Hush Money by nipakiller
Hush, all you serfs
Take this cash
Don't do anything rash
And stay off our turfs
Throughout history the ruled have
rebelled against their tyrannical rulers.
The foregoing is the backdrop for this essay, the true tale of an odyssey through the land of tax-exempt NGOs called by some either the "non-profit industrial complex" or the "charitable-industrial complex" that stages change all the while serving the corpocracy.
The essay is not a report based on in-depth investigative journalism with its intensive interviewing and detailed documentation or on a scientific field study with its hypotheses and statistical tests that might conclusively prove the existence of the complex, if such proof were ever needed. That wasn't even the initial purpose of the journey. Rather, the essay is a subjective recounting and analyzing of a long experience with a beginning, middle, ending, and a postmortem in three parts.
In the Beginning
It all began a few years ago with the publication of The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch.  It is basically in two parts, one telling how the corpocracy was ruling and ruining America and much of the rest of the world and the other presenting over 180 proposed initiatives for ending the corpocracy and its tyrannical, ruinous rule. The initiatives were grouped into seven categories of strategic reform goals: 1. telling the public from students to senior citizens about the corpocracy, 2. mobilizing and organizing the opposition to the corpocracy; 3. reforming the political and judicial system; 4. digging up the legal roots of the corpocracy (e.g., corporate personhood); 5. ending corporate welfare and war; 6. holding corporations accountable for their actions and consequences; and 7. ending undemocratic capitalism.
The heart of the book's second part is what I occasionally call "two-fisted democracy power" to knock out the corpocracy figuratively speaking. One fist would be a coalition of numerous segments of our society (e.g., existing grass-roots movements) to provide the political pressure behind a coordinated plan of strategic reforms to be carried out by the second fist, an on-line network of numerous NGOs that claim to be seeking to change the status quo but are not united in their efforts and clearly are not changing the status quo. So I proposed in the book the creation of a network that I named the U.S. Chamber of Democracy as a counterpart to one of the corpocracy's staunchest allies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The book got glowing endorsements, and one in particular emboldened me to start out on the odyssey: "NGOs have been fighting the Corpocracy one company at a time for 30 years--and losing. Brumback tells us why, gives us a battle plan, and issues a challenge to join forces to reclaim our democracy. This is the pre-eminent American challenge for the 21st Century. The Corpocracy could not be more timely. Don't just read this book. Take action. Now!"
Had I understood then the real reason why NGOs are losing the battle to the corpocracy I would not have done what I did next. I started e-mailing a number of NGOs to see if I could persuade them to create and operate such a network. Here are a few excerpts from one of my e-mail templates:
The plain truth of the matter is that we are up against corrupt corporations and crooked politicians. And that is why I am writing to you about an idea I hope your organization will seriously consider endorsing.