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Why political action is not working and what to do about it

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Our government is not yet Fascist. To use this term is hyperbole and counter productive.

Calling our current system of governance what it is -- a Corporatocracy -- is powerful because it is a label that precisely defines our current state of affairs.

The term Corporatocracy is simple and descriptive: a form of government controlled by powerful corporations with a veneer of democracy.

Simply put, the wall between our economic system and our form of government has been lowered to the point where money and corporations now have control of our government. We no longer have either a democracy or free markets as market rules are now created by the corporations they are meant to control.

Corporatocracy is its own animal. Once in power this perversion cannot be defeated through democratic means as it has control of the roots of government. This is an important point.

As we have witnessed, petitions, letter writing, emails, phone calls and even our votes are worth so little they are now ineffective.

Voicing opposition by blogging and moaning and commenting on opinion pieces in main stream media has become populous busy work that humors corporate powers who laugh all the way to the bank.

Our representatives barely acknowledge the will of the people, placate majority opinion with half, quarter or obfuscating measures. They cut divergent backroom deals, or overturn fairness and justice publicly with impunity.

Evidence that every branch of our Federal government has been corrupted is now cited frequently. The instances grow more egregious daily:

The Supreme Court: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

The Congress: Health Care Reform hijacked by mega insurance, medical and pharmaceutical corporations.

The Executive Branch: Federal Reserve and Treasury Department appointments with direct connections, and a documented history of cronyism and criminal activity, with the largest Wall Street firms.

Get used to it. Say it aloud a few times and let those "poor" and "rat" and "tock" syllables roll off your tongue. Corp-poor-rat-tock-racey. Poor, the vast majority of us. Rats, we know who they are. Tock, like tick tock, doing time not really living.

If you worked for or supported the election campaign of Barack Obama, you learned a valuable lesson. Money talks.

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This was a lesson we learned in the W. years when we saw the impact of a small lie, and a lot of cash, used effectively by the Swift Boaters.

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)
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