Changing the Continuum

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There is a new science-fiction series on the SyFy channel called Continuum. I like it. But it presents a challenge to your ethical compass and leaves you with certain moral ambiguities which make me wonder whether I should be rooting for the protagonist or her enemies. The protagonist is a beautiful girl from the future who is essentially a special-tactics cop who works for the corporate rulers of the world in the year 2074. Democratic governments have apparently been swept away by the plutocratic powers of the corporate wealthy and everyone in the future is governed by the will of a consortium of powerful corporations. Her antagonists are a violent revolutionary group called Liber8, which has managed to come back in time to change the course of history so democratic governments will prevail over the corporatists. Her mission is to stop them so that the timeline remains unchanged and her corporate employers still come out on top. The revolutionaries are a desperate group however and resort to ruthless means to affect change in our present to bring about a future where people are free from corporate rule. None of their actions seem to generate any sympathy for their cause in the viewer, even though their cause seems eminently worthy. So whom are we suppose to cheer? She finds unwitting allies in our time who work with her to stop Liber8 as a dangerous terrorist faction even though they are unaware of the political future she is trying to preserve.

This is an interesting scenario because it is beginning to look as if large corporations will soon actually achieve that degree of unchecked power to nullify the sovereignty of democratically-elected governments. If you are a conservative on the right wing of the political spectrum you may find this projected future desirable. Conservatives fear big government but they have no such qualms about big, all-powerful corporations so perhaps this television series is aimed at them. Liberals like me however loathe the prospect of a society where big corporations can operate without the legal constraints of democratically-elected governments, so we favor big government that is powerful enough to regulate and rein-in corporations which pollute and create other damage to our society in the name of unbridled greed. Recently several of the major financial and banking conglomerates which caused the worldwide economic crash of 2008 arranged a settlement with the U.S. government to avoid prosecution for their fraud and malfeasance which resulted in the economic meltdown that still cripples the world economy today. Apparently these corporations are already too big and powerful to prosecute and the U.S. government which used to break up these monopolistic corporations under the anti-trust act is now impotent to challenge their political power and is virtually under their control. Corporations now own and control nearly all of the media outlets from which Americans get their information so they have become the most propagandized and brain-washed nation on Earth. Fox News is virtually an unapologetic and unfiltered mouthpiece for the wealthy elite who have literally bought our courts and legislatures. Search and read about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council if you want to know just how thoroughly our federal government and state legislatures have become the puppets of the 1%.

The Occupy Movement sprang up as a counter to the abuses of corporate power but through attacks by corporate-owned media and corporate-controlled police forces the success of the movement as a populist instrument of social and political change has been suppressed at every level leaving us with a society and a government under the complete control of the wealthiest few. The FBI received information about right-wing conspirators who mapped out a covert plan to assassinate the leaders of the Occupy Movement last year but they did nothing to investigate it. Instead they investigated the movement itself! The disparity of incomes in America has become shocking as the power of unions and labor has come under attack, threatening the very existence of the middle-class. As the massive redistribution of wealth from the working class to the wealthy has brought America to the condition of a third-world country in many respects, no check or balance exists anymore to counter monied interest and influence over what’s left of our once-great democracy. Corporations are people, my friends! So their rights to free speech include the infusion of massive amounts of money into our political process thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling. Since the Republicans’ only constituency are the wealthiest few who continually line their pockets, the only hope for avoiding a future such as the one depicted in Continuum is for Americans to pull their heads out of the sand and start informing themselves, then acting to circumscribe the political power of the corporatists and the Republicans who serve only their interests.

(c) February 9th, 2013 Bethany Ariel Frasier

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  1. I do live in Hamburg/Germany and I am proud to say that the Hamburg township still allow those brave men and women to stay with their tents on a place in the city, close to another bank which is know for corruption and scandals.

    Thank you for this important article!

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