Thursday, November 10, 2011

1% vs 99%? Reality check and some soul searching

I’m not a demographer, a statistician, or a sociologist, but I don’t need to be to know that the slogan “1% vs 99” is not a factual statement. You undoubtedly know that, too. It’s a rallying call. It also symbolizes an actual fact, namely, that among industrialized nations America has the worst income gap and the worst ranking on all other important socioeconomic indices.

But I’ll play amateur demographer for a moment and estimate that 1% amounts to about two and one-third million adults if my figures are correct. That leaves roughly 228 and one-half million adults for the 99% of the rest of us adults, obviously an overwhelming majority. It’s just as obviously underwhelming in wealth and, more importantly, power. The “1% vs 99%” can’t begin to convey the real imbalance in power. 

So a slogan closer to reality would be “corpocracy vs the rest of us,” and the 99 percenters unorganized and unguided as we are will never be able short of a bloody revolution (that should absolutely be avoided) to unseat the 1 percenters. 

Another slogan closer to reality would be “have’s vs have nots.” You probably know that, too. If we define the “have nots” as Americans living below the poverty line, then they are the 15 percenters. That figure would rise somewhat if we used living wage as a bottom line. In any case, whether 15 percent or some figure a bit larger, the “haves” greatly outnumber the “have-nots.”

The next slogan I’ll mention closer to reality is “exploiters vs exploited.” Nearly half a century ago I did a doctoral dissertation on the matter of exploitation. But a PhD isn’t required obviously to know that exploitation means taking advantage of people and situations in anticipation of personal gain and at the expense of the people and situations exploited.

Exploitation, needless to say, is very unethical behavior. It breeches most if not all the universal ethical values such as those of honesty, keeping promises, caring for and respecting others. But also needless to say, the corpocracy’s exploitation plunges far below the bottom line of ethical behavior by causing through unregulated actions and products and endless and unnecessary wars (necessary only for expanding the self interests of the corpocracy) an inferno of human misery and death everywhere.

If we take into account that the corpocracy’s exploitation spans the globe, then the imbalance becomes almost unfathomable, and we have another slogan closer to reality, “billions vs a few millions.” When thousands of protestors hit the streets anywhere on the globe they are essentially protesting a global corpocracy led by American multinational corporations and their compliant government partner.

I would guess that all of the “have-nots” are among the most exploited. What about the “haves” (of which I’m definitely a member)? Are we sometimes exploiters as well as targets of exploitation? We can take for granted that genuine members of the corpocracy (e.g, powerful corporate interests and their government pawns) are exploiters day in and day out, but what about the rest of us “haves” outside of the corpocracy? What about you and me? These questions lead to some soul searching do they not? I give you three personal examples after having searched my own soul.

One, I detested the Vietnam War, but other than to close friends I did not speak out about say, the exploitation of draftees, because I was a government employee. Two, I waited until I retired from government service to write the Devil’s Marriage, a book about the corpocracy’s massive exploitation of people and situations. Three, because they matched the ones replaced, I recently bought some major appliances from a corporation that I knew well beforehand is a recidivist scofflaw and a master exploiter (e.g., in outsourcing jobs and not paying income taxes).

In these three examples I behaved as an ally of the corpocracy, the citadel of exploiters and their exploitation. To paraphrase Pogo, I have met the enemy and it’s sometimes me, hardly though on the scale of an ally like the US Chamber of Commerce. I am certain that most of us “halves” outside the corpocracy are far more often being exploited by it than in exploiting it. It takes some real cunning for the powerless to exploit the powerful

So, in closing, where does the foregoing leave us? One, the corpocracy is much mightier and invincible than throwing around the epithet of the 1% could ever suggest. Two, to end the corpocracy the “have-nots” must be aided by a goodly number of “haves” outside the corpocracy. And finally, three, the corpocracy pervades every sphere of life, and so we may willingly or not, let it compromise us in small to larger ways occasionally but that need not incapacitate us from launching what I call “two-fisted democracy power” (see as a peaceful and legal way to achieve major political, legislative, judicial and economic reforms and in so doing to rid America of her corpocracy and fulfill what the framers of the Constitution promised in its preamble, to promote the general welfare.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

5 star review of the Devil's Marriage

Here is the first customer review, and a five star one, for my new book:

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Gary Brumback's book "The Devils's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch" is much more than a warning that powerful corporations have taken over our political system and that the middle class is on the verge of extinction. It is also a handbook for political action, for those who wish to fight for a government that is responsible to the people, not to corporations.

In Part Three "Unleashing Democracy Power: The Possibilities" Brumback discusses in detail how people can organize and take back their government. He points out that we must act soon, else democracy, in any true sense of the word, will cease to exist. What is most refreshing about the book is the practical organizing procedures Brumback presents, procedures that if followed would allow us to fight the powerful corporations that now dominate our government.

I have read dozens of books detailing how our government has been invaded and taken over by corporate powers, but this is the first book that has given me hope that these powers can be successfully fought. Brumback gives his e-mail address towards the end of the book and ask his readers for suggestions.

Gary Brumback has given us the tools we need to fight for a government of the People, by the People, and for the People. It is now up to us to use these tools.

My website, gives a good overview of the book.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Congress/White House debt ceiling talk --it's all babble

Lower the bad debt from tax havens and endless, winless wars and raise the good debt from rebuilding America. Bad debt benefits the wealthy and war profiteers. Good debt benefits the general welfare, one of the purposes of America's  creation as stated in the Constitution. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thought for today

The corpocracy is a kleptocracy that has stolen our democracy from us, along with many Americans' jobs and adequate standard of living.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Cliches

Let's honor our fallen veterans without mouthing tired cliches like, "Remember the price of freedom."

