An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Richard J. Brennan and Robert Benzie follows:
A Progressive Conservative MPP says he and his colleagues were told “explicitly” by senior party officials behind closed doors that pushing legislation to help a construction company would boost financial donations to the Tories.
In an email obtained by the Star, Randy Hillier warned his caucus mates last May that the party was “walking on thin ice” by sanctioning a Conservative private member’s bill that would release EllisDon from a closed-shop union agreement dating back to 1958.
“In caucus, it was stated quite explicitly that following a successful EllisDon fundraiser for (Tory leader) Tim (Hudak), our party would continue to benefit financially with the advancement of this legislation,” he said in the email.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
It’s a BIG system, size-wise, so of course many in it are not criminal minded, if imperfect. The paradigm that animates the world, the corporatocracy that blights it and the mafia capitalism practiced within it and protected by law and order governments, is ‘riches for the strongest’. ‘How’ you survive isn’t important. Surviving, any way you can – made more attractive as the system gets crazier (because of actions and policies by those who thought this sort of system was okay) and the temptation to make things easier is greater – is the approach taken by too many, including believers in inequality, some whom are terrible people and some whom are otherwise not so bad. That approach mainly involves strategic rule-breaking. Get everyone together to agree on the rules and then strategically break them so as to come into a position of dominance in society. And in a monstrous society, you want to be able to guarantee outcomes, including economic ones that benefit you and yours.
What’s ‘not’ a big system is the Star’s commenting feature, although it’s been worse at other times. I fairly conveyed my idea with the limited space they allow for comments in one go.
As for Rick Hillier, I can’t imagine that he doesn’t understand the program that his colleagues probably wish he’d get with. He could, of course, get with another program, but I don’t expect it. He could renounce the militarization of everything, which militarization is not for the protection of the people or, laugh out loud, national security, unless ‘national’ refers to Richistan. That militarization is not for the betterment of society, as in ‘all’ of society, but for the betterment of an increasingly desperate and nasty 1% and the ‘defense’ contractors within in it. Rick could get rid of all of his spots and join the 1% of the 99% in it’s fightback against class war (slaughter actually). But how likely is that?
Mobsters whose goons break kneecaps in the hood can’t compare to mobsters in suits, in the private sector and in government, as Michael Parenti notes.
From “The Mafia And Me” by Michael Parenti, the following:
One might wish that the media gave more attention to the courageous struggles for social justice waged by Italian-Americans like Michael Maggio, and a little less exposure to the mafia dons, be they “gentle” or not.
Let’s go back to the aftermath of the Kefauver hearings. America, O America, God’s glorious but ever besieged country, was in the grip of an organized crime network that threatened to destroy the very fabric of our society, or so we were repeatedly alerted. In fact, what the mafia bosses stole from the public was a pittance compared to the hundreds of billions of dollars that Corporate America regularly plundered from workers, consumers, small investors, and taxpayers.
This went largely unnoticed in all the hoopla. That Congress actually attempted to confront the mafiosi was proof enough that these hoodlums were men of limited power. They did not sit on the governing boards of corporations, banks, investment houses, foundations, universities, museums, and churches as do the “captains of industry and finance.” They could not buy Capitol Hill, the way the big corporations and financiers have repeatedly done.
Unlike the boardroom plunderers, the mafiosi did not occupy high positions in Washington or on Wall Street. They didn’t cavort with the top White House decision-makers and Pentagon contract fixers with their million-dollar kickbacks and mysterious billion-dollar budgetary evaporations.
The mafia dons did not relax or play golf with the paladins of wealth as did Dirty Dickie Cheney, or Georgie the Blood Sucker Bush, or Slick Willie Clinton, or Barack Legs Obama, or Bernie Two-Faced Madoff, or Jack Casino Abramoff, or Andy Fasthands Fastow or Ken the Weasel Lay.