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"Fascism should more properly be called
corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
- Benito Mussolini
Australian government is
US government is a
End to Corporate Control? - OPPT
Hour 3. Leon is joined
by Lisa Harrison and Ken
Bartle. Both Lisa and Ken have been researching and sharing the
Corporate Control systems including those assuming to be Government that
enslave humanity. Announced publicly on 25 December 2012, the
system of Corporate-Governmental rule has been foreclosed. Legally
foreclosed via one of its own mechanisms. The “Powers That Be” are
now the “Powers That Were”. All debt has been erased and
corporations – including but not limited to Corporate Governments and
Banks – have been foreclosed.
Thanks to a series of UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) filings made by
the One People’s Public Trust (known as OPPT) the choice is now yours
to make. A new framework for social governance is now in effect; a fact
that has been ratified by the ‘legal’ framework of its
Truth Now - Scott Bartle
Peoples Public Trust
People Trust 1776
The Coca-cola case - Part 1/9
Paramilitaries kill unionists who stand up for their rights.
The Corporation: The pathological pursuit of power
Book & film by Joel Bakan
Based on a book by Joel Bakan, The Corporation:
The Pathological Pursuit of Power, the film takes as
its starting point the fact that, under American law, corporations are
individuals and have the same rights as individual people. The
film then examines the psychopathology of these
"individuals". The corporations do not fare well. They have
trouble, for example, making and sustaining long-term relationships; they exist
only to serve their own self-interest (which would be pathological
behaviour in a human individual); do not have a good record with honesty, often
seem to act amorally, and often do not seem to suffer from guilt. Even world
disaster areas can become profit centres for them. In a bid to
own it all, even water and air and even plant DNA are up for grabs. There are no
limits, and no molecule safe. In the pursuit of profit, corporations
will deal with anyone (IBM with Nazi Germany, for example), and will try to
render governments impotent if they get in the way. Yet some
corporations are capable of mimicking human qualities of empathy, caring and
The Corporation: the pathological pursuit of
Book and film,
by Joel Bakan,
What is a corporation? It is one form of business ownership, a
group of people working together to a group of objectives. The modern corporation has grown out of the industrial
revolution. Its all about productivity, getting more produce per man hour.
150 years ago the business corporation was a relatively
insignificant institution, but today it is all invasive. Corporations were
originally associations of people who were chartered by the state to perform a
particular function, like build a bridge. There were very few chartered
corporations in early US history and the ones that existed had clear
stipulations in their state issued charters, how long they could operate,
the amount of capitalisation, what they made or did or maintained (a turnpike or
whatever) and they didn't do anything else, they own or couldn't own
another corporation, their shareholders were liable etc. In both law and the
culture, the corporation was considered a subordinate entity that was considered
a gift from the people to serve a public good.
The civil war and the industrial revolution created enormous
growth in corporations and so there was an explosion of railroads which got
large federal subsidies of land, banking, heavy manufacturing. And corporate
lawyers, a century and a half ago, realised they needed more powers to operate
and wanted to remove some
of the constraints that had historically been placed on the corporate form.
The 14th amendment was passed
at the end of the civil war to give equal rights to black people and therefore
it said, no state can deprive any person of life liberty or property without due
process of law and that was intended to prevent the states from taking away
life, liberty or property from black people as they had done for so much of US
What happened was that corporations come into court, and
corporate lawyers are very clever, and they say, "Oh, you can't deprive a person of life, liberty or
property? We are
a person - a corporation is a person" - and the Supreme Court goes along
with that. And what was particularly grotesque about this was that the 14th
amendment was passed to protect newly freed slaves.
So for instance, between between 1890 and 1910 there were 307 cases brought before the court under the 14th amendment
- 288 of these brought by corporations, and 19 by African Americans. 600,000 people were killed to get rights for people and then
with strokes of the pen over the next 30 years judges applied those rights to
capital and property, while stripping them from people.
