Political Power in the USA – The Corporatocracy

3 01 2013
Corporatocracy = fascism. Comprendez vous?

Corporatocracy = fascism. Comprendez vous?

The central criticism of the United States of America has for some time centred on the corrupting and hypocritical relationship between big business and the agencies of government. The powers that be in the U.S. have long trumpeted that the justification for both foreign and domestic policy is that they have been keeping the world safe for democracy. Clearly, such a claim is now seen to be as hollow as organised crime kingpins saying that they are keeping the world safe for business.  To be sure there would be truth in the statement . . .but would it be a true statement?

Respected Columbia University Economist Jeffrey Sachs in his book The Price of Civilization is now laying it on the line. He only stops short of using the F word. Fascism. It’s what Americans cannot bear to hear about themselves. The fact that they are currently doing a very good job of imitating being the greatest fascist power on earth. But let’s look at what Sachs does say.

According to Sachs America is caught in a vicious cycle; the cracked record of the corrupt American system.

“Corporate wealth translates into political power through campaign financing, corporate lobbying and the revolving door of jobs between government and industry; and political power translates into further wealth through tax cuts, deregulation and sweetheart contracts between government and industry”

 . . .in other words fascism.

Sachs point to four main sectors of US business that exemplify this vicious cycle and which underline the transformation of America into a Fascist society – he uses the phrase takeover by the corporatocracy which of course means exactly the same thing as fascism, just in more acceptable language. These four sectors are: 1) The military industrial complex 2) The Wall Street-Washington complex 3) The big-oil transport-military complex and 4) The (so-called) health-care industry. This last one some people might prefer to call the torturing people for profit in the name of medicine industry. Sounds pretty ugly? Well . . .what are you going to do about it?

What to do about this unholy mess? Well it may sound somewhat overly simplistic, however Dr Quantum would suggest that firstly having the awareness to be clear and honest about the current state of play is the first step forward. Closely followed by forgiveness and then last but certainly not least . . .having a regular schedule of co-creatively envisioning the positive, transformed, healthy future you wish to inhabit. This last part of the technique may well be derided by the intelligentsia – those materialistic, Marxist, intellectual atheists who are a feature of our institutions of higher learning. Many of these folks are enormously well intentioned individuals, in the same way that you will find people of noble sentiment in the Tea Party. But of course as it has been said – the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Quantum-wise the co-creatively envisioned and metaphysically projected positive future will do more to transform the world for the better than an endless stream of suicide bombers, torturing the projected “villains” – the enemy, and Uncle Sam’s drones and missiles and counter intelligence in the form of dis-information. The metaphysical approach may even be better than an endless stream of books – Gosh! However in the interests of sanity we must encourage education… regardless of how flawed the system may currently be.

Time to wake up.

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6 01 2013
pendantry

This last part of the technique may well be derided by the intelligentsia – those materialistic, Marxist, intellectual atheists who are a feature of our institutions of higher learning.

I was with you up until your laid (part of) the blame at the feet of the ‘intelligentsia’. I suspect you may actually be referring to the ignorati (on the grounds that the pursuit of counterproductive dogma cannot be considered intelligent).

7 01 2013
DR Quantum's Lime Flavoured Revolution

Well yes this may (pedantically!) be the case. But really I do demure. I suppose it is the faith that so many intellectuals place in the no God-Goddess or even in the anti-God position that causes so much damage. I am glad you have commented however because at least now, here, we have a conversation. The supreme rightness of athiestic intellectuals is every bit as dogmatic as the most fundamental of fundamentalists and at least twice as arrogant

7 01 2013
pendantry

Wait, what? Sounds more like an argument to me, and I refuse to go there 🙂

7 01 2013
DR Quantum's Lime Flavoured Revolution

Thanks Pedantry for taking the high ground. Your Pedantry is impeccably correct and thus I stand corrected. Perhaps it is true that we don’t need more arguments . . .but by crikey we certainly need more conversations. So who is talking about the metaphysical aspects of higher learning in our institutions of learning? I presume they are called universities as an indication of their . . .inclusiveness and universality. Perhaps I am missing something here – and I am listening! You make good sense

8 01 2013
pendantry

Thanks for the vote of confidence (you mad fool!).

Metaphysical aspects of higher learning… hmm… well, when I was studying for my degree one of my lecturers persuaded me to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. I think that was good advice.

But I do hear you: apart from that one (excellent) book recommendation and an injunction to always consider whether we must always do a thing simply because we can, is about as far as it went — for me, anyway.

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