As long as the Duopoly exists, Democracy will not.
A government cannot be subservient to the Corporate State and the Military, and remain representative of the people.
To reiterate my first comment on an earlier topic:
"I am not of that school of thinkers which teaches us to let bygones be bygones; to let the dead past bury it’s dead.
“In my view there are no bygones in the world, and the past is not dead and cannot die. The evil as well as the good that men do lives after them … The duty of keeping in memory the great deeds of the past and of transmitting the same from generation to generation is implied in the mental and moral constitution of man.”
Frederick Douglass, 1883
I enjoyed all of my classes in elementary school with the exception of history because it was obviously a bunch of horseshit, and that was back in the sixties. My parents had armed the family with two sets of encyclopedias to fact check the cartoonish textbook presentations. Now that history has become “social studies”, well, I just say horseshit to the nth power.
It’s important to dispel the lie that that Democracy = The Right to Vote. Even if the US were not a one Party state, the US would remain profoundly anti-democratic due to the lack of ability for grassroots folk to have impact upon political decision making and planning. Then there is the fact that, in a capitalist economy, the work environment is anti-democratic.
“Don’t let school interfere with your education” - Mark Twain
But we have the best corporate propaganda money has ever bought. Just ask some of the recipients who migrated here, only to find the true “believers” of said propaganda are us.
If one looks up capitalism in any dictionary on philosophy of any merit, one will quickly see there is nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing contained in it that is reconcilable with democracy. It’s like saying oil and water can mix. They both aspire to completely contrary goals.
But because the propaganda works so well, there aren’t many US citizens left who think that “free markets” and “capitalism” aren’t the same thing. It results in many social liberals voting for fiscal conservatism, even when arguably said voters are voting against their own interests.
American capitalist-democracy, the real reason the world envies us. Close the borders, there isn’t enough to share. Yeah.
Both the Electoral College and the archaic dysfunction of the 2 senators from each state means the majority are constantly ruled by the minority. And this, not mask mandates in an epidemic, is actually tyranny. No wonder the biggest fans of Apartheid here stateside were republicans.
Thus spake a man infused with the spirit of God, of Jesus, of the holy ones everywhere.
If only that man had become the first black president instead of the one we ended up with.
Ursula and PonyBoy, while it is wonderful (and a surprise to over 90% of Americans) that “The United States is NOT a Democracy” — the far more serious point is that America is only the nominal HQ of, and merely ‘posing’ as the country (PKA) America — and what the U.S. actually is is nothing short of an EMPIRE. [Which is unfortunately not mentioned here on CD, nor PR, nor often mentioned even on The Intercept].
So, for the purpose of learning and understanding how our supposed country is actually an EMPIRE, I have sent this short lesson to Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution”, C-Span, Green Party GPUS, PBS, etc., etc., et. al.:
Bernie, I took and responded to your “Our Revolution” survey, contributed a very small amount of money — but now I would like to give you and “Our Revolution” my much more valuable ’Strategic Advantage” and a bit longer advice — if you actually want today’s “Our Revolution” to have the courage of going beyond your first, mild, and a bit vague advice of the two-word, sound-bite campaign slogan in your 2016 campaign of “Political Revolution” — which needs at least to expand to my first 2015 demonstration signs of “Peaceful Political Revolution Against EMPIRE”;
Poster 6 17.pdf
Bernie, I was amazed, shocked, and curious as to who (and what agency of this God Damned Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE) censored out of today’s “Democracy Now” Free Speech TV program, while Kumi Naidoo (former head of Amnesty International) was accurately describing the ‘fixed’, nearly dictatorial, and non-democratic pseudo-voting system that so clearly privileges the: ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWIs, <0.003%ers, TCCers, self-appointed “Masters of the Universe”, and “Evil Geniuses” [Kurt Andersen] to decide whether they prefer the Red Team or the Blue Team to be their compliant dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy for the next four year seasons in the White House?
