The Monster in Our Midst

In my previous article, I wrote about the very expensive American circus. Today I want to tell you about the monster in our midst. Are you aware that wherever you go, whatever you do the monster is there and probably is doing you no good? No, I’m not paranoid. The monster is very real, very large, very powerful, very abusive in using its power, and is why we have that very expensive circus. What is this monster? It’s the corpocracy, a marriage made in Hell between “our” government and large corporations. This monster is ruling and ruining America and Americans.

There are so many telltale signs that the monster exists that it would take one billboard after another to post them. The monster’s domination, often harmful, is over every aspect of our lives. Here are some of the signs to illustrate what I’m talking about.

A Few Telltale Signs of The Monster’s Domination 

(1)  Over Our Personal and Cultural Lives

— Dominates and manipulates the mass media;
— Commercializes and privatizes our education;
— Commercializes our religion;
— Ceaselessly promotes materialism and consumption;
— Uproots our homes for commercial development;
— Callously forecloses on our homes; and,
— Allows bridges to collapse; gushing poop from broken sewers; etc.

(2) Over Our Economic Lives

— Gouges us with outrageous interest fees;
— Creates haves and have-nots;
— Gives us substandard wages if we have a job;
— Downsizes us;
— Outsources our work;
— Emasculates our unions;
— Creates monopolies and Big Box stores;
— Causes the collapse of our small business firms;
— Creates the unsafe/unhealthy products we buy;
— Privatizes and degrades our public utilities;
— Starves and privatizes our social services;
— Devours and bankrupts honorable companies; and,
— Favors Wall Street over our Main Street every time;

(3)  Over Our “Self-Governing” Lives

— Buys politicians we don’t want or deserve;
— Gets Supreme Court rulings against us;
— Hand picks judges who judge against us;
— Lobbies intensely for its own special interests, not ours;
— Always trumps our interests with corporate interests;
— Hi-jacks OUR Constitution;
— Controls laws and regulations and escapes accountability; and,
— Scams state and local governments for subsidies;

(4)  Over Our National Security

— Promotes and profits from endless wars;
— Privatizes the military; and,
— Weakens our true security by breeding dissent.

(5)  Over Our Environment

— Treats natural resources as commodities and waste dumps; and,
— Thumbs its nose at Mother/Father Nature.

All told, the signs should tell us that we, the people, have very little say over matters that should be ours and ours alone to decide and to control: matters of our health, education, and welfare, our own form of government; our own elected officials; war or peace; environmental protection or plundering; our own liberties, our own life equations. Say what?  Our own life equations?  Yes.

You + Your Situations = Whether/How Much Health, Happiness, and Prosperity You Have or Don’t Have

That may just be the most fundamental and important non-mathematical equation you will ever read. Answer this question: If you had your druthers whom or what would you want to have more control or influence over your equation throughout your life? Would it be you or would it be situations in your life like the monster? It’s a rhetorical question, obviously, but I think it gets the point across. You would prefer to be empowered enough so that you can shape your own destiny by enhancing yourself and mastering or at least coping with your situations sufficiently and in doing so enable you to be sufficiently healthy, happy, and prosperous — the three essential elements of one’s quality of life. How many Americans do you think enjoy that luxury to the maximum?  Only those in the corpocracy?

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is more than “just” a declaration of the sanctity and importance of our life equations. It’s an affirmation of humanity in a civilized society. It’s also why the American Revolution was fought.

We do not live in a democracy. We live in a corpocracy. Why don’t we put an end to it? It’s much easier said than done. First, the monster is huge, wealthy, and powerful. Second, believe it or not, most American’s don’t really see the monster for one or more reasons. Third, the people who do see it are too few and too disorganized. In the next article in this series I will explain why the monster’s telltale signs aren’t really telling most Americans that the monster is in their midst.

Gary Brumback, PhD, is a retired psychologist and Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Read other articles by Gary.

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  1. Melissa said on March 19th, 2010 at 9:19am #




    Melissa (all rights reserved)

  2. Don Hawkins said on March 19th, 2010 at 10:16am #

    Yes Gary and the time for defense is now. We might just be surprised what we can do with the help of the best minds we have. Am not talking about the darkside I think we know who they are you just wrote about them. Yes ruff day’s ahead but if we try boring it will not be and if we don’t just more of the same as a few live in gated communities or fly off to Hawaii and my kid’s and there kid’s go down the drain in not such slow motion. Where I live more and more are starting to see the truth how about where you live? It will take a lot of us.

  3. bozh said on March 19th, 2010 at 11:10am #

    This is very educational. I hope this gets to kids before THEIR lies get to them. Most adults are probably out of it. We cannot at this time depend on over 90% of US public to aid us in bringing sanity to the ruling class.
    Actually, the ruling class is quite sane while the nonruling class is rendered semanticly blind. S’mthing like pavlov dog. There are still people in US who are responsive to or trusting of BHO.
    I never castigate the serf class because that’s not what they’d ever choose to be if they had an enlightening schooling.
    But lies are as powerful as the truth. And kids have no defence for lies. But even lotsof adults in US are defenceless in fending off lies and the evil that th ruling class spews out.
    Luckily for pavlov’s dog that he’s dead and out of his miseries; not salivating at an empty dish thinking how much he’d eat from it even tho it was empty. tnx

    Come and eat, rings BHO a bell! People come. But the dish is once again empty. And it is repeated ad infinitum! Oh my devil how long??? Have u not had enough fun already? Meanwhile god 1, 2, 3, y and x look on and also enjoy the spectacle. tnx

