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Corporatism's Plan for the Dumbing Down of America

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Corporatism is a very powerful, aggressive entity that has a very ambitious objective in mind; to take control of this nation's political system, then the government and, finally, our democracy. In accelerating this process it is following a plan which calls for the dumbing down of America. The strategy, when we consider the corporate mentality, actions and behavior is simply this: the American people, under current conditions, are an obstacle, standing in the way of this objective. And so they must be neutralized, moved out of the way.

Corporatism, aka Corporate America, can be viewed as a parent organization with the Military-Industrial Complex as its largest, most powerful division. The other divisions include the major transnational Corporations, Wall Street, the U.S. Congress (100% of Republicans and an increasing number of Democrats), the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Republican state governors and their legislatures. The combination of these various divisions makes for a very powerful force that is trying to steamroll its way across and over America.

So let's talk about how this powerful organization's aggressive plan and agenda designed to dumb down America and what they expect to gain by their main strategies:

*One of their primary goals is to significantly weaken this nation's political process and democracy by using every tactic and technique at their disposal to water down or even eliminate the voting rights of specific segments of the electorate. This organization and its Republican governors and legislatures have been enacting laws that mandate the use of photo-ID's as a voting requirement. They are, obviously, targeting African Americans, Hispanics and other strong supporters of the Democratic Party. Their goal is to create an atmosphere that frustrates and discourages potential left-leaning voters to the point that they stay home; it's their primary tool for voter suppression.

*Their aim is to cloud and condition the minds of Americans to such an extent that they remain uninformed, or so misinformed that they become irrelevant to the political process and allow the system to become even more    corrupted. This is largely accomplished through the corporate-controlled mainstream media that they use to spread their propaganda. They want the American people to immerse themselves in movies that feature intense violence, space aliens and vampires, and in watching scores of pathetic situation comedies and reality TV shows. They want people to become so addicted to their smart phones, texting and use of an infinite number of apps that they no longer have any time to become better informed about the myriad of problems facing America.

They use their monopoly of newspapers and TV stations to send out a constant stream of news filled with violence, hatred and really nothing of any real substance; they devote no time to debates or deep discussions about the nation's problems; there are virtually no in-depth discussions of solutions to the problems this country faces. They want the people to become robotic, to become like sheeple, that combination of sheep and cattle with a herd mentality.

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*Education is the key to America's future and is now coming under widespread siege. Tuitions continue their upward climb and young Americans have to literally sign themselves into bondage as they incur huge student loans; these loans now, collectively, exceed $1 trillion. Then, after graduation, millions of students struggle to pay back these large debts while a great many of them can't even find jobs. When education should be this nation's greatest priority it is, instead, being grossly neglected; and teachers, the cornerstone of this great institution are coming under constant attack and losing their jobs all across America. And we ask why? Because it's a part of the overall plan; when the mass of the American people slowly but surely become less educated, less creative and less innovative, they will then become more passive, more submissive and far easier to manipulate and control.

This is a national disgrace. We are heading toward a two-tiered system of education; on the one hand a system of advanced education for those in the higher income groups who will be recruited to become the designated leaders of America and masters of Wall Street and, secondly, one in which the majority of American students, those at the lower income levels (there won't be any middle class) will attend vocational schools for the most part.

*When this egregious agenda to dumb down America becomes reality, one of its greatest benefits will be the creation of an endless stream of recruits for the "voluntary" U.S. military; young, undereducated Americans will readily join up because there is no other place where they can earn a decent salary. That steady supply of "military fodder" will be used in the pursuit of America's future resource wars that will be necessary to further establish control over world's declining petroleum reserves. They will also be needed to maintain the vast military empire that shows no signs of reducing its presence over this entire planet.

*As improbable as it might seem, the decimated American workforce could be a beneficiary of this plan, albeit not exactly what workers might like. In the future, as the cost of ocean transportation become prohibitive, and it certainly will as the supply of petroleum continues to decline and costs skyrocket, U.S. corporations will have to wean themselves off of cheap foreign labor. And when they do they will need to resurrect the American workforce. But they will want to create a new workforce, not the kind that they previously dealt with; this time they want to hire workers who are so very desperate that they will take any kind of job at almost any wage. They want a workforce that will be America's version of cheap Chinese labor.

We should remember that Corporate America does not act alone in carrying out its agenda. When it needs legislation to promote its own interests to the detriment of the American people it turns to the U.S. Congress to get the job done. When the U.S. Constitution stands in the way it enlists the aid of its other division, the Supreme Court, to subvert it. When it wants to suppress the bargaining rights of the nation's teachers, police and firefighters and dismantle their unions it turns to the GOP governors who are more than willing to do the dirty work.

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The masters of Corporatism cannot be allowed to achieve their objective of dumbing down America. A powerful opposing force must prevent that from happening; that force is, of course, the American people themselves. The only problem with that becoming reality is that the vast majority of the people know virtually nothing of this war being waged against them because it is so clever and deceptive. They can feel that something is really wrong but they still haven't figured it out. But, there is a way to wake them up to the dangers that exist.

As I continue to stress, the people of America must be organized, motivated and energized. One way to do that is through the Occupy Movement that is trying very hard to take its fight for the people against the wealthiest of Americans; however, while that is a very good start it is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the force that needs to be created. In order to be a really effective, powerful force the Occupy Movement would have to be magnified thousands of times; it would have to have the backing and direct support of the large majority of Americans.

Here's the direction that we must take to go up against these corporate giants and win the battle that they started. There are many organizations and groups in America that are working hard to combat the power of Corporate America. They vary in size, they may use different strategies but their objective is basically the same; to free America from the vice grip of Corpocracy. Now, before we can mobilize and activate the power of the people, we need to organize and energize these many similar thinking organizations into some form of cooperative movement.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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Corporatism is like a giant cloud hanging over Ame... by michael payne on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:06:49 PM
Just keep feeding them their so called reality TV.... by Dave Kisor on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:54:55 PM
I have come to the conclusion, after much delibera... by michael payne on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 9:32:44 PM
Wrong answer.  No prize.   Thanks f... by Alan MacDonald on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9:47:55 AM
Alan:Try to get your thoughts in better order and ... by michael payne on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:25:06 AM
As Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) said, "are we clea... by Alan MacDonald on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 4:46:21 PM
Here's a quote from Benjamin Franklin that illustr... by michael payne on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:55:11 PM
Corporatism has probably already taken over the US... by kevin walsh on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 9:45:52 PM
Thanks for this very interesting but truthful arti... by Ruby on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 8:05:45 AM
This corporate takeover of the US is a... by Ceric on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00:57 PM
Yes, We the 99%ers  must wake up and smell th... by Lucius Sorrentino on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:32:57 AM
I agree completely with your assessment. The plan ... by Bob Trowbridge on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:06:10 PM