posted on Oct, 11 2013 @ 07:04 PM
Upon monday, I am set to deliver a speech in my class about the exploitation of corporate entities.
If you folks wouldn't mind, I'd like to share that speech with you all.
On every dollar in America are the words, “In God We Trust”. Funny, a prayer on the root of all evil. These days, there’s a different almighty.
A strange creation, larger than the sum of its parts. The Corporation is what rules us, binds us. They’ve bought our politicians and convinced
them that corporations are legally people. They’re rich in resources that they’ve cheated the locals of. There is blood on their hands that
won’t wash off.
There is a corporation that’s scrubbed itself nearly clean, however. You can go into any store in America and buy its products. The Coca Cola
corporation, as American as apple pie and napalm. It astounds me how completely Coke has integrated itself into the culture. A patent medicine
invented by a junkie ends up as the most popular beverage of all time. Well, the Coke business is sordid indeed. How do you feel about unions? Do you
believe they deserve to die? Well, Coke did. In 1993, there were over a thousand unionized workers working for Coke in Columbia. In 2004, there were
less than four hundred. You know what happened? A campaign of extrajudicial violence against union leaders.
In 1996 and 97, two union leaders named Adolfo Munera, and Isidro Gil both turned up dead with a serious case of lead poisoning. Gil was shot by
“paramilitaries” right at the entrance to the factory. Munera, who had filed a lawsuit against the company, they tracked to his mother’s home,
and shot in cold blood. Coca Cola denied any involvement or wrong doing in either death. It was all the paramilitaries! Not Coke, they could never do
anything like that..
There’s something rotten in Denmark when a corporation’s enemies start dropping dead. The Coca Cola company isn’t the only one guilty of such
crimes, either. Anyone fill up their car at Shell?
Well, Shell had a thorn in it’s side from a man named Ken Saro-Wiwa. You see, Ken loved his homeland. He didn’t care to see it polluted by oil
companies that took everything and gave nothing back. So he arranged a group of likeminded folks and staged a non-violent protest. He began to draw
the attention of the corporate machine, however. So, with a few bribed officials, he and his movement were arrested.
He wound up facing a kangaroo court, and he and eight others went to the gallows for their grievous crime of protesting a huge corporation. In 2009,
the Shell oil company would later pay a settlement of 15 million dollars to the families of the victims. Comparatively, they made 31 billion dollars
in profits that year. That’s less than .004% of what they earned. Such generosity. There’s no amount of money that you can pay to bring someone
back from the dead. Murder is set in stone, irreversible. If a corporation is legally a person, Shell ought to be tried for it’s many crimes.
There’s a certain mindset that just disregards atrocities if they don’t happen here. That the problems of non-Americans are not our problem. When
the news gives absolutely no air time to these sorts of things, people forget. Well, I don’t forget. The amorality of the market place has given
way to monstrous entities that have no qualms breaking a few skulls to make an omelet. I’ve only addressed the tip of the iceberg in regards to the
legacy of greed and exploitation that goes on from the corporate machine.
What can we do against so much power and money though? We can stop ignoring the 600 pound gorilla in the corner. Folks are bickering over which side
of the stars and stripes they stand for, when the whole flag is on fire. The root of all evil has given way to a tree with poisonous fruit. We need
to join together, and resist the divide and conquer tactics they use to manipulate the public. If we don’t, the future looks very bleak indeed.