IF A POLITICIAN IS SUPPORTING PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THEY ARE NEO-LIBERALS BUILDING A CORPORATE STATE STRUCTURE DESIGNED TO WORK WITH THE GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNALS OF TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT (TPP). All of Maryland corporate pols are working towards this corporate state.
This is not anything anyone wants----whether conservative democrat or republican----especially labor and justice.
Reagan/Clinton started the privatization of Federal agencies and public universities in their 'small government' mantra. It actually isn't small government.....it is simply moving taxpayer money from public agencies to corporations which then fill the contracts with so much fraud and corruption that we spend far more and government is plenty big----only run by corporations. Bush placed this on overdrive and now Obama has it on steroids. There are few agencies now in the Federal government not run by corporations.....ergo, the tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud last decade. The Trans Pacific Trade Pact will make it official----Americans will no longer be citizens with rights.
WE CAN REVERSE THIS; IT IS NOT TOO LATE. WE SIMPLY NEED TO BECOME ENGAGED IN POLITICS.
Below you see a definition of corporate state and nationalism. In Maryland it looks manifests from public private partnerships that have all public policy written behind closed doors because it is proprietary. It has corporate private non-profits taking over our public sector and coming into communities to tell us how things will be done. It involves having taxpayers pay for every single cost of operation for corporations through subsidy making profits soar. It includes dismantling public justice so the citizens of Maryland have no avenue of recourse when defrauded, when civil liberties and civil rights are ignored, and regarding free and fair elections----no one making sure there are no election violations. It is Doug Gansler as Maryland Attorney General and the Maryland Assembly charged with protecting the people who is dismantling and defunding public justice. The only law needed are those protecting corporate operations and profits. That is what we are seeing now.
THIS IS A SUSPENSION OF OUR BILL OF RIGHTS AS CITIZENS GUARANTEED IN THE US CONSTITUTION AND IT IS ILLEGAL.
The second piece is corporate nationalism and this is what Obama and Congressional neo-liberals have been working towards since the elections of 2008. With a supermajority of neo-liberals we have seen privatization of education, and public health and further dismantling of every public agency all under the guise of austerity. Austerity means the American people must pay for those tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud taken to off-shore accounts leaving the US economy and government coffers starved.
The Trans Pacific Trade Pact (TPP) creates a global corporate tribunal that writes public policy and it is the corporate Federal and State government that does what this International tribunal dictates. TPP writes into these agreements that the penalties for a government trying to change the laws in the agreement are so costly as to be prohibitive. The citizens of these nations will not be able to legislate and that is why millions of people are protesting around the world.
AGAIN, ALL OF THIS IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE OUR CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES OUR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS TO WRITE LAW AND GUARANTEES EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER RULE OF LAW...NOT TO MENTION OUR BILL OF RIGHTS.
So, all of this privatization of government agencies at national and state level is simply an act of preparing for the implementation of TPP. Yes, your neo-liberal politicians have known this is happening----they are creating the structures moving it forward. SEE WHY TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ELECTION EXCEPT BY CINDY WALSH FOR GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND----THEY ARE ALL NEO-LIBERALS.
Corporate statism or state corporatism is a political culture and a form of corporatism whose adherents hold that the corporate group which is the basis of society is the state.
As with other political cultures, societies have existed historically which exemplified corporate statism, for instance as developed by Othmar Spann and Benito Mussolini.
Corporate statism most commonly manifests itself as a ruling party acting as a mediator between the workers, capitalists and other prominent state interests by institutionally incorporating them into the ruling mechanism. Corporatist systems were most prevalent in the mid-20th Century in Europe and later elsewhere in developing countries. According to this critique, interests, both social and economic, are so diverse that a state cannot possibly mediate between them effectively through incorporating them. Social conflicts go beyond incorporated dichotomies of labor and capital to include innumerable groups. Furthermore, globalization presents challenges, both social and economic, that a corporate state cannot sufficiently address because these problems transcend state borders and approaches. It therefore differs from Corporate nationalism in that it is a social mode of organization rather than an economic nationalism through private business corporations.
Baby boomers remember Kent State as the bloody scene from anti-war protests. If you wonder why there are no mass movements against this autocratic government takeover-----it is the corporatization of all public universities that has campuses silent. This is why University of Maryland College Park laughed at the demand they adhere to election law in including me in these forums. They are corporations, not public institutions where political freedoms, debate, and discussion occur as existed in the earlier days at Kent State.
This is why dismantling the corporate structures from our public universities is so important.
