Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: History of The Corporate Coup d’etat

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

teleSUR English on Nov. 3, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges speaks with author, consumer advocate, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Together, they trace the advancement of corporate control in the U.S. political system. teleSUR

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Transcript

from the archives:

Welcome to the World of Extreme and Destructive Global Dependencies by Ralph Nader (#TPP)

Lawrence Lessig: Break the Hold of Big Money Over American Elections, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Ralph Nader: Both Parties, Two Heads of Same Corporate Beast

Chris Hedges: We Have Undergone A Corporate Coup D’état In Slow Motion

14 responses to “Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: History of The Corporate Coup d’etat

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  8. Chris Hedges is to be commended for seeking the date when things changed, effectively when democracy became plutocracy, because focusing on the date will lead to an understanding of the cause.

    This is an excellent discussion. Ralph is right in pointing to Tony Coelho as an origin, and before him the Powell Memo as a blueprint for the change. But Ralph mispeaks about the date that Tony Coelho started operating to bring corporate money to the Democratic Party. He meant to say 1980-81, not 1970-71. Brooks Jackson, Honest Graft: Big Money And The American Political Process (1988) describes the era in detail by focusing on Coelho’s rise.
    A useful mnemonic device to avoid this mistake about dates is Buckley v Valeo (Jan 1976). Buckley is the link between the Powell Memo (1971) and Tony Coelho (1978-88).
    Nixon was corrupt. But it was Buckley, the judicial handiwork of Powell – indeed the enactment of his Memo into law — that legalized corruption and made it systemic, i.e. plutocratic. Coelho was the first to understand Buckley.and operate legally within its license for corruption to usher corporate money into the Democratic Party.

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  12. This post is truly outstanding and Hedges is doing his best work again with the help of Nader. You will see why the Democratic Party has been a bunch of dirty rotten corporatist scoundrels for at least 40 years! And you’ll see why you can never support Bernie Sanders running as a Democratic candidate!!
    Only one aspect to check again. I think Ralph talked about Clinton’s record in the 80’s and meant to say 90’s.

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