I had just completed sending the following emails to C-SPAN, Green Party US, PBS, and several seriously progressive web-sites:
What we need now in terms of ‘brave Revolutionary service’ is for “Our Revolution" to focus ’strategically’ on the “Strategic Advantage” [Michael Porter HBS] on leveling with the American people that both these dual-party Vichy-facades of faux-democracy are simply covering-up and allowing the Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE to have a continuing wide-open path to mega-looting of the vast majority of poor, working-poor, lower income, lower middle-class, and even fully Middle Class ‘subjects’ of American people — by employing the deceit of dumping ’negative externality costs’ on us in order to quietly scheme and “Accumulate by dispossession” — which is the primary mechanism to loot the masses of our fellow deluded, propagandized and infantilized American people.
Dumping ’negative externality costs’ on we the ‘others’ is the primary evil Empire’s high-powered looting-engine which pumps all profits to the deceitful looting; ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWIs, <0.003%ers, TCCers, self-appointed “Masters of the Universe”, and “Evil Geniuses” [Kurt Andersen] to decide whether they prefer the Red Team or the Blue Team to be their compliant dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy for the next four year seasons in the White House.
Of course, by any sane and truthful economic analysis, the Empire’s looted 'negative externality cost’ dumping and pumping engine is the devilish mechanism that creates the vast and still fast-growing cancer of massive inequality of income (and more deadly) wealth inequality — which when measured by the standard measure of honest and academic economists is charted on the GINI Coefficient of Income (or Wealth) INEQUALITY.
By today’s obscene measure of the GINI Coefficient of Inequality the US GINI Coefficient of Income Inequality is over .45 and the even worse GINI Coefficient of Wealth Inequality is the highest/worst in the WORLD at over .80. This GINI Coefficient standard uses a very simple measurement scale of the GINI of 0 (zero) means that income or wealth is evenly and perfectly distributed so that every citizen has the same Income or Wealth — and similarly, a GINI of 1.0 means that one single insanely rich person has all the Income or all the Wealth in a given country or in the entire world.
So, reviewing — the dumping of 'negative externality costs’ on “others” makes a massive amount of profits for those running the insane pumping and dumping engine, but like any massively powerful profit-spewing dirty engine, it must be muffled and keep running silently so that the average people being fooled and looted don’t hear that illegal pumping and dumping of all the profits to the very very few at the top of the scam.
Secondly, it must be understood that the results of this ’negative externality cost’ dumping engine accrue to the highest levels of income and illegal profits being pumped to the UHNWI (Ultra High Net Worth Individuals) which can be measured on the GINI Coefficient scale from 0 (where we all get a fair and even share) to 1.0 (where all income and all wealth goes only to the super-rich.
As an example, with respect to the U.S. high/bad GINI Coefficient of Income Inequality, ‘our’ own CIA’s country case book warns that any country with a GINI Coefficient of Income above .45 is typically subject to “civil unrest” and/or revolution. And with respect to the GINI Coefficient of Wealth Inequality, ‘our’ (supposed) country PKA (America) has the highest /worst GINI Coefficient of accumulated WEALTH INEQUALITY in the whole world — higher than even Robert Mugaby’s shit-hole plutocracy of Zimbabwe.
Thirdly, and in summary, the only form of government (or actually the exact polar-opposite of anything worth being called a government) is best defining by the only word in the world which has, for more than 3 1/2 millennia, been described over all of human history as one and only one thing: EMPIRE.
This is why my latest and simple to understand protest, march, and demonstration double-sided signs ring-out the Revolutionary Truth of this compelling message that all of ‘we the people of America’ should be able to understand at least as well as our; fore-fathers, founders, framers, farmers, sailors, tradespeople, and patriots who initially tried to rationally and peaceful draw up a list of reasons that the “Occupying”, looting, oppressing, taxing, tyrannizing, and violent British EMPIRE had been doing by 1775 — and when that EMPIRE answered by firing on we ’subjects’ of that EMPIRE in Boston, on Lexington green, and on “that rude bridge” in Concord, we Americans had to ignite our first “Revolution Against Empire”.
