My most recent piece, just below this — EVEN A CHILD ASKS IN GIBBERISH “WHY . . . WHY . . . WHY?” Why not listen to, follow, study and apply what Rachel Carson was telling us? (see below)!
It is a microcosm, each story on how corrupt and corrupting and culpible Capitalism is, was and will be until we dismantle it!
Sackler Anyone? Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Yet another slight to humanity: lawyers, judges, and the felon corporations, including Oxi Pharma! No recovery for the victims of the Sacklers, et al.
At the end of this, [the Sackler family] will be richer than they are today and have paid the settlement back. That is insanity. This bankruptcy–it wasn’t a bankruptcy, it was a heist. It was a scam. It was a money grab.
Ryan Hampton, author of Unsettled: How the Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Failed the Victims of the American Overdose Crisis
This is beyond the imagination of writers of fiction about corporate fugitives from justice… And listeners should know that individuals can’t get away with this, with bankruptcy. There now is a double standard: the privileges, immunities, escapes from justice under corporate bankruptcy laws are far, far more enabling then any debtor who tries to start a clean slate and declares bankruptcy for a few thousand dollars of debt. This is a double standard that someday should be challenged under the equal protection laws of the US Constitution.
[The Sacklers] are now moving to eliminate the last remaining social sanction for their crimes, which is stigma. And it shows you the power that these corporations have: they escaped from regulation. They escaped essentially from criminal prosecution. None of these people are going to jail. They escaped from the state attorney generals. And now they want to escape from stigma, and just come back and start their mode of operating and getting more profits.
A democracy (sic) run-ruled-legislated by the criminals —
Executives in multiple industries have long been kept up at night by knowledge of the looming power of the Responsible Corporate Officer, or RCO doctrine, also known as the Park doctrine, a legal liability standard used largely to prosecute executives at companies responsible for affecting public health and safety. Under the Park doctrine, federal prosecutors could target senior executives and board members of opioid pharmaceutical companies for their role in the sprawling epidemic if violations of criminal law were proved true, regardless of whether they could prove knowledge or motivation.
Purdue helped to quietly finance an effort to unravel that doctrine, according to people with knowledge of the company’s activity.
How many why’s do not get answered? A million? A billion? A trillion?
Of course, the standard bearer for this rotten and rotting capitalism is a deep question: “Why have you allowed this system to not only take root, but to have metastasized in our cultures, to the point that everyone without money and power are vlunerable to the leeches, the pathogens, the murderers, the thieves, the poison spreaders?”
The answers are deep and tied to systems of oppression and supression. But, not so complicated as to the basic response — All of this is done, all those why’s, all those doubts and questions, come down to rapaciouis subhumans looking for money-profits-spoils by any means necessary.
And, alas, I run into more and more 60-plus somethings who have found some spiritual-Christian-Christ loving way to “deal with all the bad bad bad.” To deal with the fact all of the systems set up that they benefited from, even those on social security only, are rotten, and so they find the Jesus message, even the simple one of love your neighbor, your family, your children. They see Christ as a rabblerouser, and one who was outside the lines, outside of the laws of pharaohs and money changers, et al.
That’s fine, in one sense, to retreat to the “we are only answerable to god” default, but the reality is we are here, those of us atheist or pantheist, to do good, and if we are so outside the lines of belief systems which look only to the powerful, all-knowing, single God, ONLY, or ultimately, then there must be a plan from that same diety, and we are here as living proof that there are other ways of seeing and living and learning about what it is to be Homo Sapiens. We aethists are the creator’s creation!
Ahh, what would a “messiah” do and how would that person be treated in 2020?
The why’s and the what’s and who’s and the how’s and when’s and the where’s are captured in so many books and research projects. Here, Ralph writes about this, over at Dissident Voice –
Critical Exposés Everywhere as the Corporate State Worsens He talks about how decayed or decaying the US democracy is. It is a time now for the almost-90-year-old Nader to delve deep into what should be done, now that all the books and exposes have been done, and all those videos and documentaries. The revolution will not be litigated or legislated or likened through books and documentaries!
