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Opinion: Democracy and the Capitalist/Communist Paradigm

The U.S. government in practice is a highly centralized, unaccountable, and purposefully opaque corporatist state.

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(EUGENE, Ore.) - There is much talk in political discourse about “communism,” “socialism,” and “capitalism.” These terms are bandied about with no clear meaning attached to them.

Capitalism and communism only have any meaning in the modern world as propaganda terms.

The United States, China, and the former Soviet Union are and were all corporatist states. A corporatist state is a state where business management and social management have been merged at the governmental level. This is also referred to pejoratively as fascism.

The key feature of a corporatist state is the union between the management of critical industry and social policy. Critical industry, what Lenin called “the commanding heights of the economy,” is first banking, and then, to put it roughly, all of the industries that are essential for creating and maintaining a military capacity.

The United States is saddled with this pesky thing called constitutional government, which makes it somewhat more difficult to operate an explicitly corporatist state.

U.S. institutions have evolved through a long history of lies and deceptions to the point where nothing about the U.S. government even vaguely resembles its supposed constitutional form, and yet politicians and business leaders still rag on endlessly about democracy, freedom, etc.

The structure of the U.S. corporatist state can be objectively observed and described.

Critical (i.e. military) industry, Lenin’s “commanding heights,” is in every sector of the U.S. economy concentrated into 2-4 dominant corporations. These corporations are allowed to collude and monopolize the marketplace through “trade groups,” which also act as their public face, and connection, via lobbying, to official government institutions.

The top tier of corporations engaged in critical industry is managed on the private sector side by the banks that dominate the banking sector. These banks are granted their monopoly status by the Federal Reserve, and their monopoly over capital translates into a monopoly over all other critical industry.

The Federal Reserve itself is managed by a tri-partite committee representing private banks, industry, and “public” interests. “Public” seats are usually filled by the presidents of the major unions, presidents of universities, and other vocal advocates for democracy.

The Federal Reserve management structure is pure Mussolini. I still haven’t learned when the Federal Reserve implemented it, but I would be curious to know who had the idea first.

Whether a government calls itself capitalist, communist, socialist, or anything else is insignificant. You can call a pig a horse, but good luck trying to put a saddle on it and riding it around.

The political discourse in the U.S. is all about democracy, capitalism, free markets, free trade, and a lot of other neat sounding things, but the practice of government tells a different story.

The U.S. government in practice is a highly centralized, unaccountable, and purposefully opaque corporatist state.

Policy within this opaque central authority is ostensibly motivated by the will of the people. Take that claim as you like, but consider that the actual popular support for any given politician is usually around 20-30% of the voting age population.

It is hard to say that you are an instrument of the people when you have no where close to majority support.

The other ostensible motivation for policy is money. Blame it on the lobbyists. Blame it on the corporations. They are just too rich.

The problem with claiming that money motivates government policy is that the government itself creates money, creates property, and creates tax policy. How can the government be controlled by the very things it creates? Such a proposition supposes an impossible succession of cause and effect.

The actual operations of policy making within government cannot be ascertained by outside observers. It is only safe to say that policy is not actually based on democratic will, and not fundamentally based on money.

Money plays an important role in the U.S. governmental process, but that role is an exclusionary one. Control over the money supply is a mechanism for keeping undesirable voices out of the public sphere, and keeping undesirable representatives out of office.

What is important is that power in government is not based on money. It is only once power over government is seized that money can be used as a tool to maintain that power. By the same token, no amount of fund raising, lobbying, or other “market” activity can ever effect real change in government. If one political faction, the corporatists, has control over the money supply, then they can always outspend their opponents. It is a simple matter of firing up the printing presses, or in the modern world, adding a few zeros to the digital record of a bank account.

None of the “conservatives” who decry communism ever bother to mention the idea of a corporatist state. They have a problem with a democratically elected government of the people exercising control over individual members of the corporate elite, but they are happy to have unaccountable and unelected individual members of the corporate elite exercising control over the lives of the people.

From such two-faced and forked-tongued politicians we hear any attempt by the democratically elected government to engage in productive investment or beneficial social spending described as communist.

If the government builds a sports stadium in order to line the pockets of some private individual, then that is capitalism. If the government builds a factory then that is communism.

If the government gives away taxpayer money to a private individual, then that is capitalism. If the government invests money, demanding a return, then that is communism.

If the government gives money to banks to loan to students in order to pay for college, then that is capitalism. If the government provides free higher education, then that is communism.

This nonsense has been going on for quite some time now. People are so inured to the repetition of lies in political discourse that many have lost all taste for the truth.

How is it that the exercise of democratic authority through a republican government can be called communism?

Our form of democratic republican government existed long before there was any such thing as communism. It takes some serious ideological innovation to assert that the people who created our system of government were actually Marxists, a few centuries before the man even lived.

If a democratic republican government decides, within its constitutional framework, to exercise its authority to invest in education, health care, and socially useful industry, how can this be called communist?

Such arguments defy all logic.

