The consumer in today's world has been relegated to the status of a slave by the clever machinations of Corporations. Especially by the banks. The Big Banks and other too big to fail financial corporations.
Huge many-tentacled corporations, having bought out or otherwise acquired all of their competition by various means, not all strictly legal, now hold sway, now rule (through duplicity, usually behind the scenes) the unwitting populace by promising devices to entertain and provide questionable conveniences to the citizenry.
The enormous power and the ravenous greed of this modern aristocracy is so great that they are enabled to enact laws, even against the will of the people, This is a trait known in the past, owned and implemented by the aristocracy, the blue-bloods, the Lords and their Ladies secure in the royal raiment of wealth and control.
The above is an example of what I wrote early this morning. But I had to stop. When I started it seemed I had something important to say. But now I've changed my mind. My own modern-day slave mentality, the craving for acquiring today's vast array of diversions and conveniences has intervened. And so I say to myself, "Let it go." and I will myself to forget it. After all, this kind of slavery is not so bad. In fact, it's kind of comfortable.
Did You Know . . .?
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2nd, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
Both Susan and her husband, David Smith, who had had multiple affairs during their on-and-off relationship, had used their children as pawns in their tempestuous marriage. Apparently, Susan was involved with another man who did not want children, and she thought that killing her children was the only way to continue the relationship.
She was convicted on two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
WORD FOR TODAY
1. A member of a ruling class or of the nobility.
2. A person having the tastes, manners, or other characteristics of the aristocracy.
3. A person who advocates government by an aristocracy.
4. One considered the best of its kind: the aristocrat of cars.
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If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.