We're sickened by tainted food and other imports because our government is unwilling to eat into the profits of the corporations our regulators serve, David Goldstein writes.
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For decades our government has been dominated by a conservative ideology that claims to despise big government, abhor regulation and adhere to an unswerving faith in the infinite wisdom of the market. Rick Perlstein dubs this philosophy "E. Coli Conservatism," and in practice it is not only flawed but corrupt: a calculated conservative project intended to gut our regulatory systems in the interest of sheer corporate greed. We eat adulterated food not because we cannot adequately regulate the industry but because to do so would eat into the profits of the corporations our regulators serve.
In the six years since 9/11, food-borne pathogens and toxins have quietly killed ten times the number of Americans who died in the terrorist attacks. How many more Americans must conservatism kill before our leaders embrace a more responsible ideology?
Comment: Well, who will decide what? Will this be an ideology of Big Brother knows best, or will it be an ideology of the people will decide from the ground up? What about the people who won't want to follow the dictates of the majority? Will the state use coercive measures against them even if they are being peaceful and not bothering anyone else? Will the state use force against them, because the majority has somehow convinced itself that it knows best? Where will God fit into this picture (God being spirit/righteousness)? Will this state insist that homosexuality is acceptable? It's already headed in that direction.
This envisioned state is not a voluntary association. It is not the result of each individual's God-given, freewill choice. It is forced upon people, just as the current system is forced upon people. In fact, it is the same system only pointed a little differently on the wide path to hell. This ideology is one of fear and selfishness. It is one of looking in every closet and peeking under every bed. It is not the message that will cause others to stop their own selfishness, which is in fact the reason the poisons got into the pet food and human food supply. This state says make and consume for profit and spend and spend to protect from that very system. We can't regulate capitalism into safety and security. That's a logical fallacy in both the mundane and divine. The answer rather lies in changing hearts.
We must change humanity's emotions. Compassion must be everything. Then the driving selfishness behind the poisonings will disappear.
Of course, this will not finish until after the division to come. The evil, selfish ones must rise up and fall for an entire age. That's the prophecy, and it also makes perfect sense. We can see it coming. The signs are there. Things will become starker and starker. The choice will become clearer and clearer. People will turn more and more to light or darkness. It will result in great tribulation and result in the destruction of the forces of darkness for an age.
The elect, the chosen, those who choose the path to God that Jesus blazes, will persevere and their souls will be manifest in eternal light.
This current system is unholy. It is unworthy. It is fatally flawed and cannot be made into a new vessel to hold the reborn in the spirit of truth, love, and peace. It must go. It will go. It is correctly prophesied.
Bring forth Heaven, which is peace and bounty and wholesomeness: Perfect unity. Spread that ideology. It is the only correct ideology.
The Nation: Top Stories on July 12, 2007, 9:23amfrom