While reading the TYOTF, I always found it interesting that there seems to be no mention at all of an established government. There is only CorpsSec Corps. I looked around on the internet and found that Canada was going through a recession around 2008, around the same time the US was. I found an article that said that many banks in Canada were bailed out as a result. There might not be an exact connection here, but I think that Margaret Atwood was trying to imply in her novel that the company CorpSec Corps in a way took over the government, or perhaps the company and whatever government had already been there had melded together. This was also around the time that the Citizens United case happened in the US, which declared that corporations could contribute an unlimited sum of money to political campaigns. Again, this may not be a direct connection, as it happened in the States and not in Canada, but I think these instances are really important to the story. I think it shows the way Atwood feels about how the government and big money corporations are more closely connected than most people believe, which has the potential to lead to many problems. It can be argued that the bank bailout was necessary, because without they would have lost a lot of money, but the article I found stated that “not one of the banks was in danger of going bankrupt”. Instead the money was used to help get the banks to keep making credit deals and other investments, supposedly to put the economy back on its feet. Whatever the case may be, I think Atwood’s world expresses the worst outcome of a corporate-government relationship, and it seems her opinion on this sort of system is very clear.
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