In Mammon We Trust

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    Let's be honest, that's how things are in a plutocracy, no?
     
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    in money we trust
     
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    Yup!

    Not an untypical occurence as Empire starts its decline into the dustbin of history.

    When the only thing that matters to enough people is cash, then that society really only survives as long as people have enough of it.

    And as you can plainly see fewer and fewer people have vested interest in how this nation does because this nation has been telling them (sotto voce, naturally) that it doesn't care what happens to them.
     
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    But will the ship owners go down with the ship? Or do aristocrats outlast empires?
     
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    A powerful statement of truth.
     
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    We are in a corpocracy.
     
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    No such luck! LOL! They are smart enough to take their winnings and leave the casino to those who do the floors & serve the drinks.
     
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    I had to look that up.

    Corporatocracy or corpocracy is a form of government where corporations, conglomerates or government entities with private components, control the direction and governance of a country.
     
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    Today's corpocracy seems to need secrecy like sharks need salt water, possibly because of the re-embrace of finance capitalism and militaristic empire and the military industrial complex that sustains it.

    When Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were dropped by the Swiss banking system and its US financial cousins it may have been because few industries rely more on secrecy and lack of disclosure than banking, finance and credit card companies.(not to mention the Pentagon)

    Mark Levine puts it this way in "Capital's War Against WikiLeaks":

    "Indeed, their secretive business practises are central to their constant ability to rake in enormous profits at the expense of working and middle class Americans through monopolising trading systems, charging morally usurious interest rates and fees, and engaging in other practises that would make even the most cold-hearted lone shark blush.

    "If the grand bargain between workers, capitalists and governments enabled the first two post-World War II generations to move from high school right into the middle class, this road was irreparably damaged by the 1980s, when the neoliberal Right first came to power.

    "As the United States entered its long and painful era of deindustrialization American foreign policy became more aggressively militaristic; and so joining the military as opposed to GM or Ford became one of the few routes to secure any kind of stable economic future (as long as you stayed in the military)."

    Mammon has always reminded me of a shark.

    The Rich can not stop stealing for the same reason sharks can never stop swimming.

    They will die, and they know it.
     

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