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with Ralph Nader
Jeffrey Keating Feb 3, 2012
Ralph Nader exclaims that the central political issue of our time is giant corporate power and its take over of our government, plus the spread of commercial values into every nook and cranny of our culture including the commercialization of childhood, the universities and almost everything these large corporations touch. Speaking at the Washington, DC Green Festival, he also details what we can and must do about it.
from the archives:
Abby Martin: Chevron vs. The Amazon – Inside the Killzone, Part 1
Abby Martin: Chevron vs. The Amazon – The Environmental Trial of the Century, Part 2
Peter Schweizer: Clinton Cash Documentary–A History of Corruption
Supreme Court Legalizes Influence Peddling: McDonnell v. United States by Rob Hager
Chris Hedges and Tariq Ali: A Recipe For Fascism
Michael Parenti: The 1% Pathology and the Myth of Capitalism
Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese: The #TPP: “The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History”
Circus of Deceit–The Big Boys of The Fortune 500 by Wayne Burn
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Corporate fascism you say ? Why not just say fascism ? Even the leaders of so called religious fascist states are in reality , economic elites, whom use religion as a means of controlling the masses whom otherwise might rebel against said elites.
Concerning Lincoln, the consolidation of federal power and the Civil war; While it is true that Lincoln was a power mad dictator driven more by economic interests than concern for the slaves or the well being of the American people in general, it is also true that the Confederate states were motivated to wage war against the Union largely by their expressed and documented desire to preserve the institution of slavery. As each state withdrew from the Union, said states documented in writing their motivation for doing so. Not one confederate state failed to list the preservation of slavery as a primary reason for their willingness to dissolve the union and wage war against the union. To be sure, the southern states were not the innocent, freedom loving victims of federal aggression, some would have you believe.
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Thanks for posting this. I do think that state intervention is necessary for capitalist development, but if the state itself becomes captured by those corporate interests and unable to withdraw these interventions, so that they become unproductive and damaging to the welfare of the general population, then there is a big problem, and the potential for economic decline and mass popular disaffection once voters become aware of the situation.
Nick; while I can not say for certain that capitalist development could occur absent the state, I can say with certainty, that there has never been a period of history in which capitalist development occurred independent of state intervention, and, or state sanction. I should also point out that no capitalist system has ever been established any where in the world, absent the use of force, or at least the threat of force.
Thanks for your comment, James. I corrected your typo.
Thanks dandelionsalad ! Thanks even more for your work on this site.
No problem, James, very easy to edit.
Thanks for all your comments, too.
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Thank you Lo for reposting this historic address from nearly a decade ago; sheer political genius ~ what an educational experience to listen to Ralph Nader in full flight.
I sometimes struggle to convince people here in the UK about the facts of corporate American life that he so eloquently articulates in this address. So it will be a great source for me to refer people to, who simply do not know about, or do not believe, that this is the real USA.
It’s taking a mighty long time for that critical penny to drop and set the socio-economic mechanism awhirl, but when it does….
I was looking at an old photograph of Abe Lincoln the other day ~ call me fanciful, but for a moment I thought I was looking directly into the soul of Mr Nader.
Ralph Nader is a truly great American. Astonishingly brilliant man.
So glad you enjoyed it, David. This is one of Nader’s best speeches, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it is as relevant today as it was in 2007.
I disagree with your statement about Abe Lincoln.
Have you read this article?
Yes I’m aware of the obvious character mismatch, it wasn’t a conscious identification with a legacy ~ only something about the eyes…probably totally irrelevant, astrological musing…