If the will of the people is to have equal access to healthcare based solely on need, efficacy, and available resources, is that communist?

If the will of the people is to have public education based solely on aptitude and merit, is that communist?

Was it not Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal? Is it not the U.S. Constitution that proclaims equality before the law for all?

Should we abandon the fundamental principles of our own form of government because someone says that they are communist? What a foolish course that would be!

To use our established democratic republican government in order to serve the needs of the people could never be communist. If anyone should hurl such an epithet, they are best disregarded as either liars or fools. Such people have no place in the political discourse.

As a people and as a State, we control our own destiny, but only if we reject the false and divisive ideology that brands the highest ideals of our form of government as an evil and foreign enemy threat.

In Oregon, our population is roughly 1% of the United States, and consequently, our control over the Federal government is proportionally limited. The citizens of this State effectively exercise no control whatsoever over Federal policy.

This fact must be recognized by both our citizens and our representatives in government.

If the policies of Washington are wrong, then our only option is to chart an independent course for our State. Changing the policy in Washington is not an option. Changing the policy in our own State is.

If Washington will not deliver a health care system based on need, efficacy, and judicious use of resources, then our responsibility is to take a divergent course.

If Washington will not deliver a fair tax code, then our responsibility is to take a divergent course.

If Washington says that corporations are people with equal constitutional rights to our own, then our responsibility is to take a divergent course.

As long as Washington is dominated by corporatist demagogues espousing the false paradigm of capitalism and communism, then the people of Oregon must reject the policies pushed on them by the Federal government.

We are neither capitalists nor communists, but free people living in a constitutional republic. We can craft our republic as we see fit.

If you want peace, prosperity, and individual liberty, do not look to Washington. If you want a sound health care system, high quality public education, fair taxes, just banking laws, and a competitive environment for business, do not look to Washington.

As a citizen of Oregon, grasp a hold of your own government and make it serve the best interests of the people of this State.

Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter Ersun Warncke is a native Oregonian. He has a degree in Economics from Portland State University and studied Law at University of Oregon. At a young age, his career spans a wide variety of fields, from fast food, to union labor, to computer programming. He has published works concerning economics, business, government, and media on blogs for several years. He currently works as an independent software designer specializing in web based applications, open source software, and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications. Ersun describes his writing as being "in the language of the boardroom from the perspective of the shop floor." He adds that "he has no education in journalism other than reading Hunter S. Thompson." But along with life comes the real experience that indeed creates quality writers. Right now, every detail that can help the general public get ahead in life financially, is of paramount importance. You can write to Ersun at: warncke@comcast.net

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Ersun Warncke February 2, 2010 10:14 am (Pacific time)

gp, I don't see any need for succession, although I respect the people who argue for it. I think the overall Federal structure is fine as long as you actually have a State government that acts like a sovereign State government, instead of acting as PR people for whatever policies are handed down to them. For all the talk of "checks and balances" within the Federal government, I think that it is too often forgotten that the most important check on the Federal government is pro-active and innovative State governments.

Roger von Bütow February 2, 2010 8:17 am (Pacific time)

Incredible job! Most excellent! Now could you please move to California and educate our imbecilic political structure and gullible populace? As an avid GONZO GUY too, one could do a lot worse than idolizing HST. Hunter was in the blood lineage of journalistic cynics like H. L. Mencken, Ambrose Bierce, and Philip Wylie. Ever read Carl Hiaasen? Those are pretty good foundations/shoulders upon which to stand and look out over this nation of 300 mediocre used car salespeople, sea-to-polluted-shining-sea, amber waves of contaminated grain and e. coli infested produce.

gp February 2, 2010 5:56 am (Pacific time)

Is this an article for withdrawl from the union? Not a bad idea though I am not sure that control by corporations is not also endemic in Oregon. Seems to me like corporations like Nike, Intel, Boeing and so forth wield lots more power than the city councils and county governments. For instance, in small rural burgs like Yachats, the Development Commission is firmly controlled by the realtors who got rich in the housing bubble, and it has been for a very long time. Environmentalists who would constrain development by acknowledging the true limits to growth are marginalized, tricked, co-opted and ignored. Their ability to fight for a voice is limited by the legal fees. In this way those with the money are able to maintain power.

Jeff Kaye~ February 2, 2010 5:32 am (Pacific time)