Despite the many books on corporate crooks, there have been no corporate crime law reforms, no additional prosecutions of these CEOs, not even comprehensive congressional or state legislative hearings. The corporate crooks at the top of giant companies still get away with profiting from their corporate crime wave. None of the top Wells Fargo executives or Opioid’s promoters or the sellers of dangerous products and chemicals are facing prosecution. You have to steal a loaf of bread or get caught with a miniscule amount of heroin or cocaine to be incarcerated.
The massive fatality toll annually (about 400,000) from preventable problems in hospitals and clinics gets exposed yet nobody stirs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state departments of health, or the state legislatures. That’s almost 8000 Americans losing their lives a week!
Profiteering, corruption, and fraud in the health industry are documented by many specialists, including Dr. John Geyman’s many books, but the exposés do not result in any calls for law and order by the politicians or even hearings in Congress.
Access to justice by victims faces increasingly closed courtroom doors and limits on tort laws for wrongful injury.
Meanwhile, the institutions we are expected to rely on to make a difference, with too few exceptions, are asleep at the wheel. These include the legal, medical, and accounting professions, the law enforcement agencies (there is no corporate crime index in the U.S. Justice Department), the toady legislatures, the corporate-owned media, the timid, often compromised labor unions, college campuses, and the silent corporatized organized religious institutions.
Our democracy is in serious decay.
Those children will ask why, and they will want to see what cause and effects are, and how the cause and effect shifts to the effect now promulgating effects, therein turning from effect to new cause.
Here, books, and how many why’s are answered in these? When the mother of all why’s is, “Why do you allow public, environmental, cultural, ancestral, human, natural, city, town, community life to be eviscerated?” Why, as in the why of capitalism? “Why does it exist?” For unchecked and unimaginable wealth and accumulation of it in fewer and fewer hands? The children will ask why.
“Take a look at 65 recent searing books about corporate violence and malfeasance, crushing influence over our electoral and political systems, and expanding immunities from law enforcement and public accountability.”
- Corporate Crime and Punishment: The Crisis of Underenforcement by John Coffee
- Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multidistrict Litigation by Elizabeth Burch
- Why Not Jail?: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction by Rena Steinzor
- Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
- Closing Death’s Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm by Michael J. Saks and Stephan Landsman
- Who Poisoned Your Bacon Sandwich?… by Guillaume Coudray
- The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption… by Carey Gillam
- The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business by David Courtwright
- Frankie: How One Woman Prevented a Pharmaceutical Disaster by James Essinger and Sandra Koutzenko
- Killer Airbags by Jerry Cox
- Making the World Safe for Coke by Susan Greenhalgh
- Big Dirty Money by Jennifer Taub
- Business and Human Rights by Ellen Hertz
- Industrial-Strength Denial by Barbara Freese
- Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act by Nicholson Baker
- Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations by Brandon L. Garrett
- Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age by Samuel W. Buell
- Profiteering, Corruption and Fraud in U.S. Health Care by John Geyman
- Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power by David Dayen
- Global Banks on Trial by Pierre-Hugues Verdier
- Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception by David Michaels
- Murder, Inc.: How Unregulated Industry Kills or Injures Thousands of Americans Every Year…And What You Can Do About It by Gerald Goldhaber
- Paradise Lost at Sea: Rethinking Cruise Vacations by Ross A. Klein
- Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy by Matt Stoller
- Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in An Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller
- Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban
- GMOs Decoded: A Skeptic’s View of Genetically Modified Foods by Sheldon Krimsky and Marion Nestle
- GM: Paint it Red: Inside General Motors’ Culture of Failure by Nicholas Kachman
- The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives by Jesse Eisinger
- Watchdog: How Protecting Consumers Can Save Our Families, Our Economy, and Our Democracy by Richard Cordray
- First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat by Christopher Shaw
- Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning of Our Longest War by Erik Edstrom
- Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War by Samuel Moyn
- Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America by Eyal Press
- Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? by Alexander Keyssar
- Public Citizens by Paul Sabin
- The United States of War by David Vine
- The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions by Chuck Collins
- Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillis
- The Case Against George W. Bush by Steven C. Markoff
