Over the years there have been many examples of corporations acting irresponsibly, unethically, illegally in pursuit of profit. About 100 years ago, United Fruit turned most of Central America into their own private banana plantation. They did it through suborning corrupt local government and if that didn't work well enough they called for the US Marines. The tobacco industry's efforts to increase the nicotine addictiveness levels of their product to ensure customers remained faithful consumers, buying research to discredit studies that proved smoking was hazardous and advertising strategies to recruit kid smokers are familiar to everyone. Another splendid example is DeBeers and diamonds. Mountains full of diamonds were discovered in the Transvaal Republic. The resulting diamond rush led to a predictable influx of immigrants, black, white and asian into the Transvaal, including a Brit named Cecil Rhodes who managed through various means to buy up most of the dia
As the great Canadian Border and Capital Cities blockades wind their way down, we might ask where were the police? This was far from the first Canada's first blockade rodeo. When the Indians (as in First Nations), environmentalists, G20 summit protesters, strikers, unemployed workers etc., take to the streets the police can be counted on to show up in full riot gear ever ready to restore order. Maybe they learned from past mistakes, or maybe cops are reluctant to bust the heads of their drinking buddies. Most Canadian cops are smart enough to keep their opinions off social media, but there are a few who have not gotten the memo yet . Which is yet another reason that our police forces need greater diversity. With a better selection of pissed off oppressed minorities the cops would be able to respond to any flavor protest with equal enthusiasm.
Liberal democracies buy their stuff. Liberal democracies provide a wide variety of opaque financial instruments to hide their wealth. Liberal democracies sell them the technology and weapons they need to stay in power. Liberal democracies abide by the rule of law, in other words with the right lawyers it is possible to get away with just about anything. If things go south at home, somewhere in the liberal democratic world a safe haven will be provided for the right price. What's not to love?
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