Now, 245 years later, Bernie, ‘we the American people’ who are under the boot of this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE can now fire a; loud, public, sustained, ‘in the streets’, but totally Non-violent “Shout (not shot) heard round the world” to ignite an essential Second American people’s peaceful “Political, economic, social(ist), cultural, and racial Revolution Against Empire” — under the banner of new signs of “Revolution Against Empire” [Justin du Rivage’s definitive 2014 history of our first Revolution]:
Bernie, I am very disappointed that many of the leading principled progressive and hopefully serious Anti-Empire organizations which have a far louder megaphone than I have, but which not yet felt the enormous ’seriousness of purpose’ to use their media powers to ‘expose’, expunge, and if necessary in this camouflaged Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE, to non-violently ‘excise’ these obviously metastasizing cancerous tumors of EMPIRE which are even NOW eating away and killing any of our last organs of our fleeting and weakened dual-party facade of democracy in our diseased ‘body politic’.
As all the American founders knew very well from their deep reading of Roman history: “The disease of Republics is EMPIRE” — which Ben Franklin alluded to as he exited Philadelphia when asked by an older lady —“What do we have? — and he replied “A (democratic) Republic, if we can keep it!”
Of particular surprise and sorrow is that the ‘less than heroic and merely moderate’ New York “Times” is consistently allowing me to post comments about this damn Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE which are more seriously radical, a more principled ‘movement’, and more “Revolutionary" than supposedly progressive web-sites, and other forms of televised media.
Sincerely, Bernie and with
Liberty, democracy, equality, and justice
Violent (dual-party Vichy)
Joe’s Secret Team??
Quite a team of spooks and others, or as Col. L. Fletcher Prouty would say of “The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World” (Kindle Location 209).
It looks to me that friendly Ol Joe is looking to assemble quite a “Secret Team” close to Intelligence and the DOD, with his picks of:
Tom Donilon (CIA), Mike Morell (CIA) not to be confused with moral, Michele Flournoy (Booz Allen CIA), Jeh Johnson (DOD), Susan Gordon (CIA), Lisa Monaco (ex FBI).
It is more than with passing interest to look at the parallelism between the Supreme Allied Commanders of both the Atlantic Theatre (Ike Eisenhower) and the Pacific Theatre (Douglas MacArthur) with respect to the operation of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).**
By the time in 1944 when the Second World War of Empires was winding down and sure to be successful, the targeted to be elevated in 1947 littler haberdasher, Harry un-Truman, who was installed instead of FDR’s brilliant & socialist VP, Henry Wallace, caused the “Undoing of the New Deal”.**
Aside from the Communist Scare and the early 1950’s McCarthy era/error, both the winning Generals of the Second World War of Empires had acquired a deep understanding of the early stages of internal growth of, at least the ‘Military sector’ of a perceived creep toward Empire.**
Gen. MacArthur, who was the more cerebral, acknowledged that:
[I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.]
Whereas, Ret. Gen. & President Eisenhower by the time of his turning over the reins to JFK in 1961, acknowledged and delivered his “Military Industrial Complex” warning speech immediately.
It certainly appears, IMHO, that both of these Supreme Allied Commanding Generals had sufficient access to information, as did Harvard Prof. William Langer [“Our Vichy Gamble” on analysis and history of the OSS and the single regime of the faux-Vichy government] had the procured and natural intelligence to understand the potential power of a dual-partied Vichy-facade of faux-democracy.
“Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from administration to administration for decades?
“National Security and Double Government” offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America’s visible, “Madisonian institutions” - the President, Congress, and the courts. Their roles, he argues, have become largely illusory. Presidential control is now nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible. The book details the dramatic shift in power that has occurred from the Madisonian institutions to a concealed “Trumanite network” - the several hundred managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies who are responsible for protecting the nation and who have come to operate largely immune from constitutional and electoral restraints.”
