IT'S TIME TO CLIP THE WINGS OF THE POWERS THAT BE!
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The monied interests have been trying to have things their own way since the decline of monarchies and the rise of monied interests. Monied interests are what pushed monarchies aside, most notably during the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the Middle Classes. In the early 19th century there was terrific social unrest as the common person gained in autonomy and began to organise. The monied interests fought back with brutality in scenes that would be repeated during the strikebreaking days of the Trade Union Movement a century later.
The brass and concert bands were invented at this time (the 1830's) by the monied interests. Companies, especially those involved in mining and sheet metal, built musical instruments out of brass sheet metal and using valves (a new invention) previously used in mining, particularly those using compressed air, steam and water. The bands themselves were a "bread and circuses" affair, and were referred to as "work bands". The players were, of course, workers at those very companies.
Anyway- the monied interests have always viewed employees as a cost, and the manner in which corporations view costs is that of wishing to be rid of them. From the beginning, corporations viewed workers as cattle, paid them only reluctantly, gave them time off only reluctantly, and gave them any sort of benefits only to stop the workers from withholding their labour.
Companies initially reacted to the withholding of labour either by attempting to fire all the workers and hire new ones (aka "scab labour"), or by attempting to coerce the workers through threats and violence- usually the latter. Over time, things got so ugly and so violent that the monied interests capitulated.
Things haven't changed much since then- until fairly recently, when the monied interests began interfering with politics through lobbying, which opened the barn door, and has led to the present problem of the monied interests controlling politics by funding political campaigns.
This practice has got to stop because it has derailed the democratic process. It has derailed the democratic process because politicians can't be voted for that don't come with invisible strings attached- that is, strings that are invisible to the voters. The strings are controlled by the monied interests, so that the voting process has become rendered meaningless.
Canada put a stop to this type of corruption by limiting the amount of money corporations can donate to political campaigns. The United States, however, is presently mired in corruption, to the point where no politician, however well-meaning, can do anything unless it is something that is desired by the monied interests. In that vein, it is well to remember what the minimum wage is: it's the minimum amount of money an employer can legally get away with paying. Translation- if the monied interests could get our labour for nothing, they would do just that.