On The Need For Resisting Corporate Rule And Plutocracy

A radio interview with psychologist Michael Cornwall sent me to wikipedia to look up ‘glass ceiling‘ after he referred to his own mad experience as meeting such a ‘glass ceiling’ for late adolescents and young adults.

In economics, the glass ceiling is “the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements.” Initially, the metaphor applied to barriers in the careers of women but was quickly extended to refer to obstacles hindering the advancement of minority men, as well as women.

Notice that the elevation in this economic definition is “to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder” (i.e. wealth). One who is not working for the international corporate imperialist elite is likely to be seen, given this definition, in relative terms, as a failure.

The truth suffers when it is prostituted to business interests. Living a good life is not seen as a virtuous aim when it is also an impoverished life. Corporations control the mass media, and so they have the ability to silence dissent through commercial propaganda and neglect. When Mr. Money Bags pulls the strings, you’re out of luck if you don’t ingratiate yourself for ‘the dough, re, mi’.

There is a point at which even the objection is tempered by the degree to which corruption pervades the system. One is beholden to one institution, or the other, or else one is silent, and thereby, a complete loss. The illusion of an impartial news media has been exposed for the myth that it happens to be. You would have no news without periodically hearing from the news service’s corporate sponsors. There are, given those corporate sponsors, stories that will never make the light of day.

Value is manufactured by the global market. A global market that manipulates “supply” and “demand”. Dead artists are the prices their produce command at Sotheby’s. Stars emerge from television variety show ‘competitions’. Man woman the institution eclipse man woman the individuals. We are represented by, as was always the case, our betrayers. Nowhere is this more evident than in the electoral process where indirect democracy, given private interests, becomes even less direct all the time. All the middle men have to, after all, make a killing.

A few advance and glory at the expense of the many. Ours is less and less a world made for the mass of humanity. Starvation and plague in Africa, unrest and violence in the middle east, are the cost of civilization in the Americas and Europe. Philanthropists are people with millions and millions of dollars to give away. If they have billions, well, they can easily enough spare millions. It puts them in a better tax bracket.

As you can see, the mass of humanity are being challenged to do something about this devastating fiasco every day of the week. The corporate imperialists are only as powerful as the mass of humanity allow them to be. Right now, many more people are being robbed than are being benefited by these upper crust privateers. The religion of wealth may be limitless, but the reality of resources is quite limited. We need to reestablish some of the old antitrust laws before, after competition, a king of the mountain purple-assed baboon is the only creature left standing.