The corporation - a legal person
What type of person is the corporation? These are special kinds
of persons which are designed by law to be concerned only for their stockholders
and not so much for the stakeholders, like the community or the workforce or
The great problem is that they aren't like the rest of us. They
have no soul to save, and they have no body to incarcerate. They really only
have one interest, the bottom line, how to make as much money as they can. Of
course they make a profit and that's a good thing, it gives them the incentive
to make capitalism work, incentive to make the things that we need and that's
what other systems lack. The problem comes in the profit motivation because with
these people there is no such thing as enough.
The publicly traded corporation has been structured by a series
of legal decisions to have a peculiar and disturbing characteristic. It is
required by law to place the financial interests of its owners above competing
interests. In fact the corporation is legally bound to put its bottom line ahead
of everything else, even the public good.
That's not a law of nature, its a judicial decision. So they are
concerned only with short-term profit of their stockholders who are very highly
concentrated. Close to half the stock is owned by about 1% of the population and
the bottom 80% of the population hold about 4% of the stock. Being on the stock
market, being a public company is great in many ways but it doesn't allow any
time for reflection, it has to maximise its profits and therefore everything is
legitimate in the pursuit of that goal - everything, not explicit but
Externalising of costs
The corporation tends to be more profitable to the extent it can
get others to pay its bills for its impact on society. The term for this is
called externalities. There are real problems in this area.
Running a business is a tough proposition. There are costs to be
minimised at every turn and at some point the corporation says, "Let's let
somebody else deal with that, let's let somebody else supply the military power
to the middle east to protect the oil at its source, let's let somebody else
build the roads that we can drive these automobiles on, let's let somebody else
have those problems". And that's where externalities come from, that notion
of letting somebody else deal with that - " I have all I can handle
The corporation is an externalising machine the same way a shark
is a killing machine. Each one is designed in a very efficient way to accomplish
particular objectives. In the achievement of those objectives there isn't any
question of malevolence or of will. The enterprise has within it, and the shark
has within it, those characteristics that enable it to do those functions for
which it was designed. So the the pressure is on the corporation to deliver
results now, and to externalise any costs that an unwary or uncaring public will
allow it to to externalise.
The science of exploitation
To determine the kind of personality that drives the corporation
to behave like an externalising machine, we can analyse it like a psychiatrist
would a patient. We can even formulate a diagnosis on the basis of typical case
histories, of harm inflicted on others, selected from a universe of corporate
Diagnosis - the corporation bears all the marks of a
psychopath who bears no responsibility for its actions.
Can any and every product be made sustainability? Not every
product eg landmines. Some products ought not be made at all. Unless we can make
products sustainably perhaps we don't have a place in this world. The way of the
corporation is the way of the plunderer, plundering something that belongs to
every creature on earth. The day must come when plundering is not allowed.
The largest, the wealthiest, the most powerful, the most
pervasive, the most influential is the institution of business and industry -
the corporation - which also is the current present day industry of destruction.
It must change.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: How the U.S. Uses
Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the international
banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat
poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending
them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their
John Perkins describes himself as a former economic hit man - a highly
paid professional who cheated countries around the globe out of trillions
20 years ago Perkins began writing a book with the working title,
"Conscience of an Economic Hit Men."
Perkins writes, "The book was to be dedicated to the presidents of
two countries, men who had been his clients whom I respected and thought
of as kindred spirits - Jaime Roldós, president of Ecuador, and Omar
Torrijos, president of Panama. Both had just died in fiery crashes. Their
deaths were not accidental. They were assassinated because they opposed
that fraternity of corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is
global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldós and Torrijos
around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were
always right behind us, stepped in.
John Perkins goes on to write: "I was persuaded to stop writing
that book. I started it four more times during the next twenty years. On
each occasion, my decision to begin again was influenced by current world
events: the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1980, the first Gulf War, Somalia,
and the rise of Osama bin Laden. However, threats or bribes always
convinced me to stop."
But now Perkins has finally published his story. The book is titled Confessions
of an Economic Hit Man. John Perkins joins us now in our Firehouse
John Perkins, from 1971 to 1981 he worked for the
international consulting firm of Chas T. Main where he was a
self-described "economic hit man." He is the author of the new
book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
AMY GOODMAN: John Perkins joins us now in our firehouse studio.
