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Here is something we all need: Water. Keep a sharp eye on who owns the water you need. The CEO of Nestlé Group would like it to be his company. He thinks the idea of life giving water being a basic human right is “extreme.” How much are you willing to pay people like him for something you’ll die without after three days? See this classic performance of elitist, globalist, Bildergerger thinking in this six-minute YouTube propaganda piece that features Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck: We Feed the World, by Erwin Wagenhofer.
The handwriting is on the wall. The elitist bastards want to own and profit from all of creation. Just when you think you’re on overload with freedom fighting causes, another one slaps you in the face. I think this one needs to be on the top of the pile. Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, is attempting to bring the problem of water privatization to the forefront today. See the article Nestlé CEO seeks to control the world’s water supply by Lance Devon, posted April 22, 2013. I will post the translation/transcript that appears on this classic piece of this Nestlé propaganda piece on a separate page.
Don’t let them confuse you: Corporate control of water is bad.
I’m glad somebody with the visibility of Mike Adams is bringing the problem of corporate controlled water to the table. I raised the flag about water privatization last year in my e-book The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living, and this video shows that I’m not just blowing smoke. You will see exactly why free, autonomous, self-reliant, resourceful people of all kinds are bad for people like Nestlé CEO (Bilderberger) Peter Brabeck. Attitudes like his are big barriers against pursuing self-sufficient living close to nature.
I’m saying that radical, voluntary, intentional simplicity is the best, easiest, and quickest answer to many personal and global problems. Therefore, the liberty to pursue this lifestyle needs to be preserved and protected. Of course, the oligarchs have overarching power now, and they don’t agree. The best remedy is to divest the oligarchs of control by not buying their stuff. This is where the current state of weakness of the mainstream comes in play. The best way to stop buying their stuff is to produce your own stuff and do without the rest. Oh, but we’re entitled to buy chocolate bars whenever we crave them — aren’t we? It’s all part of the Christian capitalist dream.
The excerpt below is from the section of my book titled: Rainwater Rules. In this segment I’m saying that new laws that legalize putting a bucket under a drip from the roof are not good. I explain why it is preferable not to have a law about this at all, part of the problem being visits by government officials who want to inspect your rainwater collection system. This excerpt starts on page 29. (The first third of the e-book is available for free reading online.) Highlights are added for this post.
Invasive as these visits may be, there is a bigger reason to resist the government’s assumed authority over the human right to collect free-flowing rainwater. Government control of water is the first step on the slippery slope to its privatization. As much as the thought of water being safely under government control may give some people the warm fuzzies, things change. Government gets bigger and costlier as time goes by. When government has bled the taxpayer dry and there still isn’t enough money to maintain services, it will turn to some big business waiting in the wings ready to save the day.
Corporate control of water is already becoming a trend as government coffers shrink and fresh water supplies dwindle. Water rights are becoming an attractive trading commodity for investors and multinational corporations. If the trend continues, people should expect to pay a big corporate kahuna for this basic human right. The time is ripe to extract our heads from the sand.
In September 2010, the US administration received a sobering report from the Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit, called Charting New Waters. The report projects a national fresh water crisis unless governments implement effective water management strategies now. Easier said than done, according to the report. Government has been unable to implement effective management so far, because there is a lack of coordination among agencies.
This lack of coordination is not a big surprise to the common citizen who has been forced to deal with such agencies. But somebody decided a study was required, just to make it official. The report says each agency is “acting according to its legislative and regulatory mandates, but may not function effectively as a system…The lack of coordination among federal, state and local authorities often results in confusion at the state and local level, sometimes exacerbating the very problems they set out to solve.”
This endemic confusion in government circles underscores assertions by free market pundits, who say “water socialism” isn’t working, so efficient private industry should step in and take over. They believe free market water systems are much more reliable, and that therefore, supply and distribution should be shifted from incompetent government agencies to the kinder and gentler forces of capitalism, property rights, and private enterprise.
Here’s how a water privatization scenario played out in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. With the rationale that private business would be less corrupt than government, global bankers with the World Bank threatened to withhold a sizable loan unless the water system in Cochabamba was placed in control of a consortium led by a subsidiary of Bechtel. The participating corporations had their own agendas, the main one being to make a profit on behalf of their shareholders, which is what corporations are legally supposed to do. It didn’t work out very well for water drinking locals.
Shortly after the contract was signed, peasants in Cochabamba were charged roughly one-fifth of their meager incomes for the corporations’ water. To make matters worse, the government enforced the agreement with a somewhat vague law that led to confusion about who had control over rain and the old private water systems. When it looked like it wasn’t the peasants, they were left with no choice but to rebel and demand their right to life-giving water. The state responded with the usual brutish police tactics and martial law. People were arrested, maimed, and some of the protest leaders were imprisoned in a remote Amazon jail. Why are police forces everywhere being programmed to attack citizens who are attempting to redress grievances?
The culture war pits the corporation loving Right against the government loving Left, but it doesn’t solve anything. It just postpones coming to grips with reality and taking relevant action. No matter whether one tends to favor business or government, they are both two sides of the same coin. The important thing to focus on is that anybody who controls water controls you as well: Left, Right, Democrat, Republican, everyone in between, and those on the far fringes, are all in the same boat when it comes to water. So stop quibbling amongst yourselves.
As the peasants in Bolivia witnessed, playing global power politics with water creates a house of cards that can collapse quickly, yet daily human needs persist. Will your supply of life-giving water become a commodity instead of a human right? What will you do when water becomes scarce and expensive? How will you get it if you can’t afford to buy it? What will you gather your water in? How will you purify it? Without water we die. Will we ever have to fight and die to get it, like we do now with oil?
Who would you rather pay for drinking water: government, corporations, or neither?
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