way, we're sunk.
[edit on 7/11/2010 by ~Lucidity]