Welcome to Democracy Now!
JOHN PERKINS: Thank you, Amy. It’s great to be here.
AMY GOODMAN: It’s good to have you with us. Okay, explain this
term, “economic hit man,” e.h.m., as you call it.
JOHN PERKINS: Basically what we were trained to do and what our
job is to do is to build up the American empire. To bring -- to create
situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to
our corporations, and our government, and in fact we’ve been very
successful. We’ve built the largest empire in the history of the world.
It's been done over the last 50 years since World War II with very little
military might, actually. It's only in rare instances like Iraq where the
military comes in as a last resort. This empire, unlike any other in the
history of the world, has been built primarily through economic
manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people
into our way of life, through the economic hit men. I was very much a part
AMY GOODMAN: How did you become one? Who did you work for?
JOHN PERKINS: Well, I was initially recruited while I was in
business school back in the late sixties by the National Security Agency,
the nation's largest and least understood spy organization; but ultimately
I worked for private corporations. The first real economic hit man was
back in the early 1950's, Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of Teddy, who
overthrew of government of Iran, a democratically elected government,
Mossadegh’s government who was Time's magazine person of the
year; and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed --
well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just
spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran.
At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an
extremely good one. We didn't have to worry about the threat of war with
Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that Roosevelt
was a C.I.A. agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we
would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing.
So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the
C.I.A. and the N.S.A. to recruit potential economic hit men like me and
then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms,
construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no
connection with the government.
AMY GOODMAN: Okay. Explain the company you worked for.
JOHN PERKINS: Well, the company I worked for was a company named
Chas. T. Main in Boston, Massachusetts. We were about 2,000 employees, and
I became its chief economist. I ended up having fifty people working for
me. But my real job was deal-making. It was giving loans to other
countries, huge loans, much bigger than they could possibly repay. One of
the conditions of the loan–let's say a $1 billion to a country like
Indonesia or Ecuador–and this country would then have to give ninety
percent of that loan back to a U.S. company, or U.S. companies, to build
the infrastructure–a Halliburton or a Bechtel. These were big ones.
Those companies would then go in and build an electrical system or ports
or highways, and these would basically serve just a few of the very
wealthiest families in those countries. The poor people in those countries
would be stuck ultimately with this amazing debt that they couldn’t
possibly repay. A country today like Ecuador owes over fifty percent of
its national budget just to pay down its debt. And it really can’t do
it. So, we literally have them over a barrel. So, when we want more oil,
we go to Ecuador and say, “Look, you're not able to repay your debts,
therefore give our oil companies your Amazon rain forest, which are filled
with oil.” And today we're going in and destroying Amazonian rain
forests, forcing Ecuador to give them to us because they’ve accumulated
all this debt. So we make this big loan, most of it comes back to the
United States, the country is left with the debt plus lots of interest,
and they basically become our servants, our slaves. It's an empire.
There's no two ways about it. It’s a huge empire. It's been extremely
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to John Perkins, author of Confessions
of an Economic Hit Man. You say because of bribes and other reason you
didn't write this book for a long time. What do you mean? Who tried to
bribe you, or who -- what are the bribes you accepted?
JOHN PERKINS: Well, I accepted a half a million dollar bribe in
the nineties not to write the book.
AMY GOODMAN: From?
JOHN PERKINS: From a major construction engineering company.
AMY GOODMAN: Which one?
JOHN PERKINS: Legally speaking, it wasn't -- Stoner-Webster.
Legally speaking it wasn't a bribe, it was -- I was being paid as a
consultant. This is all very legal. But I essentially did nothing. It was
a very understood, as I explained in Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,
that it was -- I was -- it was understood when I accepted this money as a
consultant to them I wouldn't have to do much work, but I mustn't write
any books about the subject, which they were aware that I was in the
process of writing this book, which at the time I called “Conscience of
an Economic Hit Man.” And I have to tell you, Amy, that, you know,
it’s an extraordinary story from the standpoint of -- It's almost James
Bondish, truly, and I mean--
AMY GOODMAN: Well that's certainly how the book reads.