- Tax the Rich: How Lies, Loopholes, and Lobbyists Make the Rich Even Richer by Erica Payne and Morris Pearl
- Salt Wars: The Battle Over the Biggest Killer in the American Diet by Dr. Michael Jacobson
- Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy by Daniel G. Newman
- Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits by James D. Zirin
- Stealing Our Democracy by Don Siegelman
- Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor by Steven Greenhouse
- All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator by Monique El-Faizy and Barry Levine
- Money, Power, and the People: The American Struggle to Make Banking Democratic by Christopher Shaw
- Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink by Seth M. Siegel
- Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy by Mike German
- United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America… by Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon
- The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age by Tim Wu
- The End of Ice by Dahr Jamail
- Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator by Dr. Gregory Jaczko
- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
- America, Democracy & You: Where Have All the Citizens Gone? by Ronald R. Fraser
- Unsettled (on Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family) by Ryan Hampton
- Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
- China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine by Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh
- Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World by Nomi Prins
- Attention All Passengers: The Airlines’ Dangerous Descent and What You Can Do To Reclaim Our Skies by William McGee
- Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science by Carey Gillam
- The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop It by Steven Clifford
- World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer
- The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, …. and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite by Duff McDonald
That’s the why, and children want it answered — “Why not listen to Rachel Carson? Why was Rachel looking into pesticides? Why are the chemical companies so mean and criminal like? Why haven’t we as a nation taken control of everything coming out of industry?” Oh the why’s equate the kids to being commies:
Opponents of Silent Spring attacked Rachel Carson personally. They accused her of being radical, disloyal, unscientific, and hysterical. In 1962, at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, criticism of the United States struck many as unpatriotic or sympathetic with communism. Former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson wrote privately to former President Dwight Eisenhower that Carson was “probably a communist” (Lear 1997, 429). Velsicol’s threatening letter to Houghton Mifflin argued that if the public demanded elimination of pesticides, “our supply of food will be reduced to East-curtain parity [i.e., as inefficient as the Communist nations east of the ‘Iron Curtain’]” (Smith 2001, 736).
[The great editorial cartoonist Bill Mauldin of the Chicago Sun-Times illustrates the gender dimension of the controversy over Carson and Silent Spring. In this 27 October 1963 cartoon he pairs her with Jessica Mitford, author of The American Way of Death, a scathing indictment of the funeral home industry. Men from both industries have been flattened under the platens of the women’s typewriters. Illustration by Bill Mauldin.]
If not an outright Communist, surely Carson was linked to “food faddists” or, as William Darby of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine characterized them, “the organic gardeners, the anti-fluoride leaguers, the worshippers of ‘natural foods,’ and those who cling to the philosophy of a vital principle, and pseudo-scientists and faddists” (Smith 738). Another decade or two would pass before most Americans considered organic gardening or natural foods as fit for anyone but cranks and misfits.
Allegations that Carson was just a hysterical woman appeared both in the pages of chemical and agricultural trade journals as well as in the popular press. Women were imagined to be less rational, more emotional, and more sentimental than men, who could be relied upon to study the issues dispassionately and propose rational solutions. An agricultural expert told a reporter at the Ribicoff hearings, “You’re never going to satisfy organic farmers or emotional women in garden clubs” (Graham 1970, 88). In his letter to Eisenhower, Benson wondered why a “spinster was so worried about genetics” (Lear 1997, 429).
As Carson had no institutional affiliation, she was dismissed as an amateur who did not understand the subject like a professional scientist would, or who distorted or misread the science. To her critics, Carson’s frequent use of terms like “nature,” “natural,” and “balance of nature” identified her as a mere sentimental nature lover or a pantheist like Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry David Thoreau. Reviews in Time, U.S. News and World Report, and even Sports Illustrated took her to task. The reviewer in Time, for example, criticized her “emotion-fanning words” and characterized her argument as “unfair, one-sided, and hysterically overemphatic.” He traced her “emotional and inaccurate outburst” to her “mystical attachment to the balance of nature” (Brooks 1989, 297).