Friday, 25 May 2012
After a chat with friends this week I was slightly surprised how often the word 'corruption' entered the conversation and there was an acceptance that the general public could do nothing to stem the flow.
Everywhere there is corruption, but in 5 industries it's so blatant and deep-seated: Banking, Energy, Agriculture/Biotech, Media and Healthcare. I've purposely omitted politics because it is enmeshed in all industry.
Let's take banking. Every time a loan is repaid interest (wealth) is transferred from the working class to the ownership class. Class-ism is built directly into the system. It's not simply a result of greedy people within the system, it's a reality upon which the entire concept of banking is built. The solution is credit unions, at least in the short term. With credit unions there are no shareholders and all revenue from loans is paid to members and employees. Why do we not have more credit unions?
Now energy. I won't say much about this as there's been enough on the news in the past 24 hours. We're paying - or going to pay in the future - for the sins of the ownership class, who regularly increase our utility bills and most of us are their prisoners. My main objection is the green tax added to my monthly bill. Why don't more protest about it?
Agriculture and biotech have some of the world's largest companies - Monsanto to name but one. Monsanto introduced GM crops and the 'Terminator Gene' which causes the organism to be sterile and forces the grower to buy new seeds from Monsanto every year. They've made billions from GMOs and left many in third world countries starving because these people can't afford to be purchasing seeds annually. Nature intended that seed was gathered and sown the following year.
I avoid GM foods if I possibly can, but they are never labelled so it can be difficult to identify them. Best to buy local produce if possible.
We all known how corruption flows through media so no need for me to comment.
Healthcare is run by pharmaceutical conglomerates whose aim is to make money. They're not interested in your wellbeing and it's up to all of us to become experts about our own health. Question everything is what I do these days, although I was brought up with believing that GPs and other medics were gods. One person said to me the other day that the only reason their GP was smarter than them was because he could access the internet more quickly!
I don't willingly give my hard-earned money to companies which I know aren't playing 'fair' but we can all try to free ourselves as much as possible from these corrupt systems. We shouldn't underestimate our individual power. If nothing else not buying GM foods and questioning any medication prescribed makes me feel I have some control.
Speaking of medication - am I the only person who thinks that, these days, the side effects of any medicine (on these tiny font instruction leaflets) are so similar they're not worth reading?