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This blast from the past showed how right Ralph Nader was in 2002 as corporations went wild for the next decade under Bill Clinton and George Bush. Corporate fraud and government corruption is now systemic making the US a second heading for third world country. If we had elected Nader and not Clinton in 2003-----we may have maintained our democracy. I too was fooled by Clinton and Hollywood and again with Obama. FOOL US ONCE SHAME ON YOU-----FOOL US TWICE SHAME ON US!
It is so important in states across America to elect a neo-liberal governor because the roll-out of Trans Pacific Trade Pact will need cooperative governors. That is why Maryland media and institutions will only allow these three democrats media time-----Gansler, Brown, and Mizeur are dedicated to moving global corporate control forward.
Weekend Edition June 14-16, 2002
A Corporate (Crime) State
by Ralph Nader
What Business Week magazine calls "the corporate crime wave" shows every sign of worsening, as more major corporations scramble to admit massive deception of investors, looting of pension funds, self-enrichment of top executives, restatement of earnings and giant farewell compensations packages to departing bosses who wrecked their companies to further their own megagreed. So much […]
What Business Week magazine calls "the corporate crime wave" shows every sign of worsening, as more major corporations scramble to admit massive deception of investors, looting of pension funds, self-enrichment of top executives, restatement of earnings and giant farewell compensations packages to departing bosses who wrecked their companies to further their own megagreed.
So much of these corporate cesspools are oozing into the public’s view that it is difficult to piece them into an understandable reform movement for workers, consumers and investors to support. The sanitation trucks can’t begin to keep up with the spilling garbage of betrayed trust, pillage and plunder of trillions of dollars.
"Is Wall Street Corrupt" headlined Business Week? Inside the reporters showed the answer to be yes, yes, yes! The founder of the giant Vanguard Mutual Fund, John C. Bogle, declared "Our capitalistic system is in peril," and just started a shareholder-rights group with Warren E. Buffett. What communism could not do, the big business bosses are doing to the market system and the financial industry.
We are witnessing the corporate destruction of capitalism in favor of a corporate state. The law can’t save it because the laws are controlled by politicians many of whom are controlled in turn by these same business interests and campaign cash. For every honest Congressman Henry Waxman and Senator Paul Sarbanes, there are scores of Congressional and White House politicians huddling with business lobbyists to stifle prosecutions, reforms and investigations.
The lead culprit is the retiring and shameless Senator Phil Gramm (Rep. Texas) whose wife just resigned from the Enron Board and its audit committee. On May 16th, he met with 30 corporate lobbyists to plan the surrender of Washington, D.C.’s national government against the crookery of Wall Street.
In American history, reforms usually followed scandals. Now over the past twenty years, scandals follow scandals because there are no reforms.
Sometimes the Congressional reaction is to weaken the existing laws and safeguards against corporate crime, fraud and abuse a even after imposing massive taxpayer bailouts of the culpable industries. Remember the S&L scandals that are costing taxpayers half a trillion dollars in principal and interest between 1990 and 2020.
Conflicts of interest are at epidemic levels in Wall Street and trust is being destroyed a the key confidence that investors must have in information and advice directed their way. A devastating new report a that has received little notice a by the only major non-conflicted ratings firm left in the country (Weiss Ratings, Inc. from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) concludes:
1. "A deeper understanding of the crisis can be achieved through an analysis of "buy," "sell," and "hold" ratings issued to companies that went bankrupt in 2002: A total of 50 investment banking and brokerage firms issued ratings to 19 companies that filed for chapter 11 in the first four months of 2002…. 94% of the 50 firms continued to indicate that investors should buy or hold shares in failing companies right up to the day these companies filed for bankruptcy. Among the 19 bankrupt companies, 12 continued to receive strictly "buy" or "hold" rating on the date of bankruptcy filing."
Weiss Ratings receives no financial compensation from the companies it rates, unlike S&P, Moodys, and Duff & Phelps. Here are its unbiased ratings. "Among the 20 largest brokerage firms, 13 may be financially vulnerable if their finances deteriorate further, while seven have the financial wherewithal to withstand a severely adverse business environment."
Weiss Ratings gives low grades to JP Morgan Chase & Co, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, UBS Warburg LLC, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston Corp. These firms have millions of customers who relied on their highly self-advertised, objective expertise. (For more details see http://www.weissratings.com)
There needs to be an aroused public to take control of their government and direct their public servants, before the November elections, to enact systemic action for reform, not phony legislation that allows crooked business as usual. For suggestions on what these reforms can be, log on to http://www.citizenworks.org
Ralph Nader is the author of Crashing the Party.
You see with the laws passed by Bill Clinton in deregulation and breaking the Glass Steagall wall allowing US banks and corporations to go global......Bush set the stage for SOE-----state-owned enterprises. Maryland is one big SOE in public private partnerships and quasi-governmental designation.
