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  •  This is the best. Who are these people? (4+ / 0-)

    Joe McCarthy's Red Scare and aggressive congressional oversight was very loud.  Loud enough to drown out completely investigations of collaboration with the Nazi enemy in many of America's boardrooms.  

    The international, unaccountable corporation is not a recent invention.  Interlocking directorates drove most Gilded Age industries.  And the amalgamation, concentration, consolidation and finally monopolization of the world's capital, the fruits of collective labor, has been systematically channeled into fewer and fewer hands.  The .01% and their international allies.  Make no mistake about it this is the heart, soul and brains of the corporate form of government and the men behind the curtain to our oppression.  They have bought off governments and made a sham of our most treasured value; government of the people, by the people and for the people.  You know this is true.

    We are sorely losing the class war.  If we are to recover ground toward the direction of a more perfect union we must know our enemy (not our opponent, they are are coercive).

    I want to know who are the human beings that approve the lavish,  obscene and unearned bonuses (bonii?) that have caused the greatest economic inequity since slavery and the genocide?  Who are the people who pull the strings at the corporations?  They need to be vetted, exposed to a very bright spotlight and become accountable to the people whose lives they have impoverished.  What are their names?  Anybody got pictures?  The Koch's, Rupe the Snoop, are a tip of the iceberg.  Who are these people?   They have been waging war on wage earners for decades spanning 3 centuries.  We have been first bested.  Let's fight back.  Expose the people, not the logo.  That is the key in my learned opinion.

    Ant ideas, anyone?

    When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

    by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:19:27 AM PDT

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    •  p.s. Your forbears stood up to these pigs. (5+ / 0-)

      They got free public education for all, weekends off, a 40 workweek, overtime, paid vacations, free medical care for entire families, one income supporting a family of eight, decent working conditions, job security, retirement and most important of all dignity.

      I am the spawn of the autoworker, the wage earner is my family and all of my friends and all of the people around me when I go out in public.  I stand in solidarity and total affection with the working man.  They will not continue to steal the fruits of our labor and our dignity.

      Michael Moore had the right idea with Roger and Me.  Expose the human beings making the decisions that destroy our lives to sunlight.  Make them accountable to the people that their logo hides them from.

      When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

      by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:36:50 AM PDT

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    •  It's possible, but time-consuming, (1+ / 0-)
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      to find out the shared board members. Business Week tracks "relationships" of board members and other insiders. I cannot for the life of me find a top level link, but here's an old family media company, Cox Enterprises, for instance.

      There's a 2002 story about it from USA Today
      . It explains the problem in some detail. Surely there are other people studying this currently; I just can't find them.

      Here's a snip from a well-documented entry at Wikipedia on interlocking directorates:

      Interlocks allow for upper class cohesion, coordinated action, and unified political-economic power.[3] They allow corporations to increase their influence by exerting power as a group, and to work together towards common goals.[4] They help the upper class maintain a class advantage, and gain more power over workers and consumers, by reducing intra-class competition and increasing cooperation.[2][5] In the words of Scott R. Bowman, interlocks "facilitate a community of interest among the elite of the corporate world that supplants the competitive and socially divisive ethos of an earlier stage of capitalism with an ethic of cooperation and a sense of shared values and goals

      •  It would seem tracking would be easier to do now (1+ / 0-)
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        I've seen any number of computer applications that show connections and links between entitities. Getting to it visually should just be a matter of brute labor entering the names of all board members at the selected companies.

        •  The only way to make them accountable (1+ / 0-)
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          to the people is to personalize their crimes, no longer letting them hide behind country club doors, closed boardrooms and impersonal corporate logos.  These people deserve our scorn.  We should see to it that they receive same.

          When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

          by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 11:18:42 AM PDT

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        •  "brute labor" (2+ / 0-)

          Indeed, that's all I can think. However, I did figure out a way to find the information at BusinessWeek that appears to be kept up-to-date. That would make it easier.

          I did this advanced Google search (don't know how to stop the hyperlink, but want to spread the info about the required search (Koch Industries being just an example, of course):

          Koch Industries

          It got the results I wanted, but it also shows there are many, many Koch corporations -- metals, petroleum, financial, etc., and more subsidiaries than you can shake a stick at.

          The last couple weeks, I've read entirely too much about this -- and am left grateful for my rural, lower-middle-class life situation.

          •  I have no research skills nor great organizational (1+ / 0-)
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            skills.  I would be glad to assist anyone who does.  I think this is the simplest and most direct way to succeed in returning the common good to our body politic.  Expose the interlocking directorates to public scrutiny.  Expose the people who have bought our government.  The people, not the logo.

            Ida Tarbell singlehandedly exposed the inner workings of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller, leading to the antitrust movement.  We need a new antitrust movement.  And I believe the best way is taking it directly to the enemy.  Expose the people behind the logos.  And their sins.


            When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

            by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 05:28:55 PM PDT

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