TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
A Modern Declaration of Independence
A real revolution starting in our own backyards.
by Tony Cartalucci
Real power lies not with political office, but rather in the ability to actually, physically do something. In fact the very definition of power is the “ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.” When a politician says to build a bridge, it is not he who builds it. Rather it is engineering firms who have the tools, knowledge, and means to literally, physically shape the world around them. When a politician sends his nation to war, it is most certainly not he who fights it, rather the military and its soldiers, the industries that arm these soldiers, the logistical networks that transport them to the front line, and the corporations that feed, cloth, and shelter these soldiers. When a politician makes any rule, regulation, law, decree, or proposal, it is never he who actually “does” it.
Corporations like General Electric, Monsanto, DynCorp, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Wal-Mart, Exxon, Google, BP, and AT&T most certainly have the “ability to do or act” and literally change the face of the earth. In fact, the vast majority of the rules, regulations, laws, decrees, and proposals, that our politicians feign to have developed on their own, come from think-tanks funded by and representing the collective interests of these very corporations. They literally fuel society, move mountains, bridge rivers, manufacture machines that dominate the air, land, sea, and even space, hold dominion over our means of communication, and oversee the distribution and sale of nearly everything we use on a daily basis. That is power.
Any means of protest or “change” that does not undermine or effect this current balance of power is nothing more than a superficial, ineffectual, and ultimately futile exercise at best, and a self-defeating, counterproductive, co-opted acceleration of humanity’s consolidation and control under these global corporate-financier interests at worst.