Category Archives: The Corporation

Davos 2012: You’ve Been Warned

Posted on by 0 comment

It looks like Davos 2012 – a massive meeting of the world’s ‘official’ leaders – will test the waters with reforms of ‘outdated’ capitalism.

Is this an admission of the failure of the world’s economic intellectual ‘powerhouses’ to develop a real and functional economic system that doesn’t pit man against man, man against nature, and so on?

Pundit George Soros has already called it and you can now consider yourself warned:

  • As he sees it, the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of “evil.”
  • In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties.
  • The global economic system could even collapse altogether.
  • We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression.

Socialism, then?

Fascism, more likely.

Timeline: How ‘Too Big to Fail’ Happened in the US

Posted on by 0 comment

This image is a fantastic representation of the rapid array of mergers and financial manipulation that took place in the 20+ years preceding the whole ‘too big to fail’ ‘financial crisis’ that occurred in 2008.

US bank merger history

People:  be wary of Conservative talk about how ‘they’ prevented a financial meltdown because they probably would have let it happen here if they were in charge (I know … the PCs were in charge in the early 90s, but they were progressive).

#Occupy Electro-Motive?

Posted on by 1 comment

For most of the world, this is all old news, but I have to vent about this issue.

Electro-Motive, the locomotive manufacturing company that’s owned by Caterpillar Inc., gave a shocking update to 500+ employees at the beginning of 2012 by telling them they had to accept less than half their original pay or the plant will be closed.

Caterpillar’s move devalues us all.

When these guys were making $30 an hour, I could charge a similar rate for my time.  Now that they’re being forced to accept about half that, that has a negative impact on my billing rate.

Should I charge clients $25 per hour?  $20?  $15?

How low are we supposed to go?

This is a kick in the junk for all Canadians.

Admittedly, one of the greatest challenges this country (and others) faces is the resistance of unions to change.  How many accept stock option plans or direct local ownership?  How many engage in co-op-type models instead of worker / employer models that are cast in the beginning of the 20th century as opposed to the 21st?

What are unions doing to respond to these kind of actions locally and globally?

And what actions are our governments taking when they forked out millions to Caterpillar Inc. to set up shop in London, Ontario?  What did they do to encourage ownership at the local level?  Why didn’t they anticipate companies coming in, stealing our money and locking out local citizens?

What’s their plan for stability or are our politicians only good at throwing our money around for foreign corporations?

Last question:  when so much went into this plant in terms of public investment, why are not considering Electro-Motive to be public property?  If we spent the money to get the plant here, then part of that plant is ours and belongs to the people of Canada.  It probably wouldn’t be easy, but we should re-tool the facility and convert it to making all kinds of train-related vehicles (trains, subway cars, trams, light rail, high-speed transit, etc).

To be honest, I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I know this:  more people should be asking them.

Perhaps these questions will come up when thousands of people descend on London’s Electro-Motive plant January 21 to rally against Caterpillar Inc.

I’ll be there.  Join me.

A Brief History of Plutocracy

Posted on by 0 comment

Plutocracy = rule by the elite.

From ‘the Rothschild Model’ to the ‘Rise of Corporations’ as methods by which we are all fueling perpetual war.

This is 26 minutes well spent.

Of course, not all of it should be taken as gospel, but we need to understand his last comments as they relate to the ‘market’.  There is a supra-national group of organizations that are not subject to any democratic input.

I also like the solution:  don’t fight the beast.  Stop feeding it.

Global Research ‘2011 Year of the Dupe’: An Awesome Read

Posted on by 0 comment

Global Research has released their 2011 Year of the Dupe article and it’s well worth reading for anyone that wants to know about what really happened in 2011.

The essence of the article addresses America’s expansion around the world and extension of hegemonic corporate powers universally.

It explores the deceit that’s being used to fool us into believing that a revolution is happening worldwide, while it also exposes the abyssmal coverage of the #occupy movement that occurred in North America and elsewhere.

Go ahead.  Click through, print off and grab a coffee and enjoy some truth for the holidays!