The British are upset that Obama is attacking the very own corporate criminal. The most tribal and corporate Republicans and conservatives are taking BP's side.I agree with his thesis given the laws of capitalist society. But there is something more fundamental here--it is the system itself that corrupts governments which enables corporations like BP to take huge risks in their efforts to maximize profits. It's the economic system, stupid!
We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up