One test of the resolve of the American public goes back to the people of West Virginia and DuPont. DuPont had knowingly been poisoning the ground and water supply in West Virginia since 1950, giving cancer to tens of thousands of people. Scientists have since found that 99% of humans on the planet are now affected by the chemical PFOA and PFOA-C8, better known as Teflon, the DuPont chemical. Through their factories dumping toxic waste into the nearby farmland, and the chimney releasing airborne toxins made the
Today, we have Flint, MI, as another test of our resolve. Nothing seems to change. If we have laws that make corporations “people”, we need to make the “people” liable beyond the depths of their pockets. We need to hold
Another kind of poison to our society is the financial industry. There is a handful of financial institutions that own Washington and its politicians. When it came time to evaluate the damage and possible resolutions to the greed and corruption on Wall Street in the 2008 global economic collapse we found the leaders of the top Wall Street banks meeting privately with the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson. The top global economists at the time, who were predicting this collapse, were not invited, despite seeing the demise from the outside looking in after the financial deregulations made by President Clinton in 1994. Now, only those of the very rich, who put the large dollars into the pockets of their politician friends,
The damage that DuPont did was based on the idea of
The upward surge of mankind? History shows that the real measured upward surge of mankind can almost always be traced from its art, philosophy, character
Acton took a great interest in the United States, considering its federal structure the perfect guarantor of individual liberties. During the American civil war, his sympathies were with the defense of state’s rights against a centralized government that he believed would, by what he thought to be all historical precedent, inevitably turn tyrannical.
Today we see
Henry Paulson was the CEO of Goldman Sachs prior to becoming the Secretary of the Treasury in 2008. I find there to be a huge conflict of interest in this. Goldman Sachs has become the breeding ground for the heads of the Fed and the Treasury creating a very incestuous type of
The tyrants are the unregulated corporations and wealth barons that feed
Stanley Milgram, the famed Yale psychologist, began a study in 1961. This study commenced only three months after the testimony of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal who went on trial for crimes against humanity. Milgram devised his psychological study to answer the popular contemporary question: “Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?” Milgram measured the willingness of study participants, men from a diverse range of occupations with varying levels of education, to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience. Participants were led to believe that they were assisting an unrelated experiment, in which they had to administer electric shocks to a “learner.” These fake electric shocks gradually increased to levels that would have been fatal had they been real.
The famed musician Peter Gabriel was first known for his work with the British progressive rock band, Genesis. He went on to create a successful solo career which included his 1986 album titled “So”. On this album was a song called “Milgram’s 37”. In part of the
Milgram’s 37 – by Peter Gabriel
We do what we’re told
We do what we’re told
We do what we’re told
Told to do (2x)
Since Milgram the study has been done countless times across the globe to similar results. This study has since shown that nearly 99% of the time a person will follow the directions of the authority figure despite the internal conflict within the follower’s moral character. Therein, the adage that power corrupts.
This study shows us the character of the human
We must as a society rise to the call of the DuPont greed and corruption. We must as a society rise to the call of the failure to prosecute the financial juggernauts that destroyed the economy in 2008. The politicians since have simply become accomplices to the greed and power that lies in its wake.
We must hold politicians and corporate executives accountable. The idea in America that money can buy justice must come to its end.
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