Who do some “free enterprise” folks think they’re kidding? Of course the constant spin is if that damn gov-vern-ment would just get out of the way the market would regulate itself so well puppies would never die, Jesus would be uncrucified, rain, snow, sleet would turn into peaches and cream that conveniently plops into single serve bowls.
Yeah, that was sarcasm.
Look, if frackers insist on fracking, or bad boys of agriculture think it’s perfectly OK to feed pigs their own progeny, then why do they insist their bought and paid for pols make it illegal to disclose these actions? Yes, in many states now it’s illegal to reveal illegal, immoral and outright dangerous corporate misbehavior. Whistleblowers mostly being a threat to them if they want to hide what they shouldn’t be doing anyway.
I understand there could be bad whistleblowers, just like there are bad corporate actors.
So if the frackers and the ag folks wanted to grease the wheels for counter lawsuits, defamation, slander: with caveat that if whistleblowers lose, and the companies can prove the charges false, in addition what would have just been the cost of losing, whistleblowers would also pay all previous court expenses, I would understand. While whisteblowers provide a necessary service to society, fraudulent whistleblowers provide the opposite.
(By the way, in my opinion, if corporations lose these hypothetical cases the penalties should be far, far worse than if they hadn’t pursued any supposedly “malicious” whistleblower. And prison time for CEOs. Let’s make the price of maliciously pursuing a whistleblower bad too.)
Instead, state by state, corporations have pushed for, continue to push for, that abomination to true freedom: the gag law, like ag gag and frack (you) gag bills. Yup, nip whistleblowing in the front end so companies can do any damn thing they want. Essentially a fascistic response to free speech.
That’s neither “free speech,” nor “free enterprise.” It’s not free anything.
It’s corporations buying politicians, then politicians shutting down a vital form of free speech in return.
It’s quid pro quo.
It’s an example of one of the worst economic models ever created when it comes to nurturing true freedom and representation: the state and corporations goosestepping hand in hand over the bodies of the citizenry.
And it’s bad business.
If you really believe in in a free society, even just “free enterprise,” National Socialism offers the opposite: government protection for preferred corporations and squat for anyone else, or any other corporation, who won’t participate in this dog on dog like process. Corporate bought and paid for pols, and pols servicing them with gag laws, is akin to not just the worst elements of prostitution, but also supports the biggest, meanest, most powerful, dogs on the block. “Assists” them in their desire to sniff what dogs always sniff on other dogs. This being more a case of “sniff” and perpetually “lick” what can never be licked clean.
It’s not only disgusting.
It’s enough to make you… GAG
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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