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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.
• 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!)
None of these are Democrat/Republican conflicts, but rather, are corporate vs. individual issues.
For those of you who are stuck in the old Left/Right debate, you are missing the bigger picture. Consider this about the Bailouts: It was a right-winger who bailed out all of the big banks, Fannie Mae, and AIG in the first place; then his left winger successor continued to pour more money into the fire pit.
What difference did the Left/Right dynamic make? Almost none whatsoever.
How about government spending? The past two presidents are regarded as representative of the Left Right paradigm – yet they each spent excessively, sponsored unfunded tax cuts, plowed money into military adventures and ran enormous deficits. Does Left Right really make a difference when it comes to deficits and fiscal responsibility? (Apparently not).
Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. Benito Mussolini
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it. Frank Lloyd Wright
Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws. Mayer Amschel Rothschild
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both. John F. Kennedy
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us. John F. Kennedy
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. Douglas MacArthur
Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country. Norman Cousins
Originally posted by Misoir
Actually a better classification is the people vs. corporate-government alliance. That is what we are facing, corporations would never have been able to grab so much power had the government not given it to them, which they undeniably did. During the 1920s Coolidge and Harding both worked very close with the business leaders yet those same business leaders never had as extensive power as they do today.
Yet at the same time today we like to slam businesses for failing to be truly American and support our nation and the workers. This sends us flying into the loving arms of government, which is in turn doing backroom deals with the very same corporations which send us into government arms. It is a perpetual cycle created by the ignorant voters when they thought voting for the New Deal Democrats of the 30s-60s would provide them with a higher standard of living by greatly expanding government authority which in turn linked the two powers into a power unification structure.
Enough of our anti-business and anti-freedom regulations, taxation, bureaucracy, intrusions, monopoly, and the like which perpetually keeps us in shackles to the power elite in Washington and New York. Policies which could and should be enacted will not ever be enacted if we do not recognize that government and business today are basically one and the same, except for the businesses which are not global.
Originally posted by loam
As someone who runs a rather large corporation, I quite disagree.
I think the problem is really corruption. That may be found in individuals and companies alike.
Moreover, it appears the newest threat is a general belief that the government should control or regulate everything-- companies and individuals alike...
The whole system smells like a Banana Republic.
Originally posted by davespanners
Corporations are allowed to get away with things that would have ordinary folk locked up in jail for a long time, for a while now in the UK there has been a growing movement to expose the mass tax dodging that goes on by large corporations (all within the law of course) that means that one third of the UK's largest companies dont pay ANT tax at al in the uk