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More corporatist propaganda
on May 3, 2006
Size does matter, and since corporations have grown to be enormous and transnational, controlling their predations requires a large institution. Government is failing the US population in many ways, primarily because it's been seized by an army of industry lobbyists and corporate lawyers; but, at least in theory, government provides opportunities for public participation, oversight, and protection from the excesses of Big Business. To read figures like Joel Miller, one would think he'd never heard of Teddy Roosevelt who is well-known for his critique of corporate power. In April of 1906, Roosevelt said, "Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of statesmanship of the day." Unlike today's right-wing "free" marketeers, Roosevelt understood the harm caused by plutocracy.
And before Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson said, "I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
The way out of corporate tyranny is to regain our government from the plutocrats. DVDs like "The Corporation" provide plenty of the background people need on the real threat to this country. Although, since about 20% of this country benefits from the existing corporatocracy, they avoid uncomfortable realities and prefer to be deceived by business PR hacks like Miller.
I'd also recommend the radio program and books of Thom Hartmann.