|Big corporates are making big pigs of themselves–|
Now they plan to hog the government troughI was in Milan, Missouri, yesterday, the home of Premium Standard Farms (PSF), recently fined and ordered to spend $50 million to clean up their environmental messes. If you want to experience the devastating economic and social destruction caused by massive industrial-factory pork production and processing, go to Northern Missouri. Community after community is either dead or dying.Independent pork producers, who once were able to contribute to and support their communities have been bankrupted and replaced by parasites like PSF, Seaboard, and Smithfield. Along with IBP, and with the virtual consent of the U.S. government, these insatiable market predators orchestrated a sly and calculated takeover of the cash markets, which resulted in the industry-wrecking eight-cent hog debacle of 1998. These thieves of money and freedom now own and control the pork industry.
Financially and spiritually broken family pork producers have given up hope in any justice from an obviously corrupted USDA, the agency charged with life saving antitrust law enforcement. For the most part, they have either left the business or been driven into literal serfdom by PSF, Smithfield, and other hog factory companies who now own the hogs. These once independent farmers are now offered employment as little more than hog house janitors.
Hulking hog PSF looms heavy over the weakened, demoralized communities surrounding Milan, crushing them like a feudal warlord of the medieval Dark Ages with his foot on the necks of the peasant serf farmers. Land of opportunity? Here in America, today’s economic refugees, from various parts of the globe, are working for less than living wages in the hog houses and high-speed slaughter plants, so corporate CEOs and managers can live like kings. How could this happen in America?
We should know from history that capitalism without antitrust law enforcement becomes a ruthless dictator and a destroyer of economies and freedom.
My trip to Milan, Missouri again reminded me that the greatest threat to a free society is the concentration of power and wealth into the hands of a few…Something an effective government should guard against!
|PS: In addition to other restrictions, maybe no home should be allowed closer to the waste containment lagoon of the big corporate hog factory than that of the corporate CEO. In fact, let’s take it a step further. Perhaps every farmer should be required to actually live on the land he owns and profits from, intimate with its blessings, needs and limitations, so that he might daily be reminded that he is to care for it, and invest his heart and soul in it, not just mine it.|
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