CorporatismMoneyed Special Interests

I oppose corporatism, not corporations per se. By this I mean that I oppose the practice in which the wealthy exert influence by purchasing legislation (or its removal or blockage) and judicial decisions that favor their interests at the expense of everyone else. This is an age-old struggle.

Here in the United States we theoretically have a political system that protects average citizens from the abuses of power which have been so common throughout history and which so readily occur at any time, in any place. In reality, we have a corporate oligarchy — and, in fact, our oligarchy has spread beyond our own national borders to the rest of the world. Here at home, the permanent and constantly-escalating arming of the US, engendered by Harry Truman and his ilk’s never ending fear-mongering about national security, nurtures the Military Industrial Complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned us about. More recently, the Citizens United decision opened the already-gaping flood gates even wider to allow still more flagrant, rampant, and technically legal bribery, circumventing the so-called “free market” and democratic process that ostensibly form the foundation of our republic. Moreover, the Corporate Right owns perhaps 80% of the mainstream media and uses it to constantly inundate us with a brain-washing marketing campaign, turning many of us into unwitting shills for the cause of corporatism. Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News is the shining exemplar of this phenomenon, propagandizing 24/7 for our modern feudal lords, the corporate oligarchs.

Reason For Hope

However, at this moment, a possible reason for hope and encouragement is occurring. Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has declared open war on public employees and their unions, a move that likely represents the first salvo in the current round of battles by the Republican Establishment against what’s left of the working people of the United States. What’s hopeful in this situation is that tens of thousands of Wisconsin’s citizenry have risen in protest, with the support of millions nation-wide. In addition, the Democratic minority in Wisconsin’s state legislature have engaged in a desperate act of bravery to resist Walker’s Blitzkrieg: they’ve left the state to deny Walker and his corporate sponsors the vote that would further disenfranchise the working people of Wisconsin. I believe the situation in Wisconsin indicates that more and more people have become aware of the takeover of our country by corporate barons and are finally willing to fight back. Doing so could be a Ragnarokian endeavor, but like the Vikings and their gods, we must fight even if it seems we may lose. I believe we can win. We must try.

41 Responses to “Corporatism”

  1. Here’s your favorite conservative movie director from New Jersey, Mr. James O’Keefe, who put on his best investment banker costume and went down to Occupy Wall Street the other day to film some protesters saying dumb or weird things. Among the folks O’Keefe and his crew ran into: a generous cake-eater, a guy who revealed that the protesters are being bankrolled by secretive union overlords, and another guy who invited him to “make a lot of money” by investing in a very real thing called the Constitutional World Federation. The constitution guy in is fully representative of every Occupy Wall Street protester, so O’Keefe’s movie should be taken as an accurate depiction of the entire movement. More »

  2. Democrats and unions are hailing Tuesday’s vote to repeal an Ohio law curbing collective-bargaining protections as the sign of an invigorated movement that could boost Democrats next fall.

  3. azaraoka nooyersicc says:

    perfect 🙂 but how do u define human rights with this definition, what is allowed as a mistake and what not?

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  6. you pass the buck? I understand. Germans finance Lenin to take control of Russia, bu then you say because of involvement in war. I love your work, but it seems to me, that the Germans were responsible. For good or for bad. not in love with American policy, by no means. But it seemed to me, an unfair “passing of the buck”…

  7. Well if the constitution is not a moral document, then it needs to be scrapped and replaced with something that is a moral document or nothing at all. Because I can take your solution and apply it to the base law of any king or dictator and it could be equally valid.

  8. Facehammer on Human Rights Watch: “By signing this defense bill, Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in U.S. law. In the past, Obama has lauded being on the right side of history, but today he is definitely on the wrong side.” –

  9. stakada gum says:

    i’m german and i didn’t get that “invest” is not the same as “investigate” till the end of the video…. and wtf is “cock future”?

  10. Tomorrow is one more day till the re-election.They thought Wisconsin & Ohio would be silent,it was the cold of winter.They were WRONG! 2012!

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  14. zeighs stavager says:

    They just enjoy stirring people up. GOP cannot run on actual issues, so every election cycle we get the same crap.

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  17. On Monday, I spoke at a conference centered on the timely theme of “Delivering in a Delevering World.” “Delevering,” as it’s traditionally used, means decreasing a company or country’s leverage, usually by paying down existing debt. It is a term more likely to be heard at finance conferences than around dinner tables, but it’s an idea that gets to the of our current economic crisis. Because the ways we pay down our debts, in life and in business, have a real influence on our ability to arrive at positive outcomes. on both the political and economic level, we’re being told that delevering means that we must cut, cut, cut. But delevering isn’t just about cutting — and the relentless emphasis on cutting has obscured the more question of what is being cut. In far too many cases, our approach to delevering is keeping us from growing, and keeping us from tapping into all our resources.

  18. shahamm crot says:

    Mitt represents everything that is wrong w/ GOP & everything that has left us dying in a ditch. is a RINO.

  19. `Tis a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their in defending our own.

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  23. wai weg says:

    get some substance behind your protest, join the Ron Paul and get rid of corporatism now and restore this republic –

  24. mccorpah says:

    And no SSA as a Ponzi scheme was NOT. Conservative idea. Ron Paul made that claim 30 years ago. YAY –

  25. maciditt says:

    Columbus, Ohio to Janesville Wisconsin… 463 miles. Then back to Columbus, Ohio to Tennessee… 350 miles. Let’s do this. No sleep

  26. peereirago jagdinc says:

    We enable Israel 2 prevent human rights violations such as rockets fired from U do oppose firing rockets from Gaza don’t U?

  27. MRW, can’t find anything about that situation. Is that Morgenthaler or Morgenthau? “Bey” appears to be the name of some of governing unit. Jewish Library says that Jews have been prominent in Salonika since about 140 BC. That Jews were among those inciting or enacting the genocide of Armenians is not at all surprising. I suspect zionists had something to do with it as a way to punish Abdul Hamid for not acceding to Herzl’s decades-long attempt to get Palestine from Turks. btw, some original documents ordering the rounding up and disposal of Armenians are to be found in the Armenian museum at the Cathedral at Vank, in Isfehan. Armenians in Iran make sure their children know what was done to their forefathers.

  28. kujarwalsh says:

    A silent, yet obvious reason for our economic crisis is the pervasive philosophy of people expecting to be paid more for less work.

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  38. I feel like I should sue the producers of the movie “Liberal for using my life to make a film without my permission.

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  41. faville bato says:

    Victor, I don’t buy one iota of the official version of 9/11! I could write on and on boringly about it but instead just pass along my own personally persuasive aspect that the official story is a lie: The Bukharis. Adnan and Ameer Bukhari. One had been dead a year when he was by CNN to be involved in the plot. The only possible explanation is that someone was collecting Muslim/Arab names. Wikipedia has a good summary.

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