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Gary Brumback's book "The Devils's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch" is much more than a warning that powerful corporations have taken over our political system and that the middle class is on the verge of extinction. It is also a handbook for political action, for those who wish to fight for a government that is responsible to the people, not to corporations.
In Part Three "Unleashing Democracy Power: The Possibilities" Brumback discusses in detail how people can organize and take back their government. He points out that we must act soon, else democracy, in any true sense of the word, will cease to exist. What is most refreshing about the book is the practical organizing procedures Brumback presents, procedures that if followed would allow us to fight the powerful corporations that now dominate our government.
I have read dozens of books detailing how our government has been invaded and taken over by corporate powers, but this is the first book that has given me hope that these powers can be successfully fought. Brumback gives his e-mail address towards the end of the book and ask his readers for suggestions.
Gary Brumback has given us the tools we need to fight for a government of the People, by the People, and for the People. It is now up to us to use these tools.
In the Devil's Marriage, Brumback outlines how corporations have systematically taken over democratic government. The examples he gives are all from the US, where the problem is the most extreme. He reminds us that the popular anger that led to the first American Revolution was directed against the corporations (such as the Hudson Bay and the Virginia Bay Company) that ran the original colonies, under authority granted by the King. He also traces the historical roots of America's current "corpocracy" through the Robber Barron era of the early 20th century and recent Supreme Court decisions that the Bill of Rights gives corporations preferential rights over ordinary citizens. Has the US become a fascist state? According to Brumback, if we go along with Mussolini's definition of fascism as a merger of state and corporate power, it surely has.
Brumback, a psychologist, also offers some possible explanations why the American people have allowed this to happen and what they can do to fix it. In his view, the fragmented state of the progressive movement results in a pitiful situation in which a handful of activist end up trying to battle one corporation at a time. He stresses the urgency of progressive groups joining forces and paying particular attention to taking back control of the corporate-run media.
A good introduction to the concept of government by and for corporations.
By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, author of 21st Century Revolution