Nancy Levant

Social Justice in the Form of Corporate Cities?

Social Justice in the Form of Corporate Cities?

Prepping for a broadcast with Vicky Davis from always inspires knowledge and thinking on deeper levels. Vicky’s research takes us into the belly of the greed-based beast, and her gift of lucid clarity is the reason Darren and I rely heavily upon her as our friend and colleague, but also as our teacher and mentor.

One such example came in the form of a link she sent regarding several new corporate-based city projects in Honduras. These cities, built in poverty-stricken areas, are wholly self-governing entities with corporate-based legal systems, security systems and policing details, are commonly fenced or walled, and they provide housing for specified numbers of residents known as stakeholders who, as so defined, have stakes or partial ownership of “the corporation”.

Truth media has for decades screamed of a fascist merging of government with corporate money and power, but when international trade and economics became “legalized” systems through international politics and cooperative, treasonous national politicians, and when international treaties were signed long before the world’s people realized their existence or even planning, whereby it took decades to find and then process international law and economics, it was realized that the new systems were not only in place but also wholly operational, particularly so in Europe, the U.S. and in Asia. Average Jane and Joe were simply told nothing.

The internationalizing of corporations, or making the entire world reliant on corporate products, redefined the meaning of wealth generated by global consumerism. During the 1970’s when corporate mergers began to eliminate small business operations, not only did the landscape of nations begin to change, so did the social climates. As mega-stores stole the hearts and minds of consumers, staggering profits generated by global consumers gave financial powers to corporations that overshadowed entire national economies, which is how corporations began their control of entire countries and their politicians. Laws were written according to the insistence of corporate wealth, and with politicians selected, bought, and paid for by corporate wealth. Immediately societies and entire cultures changed.

Corporate logos and signs began to dominate streets globally, giving birth to psychological marketing. Small businesses could not compete with the newness aspect of millions of “grand openings”, low prices, nationwide advertising through all media venues including television, radio, newspapers, delivered mail flyers, billboards, lit corporate signs, and the familiarity of identical storefronts in every city, town, and burg. Convenience and low prices were stressed, and consumers loved the concept and became almost immediately addicted to shopping and store hopping. Corporations took over entire neighborhoods, littering national landscapes with national and international chain stores, and these neighborhoods produced the most money, jobs, and taxes. Addicted shoppers flocked, and continue to flock, to corporation neighborhoods.

Fifty years later, corporations psychologically ruled how people spent their money, what they bought, where they worked, how they dressed as employees, how much money they earned, how they were educated, how and when they rose in employments ranks and, as such, corporations became the ruler-representatives of the people while government/elected representatives were pulled back from constitutional powers and duties through internationally implemented corporate-based legal systems. Clearly, fifty years later, we have all merged into corporate entities that dominate our cities and towns, our employment, our zoning and property laws, our natural resources, our wages and (lack of) benefits, our daily schedules and spending habits, our marketed needs, our desires for specific types of food, clothing and technology, and our cultural and aesthetic senses of what we believe to be appropriate neighborhood/community and work-related behaviors. Corporations have psychologically-based powers that today control all financial aspects of communities down to the individual and his/her social standing and beliefs.

The Honduran corporate communities are actual declared admissions of this power, including declarations of autonomous corporate-based legal and control systems within the communities. In other words, the Honduran communities do not follow the traditional laws or legal systems of Honduras, but rather control the people, employment, property, resources, and infrastructure within these corporate communities that are subject to laws declared by the corporate seats of power; CEOs and boards of directors who define entire legal codes with unlimited finances, and create the laws, rules, regulations, hiring/firing, and behavior codes for all citizen-employees. What you are witnessing is ending of “government”; local, county, city, state, and national government. What you are witnessing is privatized communities based on the identical model of privatized prisons.

Corporate communities may have parks and flowers, but they are functionally identical to the autonomously owned, operated and patrolled privatized prison “communities”. What is extraordinary is that the marketing for corporate communities makes clear that the foundational catalyst for their creation is safety and social justice. They claim to eliminate bad governments and social inequality; however, the corporate model spearheaded the corruption of economics and global markets, legal governments, education systems, global natural resources, and it championed territorial resource wars, systemic racism, gender bias, and social inequality.

This type of fascism is new in that it eliminates “government” altogether. Life simply becomes employer/employee-based, where the employer owns the land, all housing, all mandatory resources including food, water and power, and controls all wages. This is the master/slave paradigm. I repeat: this is the master/slave paradigm all dolled up with “community” parks and planters. As it turns out, this model is not new at all.

If you need a board of directors and billionaires to define social justice, you need a psychological evaluation. If you want them to define and then rule your lives, you are already a slave. Perhaps with free food, free housing and free computers and/or Smart phones, you might even work part-time and wage-free or for the lowest possible wages—much like the corporate community dress rehearsal called social welfare. Just be aware that “government” as understood in the past is being eliminated, and welfare is governmental, not corporate, in nature. As citizen-employees, there will be no welfare or “community” for those outside the desired corporate community profile. There will be, however, privatized corporate prisons without parks and planters.

Social justice has never been achieved nor will it due to the natural and foul natures of humankind, with greed and power lust being the breeding grounds for every form of injustice. Prisons do not solve this problem, even prisons with flowerboxes and outdoor cafes. Nor do they solve corporate corruption or theft on such grand scales that entire nations collapse in poverty, war, and vast human suffering; prisons are not built for such criminals. Prisons are built to ensure corporate profits through free or low-wage labor--those with and without window dressings--the very definition of slavery.

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