Why fight corporatism?
Corporatism is the organization of a society into corporations serving as organs of political representation and exercising control over persons and activities.
Miriam Webster Dictionary
The first stage of Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Fascist Dictator of Italy
Ralph Nader, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich & Noam Chomsky may come from completely different corners of the economic freedom spectrum usually referred to as left or right. They do, however, agree that the marriage between government and corporations, the current status quo in the US and much of the world, is a high priority enemy. In other words, they agree to fight corporatism.
Corporatism is a system where businesses are nominally in private hands, but are in fact controlled by the government. In a corporatist state, government officials often act in collusion with their favored business interests to design polices that give those interests a monopoly position, to the detriment of both competitors and consumers.
US presidential candidate Dr Ron Paul
They do agree at least on these 4 issues necessary to fight corporatism:
- the US government needs to stop the counter-productive (terrorism inviting) and expensive wars
- the private federal bank (FED) needs to go
- to repeal the patriot act (more privacy/rights for people)
- to stop deficit spending of the government
Last week, former presidential candidate and activist Ralph Nader spoke to CNN in favor of Paul:
“He wants to get out of these wars overseas, he wants to bring the soldiers back, he wants to cut the bloated military budget, he wants to change some of the anti-civil liberty provisions in the Patriot Act, he hates corporate welfare an all these bailouts of Wall Street crooks,” said Nader. “He ought to get more attention, instead of ten times more attention being given to Michele Bachmann.”
Agreeing on the big issues
What is rather exciting here is not only the agreement on these topics between the right and left but that these topics are by far the most important and urgent issues the US and the world is facing today.
A global economic collapse is imminent and this may be a good time to (temporarily) interrupt worrying about gay marriage, abortion or creationism. Even the discussion on social security might be ranked after the above points in terms of urgency and importance (without addressing the above no social security can be provided eventually as there will be no money).
The established system has succeeded at dividing people into numerous opposing groups that spend their time and energy on discussing the differences between them instead of joining their forces to dismantle their common enemy – the established corporatism.
Here is an article on the wall street protests blaming many protesters to be there for the wrong reason! Instead of acknowledging their support and putting ideological differences aside he author appears upset that left wing protesters use it to further their agenda against capitalism. Both isms have historically shown to drift toward corporatism and power corruption and few people know that there are other – newer – forms of socio economic concepts that may be better designed to avid this problem (e.g. cooperative instead of companies; participatory economics (PARECON); resource based economy).
Perhaps total unification against a common enemy requires an even more direct and visible threat then many perceive at this (still early) stage.
Shocking video – Must watch! Corporatism pure: Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General, Elizabeth Coleman, about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off-balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that she does not know and is not tracking where this money is:
Documentary film maker Michael Moore interviewed about the Wall street demonstrations & why mainstream media don’t cover them:
Here is the US’ most prominent dissident, Prof. Noam Chomsky, saying that the ongoing protests to fight corporatism in Boston and New York (known as “Occupy Wall-street”) are an exciting sign and can lead to turn the country around:
The left and right unite to fight corporatism: Kucinich picked Ron Paul as his running mate in 2008:
I think it would be the sensible thing to do for all of us to compromise on economic style (left/right) differences (and other differences) to be able to move forward on the most important issues keep/restore democracy/liberty and beat corporatism – just like Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul have shown.
Additional recommended videos:
- Ron Paul is flexible with the health-care system as long as there is enough money – agrees with Kucinich: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSBdRVH3AUI
- Ron Paul is considering Kucinich as vice president in 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx9a4hNeIRo
- Both Ron Paul and Michael Moore fight corporatism but Ron Paul is willing to give capitalism / free trade a chance after removing corporatism. Paul points out the important difference between capitalism and corporatism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF8gQfGEvsc