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Corporatism is Systematically Sucking the Lifeblood Out of America

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The continued growth of Corporatism in America is inflicting tremendous damage upon this nation and society; Corporatism might effectively be described as capitalism on steroids, spinning out of control, and poisoning and corrupting whatever it contacts. It has become a stifling, suffocating force that is sucking the lifeblood out of America.


I view Corporatism as a powerful consortium of giant global corporations, Wall Street and the banksters, the defense industry and specific sectors of the U.S. government; the common objective of these various elements of Corporatism is to control the wealth of this nation by maintaining a powerful grip over the manufacturing and financial sectors, the U.S. government and the political process.

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Let's examine and illustrate just how Corporatism is inflicting this damage upon this nation and society:

Corporatism is a destructive force :   For decades it has had a negative, adverse effect on American manufacturing, the American workforce, the middle class, the political process and our democracy.

There is no question that one of its main objectives involves the dismantling of the U.S. manufacturing sector and its associated workforce. Since the year 2000 there have been more than 50,000 manufacturing facilities in this country closed and millions of workers have lost their jobs to Chinese labor. Corporate CEO's who make obscene salaries in the multi-millions by using overseas sweatshops in which people labor like slaves reside at the lower levels of human behavior.

But no matter how many jobs corporations continue to transfer to China and other overseas nations, no matter how much manufacturing has deteriorated, the corporate-controlled politicians in Congress steadfastly refuse to enact strong legislation to stop the bleeding. They, in effect, have become full-time employees of Corporate America but their annual salaries of $174,000 and very generous health and retirement benefits are paid for by the American people.

Every job that leaves America and becomes a part of China's industrial sector is another nail in the coffin of the U.S. consumer-driven economy. We hear these incompetents in Washington talk about creating jobs in America but they never say how they would do it or what kind of jobs they would create. They are clueless and     do nothing of substance while millions of people compete for jobs that don't exist. In effect these politicians have become the enemy of the American workforce and the facilitator of Chinese manufacturing.

Corporatism is like a giant octopus whose tentacles are wrapped around our political process and are squeezing the life out of our democracy. Neither the Congress, the Supreme Court nor the presidency can escape its massive reach, withstand its relentless power or dare to defy its dictates. The Corporatists' determination to control the American political process is an attack on the U.S. Constitution. They use their power and influence and mega millions of dollars to control this nation's elections; the Republican governors that they control are using every despicable tactic and strategy to try to suppress peoples' voting rights. The Corporatists know that if they can control the election process, they will control America; and right now, they are succeeding.

Corporatism corrupts: No matter how the Wall Street banksters scheme and manipulate the financial process, no matter how they bend the laws, no matter how they find new ways to cheat the American people, our government's oversight agencies have been unresponsive and have not acted to stop these white collar crimes. The Justice Department refuses to conduct in-depth criminal investigations and prosecute these modern-day robber barons. 

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Corporatism stifles and suffocates creativity and innovation: Corporatism is stifling, suffocating c reativity and innovation. America's greatest need, the development of new sources of energy, including solar power, is being obstructed by Corporatists who are determined that America should continue to rely on petroleum as its main energy source. And in their efforts to derail new energy development they are backed by their congressional stooges.

This situation is more than critical to the future of our country. If we had honest, competent public servants in Washington D.C. they would know that the biggest danger to the future stability of America is its current extreme dependence upon petroleum. They should be working tirelessly to address this problem. America must be transformed from being the world's leader in war to the world's leader in energy development.

Corporatism facilitates, promotes WAR: The defense industry is the force that drives the engine of war. Corporatism is a major impediment to world peace and stability. Almost every war and military conflict that the U.S. has initiated, since World War II, has been a matter of choice, not of necessity.

There are those who vehemently defend the behavior and actions of Corporate America saying that, in our system of capitalism, the free market must be allowed to function; that it cannot be restricted by government laws and regulations. That argument has some validity but it has nothing to do with the fact that corporations have overstepped their bounds and are using the free market as a tool to work against the best interests of the American people -- the same people that they want to continue buying their products

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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