The U.S. as a commercial enterprise

For at least two hundred years, U.S. commercial interests enjoyed a special relationship with federal and state governmental entities. After all, the colonization of the Americas was primarily a commercial enterprise–taking free goods to market for a profit. Some would call that thievery. But, whatever.

Given the above frame, the Declaration of 1776 was obviously just a marketing ploy, a promise that no-one involved had any intention to deliver. If it was not immediately obvious, the establishment of a federal corporation to manage real property and collect revenue from sales solidified the intent. This did not however put an end to the promotional agenda. Indeed, even two hundred and fifty years later migrants are induced to settle with a promise of liberty, respect and honor while all of their children are going to be born as chattel.

However, the winds of change are blowing. Commercial interests have been challenged by the descendants of imported people, women and persons of non-mercantile interests. Then along came the pandemic of 2020 and effectively shut down the commercial sector to reveal that, lo and behold, products and profits and property are not indispensable.

Before the pandemic, the corporate monopoly on governmental services and benefits had already begun to weaken. Indeed, “privatization” which arrived to disguise favoritism in the 1980s, was sort of a compromise, which continued effective until crony mismanagement resulted in the evisceration of material assets and the failure of colonial strategies. Temporary military support, as we saw in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea, does not have the same permanence as colonization and colonization is no longer an option, mainly because it is antagonistic to the feminine sensibility.

I would note as an aside that the support expressed by some Iranian women for the autocratic religious regime is characteristic of some victims of abuse who have to accept the abusive system as valuable to retain some self-respect. The slave who fails to come to terms with his/her dehumanization risks self-destruction.

Since mid-twentieth century, the commercial interests have largely withdrawn into the Republican party and cronyism has been minimally sustained primarily via the military/industrial sector, a vector of corruption in every state. I was reminded of all of the above by the revelation that Vertol Systems, Inc, a long-time military contractor has recently been recruited by officials in Florida to transport migrants (asylum seekers) as if they were captives to be sold to another state. And the Governor of Florida was stupid enough to claim that the Declaration of 1776 was the first signal of human freedom, under the aegis of a male deity, of course, in the world.

Why, one has to ask, are males so myopic? What is the source of male hegemony? Whence comes their sense of vulnerability?

Commercial corporations are, of course, subsidiaries of the states. Ironically, that is becoming more obvious as the judiciary’s attention is increasingly redirected from addressing commercial disputes to addressing public corruption. For some reason, the number of times the Trump executive was rebuffed by the courts for failing to follow the laws did not register as it should have. Judges deal with matters that are brought to them and then they side with one party or the other. If nobody represents the public, then the public gets ignored. The press, of course, is not keen about the restriction of commercial interests. At least since Ben Franklin, the U.S. press has always had a Commercial bent. Now we have social media clamoring for independence. LOL