  4. Don Hawkins said on March 19th, 2010 at 12:56pm #

    Public Concern About Environmental Issues Hits 20-Year Low, Poll Finds

  5. Don Hawkins said on March 19th, 2010 at 4:58pm #

    On msm the Weather Channel or CNN, MSNBC, NBC do we ever hear about climate change? Yes maybe for 15 seconds in a months time maybe. Now on Fox we do hear about climate change how it is a hoax you know from people with say the CATO institute. What the heck is going on you know just on the off chance what we see with our own eye’s and from the best minds we have that it is real and moving much faster than first thought and will be the end of the human race as we know it as a start. Are there thoughts being controlled in some way yes someone or maybe a group is practicing thought control on these people. I mean we never see or almost never see real scientists well we almost never see or hear anything at all something is wrong with this picture.

    There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the outer limits

  6. Don Hawkins said on March 20th, 2010 at 5:26am #

    I know I bring up Fox New’s a bit and to me it’s kind of headquarters for ignorance is strength for us the masses they all do it msm but Fox is headquarters. Last night on the Hannity Show the wise one you know April showers bring May flowers to explain the weather we see in twenty ten well he had on this man from California a congressman who Hannity said was or could be the savor of the Republican Party. There he was right before my eye’s and the first thing he said was he loved Newt Gingrich kind of he said there is only one Newt and he and Hannity both agreed on this with great fan fair I guess that’s what they call it. This man had every hair in place the suit and you know those commercials I think they call them infomercial’s where you sent in $100 and you can make a million dollars a month selling foreclosed homes if this man doesn’t save the Republican Party he could do that the infomercial’s he’s perfect. Then again when you see pictures of the supposed antichrist on TV he could play that part but would need those dark glasses the kind agent Smith wore in the movie the Martix. Anyway this is not a game these people get back in power it’s check and mate mates. The time is now as next is the climate bill and so far still a joke on the human race kind of like selling foreclosed home with the handy dandy new system. We need a new system alright the truth the knowledge could be helpful and the time is NOW. Oh what is the title of the Artical Gary just wrote.

  7. Don Hawkins said on March 21st, 2010 at 7:58am #

    Did you see with your own eye’s the tea Party at the Capital Yesterday? Calm at peace I think not and race seemed to be a topic. How will the wise one’s handle this one. Wait don’t tell me we have been pushed to far we the people have spoken and nobody is listening. The tea party was organized by a few for the few the truth is a lie and the lie the truth of course just saying nothing seems to be part of the plan. So today all our lives will change history will be made. All our lives will be changed alright and only a few years away. We all saw with our own eye’s the way this health care bill was handled and the big one climate change bill is next and how will that be handled by our handlers not well. I need some coffee.

  8. Don Hawkins said on March 21st, 2010 at 8:34am #

    Let’s face it most of us are just savages oh yes most of us do the real work and are not afraid of work the real thing and would build new energy sources standing on our head just for the challenge but we can’t our handlers don’t want that and as we all know now it’s just better that way I mean with our own eye’s we just saw the great wisdom and knowledge with the health care bill and we thought all the great minds were gone oh no there still here with us. What’s next from the wise one’s maybe a climate change bill and listen to your leaders and heck a good place could be at a tea party with a sign that reads “change is a Socialist plot the status quo is what we want”. A few of course will be at a dinner party or in front of there fireplace maybe a cocktail party and someone just might say those are our savages where should we move them next is everything still under control maybe a night rally with candles and sing rock of ages.

  9. Melissa said on March 21st, 2010 at 8:36am #


    I need some coffee, too.

    It’s frustrating to watch the circus, but don’t take your keen eyes off just because so much bull tookey is injected into the dialogue.

    How about a nice strong cup together?


  10. Don Hawkins said on March 21st, 2010 at 8:48am #

    Great idea Melissa and a lot of us Capital free coffee with candles and tomorrow tomorrow it’s only a day away. I know a few speakers that would be good and yes the darkside has already with those clever little minds tried to make this there own and I must say I see a few problems over the horizon.

  11. Don Hawkins said on March 21st, 2010 at 10:37am #

    Just goggled global warming and the climate change is a hoax articles outnumber the let’s try articles about ten to one. Not wasting much time the darkside that’s wasting time.

  12. Don Hawkins said on March 21st, 2010 at 12:13pm #

    New’s flash key Democrat we have the votes. Well next is climate change and will you have the votes on a joke on the human race you know just on the off chance what we now see with our own eye’s and the science is real and moving fast. The Earth is cooling well sort of and let’s see how well the Arctic cools this summer. We have the votes let’s do nothing. The meeting in Mexico in Novenber should be interesting and keep an eye on the weather.

  13. Don Hawkins said on March 21st, 2010 at 1:41pm #

    How does that song go?

    Day after day we’re confused
    Yet we look for the light in the pouring rain
    You know that’s a game that we hate to lose
    and we’re feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame

    Oh, give us the beat, boys, and free our soul
    we wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away
    Give us the beat, boys, and free our soul
    we wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away
    Won’t you take us away….?

    Beginnin’ to think that we’re wastin’ time
    we don’t understand the things we do
    The world outside looks so unkind
    And we’re countin’ on you.Oh you can carry us through

    We’re countin’ on you oh great one’s policy makers head’s of corporations banker’s the men and women of the media with great knowledge and wisdom we’re countin’ on you to carry us through into the light in the pouring rain. No pressure and try the soup of the day chicken I hear it’s very good.