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You see, I've come across a flurry of writings in the last few days that claim, deny, or otherwise opine that the CEO of Target (a chain of department stores in the U.S.) has donated a positively porcine amount of money to the campaign coffers of Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.).
Now, I haven't been following Rep. Bachmann's governance very closely, because there doesn't seem to be much governance to cover. What I do see a lot of is Bachmann frothing up tea-party crowds, making unfathomable, bug-eyed proclamations, and getting a frantic mojo on for the next election. Forgive me, anyone who sees a more, um, sensible (and sensical) side to the woman, because I'm reminded of Anita Bryant on heartily enhanced orange juice ...
... and the thought of a Good Company Man -- and God forbid, his wife! -- heaving sacks of cold, hard cash at a politician?
Well, I never ... !
What got me linking consumers with Target and Michelle Bachmann? -- a blog-snippet that I came upon in my rambles tonight. I won't name the person or the blog; I'm quoting the snippet to highlight an attitude that is tragically pervasive and relationally ruinous. It's no coincidence that the powers-that-be want us to perceive ourselves as consumers and shoppers rather than as citizens. If a corporation is a person -- and is legally proclaimed so, in the United States -- then what is a person; a singular human being?
If we're thinking in terms of corporations and consumers -- which might end up being the only two socioeconomic classes that humans are divided into -- an individual human might be defined as "an unbuilder ... demolisher ... waster ... user ... annihilator." A human's function, as a consumer, would be to "separate things virulently into their constituent parts [and] to break up the structure and organic existence of [name your life form]." In essence, to destroy.
Consumer. Is that what you call yourself? Is that what you want to be? Were you really born to shop?
Here's the snippet:
"... this article indicates that the CEO of Target and his wife each gave the maximum contribution allowable by FEC law to none other than Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Do what you will with this information. I haven’t decided yet.
Great. Now where the hell am I supposed to shop?"
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