JOHN PERKINS: Yeah, and it was, you know? And when the National
Security Agency recruited me, they put me through a day of lie detector
tests. They found out all my weaknesses and immediately seduced me. They
used the strongest drugs in our culture, sex, power and money, to win me
over. I come from a very old New England family, Calvinist, steeped in
amazingly strong moral values. I think I, you know, I’m a good person
overall, and I think my story really shows how this system and these
powerful drugs of sex, money and power can seduce people, because I
certainly was seduced. And if I hadn't lived this life as an economic hit
man, I think I’d have a hard time believing that anybody does these
things. And that's why I wrote the book, because our country really needs
to understand, if people in this nation understood what our foreign policy
is really about, what foreign aid is about, how our corporations work,
where our tax money goes, I know we will demand change.
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to John Perkins. In your book, you
talk about how you helped to implement a secret scheme that funnelled
billions of dollars of Saudi Arabian petrol dollars back into the U.S.
economy, and that further cemented the intimate relationship between the
House of Saud and successive U.S. administrations. Explain.
JOHN PERKINS: Yes, it was a fascinating time. I remember well,
you're probably too young to remember, but I remember well in the early
seventies how OPEC exercised this power it had, and cut back on oil
supplies. We had cars lined up at gas stations. The country was afraid
that it was facing another 1929-type of crash–depression; and this was
unacceptable. So, they -- the Treasury Department hired me and a few other
economic hit men. We went to Saudi Arabia. We --
AMY GOODMAN: You're actually called economic hit men --e.h.m.’s?
JOHN PERKINS: Yeah, it was a tongue-in-cheek term that we called
ourselves. Officially, I was a chief economist. We called ourselves
e.h.m.'s. It was tongue-in-cheek. It was like, nobody will believe us if
we say this, you know? And, so, we went to Saudi Arabia in the early
seventies. We knew Saudi Arabia was the key to dropping our dependency, or
to controlling the situation. And we worked out this deal whereby the
Royal House of Saud agreed to send most of their petro-dollars back to the
United States and invest them in U.S. government securities. The Treasury
Department would use the interest from these securities to hire U.S.
companies to build Saudi Arabia–new cities, new infrastructure–which
we’ve done. And the House of Saud would agree to maintain the price of
oil within acceptable limits to us, which they’ve done all of these
years, and we would agree to keep the House of Saud in power as long as
they did this, which we’ve done, which is one of the reasons we went to
war with Iraq in the first place. And in Iraq we tried to implement the
same policy that was so successful in Saudi Arabia, but Saddam Hussein
didn't buy. When the economic hit men fail in this scenario, the next step
is what we call the jackals. Jackals are C.I.A.-sanctioned people that
come in and try to foment a coup or revolution. If that doesn't work, they
perform assassinations. or try to. In the case of Iraq, they weren't able
to get through to Saddam Hussein. He had -- His bodyguards were too good.
He had doubles. They couldn’t get through to him. So the third line of
defense, if the economic hit men and the jackals fail, the next line of
defense is our young men and women, who are sent in to die and kill, which
is what we’ve obviously done in Iraq.
AMY GOODMAN: Can you explain how Torrijos died?
JOHN PERKINS: Omar Torrijos, the President of Panama. Omar
Torrijos had signed the Canal Treaty with Carter much -- and, you know, it
passed our congress by only one vote. It was a highly contended issue. And
Torrijos then also went ahead and negotiated with the Japanese to build a
sea-level canal. The Japanese wanted to finance and construct a sea-level
canal in Panama. Torrijos talked to them about this which very much upset
Bechtel Corporation, whose president was George Schultz and senior council
was Casper Weinberger. When Carter was thrown out (and that’s an
interesting story–how that actually happened), when he lost the
election, and Reagan came in and Schultz came in as Secretary of State
from Bechtel, and Weinberger came from Bechtel to be Secretary of Defense,
they were extremely angry at Torrijos -- tried to get him to renegotiate
the Canal Treaty and not to talk to the Japanese. He adamantly refused. He
was a very principled man. He had his problem, but he was a very
principled man. He was an amazing man, Torrijos. And so, he died in a
fiery airplane crash, which was connected to a tape recorder with
explosives in it, which -- I was there. I had been working with him. I
knew that we economic hit men had failed. I knew the jackals were closing
in on him, and the next thing, his plane exploded with a tape recorder
with a bomb in it. There's no question in my mind that it was C.I.A.
sanctioned, and most -- many Latin American investigators have come to the
same conclusion. Of course, we never heard about that in our country.