This is by far my favorite of all your articles to date, Ersun. Bravo. You have elucidated the political paradox we find ourselves in beautifully. The latest insult - 5 of 9 Supreme Court Justices throwing complete control of our federal government into the hands of the corporations least likely to have the public's interests at heart, is really the last straw. Your "states' rights" tack is dead-on exactly accurate, in that it's the only way to effect real change in the face of this pseudo-fascism fueled by greed and bribery at the highest levels. We can only hope our president continues to honor his pledge to enable and ensure states' rights to govern themselves as they see fit. His declaration of disgust with the high court's ruling to their faces was a thing of beauty, not to be easily dismissed as empty rhetoric. He called on congress to act swiftly to enact legislation which would counter this egregious malfeasance; this incredible miscarriage of "justice". We must also fervently hope that his nomination of Ms. Leonhart to head the DEA is tempered with a caveat to stay out of public health matters, and stick to policing actual dangerous drugs. Oregon's 1 percent of the nation's population may not have much pull with the feds, but folks like you - with courageous words and righteous convictions - can make a difference with the population at the base of our society. Just look at what one person's ideas and ideals can accomplish... Madeline Martinez, of Oregon NORML, established the nation's first "Cannabis Cafe" where MMJ patients can meet out of public view to medicate and mingle in safety. This model of ingenious but simple hospitality and ambience is one that may soon be copied throughout the nation. (Denver recently opened a restaurant serving cannabis cuisine) If anyone can pop a Vicodin anytime, anywhere, then we must establish safe alternatives for wise choices everywhere. These rational "good examples" being set by Oregonians for the nation and the world are also reflected in OCTA2010 and similar initiatives not only in Oregon but in numerous states on the verge of demanding their right to grow what crops they wish, and use the safest medicines available today. We the people, can and will, establish a more perfect union, state by state by state. Let's show the world what democracy really means.

Wingnut February 2, 2010 5:05 am (Pacific time)

Hey, lots of good comments in that piece, Ersun! Sounds like you are hot on the trail of wiping away the facade and seeing clearly. Nice work! Allow me to put a bit of icing on your cake... Readers, capitalists, you DO see the pyramid scheme symbol on the back of the USA one dollar bill, right? You DO see the servitude infestation in capitalism, right? And do you see the "pay up or lose your wellbeing" Chicago mob-like felony extortion widespread within capitalism? Do you see the "join or starve" felony extortion done to the 18 year olds... by this ugly competer's church called capitalism? See how forcing competer's religions onto 18 year olds... kills membership in the cooperator's church (Christianity/socialism)?? Do you understand that AmWay (American Way) (New World Order) got "the exclusive" (legal tender) on the TYPE of survival coupons (money) accepted in supply depots (stores) and leverages 18 year olds into the organization via that felony activity as well? (It puts AmWay-coupon slaving requirements called price tags... on all the survival goods). Do you understand how farmyard pyramids work... from your childhood?? Remember?? Upper 1/3 are "heads in the clouds" while the kids on the bottom ALWAYS GET HURT from the weight of the world's knees in their backs? Still with me? Do you see anything illegal, immoral, or just plain sick... in any of this pyramid scheme's activities? Us American Christian socialists are still patiently awaiting the natural fall of the pyramid-o-servitude, or the busting of the free marketeers felony... by the USA Dept of Justice. Us Christians are VERY CLOSE to issuing a cease and desist order until the servitude and inequality goes away... which means it turns into a commune. Commune is a word we LOVE when used in the word "community"... but its one the caps HATE when used in the term "commune-ism". Go fig. PROGRAMMED!! Do a Google IMAGE SEARCH for 'pyramid of capitalist' to see a full color picture made way back in 1911, when capitalism was first discovered to be a con/sham instigated by the Free Masons/Illuminati. Folks sure bought into the thing... hook, line, and sinker just the same. The caps didn't even check if a string was attached! Now THAT'S easy fishing, eh? Time to level the felony pyramid scheme called capitalism. Abolish economies and ownershipism worldwide, and hurry. Economies just cause rat-racing, and rat-racing causes felony pyramiding. BUST IT, America! Look to the USA military supply/survival system... (and the USA public library system) for socialism and morals done right. Equal, owner-less, money-less, bill-less, timecard-less, and concerned with growth of value-criteria OTHER THAN money-value. Quit doing monetary discrimination immediately, and make it illegal. There are MANY measurement criteria of "value"... not just dollars. Try morals, efficiency, discrimination-levels, repairability, etc etc. Economies are cancerous tumors, and to cheer for their growth... is just insane. Profiting causes inflation, so if caps LIKE inflation, and if they LIKE a terrible time in afterlife when they meet the planet's ORIGINAL OWNER before caps tried to squat it all with ownershipism, then keep it up with the felony pyramiding. I dare you. While us Christians are finally bulldozing that pyramid scheme back to level, lets make servitude and "join or starve" (get a job or die) illegal in the USA, and lets level the architecture seen in USA courtrooms, too. Right now, USA courtrooms are church simulators or "fear chambers", by special design. Sick. Isn't that back-of-the-dollar pyramid... a Columbian freemason symbol? And WHERE is the USA gov located? District of Columbia? (Not even part of the USA!) How much more blatant can ya get? The "Fed" runs a pyramid scheme called the free marketeers. If you're using the "federal reserve note" certificates, or using no-other-living-thing-on-the-planet entitles of ownership, you're bought into a servitude/slavery con/sham... called capitalism. Pyramiding 101. Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt MaStars - Mothers Against Stuff That Ain't Right (anti-capitalism-ists) Bessemer MI USA PS: If this text input box for commenting... were just a little (or LOT) wider and taller... that would be a wonderful thing, huh?

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