President Harry S Truman, more than any other President, is responsible for creating the nation’s “efficient” national security apparatus.20 Under him, Congress enacted the National Security Act of 1947, which unified the military under a new secretary of defense, set up the CIA, created the modern Joint Chiefs of Staff, and established the National Security Council (NSC).21 Truman also set up the National Security Agency, which was intended at the time to monitor communications abroad.
Glennon, Michael J… National Security and Double Government (pp. 12-13). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.
I was 13 year old when I first began to question whether our government always told the truth.
It was because of what took place on November 22nd, 1963.
Despite the headline and article correctly using the term “United States”, you instead on “America” as a synonym when it is not. By doing so, you identify your self as being sloppy in both vocabulary and thinking, and a member of a set of people which includes many people who hate many Americans who are far more American than they are.
You tried to make an excellent point about US Empire, but refused to label it as being what it is.
You give far too much credit to Eisenhower. His first public warning about the rising military-industrial complex came in April 1953 in the “Cross of Iron” speech. He then went ahead and presided over its establishment as a permanent “peacetime” institution; he even drafted Elvis. I presume his MICC speech was just a CYA thing.
I am not trying to give you a hard time about this issue; this omission and a similar one about Ike’s role in creating the Turko-Cuban missile crisis are made almost every time anybody brings these issues up. The “America” v “United States” issue is more than a mere omission, it is repetition of racist propaganda whether or not the user has racist intent.
[Hi]story telling it like it is
Sure wish I had had parents like that. Allowing me to be a free thinker, to follow my thought line. Alas, they were hard-core, hard-line right wing GOP, and, dare I write it, members of the KKK. So, every weekday I went to school to get my brain washed, pledging allegiance to a piece of cloth(a true fetish item!) and say the Lord’s Prayer to a sociopathic bearded white guy living in the sky. Then on Sunday I went to church to have my brain washed some more. My classmates, one hundred of them, never broke the Matrix. They went on to be good Exceptional Americans, good paying jobs, Tea Party members who think poverty and illness are a person’s own fault.
One reason I broke out of the Matrix was I wasn’t born into it. So when I attended a rather radical college in the 60’s, I became part of the Civil Rights movement and read to my heart’s content. Then I moved to Chicago, lived in a multi-racial neighborhood, and learned what life is really like outside of Exceptionalism. Good times there.
Teach your children well. Teach them not to trust what the System tells them is true. Teach them to question, to read, to think for themselves. Won’t make them favorites of the school board, but they’ll have a leg up on their brainwashed classmates.
The US was formed as an Empire, using a disguise as a Republic. We have never been a Democracy. Not ever. Now we’re an openly fascist state-the multi-national corporations rule us, not our government, which exists only to defend the corporate interests.
And, no, not everyone can become President if you work hard and keep your nose clean.
Ms. Wolfe-Rocca has clarified what I’ve believed for decades. So long as the Electoral College exists, our votes are largely symbolic and not for our true interests. Students should be taught the truth of the reality of American politics instead of these democracy fairy tales. Independent educators should educate others to reinvent the system but so long as “knowledge” in the form of books sponsored by the corporations of the elite, they will hand teachers books they want to be taught in school. Explains why kids seem to dumber than they were 25 years ago but still believe in the “system”.
Excellent article, I will pass it on.
Excellent reply. Thank you.
Democracy? We have ROTC programs, we have children pledging to the flag, we have prayers in governmental meetings (of all levels), we have flags in every University classroom, we have corporate control of government (at all levels)…we have 0.02% of the people selecting the president for the rest…we have a military industrial congressional complex…we have the largest prison gulag in the history of the world…we are way way way far off from a democracy…I am not mentioning any names but the one that starts with F and ends with -ism is closer to describing our system.