AMY GOODMAN: So, where -- when did your change your heart
JOHN PERKINS: I felt guilty throughout the whole time, but I was
seduced. The power of these drugs, sex, power, and money, was extremely
strong for me. And, of course, I was doing things I was being patted on
the back for. I was chief economist. I was doing things that Robert
McNamara liked and so on.
AMY GOODMAN: How closely did you work with the World Bank?
JOHN PERKINS: Very, very closely with the World Bank. The World
Bank provides most of the money that’s used by economic hit men, it and
the I.M.F. But when 9/11 struck, I had a change of heart. I knew the story
had to be told because what happened at 9/11 is a direct result of what
the economic hit men are doing. And the only way that we're going to feel
secure in this country again and that we're going to feel good about
ourselves is if we use these systems we’ve put into place to create
positive change around the world. I really believe we can do that. I
believe the World Bank and other institutions can be turned around and do
what they were originally intended to do, which is help reconstruct
devastated parts of the world. Help -- genuinely help poor people. There
are twenty-four thousand people starving to death every day. We can change
AMY GOODMAN: John Perkins, I want to thank you very much for
being with us. John Perkins' book is called, Confessions of an Economic
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NSA (National Security Agency) insider
comes forward with stunning disclosures "Economic Hit Man"
Rarely does the public get an opportunity to learn what
has really been going on.
John Perkins has "risked it all" by publishing his book
,"Economic Hit Man", only 3 months ago. This will answer a LOT
OF QUESTIONS many have been suspecting.
I know most do not like to make time to listen to audio clips. You will
want to make an exception this time. Normally, I try to limit my excerpts
to 1 or 2 - 10 minute audio segments. The 3 1/2 hour interview had so many
disclosures, which we seldom, if ever, learn about, that I could not
ignore them...thus the length of this particular set of audio clip
* * * *
"Economic Hit Man"
Perkins, the founder of Dream
Change Coalition, shared the story of the time he spent as an
international 'economic hit man' after being recruited by the National
Security Agency. He defined an 'economic hit man' as someone who assists
in cheating developing countries and US taxpayers, by funneling money from
the World Bank to the wealthy in the private sector.
THE FOLLOWING TAPES MAKE FOR
Note: first clip has been
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( 4 min)
Those wanting to listen to entire 3 1/2 hour interview go to: http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2005/02/15.html
See also -
The REVISED " EFFECT
Network" Blog: http://effectnetwork.blogspot.com/
THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND THE
This awareness indicates that for the most part these
multinational corporations and the governments which they control tend to enter
into areas to exploit the countries, setting up just enough structure within the
country to call it a government, recognize it as being the legitimate
government, and defend it against all other who might interfere with their
structured corporate government within that country.
This Awareness indicates that wherein democracies or other
forms of political activities are brought to bear against these corporate
governments and structures, these are termed as outlaw forces and the corporate
structures using their influence in the nations will seek to supply arms to
defend their established governments in the smaller nations.
indicates that if entities could strip away the belief that governments are
created and held by the sacredness of a constitution or law within a country,
and see these governments are established and created by the economics of
intrigue and corporate structures, they would realize half of the reality upon
this plane, they would recognize the forces that are acting in regard to much of
the developing nations and emanating from those nations in which the
corporations hold power.
This Awareness indicates that on the other side, there is the
State Socialists as represented by the concepts of Communism, ( the State) this
as Communism and Bolshevism, the State Socialists as opposed to the Capitalist,
or Corporate Socialists, approach these developing nations to exploit the people
by seducing their minds into the belief that they are being violated by the
Corporate Socialists through the exploitation of their land, their minerals,
their natural resources, encourage and incite them into attempting revolution to
overthrow those corporate governments that have been set up, and to take back
the land for themselves.
