Corporate Fascism

That’s what we have, ladies and gentlemen of the United States. Recently, Biden backed away from being responsible for a “vaccine passport,” instead stating that it would be the responsibility of private companies to create their own.

Snort. No, really, I mean it. I’m snorting with laughter. The problem with the world today is that everybody has given up subtlety for openly declaring what is going on. Come on? Private companies are going to produce their own vaccine passports? Of course they are. And fools will claim that it’s right and good that they do so because “we didn’t want to bake the cake,” or some such nonsense.

Yes, at one time, I would have stood with private businesses. At least, I would have stood with normal businesses, not these international conglomerate corporations that destroy competition and waive themselves of all responsibilities. Sure, they ought to be able to censor what we do and say and force the average Joe to get vaccinated in order to conduct business or travel abroad. Because freedom.

Years ago, I noted that liberalism, i.e. freedom, is an incoherent philosophy on which to build a nation. It does not lead to freedom when there is no other foundation to stand on. It does not lead to freedom of the average Joe when it allows corporations to have the freedom to monopolize markets and to force customers — who don’t have the wherewithal to, out of the blue, create their own airline companies, their own internets, their own publishing venues — to jump through all their fascist hoops.

Of course, Mr. Biden wants to leave it up to private corporations, i.e. our oligarchy. What a joke. Private corporations should have no access to our medical records and should not be able to demand access to them in order for us to have the privilege to do business. Period.

The only recourse most of us have at this point to fight against overt censorship, cancellation of beautiful things, and the new-world-order of Covid medicine to be jammed down our throats is to support whatever small businesses we can through our cashflow. I get it — you can get it cheaper on Amazon, but conglomerates like Amazon are soulless harridans of the beast. I’ve already started doing my shopping at a small locally-owned franchise grocery store, even though I have to pay more for fancy things. To be honest, I can’t even get very many fancy things there, but I can buy meat and vegetables and dairy, and what else does a family need? Not much, to be honest. Also, start collecting and archiving for the future. The more people who collect and archive books, films, and music, the better off we’ll be after these times of stupid cancellations are over.

I’m sorry I don’t have anything more uplifting to say, but our president is a total sham. I think we all knew that, even those who honestly voted for him just to oust Trump. I don’t know what they were hoping for when things “went back to normal,” except for the aims of Bush-Obama et al when they spread war across the Middle East and built cages on the border. I mean, maybe they were hoping their college loans would be erased or for free healthcare, but I doubt we’ll even get that out of the deal. Not that I want free healthcare. I’ve seen what happens when our incompetent government takes charge of a sector: see the VA for an example.

On a positive note — because, to be fair, there’s always one — I’ve also been collecting used books wherever I go since things are more or less open now. I don’t have a place to store them, but I don’t care. The more books, the merrier. I buy them from the Goodwill and other second-hand shops; I have a daughter who scouts out old vinyl. Anyway, it’s not much, but it’s something. Have a blessed Easter, as Jesus surpasses all this worldly nonsense. Yes, he wants us to be active in our times. After all, we weren’t born randomly, not one of us. We were born to respond to these weird days. Respond accordingly, but do take time out to worship the Savior, as we can this year. We can! The churches our open. They should never have closed, but that’s another discussion.

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  1. Be careful here. Corporations aren’t private, at least in the strictest libertarian sense, since they derive power from the state. Part profit-seeking, part rent-seeking. Yeah, they’re not a component of the state apparatus technically, but when you have a state as vast and labyrinthine as America’s, the lines get really blurred. There are degrees to it all; most corporations aren’t in the black but an area so dark gray that difference is negligible.

    In a sense, “private” means nothing any more when you have a massive state with tentacles everywhere. There needs to be new words to parse the distinctions out. It’s like when people call the Fed or prisons private institutions. It’s like, of course, they’re private…they are chartered institutions on the tax forms, but we all know how they make money, and it’s not from selling goods and services to a population.

    “I’ve also been collecting used books wherever I go since things are more or less open now.” – Same here. I’ve been doing it for a few years now. I just kind of fell into it.

    1. You make a good point about corporations not being strictly private. Not only do they have numerous shareholders, but are often tax funded to an extent and regulated by the government. However, that is the argument of progs and neocon, that we can’t say anything about censorship and cancellations re these corporations because they’re “private.” Or my favorite “free speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences.” I have a growing list of catchphrases that make me want to punch people. “Mask up!” Slam! “Get the jab!” Slam! It just makes me furious when people get either cutesy or become virtuous windbags over tyranny. Probably not a righteous reaction, but I am just as much an emotional person as the next supposed logician.

      1. You bring up another thing: according to libertarianism, an action must be “private” (not tied to state power), but that’s not sufficient for that action to be moral. You and I are private actors but that sure as hell doesn’t make everything we do moral. Non-state actions immoral if it involves coercion.

        People are really hung up on parsing state vs non-state actors, but really the lines should be drawn between coercive vs non-coercive actions. Again, the language comes into play here.

        1. Yes, this is definitely a valid point. However, I think the point of the progs and neocons is that the legal definition of censorship is when the government does it and not private entities, while not admitting at all that we have a growing corporate fascist oligarchy.

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