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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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Poor Ani. Been to four of her concerts, now - and she was always very political, during the performance. I mean, real left wing and feminist sort of political. Discovering that she's become an Obamaphile is disheartening.

"corporately controlled Congress people."
lulz
would that only include the evil rethugs??
or would donkles also fall under that category??
or only donkles who are also "trying to obstruct the democratic process, who openly say their mission is to defeat Obama"??
but i guess it makes sense. so obama couldnt have the courage to represent pwogs in his first term cuz he needed to get reelected so then he wouldnt have to worry about reelection. in other words, the only way he could spend one term fighting the good fight is if he spent the other term getting reelected cuz if he would have spent the first term standing up to "corporately controlled Congress people", then he would never get reelected. and so on.

And of course Obama can't openly support liberal goals in his second term because then the Democrats would lose seats in Congress in 2014, not to mention risking a Republican president in 2016. And so on.

Third party movements never work I am told by students of political history. History exists so that we can learn from it and understand what is and is not possible. Nothing unforeseen or unpredictable ever happens, and it is clear that in our two hundred years of history the US has exhausted all the political possibilities that might occur. Vote for Obama. Vote defensively. Stop worrying about the rightward shift and the increasing difficulty in distinguishing that 2% difference.

I really enjoyed Ani DiFranco's rendition of "Wishin' and Hopin'" at the beginning of the film "My Best Friend's Wedding" - the video shows a truly adorable bride and her bevy of bridesmaids lip-synching the song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ-MVAzdUK4


May I suggest slightly rewording "corporately controlled Congress people" to "corporately controlled Congress critters" - CCCC.

Or you could say "military industrial congressional financial corporate media complex" - MICFiC for short.

As long as people keep wishin' and hopin' that the Czar is going to ameliorate the harshness of the aristocracy's rule - figuratively speaking - the MICFiC will continue to milk, shear, and slaughter the sheeple ("slaughter" in the non-metaphorical sense).

Wouldn't that make it MICFiCoMeC or something, Mh. C.?

IIRC, Cape Cod Community College is sometimes known as the "4 C's by the sea."

Ms. Di Franco built her career on insisting on an alternative to corporate business-as-usual. It's a shame her imagination has failed her where the stakes are so much higher. (Signing with a major label wasn't going to get any Muslim children killed.)

Save the Oocytes - the abbreviation you propose could have been used, but it is MICFiC FOR SHORT. As the originator of the MICFiC phrase, I think it owes its current level of success to the brevity of its acronym. It has become so well known in some circles, in fact, that people are proposing parodies - a true sign of success (wink, wink).

I have to admit I was unaware of "4 C's by the sea." To avoid ambiguity, Ani could choose to wave her punk flag high by changing the spelling to the more hard-core Korporately Kontrolled Kongress Kritters of AmeriKKKa - KKKKKKK. She might want to do some market research with focus groups to get a sense of how her target audience would respond.

And of course Obama can't openly support liberal goals in his second term because ...

... look what happened to JFK when he tried to get all progressivey.

Of course, you should vote for him anyway, because good things might happen. Even shadow government assassins have to nap once in a while.

The 7K could be a bit like the 4-H, maybe.

I like your combination of "punk flag" with "market research." It nicely parallels in its abject inconsistency, its violence to the integrity of conecpts, the disgusting result of the attempted hybridization of leftism and Obamaphilia.

mistah charley, do you intend "Industrial" to encompass all corporations, or just those with direct ties to the military (as in DDE's original formulation)? Because the later use of "corporate media" highlights the omission of corporations in general, which indirectly implies that you don't think they're part of the problem (outside of specific examples like Goldman Sachs and CNN).

John, thank you for your question. As you are aware, the phrase "military industrial complex" appeared in Eisenhower's Farewell Address, and it had orginally been written as "military-industrial-congressional" complex - but pared down because it was so truthful it would have offended politicians and the people who rent them. I agree with you that DDE was worried about the capture of American politics by the arms makers in particular. General Dynamics, General Electric, General Motors - clearly preparations for killing people increase their profits; General Foods, not so much.

