Imminent Domain and Domestic Tranquility
This morning’s first-cup-of-coffee browsing path has hijacked the light-and-fluffy topic I had thought I’d write about today. NOT looking at emails until 10am is probably a really good way of retaining some degree of control over one’s writing focus and thinking time. But that habit hasn’t taken hold yet.
The bottom line of this thread of reading inelegantly presented here is a deep angst that individual people can know and do what’s right. But ruling bodies and corporations inevitably grow short-sighted, greedy and blind to bigger, long-term living-on-earth issues. They seem doomed to thought-boxes bounded by quarterly returns, fiscal years and 2-year governmental election cycles.
And those who profit from short-sighted riches will not relinquish control over the Marcellus shale’s methane fortunes or the false prosperity that comes with the building of the world’s third largest dam in the Amazon rain forest.
Now, to even more deeply entrench the rule of government by, of and for the corporation, those crowds who always wield the biggest club have been granted citizen status in the US by our “supreme” court. There are far more people outside than inside these financial machines. And sometimes, the disenfranchised masses become the prevailing force, I remember as I watch the throngs among the tear-gas stream across the bridge over the Nile.
Time comes when corporations and armies, presidents and generals, can be cast off; a time when the people, the sold-out whose rights and dignity has been trampled, won’t take it any more.
Is this the future?