One of the historically significant displays of Corporatism in U. S. history is in the fast food industry. Most notably, McDonald’s Elitist view of the consumer comes to the surface. Corporatism is where you find it. I’ve found it, right here in Johnstown, Colorado.
The McDonald’s franchise here in Johnstown is “owned” by a man named Gary, last name isn’t important. He “owns” 8 McDonalds franchise locations, in the same circumstance that “proprietors” in the Northeast “owned” Exxon stations, in 1980. They found that they could be bought, sold, traded, fleeced and butchered, along with the public. At one point, in the station I worked in, the wholesale price on the invoice was a penny/gallon more than the retail price displayed across the street, at the Sunoco station. Everyone got pillaged by a corporate predator.
The present story is interesting because it comes out of so many unknowns. The greatest advantage in life is to be underestimated. I do “underestimated”, very well. Appearances would never suggest that I’ve been a photographic speed reader, capable of reading multiple books at the same time, for 52 years. Gary couldn’t possibly know that I read all of the McDonald’s training manuals, 31 years ago. That was at a time when McDonald’s was searching for methods to speed up the turnover rate on their seating capacity. One method was to maintain the thermostat settings in cold seasons and climates at an uncomfortably low level, encouraging people to consume their purchase as quickly as possible, and leave. Of course, that resulted in one of the great consumer backlashes of the ’70s.
Today, Gary continues that marketing philosophy. By his own statement, he tolerates customers in his McFeedlot for a maximum of 20 minutes, and only if they bring him money. The comical point is, that it isn’t money. It’s borrowed debt. Perhaps he believes that he’s playing the debt game, really well. He’ll find out. Those who do not learn the lessons of history, are doomed to repeat them. Inflation will change the financial landscape. People won’t be inclined to go through the processing plant that is McDonald’s when the meals on the menu start at “$?”12 and change. Gary forgets that he can’t schedule the customers. He can’t fire them for not performing up to his expectations. He also can’t judge people by appearance.
Legality and Humanity part company when the demands of a dead thing, a corporation, are given priority over life. At the heart of the matter is the love of money and the lust for power.
7 July A.D. 2011
The article below is by R.K. Blacksher. It was posted 5 July 2011. In the link at strike-the-root.com, he lists his occupation as “Drone.” Creative, anyway.
This author prefers Pat Shannan’s lesson in the matter. The term “constitution-ist” is the proper description of one who supports, promotes a/the “constitution,” as contrasted with the term “constitution-al-ist,” which is one who supports a/the “constitutional,” which term IS a noun, and, in some parts of the country, that noun refers to the function of the last part of the alimentary canal. What Blacksher is saying, in his way, is that there are no political solutions.
Here is the very last concept in this piece: “People cannot free themselves if they do not believe they are enslaved. People need to stop trying to free themselves through politics and start trying to free themselves from politics.”
Clearly, Blacksher does not yet understand, completely, the nature of the problem, because slaves have zero authority to obligate themselves or their property commercially. It’s precisely because there is NO slavery that the present “funny money” system “works.” Said another way, involuntary bondage had to go in order for it to be replaced with our present condition of voluntary bondage.
Slaves can’t get credit cards or open retirement accounts or purchase land or cars, etc. Only those with the legal capacity to enter into agreements may engage in even the basics of commercial activity. In the same way that children and medically incompetent people have no “capacity” to bind themselves commercially, slaves have no capacity to bind themselves commercially.
Where one finds few legal remedies for involuntary bondage, given that such law exists in a society that finds it moral and acceptable for one human being to “own,” as property, another human being (which concept is all throughout Scripture), one has all kinds of remedies for Voluntary Bondage. Voluntary Bondage is the by-product of our present commercial system, in which we’re seduced, through our ignorance (unawareness) of our present legal reality, into binding, commercial obligations that are enforced in such a way as to make us think that the authority relied upon is law. Voluntary Bondage is something over which we have 100% control. Thus, on the flip side of that same coin, we have only ourselves to blame.
To play the game of politics is to pretend that the politicians are “the problem.” Thus, by changing them, the problem may be fixed via a different group of politicians who will then rewrite or just “delete” the offensive, oppressive, police-state “statutes.” Fortunately, that’s not how the present system functions. Since no politician in any office can ever compel anyone to sign up for any “gotcha agreement,” by which we impale ourselves on the horns of Voluntary Bondage, no politician, in or out of office, is “the” problem.
Very well said.
Harmon L. Taylor
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“The Other Shoe?”
This is just a reminder from my archives. Originally published in June of 2009, this post shows how central banks work the Bait-And-Switch and the Shell Game. We will see this repeated in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and any other country that bought into the Ponzi scheme. We see interest charged on ledger entries. In reality, the legal definition of money never entered into the transaction and the rhetoric that went with it. Interest is charged on fiction and nations pay with reality. This is how central banks conquer countries with the stroke of a pen.
