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How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy


How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy

Ralph Nader

A representative government cannot exisit within a society governed by private interests.

The corporate state – the autocratic joining of business and government – exerts its influence all the way down to the state and local levels, not just in Washington. It works through boards of education and trustees of colleges and universities, drawing heavily from the business world and its professional servants in such disciplines as law, accounting and engineering.


“Some fundamental questions are: Will we as citizens use our Constitutional authority to reclaim and redirect the power we’ve too broadly delegated to elected officials? Will we hold these officials accountable through a reformed campaign finance system that serves the people over the plutocrats? Will we realize that a better society starts with just a few people in each electoral district and never requires more than one percent of the voters, organized and reflecting public opinion, to make the corporations our servants, not our masters?”

How can we when Big Money runs the show?

What if all the people ran it?



Maybe when the dollar crashes, we might get our democracy back. Or, at least, have the chance to fight like hell to get it back.


Justice will be served when the lobbyi$t$’ progeny get sucked under the bus.


Should the dollar crash, we will have to scramble for our lives. Toto is always in the crosshairs.


The way things are going I would answer the Nader last paragraph questions no, no, no and no. The future looks bleak after decades to get to this reality.


Back in 1878, the Workingman’s party in California took control long enough to rewrite the state’s constitution. One of the most important was banning corporations from lobbying representatives. Sadly, the corps got it thrown out in the courts. Soo…

They are a lot smarter these days - What Ralph says sounds fine, but it was the book Gangs of America by Ted Nace that lays out the step by step history of how corporate lawyers eventually took over our legal system ovre the last 170 years


Excellent article. with globalization it is hard to provide consequences to corporations for foul play. I’m sure they are designed that way to escape responsibility. If we want a voice it needs to be at a decision making level.


Well…excellent article, of course coming from Mr. Nader. The paradox, and it is a big one and it is a trap, is that Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc, are the means provided to share the article. I am using Microsoft and a Macbook to type this comment as well. Impossible to live in a world without corporations unless we isolate ourselves. We may dislike our current state of affairs in our society but many who complain enjoy the returns of investing in corporations. Hypocrisy, selfishness and lack of interest in the common good are the evils to fight. Easier said than done. The how to fight these evils is what separate us all. Plutocracy is wrong but the wealthy and the poor, and the ones in between may all be victims of the evils to fight.


The Democrats must draft an alternative tax bill - or we fall into the Humpty Dumpty world - words mean what I say they mean!

The Republican $4.2 trillion tax bill is sadism, greed, and chaos.
Trillions are cut from Medicaid and Medicare; savage cuts are made to
Head Start, SNAP, WIC assistance, food stamps, low income heating
subsidies, Pell grants and HUD. Public policy must not be confused with
a sledgehammer or a wrecking-ball.
The Republicans only seek to help multi-millionaires and corporations
and totally ignore the bottom third. The middle third is wracked with
Medicare cuts.
Compromises, concessions, negotiations, and protections of workers
and the environment are vital so everyone shares in the gains of
productivity and technology. Banks must be saddled with the bill for
the financial crisis as causal agents. Government of the people is
different than government of the powerful. According to Sen. Jeff
Merkeley on Facebook, 80% of the income gains go to the top 1%. Chaos
happens when universities are unsure about October hiring after
regulations are demonized.