New World Notes - Fat-Free Snake Oil
This week on New World Notes: radio program #275, June 11, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst examines two critical views of the American economic system--one trivial, one profound.
First, product marketing run amok. K.D. discusses the 40 different varieties of Colgate toothpaste at the supermarket.* Then we explore why spray cooking oil--which is 99% fat--is sold as "fat-free spray oil."
Then Noam Chomsky discusses Big Business's expensive campaign to accelerate global climate change regardless of its threat to all life on the planet. This recent talk is titled, Wrecking Nature for Short-Term Profit.
Of particular interest: Chomsky explains that the Magna Carta (signed 1215) had TWO sections. The section establishing political liberties (the Charter of Liberties) has been largely scrapped by the Bush II and Obama administrations. The section they never told you about (the Charter of Forests) established the people's rights to free use of the natural resources they needed to live. This part was scrapped a couple of centuries back, in the early days of capitalism.
* (Full disclosure: Stop & Shop in Manchester, CT had only 29 varieties. Anyone desperately needing "Colgate Total Zx Pro-Shield Plus Sensitivity" is just going to have to settle for "Colgate MaxFresh with Mini Breath Strips--Crystal Mint.")
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