Archive for September 4th, 2011
It has become abundantly clear that the United States has evolved from somewhat of a democracy to much more of a corporatocracy. It’s time to rename the national holidays to reflect this reality.
I was inspired to write this post when re-considering the attached photo of corporate flags, which I took at the downtown St. Louis Fourth of July celebration this year. Based on the ubiquitous corporate sponsors of that holiday (combined with the salient lack of people who cared about the original reason for this holiday), I’d recommend that we rename Fourth of July as Big Business Day. It’s clear now that (as Representative Dick Durbin once said), the banks own the place (referring to Congress), that we set aside a day to remember that development. But why stop there? There’s no more need for Labor Day either, since most politicians are leaving workers to fend for themselves. Further, a lot of us don’t have jobs anymore. Therefore, let’s rename Labor Day as Banker’s Day.
One year ago, Arianna Huffington wrote Third World America as a warning call. Today, in a Huffington Post called “Third World America: One Year Later”, she notes that America is still sliding backwards, and she provides numerous metrics that should give us cause for great concern.