Oil Industry history you need to know

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The Oil Industry's history since the end of World War II is enmeshed in the creation and triumph of the National Security State.

The hope that the Oil Industry stranglehold on this nation can easily be defeated because of the heinous BP Oil Crime seems to be a futile hope.To understand why I say that, it is necessary to understand what incredible power the Oil Industry has accrued since being placed on equal footing with our institutions of government.

As an introduction to this you MUST SEE how this happened, and you can in PART FIVE of the documentary, "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power". It mentions the AntiTrust Exemption given to the Oil Industry after World War II which empowered the Oil Industry to continue to become more monopolistic and concentrate its wealth and power. PLEASE check out the video at the link.

And that wealth and power eventually succeeded in controlling government and our foreign policy.

PLEASE check it out. I think watching it will help you understand why BP is, at this very moment, calling all the shots in the Gulf, censoring reporters and photographers, restricting air space in the area of the devastating BP pollution, refusing OSHA and EPA air quality testing, and clarifying that no President is powerful enough to hold an oil company accountable.

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6966482233222074631&ei=G80JTLHSIqb2qAPS44DfDw&q=%22the+prize%22+oil&dur=3#docid=-3568726970043636737

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The Oil Industry's history since the end of World War II is enmeshed in the creation and triumph of the National Security State....

...BP is, at this very moment, calling all the shots in the Gulf, censoring reporters and photographers, restricting air space in the area of the devastating BP pollution, refusing OSHA and EPA air quality testing, and clarifying that no President is powerful enough to hold an oil company accountable.

Nora, you hit the nail right on the head there.

Now given that analysis, what do progressives do about it? Can we beat the corporate state in head-on political combat? Doubtful. Progressives are only about 15 - 20 per cent of the population.

The rational approach would be something like "economic guerrilla tactics"--picking off the enemy from behind cover and disappearing into the woods.

I'm not talking about terrorism but something much more constructive: a progressive economic revolution using economic guerrilla tactics.

The power of the corporate state over the masses is maintained by intimidation and distraction. The ability of the corporate state to intimidate us comes largely from our economic dependence upon it. People are often willing to rock the boat only up to the point that their paycheck or some other economic benefit is threatened.

So, the critical path for a progressive economic revolution begins with ending our dependence on the corporate economy. We must become economically self-reliant.

For a group with our numbers that would be doable if we were adequately informed and organized. The corporate state depends on keeping us distracted from the critical path of establishing our economic independence from it.

We must begin to ignore many of the corporate diversions of our energy and attention. We need to yank out the intravenous 24hr/day national news feed, and start educating ourselves and each other about progressive economic self-reliance.

For some that might mean individual self-reliance in the form of a self-sufficient rural farmstead. But for more of us it means things like credit unions, cooperatives, and worker-owned businesses.

Why haven't progressives invested more time or money in green free-enterprise? The corporate state keeps us pretty busy (not to mention dazed and confused), so we need to leverage our time and money as much as possible by effective organizing.

We need some existing progressive organizations to wake up to the importance of alternative economic development and act as clearinghouses and incubators for green free-enterprise.

We need to overcome any obstacles that keep us from starting our own worker-owned and consumer-owned cooperatives, credit unions, farms, grocery stores, solar panel factories, etc...everything we need to meet the economic needs of the progressive community (including humane employment) and end our dependence on the corporate economy.

Obviously this is a long-term grassroots strategy that will not have a huge impact on the larger economy in our lifetimes. But what are the alternatives, really?

Poor Richard

"Progressive Framing"

"Green Free-enterprise"

"Town Hall Meeting: Class War, Culture War, or Holy War?"

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thanks for the link!

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I missed it on the show. Can someone tell me the connection between BP and the Exon Valdez oil spill? Trying to argue with a Rright wing Koolaid drinker. He says ' don't worry BP will do the right thing and pay for all cleanup costs and for peoples lost of income.

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I firmly believe that BP does not want to plug the oil leak until it drills its "relief well" first, to get around the six-month moratorium on offshore drilling. There is too much money at stake in losing the Gulf well.

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