In the early 21st century, things are markedly different than they were in the late 20th century. A person with a rebellious bent can no longer easily defy the mainstream and go their own way in life. The malign reach of corporate power has now extended into every part of our world, and into every part of our lives, leaving few choices that permit us to maintain a reserve of integrity, and few opportunities to be ourselves. The huge corporations that currently rule us demand that we obey their sovereign will, meekly and without question. If we refuse to obey, if we decline to do what they want us to do, we will be excluded from their game, and in the worst case, are likely to be excluded from life itself. In other words, if you want to have food to eat and a roof over your head, you must accept the necessity of selling yourself into corporate slavery.
many people, particularly muddle-headed citizens of a right-wing
persuasion, have been loudly objecting to the supposed growth in the size of government during the past few decades, they have completely lost sight of the actual danger, which is that corporations have taken over
nearly everything. Nowadays, governments generally are weak and false
and useless, having surrendered most of their authority to the
iniquitous realm of business, and they continue mainly as willing fronts
for the rampant evildoing of huge corporations. Our leaders are nothing
more than puppets, answerable only to the corporate figures who direct their actions, and our elections are a mere sideshow. Big Brother, the
inescapable dictator who was famously depicted in George Orwell's novel,
Nineteen Eighty-Four, has turned out to be a CEO.
A person who is unwilling to engage in some degree of moral compromise has little chance of earning a living today, even in a menial context. Most
workers are required to serve the base, greedy, and inhuman interests of
the corporation that employs them, even it means abandoning the last
remnants of their honesty. Being honest is viewed as a distinct problem
within the corporate outlook. Any worker who is bold enough (or foolhardy enough) to straightforwardly express doubt in regard to the righteousness of the
corporate prerogative, or who dares to speak an unwanted truth to a
thickheaded overseer, is certain to be singled out as a troublemaker.
Only craven workers who show themselves to be blindly compliant and
happily servile at all times can have any hope of being retained. All
others are subject to being rooted out, summarily removed, and cast into the wilderness.
widespread rise of digital technology, and the relentless manner in
which it has stealthily forced itself into the pattern of our thoughts and the
structure of our daily lives, has allowed corporations to gain command
of our fate to an extent that is frightful and sickening. No army,
regardless of its numbers or its might, could have been as effective, or as
ruthless, in conquering the obliging citizens of one nation after
another. For the unknowing mass of humanity, the pliable, subordinate
billions who do not understand and do not care, the primary battle already is
lost: all that remains for those who count themselves as incorrigible
rebels is to decide, whether alone or together, how best to offer a measure of principled resistance. The corporate monster
cannot be defeated by the use of violence, but its wicked actions can be opposed and hindered through means that are open and peaceful, until it finally breaks down under the loathsome burden of
its own manifest rottenness.
In the capitalist
nightmare that human life has become in the 21st century, we are constantly being
oppressed and molded, at every turn and in countless ways, by the reprehensible figures who are in control.
Our corporate masters, madly driven by their unashamed cupidity and recklessly
determined to maintain their unwieldy empires of unrestrained selfishness,
provide us with only one choice: conform or perish. It must be
acknowledged that most people usually choose to conform. They do so without pause or compunction, because they have been purposely conditioned to believe that doing
otherwise is unthinkable. Only those whose courage outweighs their fear,
and whose need for freedom and honor is greater than their desire for
the illusory benefits of mindless consent, will be able to find the
strength to take an open stand against the dictatorship of the