We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Global Corporatocracy is Almost Fully Operational

Click here to access article by Don Quijones from Raging Bull-Shit

It's good to see people on the web waking up to the ongoing construction of a global capitalist empire, controlled by a tiny minority of "owners", and devoid of any meaningful influence by the vast majority of people. Whether sufficient numbers of people will wake up and see the necessity of fighting for their very lives is still unknown.

I only have some rather minor criticisms to make of the article which is informed by a view that is typical of so many recently awakened people. It is a view which implies that capitalists, or the "global corporatocracy", have, only since the advent of neoliberal trade treaties, been planning to remove democratic control of our countries. Such a view is suggested by the following statements in this article:
...the new generation of trade treaties go far beyond what was envisaged for NAFTA and GATT. What they ultimately seek is to transfer what little remains of our national sovereignty to the headquarters of the world’s largest multinational conglomerates. In short, it is the ultimate coup de grâce of the ultimate coup d’état. Not a single shot will be fired, yet almost all power will be seized and transferred into private hands — and all of it facilitated by our elected representatives who, by signing these treaties, will be permanently abdicating their responsibilities to represent and protect the interests of their voting constituencies.
In reality, as I have argued many times (most recently  here, here, and here), this evolution of capitalist control over individual societies (which always had a thin veneer of "democracy" in the form of managed elections), and now the world, has been steadily developing ever since capitalists toppled the rule of monarchs and the aristocracy in the 18th century. 

As I see it, this evolution has occurred in roughly six stages: 1) the development of industrialization and imperialism in the 19th century, 2) followed closely by the vast concentrations of wealth at the end of the 19th century (the "gilded age"), 3) the world wars of the 20th century in which national capitalist classes competed over control of resources and markets, 4) the slow erosion and subversion of labor unions following the WWII, 5) the development and hegemony of the US Empire which everywhere fought social policies and radical-revolutionary groups, and 6) finally what we are witnessing today: the construction of a capitalist world free of national barriers (for capitalist operations, otherwise known as neoliberalism) managed by a tiny trans-national capitalist elite. 

The fact that this "threat to democracy" has been suddenly recognized by contemporary intellectuals and political analysts, is a dramatic testimony to the power of the ruling class's indoctrination agencies.