| Shall We
a Corporate Coup...
Jim Hightower's National
Launching from Unity, ME
September 21~23, 2001
In Partnership with
The Common Ground Fair
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MAINERS - ARISE & COME TO UNITY!
COME SPEND THE FIRST AUTUMN EQUINOX
OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONSPIRING
WITH SIX POPULIST LEGENDS:
Carolyn "2nd Maine Militia" Chute,HELP DEVELOP NEW STRATEGIES TO RECLAIM
OUR LAND FROM THE CORPORATE COUP.
“Practically every progressive struggle--campaign finance reform, sweatshops, family farms, fair trade, health care for all, unionization, military spending, tax reform, alternative energy, healthy food, media access, hazardous waste dumps, redlining, alternative medicine, you name it--is being fought against one cluster of corporations or another. But it is not that corporation over there or this one over here that is the enemy. It is not one industry's contamination of our drinking water or another's perversion of the lawmaking process that is the problem--rather it is the corporation itself that must be addressed if we are to be a free people... The piecemeal approach to fighting corporate abuses keeps us spread thin, separated, on the defensive, riveted on the minutiae, and fighting on their terms. Piecemeal battles must certainly continue, for there are real and immediate corporate harms to be addressed. But it's time for our strategic emphasis to shift to the offensive, raising what I believe to be the central political issue for the new century: Who the hell is in charge here?" -- Jim Hightower
A century ago in the populist era, chautauquas were 2- or 3-day regional hoedowns featuring equal parts preaching, teaching and wall-banging boogie. Masterful speakers would ignite the crowd with fiery progressive ideas, and the audience would then discuss life in their communities in light of these truths (and vice versa). And whenever they got tuckered thinking and jawing, the whole congregation would clear the floor, crank the band, and dance. We hope to revive that civil, sensual spirit in Unity this fall and invite your active participation. These bashes were also intense news swapping events and we of course bring our share - both good and bad.
FIRST THE BAD NEWS
IT'S TIME TO FACE FACTS, FRIENDS. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE REALLY LOST CONTROL - CONTROL OF OUR MEDIA, CONTROL OF OUR ECONOMY, CONTROL OF OUR STATES & NATION.
As VISA founder, Dee Hock put it, "Global corporations now have implicit sovereignty over people throughout the world, since they are beyond the reach of any nation-state. They hold governments to ransom for use of land, for reprieve from taxation, for natural resources far below cost, for direct monetary subsidies, and for use of land, air and water as repositories for their refuse; all by the simple means of bargaining one government against another for the claimed economic benefit of their presence. Global corporations are creating a market for governments in which they are the sole buyers."
OR IN THE PITHIER WORDS OF ALLAGASH LOGGER, HILTON HAFFORD, "THE MAINE PROBLEM IS CORPORATIONS HAVE BOUGHT OUR GOVERNMENT, AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY IT BACK."
Virtually every threat we face as citizens today - whether it endangers our health, peace, children, basic rights, or the green surround - is caused or worsened by the unbridled reign of big corporate bodies. We have treated these symptoms as separate issues and often grown desperate or hopeless as they continued to multiply. And as the corporate fraternity grew larger, more arrogant and unified, the diversity of crises they provoked kept citizen activists competitively divided and, well, yes, conquered. That's pretty much how we lost control.
NOW THE GOOD NEWS
WE ARE FINALLY WAKING UP TO THEIR TRUE DESIGNS AND ARE ABOUT TO TAKE BACK CONTROL. NOT BEG, BORROW OR BUY IT BACK, BUT RECLAIM OUR SOVEREIGNTY CRISPLY, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL, WITH THE NEAR FORGOTTEN POWERS OF OUR GENIUS, LAWS AND HISTORY.
THIS NEW CHAUTAUQUA WILL BOTH ADVANCE THAT AWAKENING AND CELEBRATE IT. JUST THINK OF IT AS A SERIOUSLY GREAT SHINDIG TO TOAST THE PASSING OF CORPORATE RULE AND HASTEN THE ENDGAME WITH SIX WILY PROPHETS WHO SHOWED US THE WAY.
WE STILL HAVE AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK TO DO, BUT WE WILL FINALLY HAVE A GAME PLAN THAT EQUALLY EMPOWERS US ALL, AND GIVEN THE RECENT GLOBAL GLOOM, THAT SURE AS HELL CALLS FOR A PARTY.