Corporate Domination

 

Background Info and Links


Fight Big Money - A realistic plan to get corporate money out of politics.


International Labor Organization


National TPP Resistance Calls


Socialist Alternative


Fix Capitalism


Center for Public Integrity: Most Corrupt State in the Union? GEORGIA and Here


Capital In The Twenty-First Century - by Thomas Piketty - 6 of the 10 wealthiest Americans are heirs. The next generation will be close to 10 of 10. He calls it ‘patrimonial capitalism.’ I call it plutocracy. Either way, it’s not democracy.

Here’s a good short summarization by PNHP. Karl Marx was right: The motivating force of capitalism is the exploitation of labor, whose unpaid work is the source of profit. The employer can claim rights to profit mainly through property rights enforced by the capitalist state. Without government intervention/regulation, wealth tends to concentrate towards the top creating greater and greater disparity between the classes. It is not hyperbole, but just a simple fact, that we are currently in the new Gilded Age, with wealth disparities that have not been seen since pre-WWI and Here. And as Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers put it: “The plutocrats fund the only two parties allowed to run for office and the people are manipulated by fear to vote against their interests in a mirage democracy of rigged elections.” And Here.


2/5/16


Matt Taibbi: The Vampire Squid Tells Us How to Vote -


Act.TV: Water is a Human Right? Not Everyone Agrees


2/4/16


Bill Moyers: Elizabeth Warren Recalls A Time When Big Donors May Have Changed Hillary’s Vote


William K Black: Hillary, The Banksters Committed ‘Fraud,’ Not ‘Shenanigans’


Popular Resistance: Mass Protests Shut Down Auckland As TPP is Signed - As well at throughout the US and the rest of the world.


2/3/16


UPI: US, 11 Nations Sign TPP, Sanders Vows to Kill It If Elected


International Business Times: Elizabeth Warren Defends Bernie Sanders From Goldman Sachs Criticism - “You’re telling me that something changed between the 1980s, when more than a thousand people got prosecuted in the Savings and Loan crisis, but by 2008, a far bigger financial crisis involving far bigger and bolder frauds, that no one was legally responsible for that? That’s just not possible.” Something this web site has been pointing out since October, 2011 - a must-read entry. I’m glad E. Warren is pointing this out, but it seems a little late to be getting headlines for it.


2/2/16


The Intercept: Pharma Execs Worry About Presidential Candidates Demanding Reform - Only one of them actually means it. Hillary uses the Goldilocks approach - not too hot and not too cold, but just the right amount of faux-populism. But not to worry BigPharma and Wall Street ‘get it.’


NYTimes: Martin Shkreli All But Gloated Over Huge Drug Price Increases, Memos Show - The weasel has hired the criminal defense attorney to the stars and will probably plead the 5th on Thursday’s Congressional hearings.


1/29/16


LATimes: Too Poor to Retire, Too Young to Die - And 1/3 of American children live in poverty, while the ultra-rich can afford to hire teams of lawyers, accountants and financial wizards to their corporate welfare rolling...and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and on and on. But no politician, except one, will talk about it. Voting is of minimal importance, Organize or Die.


1/28/16


Tufts University: Trading Down: Unemployment, Inequality and Other Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - Study indicates TPP will result in the loss of 448,000 American jobs, a decline in labor’s share of income, and a decline in the GDP.


1/21/16


MSNBC: TPP Provisions Would Undermine Environmental Efforts


Democracy-NOW: The 1% Economy; The World’s Richest 62 People Now Have as Much as Poorest 3.6 Billion and Here


1/20/16


Democracy-NOW: Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How the Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded the Rise of the Far Right and DeSmogBlog and Fresh Air - Their father started the John Birch Society and built oil refineries for Hitler and Stalin.


1/19/16


BBC: Davos: DiCaprio Attacks ‘Corporate Greed’of Oil, Gas and Coal Companies


1/18/16


Common Dreams: New Extremes In Wealth Inequality Demand Action - The global 1% now own more than everyone else combined. 62 people own as much as the bottom 50%.  Oxfam report: “"Women make up the majority of the world’s low-paid workers and are concentrated in the most precarious jobs," the report states. And compounding global inequality is the fact that such low wage workers in almost all developed and most developing companies are receiving a falling share of national income, while profits are increasingly concentrated in the hands of those at the top.”


1/17/16


Common Dreams: Davos and Its Threat to Democracy - The 0.01% meeting to decide how they’re going to divvy up the spoils from their ‘free trade’ agreements. The output will be similar to this 2010 document “Global Redesign Initiative.” How the global elite intend to turn the world into their own corporatocracy  “The sovereign state is obsolete.”


1/12/16


Medium: Organize or Die - A great 10 minute read on the limitations of voting. Howard Zinn: “Voting is marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.”


The Hill: Obama Expected to Push Congress to Pass TPP


1/10/16


Salon: The Defining American Crisis Our Corporate Media Still Can’t Be Bothered to Cover


1/7/16


Common Dreams: Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Tame Wall Street Riles Team Clinton


Democracy-NOW: Mystery Meat: After WHO Ruling, US Tosses Meat Origin Labeling


1/6/16


CBC: Keystone XL Rejection Triggers TransCanada Suit Under Provisions of NAFTA - An example of the type of suit that will be made even more powerful under TPP if it is allowed to pass.


1/2/16


Intercept: I Was Wrong: Big Banks Actually Are Exactly Like Counterfeiters - Frauds: 1. Make millions of liars loans to people with no ability to repay; 2. Bundle these loans and sell them as legitimate bonds; 3. Rate this trash as AAA+; 4. Resell these trash bundles to unsuspecting investors and then bet against them; 5 Robo-Forge foreclosure documents by the tens of thousands in order to illegally throw American families out on the street. There was no shortage of fraud, no matter what Wall Street servant and sycophant Obama may have said.





Corporate Domination 2015

Forget about income and wealth inequality, corporate tax welfare, defunding public education, crumbling American infrastructure, the lack of difference between the only 2 major neo-liberal parties that we’ll ever get a chance to vote for, the dysfunctional health care delivery system, drone murders, perpetual war. Just focus on what’s  

               REALLY SCARY RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Whether the concern is climate, labor, finance, war, food/water shortage, environmental destruction, lack of adequate/equal health care, the root cause is the same: unregulated, out of control corporate capitalism. It’s not working and it keeps getting worse by the day.