Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the former CEO of Nestle Inc., is known around the business industry as a successful leader and innovator. Recently, he started a new business campaign marketed towards selling water. Nothing new, right?
Well, unfortunately Brabeck-Letmathe views water not as a natural resource but a commodity that can be exploited for profit without regard for people’s need for it to survive. This may sound like no big deal considering that many companies already bottle and sell water including Nestle, Coca-Cola, Evian and others. This, however, is a much bigger enterprise with far-reaching ramifications.
What Brabeck-Letmathe is proposing is taking away the ownership of a natural resource from the people and turning it over to the corporations. Much like in the fable of Robin Hood where peasants would be imprisoned for hunting the “king’s deer” because they were starving and needed some type of food to eat, under the proposal of corporatist loons like Brabeck-Letmathe anyone found siphoning off water — a basic necessity for human survival — could result in the same treatment that Prince John handed to the paupers of England.
As ludicrous as the proposal sounds is it really that far off? Today citizens of the United States can be imprisoned for failure to pay off their debts, something that was supposedly outlawed by the Supreme Court over 200 years ago.
We have already seen this current Supreme Court rule that corporations have the same rights as people (Citizens United) and then follow it up by showing that corporations have more rights than people (Hobby Lobby) while at the same time refusing to allow actual citizens to take to court any corporations that violate their own human rights (binding contracts forcing arbitration and refusing suits against an employer).
It is no small secret that abundant sources of freshwater are a commodity that needs to be protected, expanded, and made available to the masses.
It is the source of life. Without access to water people, well they die. It’s pretty simple. Detroit is a staggering example of what happens when the water gets turned off.
Brabeck-Letmathe doesn’t seem to care about the well-being of the other human beings on the planet. Will the majority of people ever wake up, stand up, and fight these profiteering corporatist lunatics?
h/t: The Guardian