If war is an act of murder as Einstein fervently believed, then indirect or surrogate murder is a specialty of the war and ammo industries and a beneficiary of Religion, Inc. Nothing more needs to be said about those two industries. As for Religion, Inc., were it not for its record of either engaging in war, promoting it or acquiescing to it, one would think organized religion would be a natural ally of and prominent activist for peace. That has never been the case from the beginning of religion to now with its religious intolerance and its belief in the apocalypse.
A few years ago I wrote the leaders of major coalitions of organized religions who provide overall leadership and guidance for over 180 million Americans and proposed that those leaders unite against America's endless warring.4 I got no response, undoubtedly because of their engrained beliefs and unwillingness to risk losing favors from the U.S. government.
America's corporations are a creature of the state. They exist only because the state charters them. Corporations then feed at "our" government's trough non-stop, costing tax payers billions of dollars every year. Let me enumerate in no particular order some of the ways corporations are fed to keep them in the black instead of floundering and failing: tax breaks; cash grants; interest-free loans; bail-outs; debt forgiveness; discounted insurance; low-interest loans; depreciation write-offs; rent rebates; excessive payments to contractors; given public resources; loan guarantees; price support loans; R & D funding; privatization of public services (privatization is a big government handout because corporations profit considerably with little initial investment); and free trade agreements.
It supposedly separates religion and state, but the U.S. Constitution has rarely prevented unconstitutional happenings when the power elite is determined to make them happen, as in the case of Religion, Inc being exempt from paying property taxes. Donations to churches are also tax-deductible. Hundreds of billions of dollars worth of property are owned by Religion, Inc.; billions that are lost for meeting the needs of the general citizenry.
The ancient pyramid is still the prevalent form for organizing big business and big religion. The pyramid is designed to function as a pecking order; descending orders from the top and the doing at the bottom.
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