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Sitting outside on the deck behind my house this evening listening to light infantry practicing their trade with motor rounds (Ft. Rich?) I began to think about the role foreign corporations and capital play in Alaska and The United States (1). Thinking perhaps because I have to look at British Petroleum’s ugly corporate headquarters when I scan the horizon from the deck behind my house. The view of BP’s headquarters coupled with BPs’ meddling in my State’s political scenery has my head spinning (more to come). So why do BP and other foriegn corporations dominate “the landscape” here in the U.S? Why, at least in terms of take, are the biggest mining operations in Alaska owned by companies from Canada?

I’m not aware of any U.S. corporation that even comes close to Japan’s SONY considering the scope of products that SONY offers in the U.S. market – by what mechanism has SONY Corp inserted itself into our economy? HINT: the first SONY “boom boxes” were introduced during the so called “Viet-Nam” conflict in the late 1960s; the big corporate players in the U.S., at the time, were preoccupied with easy money supplied by the government for war goodies (many of those U.S. based corporations that made their take in Vietnam have since “bit the dust” or are now owned by foreign companies). Are the taxes being collected by our Federal Government now being funneled into companies that are too short sighted to make it on their own? Is history repeating itself? Go figure…..

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(1) It’s not uncommon to hear Military excercises from Anchorage. The U.S. Army base, Fort Richardson is just to the north of Anchorage as is Elmondorf Air Force Base.