This Awareness indicates that the action parallels the early
revolutionary war of the United States wherein the rebels, rebelling against the
British rule, overthrew these governing bodies and set up their own
constitution. The difference however, is that the advisors to these
revolutionary factions allow these people to develop their own governing bodies
only along certain lines that are compatible with the world design of Communism.
This Awareness indicates that the two more powerful forces of the Communism,
which is an economic policy, and Capitalism, which is an economic policy or
system, these two systems do in fact have greater political clout than the
constitution and laws that are paraded before the public. The constitutions and
laws of the various nations are in actuality but facades to these two powerful
THE FIRST 2 STEPS: RECOGNIZING THE TRUE
This Awareness indicates that wherein entities can recognize
the true conflict in regards to the communistic designs and the capitalistic
designs as opposed to looking at these sub-concepts of democracy versus
dictatorship, the entities have broadened their understanding of what is
occurring in the world by one step.
This Awareness indicates that to take the second step, and to
understand that the two forces (the Corporate Capital; Capitalists, or Corporate
Socialists as opposed to the State Socialists or Communism, that these two
forces are in working as the right and left hand of the same entity. Though
there is a continual conflict between these forces, the ultimate goal and
purpose of these forces is a world domination and hierarchy whereby the classes
are separated and the elite rule under either name, so that there are the
masters and the slaves.
This Awareness indicates that the problem which occurs in
this effort of the right and left hand of the Dark Force in its manipulating
activities is that it becomes serious and intense in its efforts, so much so
that it becomes likened unto a schizophrenia, whereby the controlling brain
becomes split and the conflict becomes real, though its earlier intention was
merely to present a show which would manipulate the masses.
This Awareness indicates that in manipulating the masses back
and forth so that they maneuvered toward a One World Government; this was the
intention, but certain things occurred and the third step in understanding what
happens is to recognize that the Beast or the controlling brain behind this
activity, having its purpose and goal to maneuver entities into a One World
Government whereby all power is held over the resources of all nations,
including the people thereof; all power being held by this one brain or one
group of entities, a collective society.
It's the Corporate State, Stupid
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.
David G. Mills
11/10/04 "ICH" -- The early twentieth century Italians, who
invented the word fascism, also had a more descriptive term for the concept --
estato corporativo: the corporatist state. Unfortunately for Americans, we have
come to equate fascism with its symptoms, not with its structure. The structure
of fascism is corporatism, or the corporate state. The structure of fascism is
the union, marriage, merger or fusion of corporate economic power with
governmental power. Failing to understand fascism, as the consolidation of
corporate economic and governmental power in the hands of a few, is to
completely misunderstand what fascism is. It is the consolidation of this power
that produces the demagogues and regimes we understand as fascist ones.
While we Americans have been trained to keenly identify the opposite of fascism,
i.e., government intrusion into and usurpation of private enterprise, we have
not been trained to identify the usurpation of government by private enterprise.
Our European cousins, on the other hand, having lived with Fascism in several
European countries during the last century, know it when they see it, and
looking over here, they are ringing the alarm bells. We need to learn how to
recognize Fascism now.
Dr. Lawrence Britt has written an excellent article entitled “The
14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism.” An Internet search of the number
14 coupled with the word fascism will produce the original article as well as
many annotations on each of the 14 characteristics of fascism that he describes.
His article is a must read to help get a handle on the symptoms that corporatism
But even Britt’s excellent article misses the importance of Mussolini’s
point. The concept of corporatism is number nine on Britt’s list and
unfortunately titled: “Corporate Power is Protected.” In the view of
Mussolini, the concept of corporatism should have been number one on the list
and should have been more aptly titled the “Merger of Corporate Power and
State Power.” Even Britt failed to see the merger of corporate and state power
as the primary cause of most of these other characteristics. It is only when one
begins to view fascism as the merger of corporate power and state power that it
is easy to see how most of the other thirteen characteristics Britt describes
are produced. Seen this way, these other characteristics no longer become
disjointed abstractions. Cause and effect is evident.
