In my book The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch, in various articles such as those in OpEdNews.com, and on my website www.uschamberofdemocracy.com I have presented numerous proposals for reforming all three branches of our government that have been corrupted by corporate America. Except on the subject of creating a socially responsible capitalism I primarily excluded in those writings proposals that focus on reforming corrupted corporations.
Lately I have turned more of my attention to the necessity and possibility of corporate reform. It's necessary because corporate
Reformers, therefore, should seriously consider shifting much of their attention and resources away from government reform and to corporate reform. The purpose of this introductory article is to lay the groundwork for that shift. The second article will suggest some reform strategies. Both articles concentrate on the left-most element of this fundamental equation:
Corrupt Corporations & Their Allies + Corrupt Government = RuiNation
But let's first start with the outcome side and briefly walk through the equation backwards. "RuiNation" is a condition of state, the opposite of a peaceful and prosperous nation that puts the interests of the general welfare of Americans ahead of the special interests of the corpocracy, the Devil's marriage between powerful, corrupt corporations and their patron, our obsequious, corrupt government.
Taken together the two elements on the left side constitute the corpocracy. It alone is directly responsible for
It is important to point out that neither government is, nor corporations are, nor are people in them inherently corrupt. American government starts with a piece of paper, the U.S. Constitution. Corporations also start with a piece of paper, a corporate charter. Human beings start at birth being basically helpless and benign. What lead to corrupt behavior over time in any given situation are the situation itself and the vulnerable characteristics of the people in that situation. When a given situation pressures (as do, e.g., quarterly earnings reports) or tempts (with, e.g., a stratospheric bonus) a person to do wrong and the person is in a seductive position of power (e.g., a CEO), is greedy, is excessively ambitious, is morally weak, and/or is a strident, unreasonable ideologue (e.g., a fervent believer of free-market theory or of American imperialism) wrongdoing will follow as surely as night does day. Needless to say, none of us is a saint; we are all fallible people living in pressuring and tempting situations. But few of us are members of the power elite.
Neither, obviously is corruption inherently permanent once a government, a corporation, and people in them become corrupt. If corruption were irreversible reform proposals and efforts would be useless. If corruption were irreversible
Big government is undeniably too big yet it is dwarfed by the number of corporations and their people and is totally overpowered by corporate
As big and powerful as it is overall Corporate America nevertheless accounts for only about 20% of all businesses in
Not counting its "marriage partner," that is, government, corporate America has many allies it can depend on to further its interests either by supporting and/or accepting them: the touts and shills; the cultists; NGOs; small business; compromised professions and sciences; the bystanders; and even foreign enemies. With the possible exception of the bystanders, an ally benefits directly or indirectly from its explicit or tacit alliance with corporate
Touts and Shills. They are a motley lot of accomplices and the difference between a tout and a shill isn't always clear cut. Touts (that's what Winston Churchill called lobbyists) are hired and paid to swarm inside government and lobby it for their clients. Anyone, any organization, any association can be a shill. Even politicians or judges can be shills. As a matter of fact, if you want to call government the biggest shill I won't disagree with you.
A shill's focus is usually not as laser beamed as a tout's. Shills generally offer paeans to the corpocracy and its conservative, free-market ideological underpinnings. Think of shrill shills like ideologically blinded, ranting and raving radio talk show hosts as an extreme example. Touts, on the other hand, concentrate on getting specific favors for particular corporate members of the corpocracy, be they a certain corporation or a particular industry.