You see below the guidelines are being reviewed in 2014-----is your pol talking to you about what you want to see in these policies?
'Government-owned or state-run enterprises are often the result of corporatization, a process in which government agencies and departments are re-organized as semi-autonomous corporate entities, sometimes with partial shares listed on stock exchanges'.
Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises In 2014, the Guidelines will be reviewed and revised to take into account developments since they were first adopted in 2005.
Text of the Guidelines
This booklet contains the text of the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises. Download the different language versions in pdf file format.
About the Guidelines
The OECD Guidelines are the first international benchmark to help governments in improving the corporate governance of SOEs. They are based on and fully compatible with the Principles, but are explicitly oriented to issues that are specific to the corporate governance of SOEs.
Addressing the State as an owner, the Guidelines establish the core elements of a good corporate governance regime. They provide standards and good practices, as well as guidance on implementation, and should be adapted to the specific circumstances of individual countries and regions.
Adapting to the globalisation, liberalisation and technological changes, OECD governments have undertaken reforms in the way they run their SOEs. Many non OECD countries are also looking towards the OECD experience to guide their own reforms because they usually have a big state sector.
Developing the Guidelines In September 2002, the OECD Working Group on Privatisation and Corporate Governance of State Owned Assets (later renamed Working Party on State Ownership and Privatisation Practices) started developing a set of non binding guidelines for corporate governance of state-owned enterprises, in complement to the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance.
After two years of consultation with SOE managers and owners, state audit bodies, parliamentarians and civil society representatives from OECD and non-OECD countries (including a call for public comments), the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises were adopted in April 2005.
This globalization plan included having Harvard and Ivy
League-trained professionals running economies in developing worlds at the same time Wall Street, the Bank of London, and DeutscheBank all colluded in the massive financial frauds. Governments around the world opened to the fleecing and joined into the off-shoring of public wealth. So, it is the world which is angry along with the American people and when so many people come together for change----it will happen!!!
Conservative republicans and democrats who have a mantra of small government all understand that what we have today is not what they want. It isn't free market or capitalism....it is corporatism and it is totalitarian. Social democracy worked well I think, but I know my socialist friends think capitalism is dead.....indeed, but we do not want corporatism!
As republicans pretend that this corporatism is socialist----isn't everything to some republicans----it is pure corporate control and there is nothing socialist or progressive about that!
This is a great article about where state and national
"The privatization of public services and functions manifests the steady evolution of corporate power into a political form, into an integral, even dominant partner with the state." -- Sheldon S. Wolin
Inverted Totalitarianism and the Corporate State
Stricken with a terminal disease, the decline of traditional society is unavoidable. For decades, the political institutions that fostered a Republic based upon individual liberty and responsibility fade into fond memory. Defenders of all that made America a shining example of human freedom are attacked and ridiculed for holding onto a moral and ethical system that is based upon the dignity of every individual. Most will blame the failure of this decay on the politicians that willfully pander to the masses with the next generation of social welfare programs. While defining a politician as a scoundrel, deserving damnation, seems obvious; the underlying source of the decay that eats away the culture comes from various directions.
The trends toward despotism are visible for all to see. Most prefer their blinded vision because accepting the lethal condition might require some proactive response. The idea that a single dictator will seize power and rule as a tyranny seems foreign to many plebeians. Yet, the daily news that flows from the corporate mass media build upon the absence of real reporting and fundamental truth that ignores, denies and substitutes meaningless stories for earth shattering events.
Therefore, the significance of the concept, inverted totalitarianism, as defined by Sheldon S. Wolin deserves examination. "It is all politics all of the time but a politics largely untempered by the political. Party squabbles are occasionally on public display, and there is a frantic and continuous politics among factions of the party, interest groups, competing corporate powers, and rival media concerns. And there is, of course, the culminating moment of national elections when the attention of the nation is required to make a choice of personalities rather than a choice between alternatives. What is absent is the political, the commitment to finding where the common good lies amidst the welter of well-financed, highly organized, single-minded interests rabidly seeking governmental favors and overwhelming the practices of representative government and public administration by a sea of cash."
Watch the Sheldon Wolin You Tube interview for a summary of his viewpoint. For an in-depth study of Mr. Wolin’s ideas, review Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. He asks the following questions: "Does a demos have a future in the age of globalization, instant communication networks, and fluid borders? Is the notion of "a" demos as asingle, compact body with a "will" and an identity that persists overtime at all possible or even a coherent notion in the age of the political bloggers? Is there time for a more authentic politics, more reflective of the pluralistic character of reality?"
