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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:18 AM
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Chris Hedges: The Corporate State Wins Again
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The Corporate State Wins Again

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
By Chris Hedges


When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Partywhich once made piecemeal and incremental reform possiblewither and atrophy? When did reform through electoral politics become a form of magical thinking? When did the dead hand of the corporate state become unassailable?

The body politic was mortally wounded during the long, slow strangulation of ideas and priorities during the Red Scare and the Cold War. Its bastard child, the war on terror, inherited the iconography and language of permanent war and fear. The battle against internal and external enemies became the excuse to funnel trillions in taxpayer funds and government resources to the war industry, curtail civil liberties and abandon social welfare. Skeptics, critics and dissenters were ridiculed and ignored. The FBI, Homeland Security and the CIA enforced ideological conformity. Debate over the expansion of empire became taboo. Secrecy, the anointing of specialized elites to run our affairs and the steady intrusion of the state into the private lives of citizens conditioned us to totalitarian practices. Sheldon Wolin points out in Democracy Incorporated that this configuration of corporate power, which he calls inverted totalitarianism, is not like Mein Kampf or The Communist Manifesto, the result of a premeditated plot. It grew, Wolin writes, from a set of effects produced by actions or practices undertaken in ignorance of their lasting consequences.

Corporate capitalismbecause it was trumpeted throughout the Cold War as a bulwark against communismexpanded with fewer and fewer government regulations and legal impediments. Capitalism was seen as an unalloyed good. It was not required to be socially responsible. Any impediment to its growth, whether in the form of trust-busting, union activity or regulation, was condemned as a step toward socialism and capitulation. Every corporation is a despotic fiefdom, a mini-dictatorship. And by the end Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs had grafted their totalitarian structures onto the state.

The Cold War also bequeathed to us the species of the neoliberal. The neoliberal enthusiastically embraces national security as the highest good. The neoliberalcomposed of the gullible and cynical careeristsparrots back the mantra of endless war and corporate capitalism as an inevitable form of human progress. Globalization, the neoliberal assures us, is the route to a worldwide utopia. Empire and war are vehicles for lofty human values. Greg Mortenson, the disgraced author of Three Cups of Tea, tapped into this formula. The deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents in Iraq or Afghanistan are ignored or dismissed as the cost of progress. We are bringing democracy to Iraq, liberating and educating the women of Afghanistan, defying the evil clerics in Iran, ridding the world of terrorists and protecting Israel. Those who oppose us do not have legitimate grievances. They need to be educated. It is a fantasy. But to name our own evil is to be banished. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_corporate_state...



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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:09 AM
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1. Corporate supremacy has been rising ever since the period after the Civil War.
The Fourteenth Amendment was used far more often in the half century after the war to protect the rights of these artificial legal entities than that of oppressed humans.

Early on mostly in the forms of giving corporations aka; America's Frankenstein power over the states but now it has reached the point of them threatening the power of the national government.

Thanks for the thread, marmar.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:35 AM
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2. "the species of the neoliberal"
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 10:36 AM by bvar22
"The worst enemy of humanity is U.S. capitalism. That is what provokes uprisings like our own, a rebellion against a system, against a neoliberal model, which is the representation of a savage capitalism. If the entire world doesn't acknowledge this reality, that nation states are not providing even minimally for health, education and nourishment, then each day the most fundamental human rights are being violated."
----Bolivian Reform President Evo Morales


FDR said much the same thing in 1944 with his Economic Bill of Rights.
Bolivian President Evo Morales sounds more like FDR than anyone in the Democratic Party Leadership today.



Who will STAND and FIGHT for THIS American Majority?
By their WORKS they will be judged.




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