March 27, 2009
What is happening in the heartland?
On March 9, 2009, I reported that Monsanto Corporation is trying to force through legislation that would destroy the ability of American citizens to either set up roadside fruit and vegetable stands or buy from them. Apparently there is a hidden, unreported offensive being waged against the few surviving family farms left in the United States. There are rumors that the FDA has been working through local law enforcement agencies to entrap Amish and Mennonite farm families into handing over raw milk, raw eggs, and other homegrown products in order to bring food safety charges or unlawful retail food sales charges against them. Considering all the recent problems with imported food from China and Mexico, it strikes me that if these rumors are true, then the globalist conspiracy nuts might not be crying wolf after all. I find highly ironic that in the salmonella case a major contributor to the outbreak turned out to be the Peanut Corporation of America, a fully licensed and authorized food wholesaler based in Virginia.
The part that disturbs me the most is that there has not been so much as a whisper of this in the major media. As I researched today's post, I also found that the insurance industry is also taking damage from the globalization of food resources.
On one level, I can sympathize with the panic tearing through board rooms of international petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and financial companies around the globe. They've had it good for a very long time. For three generations now multinationals have had free run of the rapidly expanding global market. And not just the corporations, either. In the UK, China, the old Soviet Union, most Arab countries, and North Korea, the corporations are the government and the government runs the corporations. Sadly, over the past two decades this has become true in the United States as well.
As Karl Denniger has pointed out numerous times over at The Market Ticker, ever since World War 2, and possibly World War 1, the world's body politic has struggled to minimize the damage suffered by corporations during normal economic downturns. Their belief has been that whatever was good for the multinationals, was good for the people. In the meantime, the fallout from this "gaming" of the downturns has been genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur, as well as endless civil wars in both South America and Africa. Naturally, the world's super rich are "suffering" in the current economic crisis, but not anywhere near as much as they deserve, at least in my opinion. I'm sure they see things differently.
There is a secret the super rich dreaming of world domination do not want the rest of us to know. It's a simple thing, really. We don't need them! The problem is, the world they are creating for us is a very comfortable place. Expensive, and cataclysmically damaging to the natural world, but very comfortable. A lot of people are angry at Pres. Obama for pushing the United States closer to a socialist or Marxist economic model. There is a reason for this. As long as we are spending money, the super rich are making money. The one advantage to a socialist society is the consistent demand for useless trinkets like iPods, laptops, and color televisions. With "recreational drugs" to keep us docile and lots of shiny trinkets to keep us comfortable, the super rich can go on living the life royal and believing in their heart of hearts that they really are genetically superior to the rest of us.
They don't want you to go "Off-Grid". Every time another person leaves behind the modern world for a cabin in the mountains or some other low-tech lifestyle, they lose another willing slave. Over at Off-Grid.net there are lots of helpful people building silent fortunes while using the highest techologies they can get their hands on to convince the rest of we don't need hi-tech solutions in our daily life. The modern world is as rich in irony as it is in material goods!
The Amish, Hutterite, and Mennonite communities have traditionally refused any form of modern technology. However, ever since the "information age" began, things have changed. The Hutterites have their own website and Amish farms take in lodgers for a unique summer vacation experience! Meanwhile the Mennonites have become fully integrated with modern society.
So where does that leave you and I? in all honesty, I don't know. My deepest wish is to live off-grid, and always has been. My family, on the other hand, dreams of luxury and big city delights. I want a cabin on several hundred acres of mountainside rich in biodiversity, my wife and children want a luxury penthouse rich in gold sink fittings. Monsanto wants to end family farms once and for all, while Donald Trump wants a tower in every major city in the world. GM wants the American people to both pay the bills for making cars and pay the bills for buying them. With all this information available to us at the tip of our fingers, is it any wonder all of us have become schizophrenic, deluded, and hooked on anti-depressants!
I've meandered way off-track today. Sorry about that. Still sick and as a result, a bit delirious. I originally came online to learn more about Colony Collapse Disorder and to find the website for the Ohio Beekeepers Association!