He defines democracy as, "Democracy is about the conditions that make it possible for ordinary people to better their lives by becoming political beings and by making power responsive to their hopes and needs. What is at stake in democratic politics is whether ordinary men and women can recognize that their concerns are best protected and cultivated under a regime whose actions are governed by principles of commonality, equality, and fairness, a regime in which taking part in politics becomes a way of staking out and sharing in a common life and its forms of self-fulfillment. Democracy is not about bowling together but about managing together those powers that immediately and significantly affect the lives and circumstances of others and one’s self."
The power influence of the transnational corporation dampens any idealistic notion that democracy is coming from the voices of the people. Momentous influence comes through the propagandist media message. The corporate economy dictates the parameters of the public debate. Trivia replaces the profound. Spending drives a lust for meaningless ingestion of poisonous consumption. The shaping of the popular culture is meant not just to dumb down the public but also to confer a normalcy for accepting the mundane. Rejecting the historic dialogue of the nature of man and the role of a just government is replaced with a diet of manufactured "dependency rights" and "entitlements".
From Fugitive Democracy: Sheldon Wolin and contemplating the local, the following quote offers an insight on the nature of political apathy that relegates one to accept a mad culture which is devoid from reality. "In the emerging political economy, Wolin discerns an "anti-political" movement that coordinates the corporation and the state in a drive toward Superpower—that is, "an expansive system of power that accepts no limits other than those it chooses to impose on itself" (p. xvi). As this ‘postmodern’ political economy tends toward Superpower, those in positions of authority demand a new form of citizen: the imperial citizen. Sheldon Wolin reminds us of American president George W. Bush during the tense moments after September 11th, 2001, who exhorted the people to show their citizenship through consumption: "unite, spend, and fly" (590). This pastoral concern by the president emblemizes the postmodern power of the political economy as it reconstitutes "civic culture" as a flattened plane detached from the dynamic structures of Superpower’s soveriegn handle of world affairs. The best thing citizens can do is prove their patriotism by submitting to the authority of the established powers without a word of protest or difference (thus the encouragement to "unite"). Rather than spending unnecessary time and energy worrying about the changing shape of common life—of the networks that bind us to near and distant neighbors—the postmodern citizen faces the multiplicity of demands and choices available at the local Starbucks as she scrolls through the latest bids on ebay while listening to music on her iPod as she waits for the latest iTunes song to upload on her iBook. With so much to do, why worry ourselves with what our representatives are paid to do? This is the imperial citizen according to Superpower—a free-floating, apolitical subject, moved by the television pulse from the security of home to the perpetual satisfaction of shopping malls. "Superpower needs an imperial citizen," writes Wolin, "one who accepts the necessarily remote relationship between the concerns of the citizen and those of the power-holders, who welcomes being relieved of participatory obligations, and who is fervently patriotic." (565)."
The imperial citizen is truly a fool. The imperium that surrounds the disengaged participant in the latest escalation of self-imposed slavery, is the ultimate result of the corporate/state.
Progressive author and pundit, Chris Hedges adds his vantage point in the video, Inverted Totalitarianism: Brand Obama and the Corporate State.
Hedges’ talent for ripping apart the corporate state in all its horror is well established. However, his clarion voice goes unheard in the corridors of real power. The economy dictates the marketplace that is available for sale. The advertisement is the message that is acceptable to believe. And the limits upon one’s ability to think and act rationally is controlled by the inverted totalitarianism that is of our own making.
Blaming external forces for all the ills of circumstances begs the issue. As long as passive individuals accept their subservient plight, the tyrants of the establishment culture will exploit the sheeple at every turn. Our unique existence justifies resistance to every form of tyranny that comes our way. Notwithstanding, this basic human and natural right; most citizens succumb to the mind meld of limited expectations.
The frightful consequences on the totalitarian society rest upon the shoulders of each person who refuses to challenge the system. Resisting immoral authority is your primary civic duty. Our avowed responsibility is to abolish the corporate/sate and global governance that enslaves the planet.
A disconnect of left leaning progressives, from the historic context of natural law principles, is a core reason why a coalition of anti establishment advocates fails. Common dreams must become practical beliefs. As long as the utopians refuse to accept the lessons and validity of genuine conservative philosophy, the divide and conqueror tactics of the despotic New World Order will continue.
The economic implosion of the last few years is undeniable. The consolidation of power marches on because ordinary people obey repressive authority. Sadly, the indifference towards one’s own self-respect is the prime result of the sick popular culture. The abandonment of Western Civilization is almost complete, but is not final. Totalitarianism is a crime against humanity. It is up to you to do your civil disobedient duty.
SARTRE – February 26, 2012