Just when we thought there was quiet on the bailout front, we get news. Some of the biggest banks are ready to repay billions, but only if the administration will let them. Debt moves from one ledger to another, they call it paid, and the experts are still nervous. We should not buy cars from these people. The repeat offenders have gone way past three strikes, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Apparently, every silver cloud has a manure lining. The short little article in the June 8th Denver Post, written by Binyamin Applebaum and David Cho of the Washington Post covered the bases, pretty well. At least the article acknowledged that this wasn’t actually repayment, but refinancing, through other government programs. This is the same kind of fancy bookkeeping that kept Bernie Madoff out of trouble, for so long. Oh, excuse me. We have experts, now. Are they more expert than they were, in September? They can’t be very bright if they don’t see the same debt load, sucking the life out of the alleged recovery, that I see.
Since September, official statements have implied a perpetual state of revolving debt. The trigger on the next phase of the collapse could be the same funds listed as assets on different institutions books, as assets. In the fractional banking system, that has been possible and by all accounts at various times in history, accepted practice. If currency that doesn’t actually exist can be loaned, how do you prove who really doesn’t have it? there is no pea under any of the walnut shells. Better put some extra currency in the mattress. The pea might be under there.
Some of the quotes from the article are better than reading the comics. The title says, “Doubt lingers ……. “. Oh. That’s what that smell is. The part that stinks is that government borrowed debt and all the taxpayers get is the obligation to pay the interest. In the case of Chrysler, the get stuck with all of it. If the banks get out of the bailout plan, they are then free to pay their executives big bonuses, again. This looks like the second round of the same scam. The only change is that the taxpayers are deeper in debt than ever before. The only change in process is that the economy is now a board game without rules.
The article addresses the concern that all of this bailout activity has created an “artificial environment”. Does this suggest that there was anything real in the last 2 or 3 decades? Alice encounters the White Rabbit on the Planet of the Apes. Yes, that could happen, . . . . . on TV. It’s more likely that small businesses will collapse in droves as the bottom drops out of consumer spending. Microsoft threatened to move jobs out of the U. S. if they don’t get tax breaks on their foreign profits. Could this be the start of something big? Will we hear a “stay the course” speech in the Fall? At present, the “course” may be messy slog through the international swamp. I did say that foreign demands would overwhelm domestic regulation. As reported in the June 9th Denver Post, Canada and the EU are upset about “America first” stipulations on the use of stimulus funds. We’ll see where that comes out. U. S. taxpayers money, U. S. taxpayers jobs. Plainly, this is not the foreigner’s house. It’s not a good time to be sacrificing U. S. jobs. “Unemployed Congresspeople” has a nice ring to it. Since U. S. taxpayers are on the hook for all that stimulus funny money, giving it away to Canada and Europe would bring on economic storm clouds, at a very inopportune time. In fact, the taxpayers are paying for the jobs of the Federal corporation and every stick of furniture in the place. In fact, fire the whole bunch and let the State legislatures run the place. The farther this crisis goes, the more obvious it becomes that the Federal corporation is pricing itself out of the marketplace.
This is one of those moments when the Globalist agenda is out in the open, for all to see. That indicates enough trouble on the horizon, even if there were no mismanagement and embezzlement. For those gluttons for punishment that still believe in staying on to pay their fair share of the Federal debt, at least speak in terms that can be understood. As long as people insist on underwriting bad debt, they have a proprietary claim on both their jobs and the Federal payroll. If domestic jobs fall by the wayside, it should be Federal jobs that go, first. Accountability without punishment is lawlessness.
FEDERAL CATTLE CAR
If you ask people, “Are you gullible?”, the automatic answer is, “No, I don’t think so.”. Given enough economic and social pressure, people do agree to the strangest things. Once a generation agrees to be a sub – contractor for an invading private agenda, rather than keeping independence and free will, it’s all downhill for subsequent generations. That is the history of what was once America. That independence and creative resilience is gone. Each generation in the progress of Reconstruction is loaded on the Federal cattle car. Offer people prosperity. Offer them power and influence within the corporate structure. Tell them “It’s for the children”. Tell them anything. Bring them tales of corporate conquest and parade military heroes in front of them. For generations, people have called corporate tyranny a good thing. They just follow orders, believing that leaders do right in the world. They profit from trafficking in people and body parts, thinking they are serving the greater good. Where is the conscience that quietly and persistently reminds us that our economy grows on the people that have been plowed under as corporate fertilizer?
Barbed wire, overt human harvesting, internment and labor camps, the visual trappings of government gone bad, are bad public relations. Today, Americorps and the Peace Corps have replaced the Hitler Youth. yes, they will be trained to be good little Corporatists. Conquest in the name of Public Service is now the accepted definition of Humanitarianism. That is the way that Fascism presents itself, as the benefactor of humanity. the promise of a glorious future always ends in smoking ruins and piles of dead bodies. It is that dark side of human nature, that lust for power, hard at work seeking dominance over other human beings. We see it in the efforts to create “constituencies” and in “development projects”. A constituent is legal property. In these efforts, nations are drawn into web of debt and corporate subjugation. Billions of people suffer, while corporations manage the wealth they stole from them. That is why some of the wealthiest people in the world gave it all away, before they died. They wanted to get the guilt of all of that dirty money washed from their hands, before they died. Late may be better than never, but that doesn’t restore the lives that were destroyed. There will be a just accounting for the lives sacrificed for the gain of Corporatism.
If we could all just understand this, the world would be a very different place. The maze that is the global economy is getting more complex. Writing this made my head hurt.
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