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David Ruhlen is a writer and musician living in Canada. He notes with great alarm the profoundly negative trends that will increasingly affect us all. And the trends that have come to so completely reflect the human condition are these: Staggering wealth is amassed by the few, while the permanent and growing underclass becomes increasingly irrelevant to those in power. A state of perpetual war now exists, both at home and abroad, where citizens are increasingly monitored and coerced into obedience and submission by governments seeking ever more control. The health of the planet is increasingly at risk and, with it, our very survival. And representative democracy has long-since ceased to reflect our will, as politicians openly cater to the demands of a tiny elite.
The major focus of David's writing will be "money and power in the service of money and power". It is Big Money, the multi-national corporations, that so completely control the key issues affecting the human condition. The multi-national corporation is the vehicle by which money and power serves money and power, the mechanism through which the elite influence (read: buy) policy makers for their exclusive benefit. As a group, multi-national corporations have become the most dominant economic and political force the world has known, and they have become perhaps the greatest threat to mankind in its history. They are driving a headlong rush to our ultimate demise. Simply put, corporations are killing us.
David's writing will report on the worst abuses of corporations and their hired political operatives. It will also - as a best outcome - help create a movement to change the nature of the corporation.
How Many Will It Take?
The recent images of 100,000 Greeks demonstrating in the streets of Athens raises an intriguing question about the utility of protest. And, as it relates to the ever-widening Occupy movement, its worth asking: "how many people will it finally take"? How many people must take to the streets before a government will respond to the will of its citizens?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011(17 comments)
OWS is Only the Beginning
In just 30 days, the OWS movement has made tremendous strides. But before the euphoria carries us away, let's acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that remains to be done.
Saturday, October 1, 2011(12 comments)
Class Warfare: More Than The Money
The furor over tax rates for the rich began recently when Obama trial-ballooned some campaign-style populist rhetoric. Cries of "class warfare" soon followed. But tax rates and obscene piles of money are not the point - the rich few are poised to regain all the ground lost in the New Deal. They are poised to assert their natural right to rule.
Saturday, September 24, 2011(7 comments)
Voting Against Our Own Best Interests
Our naive conception of democracy is the result of a carefully orchestrated effort by the monied class. We have been duped into embracing a fake populism that leads us (like zombies) into voting against our own self interest.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011(14 comments)
Canada's Shameless Record Getting Worse
The perils of the religious right are not confined to America. Canada has a new majority government, led by an evangelical prime minister, Stephen Harper. His government's blind support of Israel "whatever the cost" will do great damage to this nation's standing in the world, and the policies it inspires will do enormous harm to many millions of people.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011(8 comments)
King's True Legacy Comes From Right Action
The flurry of articles this past weekend, inspired by the planned dedication of Dr. King's memorial, generally fail to consider how dismayed he would be that so much attention is devoted to the stone work, and so little to the message that inspired it.
Thursday, August 18, 2011(15 comments)
What Might Martin Luther King Say To Obama Now?
The bloom is off the rose. As he makes his case for a second term, Obama cannot return to the soaring rhetoric that first captured the imagination of Americans. And he won't dare channel the dream of MLK, since he has failed so miserably to deliver on it with the time he's already been given.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011(2 comments)
Another Manufactured Crisis
"You never want to let a serious crisis to go to waste; what I mean by that is its an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."
Sage advice from Rahm Emanuel, and a strategy employed to perfection in the fake debt crisis.
Saturday, July 30, 2011(2 comments)
Wealth and Democracy
"We can have a democratic society or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of the few. We cannot have both." Justice Louis Brandeis.
Thursday, July 14, 2011(1 comments)
Americans Should Cheer the Fall of Rupert Murdock
When you think of Rupert Murdock, his vast fortune and enormous unelected political power, his media empire built on a brutal conservative ideology, you might feel a definite sense of pleasure over his troubles. As the revelations continue to mount in the NoW hacking story and the contagion spreads to News Corp. and its crown jewels in the US, Americans might begin to reclaim their voice in the long road back to democracy.
Saturday, July 9, 2011(4 comments)
Time For That First Bold Step To Action!
Change, no matter how profound or daunting, begins with a single first step. We need to anticipate and to prepare for change, if not actively set for it the most favorable conditions. We must clearly establish in the public mind that multi-national corporations are at the heart of all the trends that so seriously threaten us. We must advance the notion that their power can be subordinated and that viable alternatives exist.
Friday, July 1, 2011(1 comments)
Multi-national Corporations, Personified
Multi-national corporations have become spectacularly successful in their pursuit of maximized shareholder wealth through a strategy of co-opting our public officials. Given the enormous challenges looming before us, this collusion rises to the level of criminal conspiracy. If we don't act to reverse the power of the corporations, we will come to personify them.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Corporate Crime of the Week: JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Corporations are increasingly held harmless for the culture and conduct they promote, regardless of the damage they inflict. Insignificant fines and promises of better behavior increasingly pass for meaningful sanctions and the prospect of real reform. The recent settlement of the JP Morgan Chase fraud case illustrates that point.
Sunday, June 12, 2011(6 comments)
Constraining the Corporation
The multi-national corporation has become the most successful form of human organization in history - it is also represents a clear and present danger to mankind. How can we reverse the trends that have come so clearly to threaten our survival? The corporation must be subordinated. The linkages between the elite and policy makers, facilitated through the multi-national corporation, must be broken.