For example, number two on Britt’s list is titled: “Disdain for the
Recognition of Human Rights.” Individual rights and corporate rights, at the
very least conflict, and often are in downright opposition to one another. In
the court system, often individuals must sue corporations. In America, in order
to protect corporations, we have seen a steady stream of rules, decisions and
laws to protect corporations and to limit the rights of the individual by
lawsuit and other redress. These rules, decisions, and laws have always been
justified on the basis of the need for corporations to have profit in order to
Number three on Britt’s list is the identification of scapegoats or enemies as
a unifying cause. Often the government itself becomes the scapegoat when the
government is the regulator of the corporations. Often it is lawyers or
administrators who take on the corporations. Often it is liberals who champion
the rights of individuals, or terrorists who might threaten state stability or
corporate profit. Any or all may become scapegoats for the state’s problems
because they pose problems for corporations.
Other notable characteristics of fascism described by Britt which are directly
produced by corporatism are:
< The suppression of organized labor (organized labor is the bane of
corporations and the only real check on corporate power other than government or
the legal system);
< Supremacy of the military (it is necessary to produce and protect corporate
profits abroad and threats from abroad);
< Cronyism and governmental corruption (it is very beneficial to have
ex-corporate employees run the agencies or make the laws that are supposed to
regulate or check corporations);
< Fraudulent elections (especially those where corporations run the machinery
of elections and count the votes or where judges decide their outcomes);
< Nationalism (disdain for other countries that might promote individual
< Obsession with national security (anti-corporatists are a security risk to
the corporate status quo);
< Control of the media (propaganda works);
< Obsession with crime and punishment (anti-corporatists belong in jail); and
< Disdain for intellectuals and the arts (these people see corporatism for
what it is and are highly individualistic).
All of these characteristics have a fairly obvious corporate component to them
or produce a fairly obvious corporate benefit. Even Britt’s last two
characteristics, the merger of state with the dominant religion and rampant
suppression of divorce, abortion and homosexuality produce at least some
indirect corporate benefit.
In sum, it’s the corporate state, stupid.
As I have pondered what could be done about America’s steady march toward the
fascist state, I also have pondered what can be done internally to stop it. The
Germans couldn’t seem to do it. The Italians couldn’t seem to do it. The
only lesson from recent history where an indigenous people seemed to have
uncoupled the merger of economic power with governmental power is the French
Revolution. The soft underbelly of consolidated economic power is that the power
resides in the hands of a few. Cut off the money supply of the few and the
merger between economic power and government becomes unglued. The French
systematically took out their aristocracy one by one. It was ugly; the French
couldn’t seem to figure out when there had been enough bloodletting to solve
The thought of an American twenty-first century French Revolution is ugly. But
the thought of an American twenty-first century fascist state is far uglier. It
would be a supreme irony that the state most responsible for stopping worldwide
fascism would become fascist 60 years later. But far worse than this irony is
the reality that an American fascist state with America’s power could make
Nazi Germany look like a tiny blip on the radar screen of history.
For some years now we have lived with the Faustian bargain of the corporation.
Large corporations are necessary to achieve those governmental and social
necessities that small enterprises are incapable of providing. The checks on
corporate power have always been fragile. Left unchecked, the huge economic
power of corporations corrupts absolutely. Most of the checks are badly eroded.
Is there still time to get the checks back in balance? Or will we be left with
two unthinkable options?
David G. Mills is an attorney who lives in Memphis, TN. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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99% of experts become experts for
financial compensation, ego expansion and power. They are almost
all paid well.
Only corporations and well funded organisations can
afford to pay
the experts. Corporation that employ the experts
have only two
moral obligations: the first is to obey the law
and the second is to
maximize the returns on investment without reference to
Any public good that costs money reduces
return and is thus necessarily immoral. The
obligations of corporations are consistent with the attitudes of those who
officers and officers of other institutions. In
pursuance of their obligations the officers will punish any experts in their
employment or in
their direct or indirect control who might communicate
negative information about the corporations. The
treatment of whisle-blowers
illustrates the above point. All well funded
organisations are cont
rolled by corporations.
