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  •  Chris Hedges corporate coup d'etat (20+ / 0-)

    do a google search with the title of this comment, that is,

    Chris Hedges corporate coup d'etat

    and get many items. Several are youtube speeches. One is an article.

    I did another search and found some articles

    Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

    Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a functioning democracy and the triumph of corporate power. But it does not significantly alter the political landscape. The corporate state is firmly cemented in place.
    The fiction of democracy remains useful, not only for corporations, but for our bankrupt liberal class. If the fiction is seriously challenged, liberals will be forced to consider actual resistance, which will be neither pleasant nor easy. As long as a democratic facade exists, liberals can engage in an empty moral posturing that requires little sacrifice or commitment. They can be the self-appointed scolds of the Democratic Party, acting as if they are part of the debate and feel vindicated by their cries of protest.

    there are more recent articles and speeches on this topic by Chris Hedges

    •  Well, I am not a fatalist. The U.S. is a (9+ / 0-)

      corporation with a limiting Constitution. Commercial and industrial and educational and eleemosynary corporations are subordinate to our public corporations and the legislative bodies, which authorize their creation, can impose similar or more restrictive limitations. Indeed, the legislative bodies of Michigan and Wisconsin and Indiana are currently embarked on doing just that -- restricting the functions of municipalities, unions and boards of education. In the case of Michigan's emergency manager law we have an example of a corporation being dissolved in consequence of not having managed resources and assets well. That the Congress is actually to blame for having rationed the distribution of currency to states and municipalities does not change the fact that the state's response to default on the local level is an example of how subservient corporations are liable to being disassembled, if that is the authorizing body's intent. We can have capital punishment for corporations. The corporatocracy, like the aristocracy or the ecclesiastic hierarchy, can be hauled up short by people taking action together.
      The nice thing about using a tool like money is that the reform can be bloodless.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:42:40 AM PDT

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      •  They may have taken it from us... (15+ / 0-)

        in a seemingly bloodless manner but hundreds of thousands of people who died from a preventable cause due to lack of healthcare may disagree.

        The nice thing about using a tool like money is that the reform can be bloodless.
        However, no matter how little blood was spilled when they took it (our money, our power, our dignity, etc...) from us, they will not be as charitable when we try to take it back.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:07:42 AM PDT

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        •  I don't want to seem disrespectful, but (11+ / 0-)

          the argument that people have died is not persuasive. Everybody dies eventually. People dying before their time is another matter and that should be specified. However, more germain, IMHO, is that people are being subjected to needless suffering by being abused of their right to care and protection against illness and injury and this abuse is something we can do something about, if we just get over this fixation with death, including the state putting people to death to satisfy some blood lust and set an example.
          Being dead is not the worst thing that can happen to a person. Being tortured, especially being tortured while someone stands by and applauds, is.

          You want an example of the latter? How about forcing a victim of rape to do without medical care to remove that violation of her bodily integrity? Politicians who take that stand are taking the rapist's side, inflicting injury without having to lift a hand. And how do they do that? By withholding the money that pays the providers of professional care. They use money. Money makes a handy shield. But, it's not money's fault.

          We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

          by hannah on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 11:34:21 AM PDT

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          •  No disrespect taken... (6+ / 0-)

            I do not disagree with your comment at all.  

            I just think that no matter how "bloodless" the top 1% was during the class war that they have waged against us working stiffs, while taking the vast majority of our nation's resources, biasing our laws against us and using our desperation to their advantage, they will not be so nice when we try to take any of it back.  It doesn't matter how nice we are or what method we use.  

            They see everything as rightfully theirs so if we have anything at all, we must either be theives or moochers.

            The way they see it, either way, we owe our very lives to their benevolence.

            "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

            by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:18:48 PM PDT

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      •  I think the "emergency manager" law in Michigan is (7+ / 0-)

        a move to override Democratic elected officials in cities with right-wing appointees from the governor's office.

        Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

        by Mayfly on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:21:01 PM PDT

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    •  Any mention of Chris Hedges is a plus in my book (6+ / 0-)

      Here's a guy who can't even get a spot on MSNBC. Here's a guy that has taken the trouble to sue the president of the united states about the NDAA (Hedges vs. Obama). Here's a guy who was the N.Y. Times Chief Correspondent in the Mid-East ( and got sacked because of his Mid - East views).  He has 20 years of being a war correspondent - he's seen the horrible face of violence. He's seen the horrible face of slow motion violence in the mining industry of W.V and of field hands in FLA. This guy is and will continue to be my hero. Nader and Hedges call out corporatocracy like it is - it's the anti-christ of democracy...   Read and Google all you can on Chris Hedges because he has got the picture, whether you think it is a bummer or not, this guys got the straight dope.


      by FakeNews on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 03:31:32 PM PDT

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    •  I completely disagree. Corporations are only (4+ / 0-)

      a cover for human beings.  By referring to corporations as the problem we aid those who are actually controlling them. The word corporation and the names they take are only a distraction.

      Corporations are a disguise.
      They are a disguise for the very few, if that many, who make decisions in the guise of a corporate entity.

      The decision makers, the ones who profit the most, use corporations to hide their lawbreaking and corruption.
      If they were to steal, harm and abuse in their own names they might be prosecuted.  But by using the corporation as a disguise they literally get away w/murder.

      Corporate masters direct their corporations to take actions that kill thousands of people but because they've purchased laws for corporations to hide behind they are never charged as humans.

      And, corporations are structured so that the sociopath w/the least conscience, the least morals, least ethics and the tallest w/the best smile and handshake rises to power.

      Corporations have crushed democracy.
      It only takes a few committed sociopaths to destroy a democracy. And they've succeeded (eg. the Koch family, the Coors family, the Walton sociopath heirs, the Prescott Bush crime family, the Morgan crime family).

      "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

      by BrianParker14 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:44:15 PM PDT

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      •  Corporations are an artifact, man-made, a (0+ / 0-)

        virtual tool. Like any other tool, this one can be abused. Instead of serving the population, corporations can be instruments of subjugation.
        To identify that a carpenter uses a hammer and chisel to fashion a mortis and tenon is not to ignore that the carpenter wields them. It's just a factual description.
        Fact is the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the several states are charters setting up public corporations, artificial bodies. Abuse is not a reason to throw them away.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 01:30:57 AM PDT

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      •  You nailed it! (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks for this clear and persuasive analysis.

        A cat food nation? That's the fate of millions unless we soundly defeat the Entitled 1% in the 2014 and 2016 elections. Let's get to work!

        by catfoodnation on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:20:04 AM PDT

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