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Revolution? Or The Realization Of Orwell's Vision?

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Corporations, as they endlessly scheme for absolute control over the planet's finite resources, will order the planet's social order into whatever structure is necessary to insure corporate dominance over the individual. Orwell recognized the corporate entities driven ambition to abolish represenative government in favor of corporate oligarchy. For anyone who isn't blind it's easy to recognize that representative democracy in the U.S. has been abandoned. The government, and the politicians who pretend to represent ordinary Americans, are a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of the corporate state. At this point, only revolution will re-establish the democratic state. But revolution is extremely unlikely. Many Americans are so ignorant, uninformed and timid, they can't bring themselves to vote their criminal representatives out of office.

The U.S. Congress, has demonstrated time and time again, its submissive, fawning allegiance to its corporate masters. The men and women who comprise Congress are weak and grotesquely inadequate parodies of the nation's founders who put their lives, and the lives of their families, on the line to show the world that men could govern themselves, and neither needed nor wanted the old, worn model of the powerful, monied few, condemning them to lives of servitude. Try to imagine your Congressional Representative standing up to the British Army. Try to see him. Try, if you will, to see him as ready to die for a fledgling democracy that has yet to take root.

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The dignity and respect that came with the offices of those who would devote their lives to the public good has given way to cheap theatre, and pretentious assumption, upon a public that is so jaded and removed from Congressional antics that those who regard the penultimate fortunes of the free republic are withdrawn and disinterested in any further pursuit of regaining that which has been so hopelessly lost. The Congressional jokers, led by a man who lacks the will to bring change to a profoundly troubled democracy, wag their senseless tongues to hasten the destruction of a once proud, and vibrant nation.

If there's any doubt of whose interests are served by Congress consider Obama, with a filibuster proof Congressional majority. He postures presidentially, but hasn't the will or courage to lead. His fantasy of health care for all Americans is a case in point. He stands meekly aside as five democrats, on the Senate Finance Committee, join ten republicans to discard a meaningful health care plan. This after a NYT survey revealed that 65% of the public favor an expansion of Medicare to include all Americans. Obama's allegiance to his corporate masters was promised along with the corporate campaign donations he so eagerly sought and accepted.

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Corporate dominance over humanity, and the finite resources of the planet, are simply another religion expressed in the short term. The corporation is served in direct proportion to the extent an individual is, in immediacy, willing to surrender identity in the interests of the corporate good. Thus it is that corporate profit and growth are determined through maximum efficiency at the cost of individual identity. Orwell's classic 1984 drew a stark picture of the corporate state in its Big Brother role. The corporate/God entity rewards by the same criteria that religious orthodoxy promises Heaven. Heaven is the ultimate retirement community without sickness, pain, sorrow or need. The corporation mirrors the same precept with the only exception being that it promises its adherents immediate gratification in terms of a paycheck, health benefits, vacations and retirement while the other gives its reward or punishment only after death. "Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell." --- George Orwell

A system of increasingly diminished reward is the natural progression of the corporate as it seeks to maximize profit and control over its human elements. Employee benefits, as the corporation strengthens, are easily withdrawn after its employees are indebted to the company store. The store is of course the mortgage industry, the banks that loan to those willing to conform, the health care industry and the various other corporate entities that promise futures to those who toe the line. The corporate state is a many headed hydra that gives nothing, and takes everything.

The corporate monster has been successful in the U.S, but the rest of the world sees that it has allowed its greed and ambition to overtake it. U.S. estimation has fallen prodigiously among the world community as it recognizes there will be no political solution that addresses the unregulated and reckless corporate state.

The Right Wing, U.S. Supreme Court, is now considering arguments that would reverse the restrictions on corporations during elections, and also reverse a century of law that forbid any corporation from contributing to political campaigns. The venue under which these questions have come before the court are "corporate personhood." That corporations are immortal, and have as their sole purpose the accumulation of ever more material does not enter into the considerations of the Roberts Court. Neither does the fact that the word "corporation" does not appear anywhere in the U.S. Constitution. Corporations have absolutely no loyalty to anything or one, with the exception of their shareholders. Americans, their eyes riveted on Beck, Limbaugh et al, take not so much as a passing interest in such corporate control of their most revered institutions of government.

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Human destiny must be determined by its own active involvement. The extent to which humanity is willing to surrender its identity to an inhuman entity, whose single purpose is in controlling completely the human and the finite material resources of the planet, is the same extent to which humanity will influence its ultimate destination. All religious orthodoxy recognizes the earthbound authority of one ruling authority or another. Thus the common thread, "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" binds together orthodox religion with the secular.

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Jon Faulkner is a licensed Master Mariner. He has long considered the conservative republican mindset a form of mental illness. He lives in northern Maine.

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