The expert himself will, after spending
much time, money and
trauma in acquiring his expertise, will be hostile
to negative information which would make his expertise less valuable.
orations control the curricula of most institutes of
learning, the expert
will not be taught any negative information about any
aspect of the
corporations. Thus no expert can be expected to
or even know about negative information about his
Corporate Power and Democracy
Concerned Australians should study three books.
Shutdown: The Failure of Economic Rationalism and How to Rescue Australia (1992),
edited by John Carroll and Robert Manne.
Australia 2000: "What Will We Tell Our Children?" (1997), by Jeremy
Lee, provides the evidence about what has and is happening to Australia.
Economic Rationalism: A Disaster for Australia (1997), by Graham Strachan,
provides a discussion of the objectives and operations of the predatory foreign
The Left Right Paradigm is Over: Its You vs. Corporations
For a long time, American politics has been defined by a Left/Right dynamic.
It was Liberals versus Conservatives on a variety of issues. Pro-Life versus
Pro-Choice, Tax Cuts vs. More Spending, Pro-War vs Peaceniks, Environmental
Protections vs. Economic Growth, Pro-Union vs. Union-Free, Gay Marriage vs.
Family Values, School Choice vs. Public Schools, Regulation vs. Free Markets.
The new dynamic, however, has moved past the old Left Right paradigm. We now
live in an era defined by increasing Corporate influence and authority over the
individual. These two “interest groups” – I can barely suppress snorting
derisively over that phrase – have been on a headlong collision course for
decades, which came to a head with the financial collapse and bailouts. Where
there is massive concentrations of wealth and influence, there will be abuse of
power. The Individual has been supplanted in the political process nearly
entirely by corporate money, legislative influence, campaign contributions, even
free speech rights.
This may not be a brilliant insight, but it is surely an overlooked one. It
is now an Individual vs. Corporate debate – and the Humans are losing.
• Many of the regulations that govern energy and banking sector were
written by Corporations;
• The biggest influence on legislative votes is often Corporate Lobbying;
• Corporate ability to extend copyright far beyond what original
protections amounts to a taking of public works for private corporate usage;
• PAC and campaign finance by Corporations has supplanted individual
donations to elections;
• The individuals’ right to seek redress in court has been under attack
for decades, limiting their options.
• DRM and content protection undercuts the individual’s ability to use
purchased content as they see fit;
• Patent protections are continually weakened. Deep pocketed corporations
can usurp inventions almost at will;
• The Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations have Free Speech rights
equivalent to people; (So much for original intent!)
calls for end to 'corporate personhood'
December 6, 2011, Los Angeles Times blog
a packed City Council meeting ... Los Angeles lawmakers Tuesday called for more
regulations on how much corporations can spend on political campaigns. The
vote in support of state and federal legislation that would end so-called
"corporate personhood” is largely symbolic. The council resolution
includes support for a constitutional amendment that would assert that
corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights, and that spending money
is not a form of free speech. City Council President Eric Garcetti, the
resolution's sponsor, said such actions are necessary because “big special
interest money” is behind much of the gridlock in Washington. He blamed a 2010
U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election
Commission, which rolled back legal restrictions on corporate spending on the
grounds that political speech by a business entity should receive the same 1st
Amendment protections that people do. It allows corporations and other groups to
spend unlimited money on behalf of candidates. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who
also supported the resolution, said corporations are “trying to take over
every aspect of our lives.” “Corporations are at the wheel of America,”
Alarcon said. “And they are driving us to destruction.”
Why was this key decision only reported in a blog and hardly covered by the
media elsewhere? To understand how the media controls public debate, as reported
by top journalists, click
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the
U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing
this out in his book, The
Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in
the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate
90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers,
magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services
and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to
about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When
the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number
had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has
expanded to include new media like the Internet market.
In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The
New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner,
Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly
CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's
NBC is a close sixth.
Abolish Corporate Personhood