This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Monday, September 16th
Great news, people! We have a new ally in our historic battle against corporate plutocracy: Corporate plutocrats.
Yes, we’ve now been joined by the CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Amazon, and nearly 200 other giant corporations. They’re members of the Business roundtable (the chief lobbing front for America’s biggest corporations), and they’ve declared their solidarity with all of us by issuing a grand declaration titled “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation.” For 50 years, that purpose has been ruthlessly clear: Maximize their investors’ profits, no matter who or what they have to run over. But now, the barons of big business are putting on a softer face, proclaiming that their “fundamental commitment” is not merely to serve shareholder greed, but also to benefit workers, reduce inequality, protect the environment, etc. It’s corporate kumbaya, y’all – solidarity forever!
Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, was designated to write the Roundtable’s new declaration of concern for the common people. He later expressed an historic sense of pride in the task: “There were times when I felt like Thomas Jefferson,” Gorsky gushed.
But wait – this is the guy who presided over Johnson & Johnson’s profiteering role in spreading deadly opioids throughout America. An Oklahoma jury just assessed a half-billion-dollar fine on his corporation for foisting the opioid horror on the common people he now professes to love.
So forgive me for not believing for a moment that there’s one iota of sincerity in this sudden assertion of egalitarian sentiment by the soulless organizers of today’s corporate plunder. They’re still going to plunder your unions, paychecks, jobs, health, environment, and overall well-being. The only difference is that they now want you to think they feel badly about it.
“Shareholders Rule No More, C.E.O.s Pledge,” The New York Times, August 20, 2019.
“Yes, C.E.O.s Can Fix Capitalism,” The New York Times, August 21, 2019.
“Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial,” August 26, 2019.
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It’s today’s Action Calendar!
A free re-entry Service Fair for those rejoining our community after being incarcerated will be held on Tuesday, September 17th, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the East Madison Community Center, 8 Straubel Court. This fair will focus on support and treatment services and employment. Individuals aged 18 and older are welcome to attend. For information, phone 256-0906.
Do you know how to find the Big and Little Dippers in the sky? How about Orion the Hunter or the Queen Cassiopeia? Here’s your chance to find out. Madison Parks and the UW Space Place will offer a free stargazing session this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Boulevard. The session will begin with a talk and slide show about astronomy. Then, if the sky is clear, attendees will have the opportunity to view the stars through a telescope. Please pre-register today by phoning 266-4711.
WORT’s fall pledge drive will launch on Wednesday, September 25th, running through Tuesday, October 8th. On-line sign-up for pledge phone shifts is now available on the WORT website at www.wortfm.org. Or, call 608-321-9596 during business hours to nail down those spots to support your favorite shows. Please sign-up as soon as possible. Thanks for your support!
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This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. I’m Greg Geboski. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.