Day 339: Another Corporate State is Born

The decision cleared the way for Kenya's richest man to take the top job in east Africa's biggest economy, but left Western powers with the headache of dealing with a leader charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Western donors, worried about a nation seen as a vital ally in the regional battle against militant Islam, also congratulated Kenyatta. But they have said his indictment in the Hague will complicate their relations.

There was no immediate sign of major flare-ups in other areas of Kenya blighted by violence after the disputed ballot in 2007 that triggered bloodshed and killed more than 1,200 people.

During a 10-minute session to read the ruling, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said the six-member court had reached the unanimous decision that Kenyatta and his running mate for deputy president, William Ruto, had been 'validly elected'.

'It is now for the Kenyan people, their leaders, civil society, the private sector and the media to discharge (their duty), to ensure that the unity, peace, sovereignty and prosperity of the nation is preserved,' he said. - Mail Online

Should a country be run like a business? It seems like many are, whether it is actually the best for the people and world - or not. Governments function with the primary objective of remaining in the black, financially speaking, or at least operating with a minimal loss.

We think the governments are unassailable, untouchable and uncorruptable by the powers in the world - but look at what is happening, the governments are being taken over, slowly but surely, by CEO's and the like. Consider political campaigns in the USA: the candidates who have the most money available for advertising and promoting themselves are basically the only options - politics does not cater for "grassroots" candidates when it comes to the positions of real power. Only bigwig money machines are able to run for the top positions.

It is very rare for a poor man or woman to take the presidency of any country, the norm is for the already wealthy players to take the spot. What does this mean for the rest of us in our every day lives? Well the first and possible most influential aspect is that the country will be operated in such a way that those who are rich will be supported in becoming even more rich. Consider the Monsanto fiasco: a huge corporation receives "legitimate" support from the government to monopolize an entire market, and then legal protection from any Bob, Dick or Harry that gets in the way of their profit. There are so many documentaries these days that lay out clearly why and how these government blokes stay in power, as well as why and how the corporations benefit - the only thing is that no one bothers to watch these documentaries. No one even asks the questions that we should all be asking: what the hell is going on and how did we get in this mess?

I will list a few documentaries at the bottom of the document. The most interesting thing is that many "watchdog agencies" in the USA will have their top members made up with the top members of their corresponding corporations - for example: FDA will have CEO's of pharmaceutical companies as managing directors/members; Food and Agriculture watchdog will have Monsanto bigwigs in  their managing seats - all of this AND these "watchdog agencies" are funded by the very corporations they are supposed to be regulating.

Funny world we live in, isn't it?

Big Bucks Pharma
The Power Principle
Food Inc

There are so many more - dare to ask the questions that no one wants you to ask.