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Daylight - a commentary
17 Jan 2002
Two important events have taken place: the meltdown of Enron and the victory against corporate raiders at Pacifica Radio

It’s seldom we get the opportunity to report something hopeful these days, given the magnitude of crimes against the Earth and those who live upon it, human or otherwise. Most of that assault is corporate sponsored, so when the corporados take a hit we truly have something to celebrate. The opening days of 2002 may bode well for the struggle against corporate globalization and the ills of the corporate mentality. Two important events have taken place: the meltdown of Enron and the victory against corporate raiders at Pacifica Radio.
With Enron we have the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history piloted by bad actors whose greedy self-interest seems paralleled only by a complete lack of concern for their fellow corporados and the nation at large. If ethics are possible in corporate America, they certainly were not on the radar screen at Enron. The sins of the CEOs speak volumes to average citizens as revelations of cooked books and double-dealing in stock options unfold in the national media. More interesting though, is the path that leads from Enron’s headquarters to the front door of the nation’s capitol. Progressive journalists have been pointing out Enron and Big Oil’s undue influence at the Whitehouse and Capitol Hill for a year now. Finally, the mainstream media is doing its job as well. The story? The Bush Administration’s so-called Energy Policy was practically written by Big Oil and Enron. Campaign contributions from Enron appear for all the world like polite bribes to well placed politicians (40% of the House and 70% of the Senate). The Enron scandal has the potential to blow the Dome off the Washington Teapot once again. The collateral damage in this case will be well deserved. Of course, there’s always the possibility that a new chapter in the “War against Terrorism” will suddenly…ahem…appear before our very eyes? Thus, obfuscating the political crisis. Stay tuned.
Further out on the media front is the recent success in the campaign to rescue Pacifica Radio from corporate types who began loading the Board back in the ‘90s. This one hits close to home as this observer was a Pacifica Network News commentator at the time and eventually discovered he could no longer hold his nose and make commentary at the same time. The aforementioned corporate raiders were hard at work gutting Pacifica’s progressive principles and attempting to mainstream its message, while toying with the notion of selling off some of Pacifica’s valuable stations. This may have been a fool’s errand given the feisty activist element that makes up much of the Network’s volunteers and employees. But, the struggle was long and arduous all the same, causing a good deal of fiscal and emotional damage along the way. The good news is that the battle appears to be over. The corporados, like their fellow travelers at Enron, have taken a major hit. Let us raise a glass to the light of day. The darkside can’t always win.
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