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... The Subversion of Democracy

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by SuspectCorner, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

    We have watched over the past few decades the rise of a powerful web of interlocking corporate entities, a network of arrangements within subsectors, industries or other partial jurisdictions to diminish and often abolish outside control and oversight. These corporations have neutralized national, state and judicial authority. They dominate, for example, a bloated and wasteful defense industry which has become sacrosanct and beyond the reach of politicians, most of whom are left defending military projects in their districts, no matter how redundant, because they provide jobs. This has permitted a military-industrial complex, which contributes lavishly to political campaigns, to spread across the country with virtual impunity. Defense-related spending for fiscal 2008 will exceed $1 trillion for the first time in history. The U.S. has become the largest single seller of arms and munitions on the planet. The defense budget for fiscal 2008 is the largest since the Second World War even as we have more than $400 billion in annual deficits. More than half of federal discretionary spending goes to defense. This will not end when Bush leaves office. And so we build Cold War relics like $ 3.4-billion submarines and stealth fighters to evade radar systems the Soviets never built and spend $ 8.9 billion on ICBM missile defense that will be useless in stopping a shipping container concealing a dirty bomb. The defense industry is able to monopolize the best scientific and research talent and squander the nation’s resources and investment capital. These defense industries produce nothing that is useful for society or the national trade account. Melman, like President Eisenhower, saw the defense industry as viral, something that, as it grew, destroyed a healthy economy. And so we produce sophisticated fighter jets while Boeing is unable to finish its new commercial plane on schedule, and our automotive industry tanks. We sink money into research and development of weapons systems and starve technologies to fight against global warming and renewable energy. Universities are awash in defense-related cash and grants, and struggle to find money for environmental studies. This massive military spending, aided by this $3-trillion war, is hollowing us out from the inside. Our bridges and levees collapse, our schools decay and our safety net is taken away.

  2. hank2k

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    Its called "crony capitalism". Republicans specialize in it.

  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    yawn. A lot of this put in place during the clinton administration. But keep on in your fantasy world.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    And this article if idiotic in many ways. There are many developments that started out as military that have filtered down. Cell phones, GPS, the Internet, etc. But writers like this dungheap are too stupid or so biased and agenda driven that they do not care that most of what they spew can be easily refuted.
  5. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    That would be one of the main points burm. These problems are not the result of a particular political party but of a system the electorate has allowed to occur - inch by inch, day by day, year after year.

    No way you read all of that. I just finished it myself and didn't even post the piece until I was halfway thru it. :laugh2:
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Well democracy will be taking another hit if/when Mr Obama installs his version of Socialism here. Yeeehaw.
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    It does not matter who wins, the US people lose.

    It is Business as Usual with career politicians who seek power.

    Kind of a shame but we have became just side issues to the power of big business in washington.

    When you have a company writing a bill for the President to sign, a bill that protects said company, that tells you all you need to know about politics in DC.

    And this is not just a one party issue either.
  8. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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  9. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    No different then the Dems letting the trial lawyers group write bills; or the teachers union or whoever else they owe. I just love how hank and others like him keep trying to say that its all republicans.

    I notice he did not respond to my point about the obvious lies in that article.
  10. AtlCB

    AtlCB Active Member

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    I could easily write an article titled "The Federal Government State and the Subversion of Democracy" and make an equally convincing argument. Politicians also spend a lot of money on pork - which doesn't help corporations, restrict freedoms - which doesn't help corporations, allow unions, trial lawyers, and environmental groups to write legislation - which certainly doesn't help corporations, etc., the government places a high tax burden on its citizens and spends more than it receives - which also hurts corporations. The problem with government isn't the fact that they are working for corporations; the problem with government is that they are working for everybody but the average middle class American.

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