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Pro-Corporate video goes viral on Earth Day

April 24, 2012

On Earth Day, a group calling themselves Free Market America released a video entitled, “If I wanted America to Fail.”

The four and a half minute video uses jingoistic language to claim that “environmentalists” are destroying America. The person narrating the video keeps interjecting what he would do if he wanted America to fail, with each tactic a jab at mostly moderate environmental regulations that exist in the US.

The narrator also engages in climate denial and makes the claim that the spotted owl population on the west was decimated by other owls and not by humans. In another unsubstantiated claim the narrator says that people want to stop farming and logging, which makes them hypocrites because they have a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Nothing in the video is ever substantiated, it is just filled with wild claims and music to make us feel sad. The video also includes a brief homage to Milton Friedman, a leader in promoting market capitalism, which played a key role in the past 60 years of what Naomi Klein refers to as an economic shock doctrine.

One last major distortion in the video is the use of the phrase, “If I wanted to destroy America.” The question we might ask ourselves is by America do they mean the people and the geographic boundaries or do they mean those who run the country? It seems to this writer that the video producers are equating the business community with America.

For those who care about the future of the planet, one might say that the video is a reflection of the desperation that capitalists feel because of a growing international consciousness and action around the fact that the global capitalism is the primary factor in environmental destruction in the world.

However, one should not take too much solace in this idea, since the capitalist class is dug in and will not give up the power they have just because more and more of the public wants clean water, air, soil and the protection of natural habitat.

It is worth noting that the group behind Free Market America is Americans for Limited Government, a pro-business political action committee, which has a short history of lobbying at both the state and federal level.

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  1. July 24, 2012 6:32 am

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