In 2007 I coined the acronym MICFiC - restoring "Congressional" to the phrase, and adding "Financial Corporate media" to the complex. I added "financial" because the banksters, always important as Masters of War, had greatly multiplied their slice of the pie since Ike's time. And by putting in "corporate media" I wished to focus attention not only on what Chomsky and Hermann called "the manufacture of consent", but on the increasing role of mediated experience in standing between people and an accurate understanding of their own desires, their own possibilities, and the power arrangements in the world around them. My mother, born in 1924, was an addicted smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 60. It wasn't just radio and movies and magazines that got her hooked - her smoker friends, and the actual drug effects of nicotine, played a major part - but the media moguls did as much as they could.

The enslavement of customers to drugs of consumption was clearly not only a 20th century phenomenon, but it's been getting trickier and slicker as the heirs of Bernays got better and better at their game. In general, the transformation of citizens to consumers is a phenomenon largely produced by corporate media, although not all the corporations are media corporations, if you get my drift. The transformation of corporations to citizens, on the other hand, is a phenomenon produced by the banksters and lawyers who control society's levers of power.

So, to answer your question, I guess I intend a relatively focused "industrial", and the corporate media are highlighted for their role as media. The consumer goods corporations, the price-fixing privatized public utilities, the energy supply companies, the bloodsucking by the medical-industrial complex - I condemn all abuses by these actors, but they are not specifically targeted by the MICFiC phrase.

In other words, I would specifically prioritize state-sanctioned mass murder as the number one problem of world so-called civilization.

Have you seen this essay, "The Very Idea of Consumption"? I've reacted differently to seeing the word "consumer" ever since.

Mr. Charley PhD:

Corporations have been considered citizens since the enactment of the US Constitution. I remember learning about an early Supreme Court Case (by 1820) that made this clear in American History. I'm not sure there has ever been a transformation but the point about corporate citizenhood existing because of bankers and lawyers who control society's levers of power is still true. I know I'm nitpicking but I think it's important to remember that corporate citizenhood has always been a part of our republic and is not a recent phenomenon.

In Gratitude
Benjamin Arthur Schwab

"The transformation of corporations to citizens, on the other hand, is a phenomenon produced by the banksters and lawyers who control society's levers of power."

"Corporations have been considered citizens since the enactment of the US Constitution. I remember learning about an early Supreme Court Case (by 1820) that made this clear in American History. I'm not sure there has ever been a transformation but the point about corporate citizenhood existing because of bankers and lawyers who control society's levers of power is still true. I know I'm nitpicking but I think it's important to remember that corporate citizenhood has always been a part of our republic and is not a recent phenomenon."

Er, not sure what case you are talking about, but corporations have NEVER been "considered citizens." Nor are they considered as such to this day. They ARE considered "persons," such as in the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause ("No State shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws") See Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, 118 U.S. 394 (1886). Not even Citizens United goes so far as to declare corporations to be citizens. Rather, the rationale (however dubious) in that case was that the First Amendment protects speech, particularly political speech, regardless of the "identity" (individual, corporate) of the would-be speaker.

None of the above is meant to deny the undesirability of the aglomeration of power by corporations over time, nor the willingness of the various branches of government, but especially the courts, to treat them, when it is to their convenience, as real, living, breathing humans (and, of course, to preserve the differences, such as limited liability and immortality, when that is convenient to them).

Freemansfarm - I accept your correction - I was pushing for too much parallelism in my phrasing - it is corporations as "persons" that I decry.

"All PERSONS born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are CITIZENS of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." Don't suppose that's germane to anything anymore.

Anyway, Ani DiFranco seems to have discovered the advantage of e-mailing Santa

Sorry to use a word that's been so compromised by the MasterCard ads, but your headline is "priceless," is just is.

Sorry, meant ". . . it just is."

Typos are always acceptable as long as they're a part of compliments.

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