We’ve learned this last election that our votes don’t really matter. The insiders in Washington are going to elect whomever they want. Since all politicians are owned by corporate interests, we, the consumer, have all the power. The problem came 30 years ago with deregulation by Ronald Reagan. Basically, the giant corporations can do what they want with impunity. However. If anything, Americans are an inventive people. It will take some time, but with the market economy, the internet, and genius pioneers like Elon Musk, the only vote that really counts will be at the cash register. Nostalgia replaced the resentment we had at Blockbuster. Remember when we all thought they were dicks? All we need to do is make the giant corporations irrelevant by alternative spending. That Chinese guy dragged off United? He’s our Betsy Ross.
Ever since I can remember, everything in this country – from the way government ran the country to what television programs were on – to the ever competing instant chocolate milk industry – was solely controlled by special interest. The special interest of the American citizen’s tastes and needs. That’s it. Sure, there were monopolies in the early part of the last century, the biggest break-up since Sonny and Cher, the Rockefellers stranglehold over the American automobile driver through Standard Oil. All that was broken up in 1911 when the US government stepped up to the plate, hitting a grand-homer over the centerfield fence in the world-series of Big Business against their own customers, us, the American people.
On May 15, 1911, the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The Ohio businessman John D. Rockefeller entered the oil industry in the 1860s and in 1870, and founded Standard Oil with some other business partners. – NY Times
Work strikes benefits the workers, but also assumed the social guilt of the middle-class lettuce buyers. Today, everyone is concerned about gluten-free, cage-free and not made by Chinese slave children, innocuous stuff. We must do more than that. Much more. Saving and protecting ourselves is not gonna cut it. We have to think as one and form a vast army of purchasers who can do amazing things, such as drop the valued stock price of United Airlines by literally a billion dollars, less than 24 hours after the Sky Nazi’s dragged the good doctor off the plane like he was a dusty old rug. How shameful. And, when you think that it was all because four United Airlines employees needed to get the flight to get to work, you really wonder. If the high and middle management of a major airlines doesn’t know how to hire the right personnel and train them professionally, then how do we know management is capable of hiring the right engineers and pilots? We don’t. In fact, you can bet your bottom dollar, they don’t care.
After all, their actuaries, I’m quite sure, have already calculated how much publicity generated revenue an airplane crash can actually generate in the end. Remember Tylenol? Take a pill for neck pain and in less than 30 minutes, you’re dead. They made some serious changes, such as the hard to open bottle caps, but lest not forget. Within a month, they were all over the news with assurances their product was safe. And, with safe comes effective. It’s a win win for the giant corps who put cold corporate bottom line over our literal lives on a daily basis. It’s always worse than you think. If we get sick or die or go broke? There’s always someone somewhere profiting from our tragedy. Let’s turn that around buy buying smarter, doing it in organized online groups and willing at any given moment to stage an immediate customer walkout. I’m so proud of this country for slapping back at the bitch that United Airlines has become. After all, we’re the Americans. The corporations are merely the colonizers.
One if by land, two if by sea.
Three if by air.
For The Hollywood Dog, this is Steven Alan Green 4/11/17