Hype About the Power of American Business
I was really going to limit my posting today – but too much stuff is clamoring for attention, and all of it about the miracle of American business. A subject Americans never seem to tire of.
Some of it is legitimate – for example the book The Fish That Ate the Whale, about the Banana Business, which showed how ruthless American business could be in its dealings with banana republics. My father, as a Marine (1930-34) was part of an American occupation of Haiti to keep it safe for American business.
Just today Amazon wanted me to buy Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power. Which is mostly hype.
The last company I worked for in Silicon Valley had a site that looked much like this – like it was owned by God himself. I worked beside the geek who made the site – a perfect nobody. The company, which was only hot air, eventually faded – but not before it fooled a lot of people.
The Open Democracy link is the best for those with critical minds. All you need is a clothes-pin for your nose.