Let's remember the horrible price of war and its legacy, more war.

War is exactly what the corpocracy propagandizes with the help of mindless cliches.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What is a conservative/progressive?

A person who wants to keep what's right and change what's wrong. If most Americans were conservative/progressives America would be a much better, more peaceful nation.

Why isn't the U.S. a member of the International Criminal Court

If the U.S. were a member of the International Criminal Court, the supreme ruler of law on earth, how many U.S. presidents and other politicians would be indicted as war criminals? Several come to my mind.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Obama with the forked tongue

When Obama recently spoke in London and addressed the Israel/Palestinian stalemate he said this:
“We fight an enemy that respects no law of war, we will continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard — by living up to the values and the rule of law that we so ardently defend… We will proceed with humility… Ultimately, freedom must be won by the people themselves… But we can and must stand with those who so struggle.”

Israel and the U.S. are two of the countries that have never signed onto the International Criminal Court. It oversees an international rule of law.

Why hasn't the U.S. ever become a member of this court? My answer later.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Corporate/Political Balance Sheet vs Life's Balance Sheet

I'm writing this after yet another one of the endless news reports about the corpocracy's disregard for human rights and life.

The nearly 30 miners trapped and dead in a Va coal mine could have been prevented if the mining co had followed preventive maintencance and the federal government had been overseeing mine safety.

My American friends, millions of Americans have been killed over the decades because the corporate and political balance sheets overrule our life's balance sheets.

What is a "life balance sheet?" Read our Constitution. Its preamble promises that our government will promote the general welfare. On an ideal life balance sheet, one's standard and quality of living would be at least acceptable, not just bearable or intolerable. And America, among advanced countries, would not look like a third-world country in terms of joblessness, income gap and the like.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Secretary of War

The Secretary of War, preparing to leave his post, warned against dangerous cuts in the war budget. In a Washington Post article, Michael Gerson wrote that ""The most obvious defense cuts have already been made."

I responded: "Not true at all. The most obvious cut would be in cutting out all expenses for wars that profit the war industry and politicians, slay millions, and never settle conflicts. What would be the risk of doing so? Peace. It's too much of a risk for the corpocracy where peace doesn't pay."

America's corpocracy excells at turning plowshares into swords. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

E-Mails from Russ Feingold

I get periodic e-mails from Russ Feingold addressed "Friend," which tells you we are not personal acquaintances.

In case you don't know him he's the founder of Progressives United. Here's what   Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post said about him when he launched the new political party: "When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, who lost his re-election bid in November, is continuing on his principled -- and often lonely -- path by starting an organization to combat corporate influence in politics, an effort he hopes will spark "a new progressive movement" that will truly hold elected officials accountable."

I sometimes send Russ, I mean, Mr. Feingold, a reply. He never never has acknowledged them.

So I'm going to repeat my reply to him today. 

In his e-mail to me today, May 17, 2011 he was asking me to: Contribute $5 now to help us shame some of the anti-transparency senators and representatives by running online ads targeting their constituents.

Here's my reply: Mr. Feingold, thank you for not being another Joe McCarthy from Wisconsin. Thank you for starting Progressives United even though there are already too many progressive groups divided and conquered by the corpocracy. Thank you for your attempts to "decorporatize" our government.  You have a long way to go.

I suggest you read my book, The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy in the Lurch. There are in it scads of political, legislative, judicial, and economic reform proposals. If you buy and read it and also sign my petition at I will contribute $5. 

Mr. Feingold, I bet you $5 you won't even respond to me personally in your own words and not those from or given to a staff member. 

Gary Brumback

What do you think, bloggers? Will I have to pony up $5? I hope so.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stop Warfare, Not Medicare: A Pathetic Personal Experience but Still Undaunted

I’ve never been a street demonstrator, until now. Odd age to start, going on 76. 

What got me up from the PC and out onto the street was an e-mail from Daniel Mintz and his team members of the Political Action Team this last April 20. Here’s the basic message.

Dear Gary, Unbelievable. They really voted to eliminate Medicare. Last week, all but four House Republicans voted for a budget that eliminates Medicare for anyone born after 1957. It's time Representative John Mica heard from us, loud and clear: voting to end Medicare is completely unacceptable and we will hold you accountable.

This week the House is on recess and Rep. Mica will be at home in his district. Can you drop by Rep. Mica's office in Palm Coast at noon on Thursday to deliver the message with other MoveOn members? 

It's critical that Rep. Mica hears from his constituents how angry they are about his vote. Put a personal message inside an empty prescription drug bottle and deliver it any time during business hours.
Thanks for all you do. –Daniel, Stephen, Wes, Carrie, and the rest of the team

I decided to make my own poster on cardboard and paste it to the back of a beach ball wood paddle; “STOP WARFARE, NOT MEDICARE.” And off I went to Rep. Mica’s office.

What happened next was no more effective than if I had aimed a crowd’s flatus at an oncoming tornado trying to repel it. There was no crowd. Two people in the parking lot, three prescription bottles at the foot of Mica’s door. Period. Zippo. I left a bookmark about my new book and a note, returned home and started thinking about writing this blog.

But I remain undaunted. I will stay the fight against the corpocracy. I hope you will, too.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Get free copy of my new book

The corpocracy is strong and united, with allies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Its opposition is weak and divided, just what the corpocracy wants.

We need, as a start, a U.S. Chamber of Democracy to unite non-governmental organizations fighting like Lone Rangers and unsuccessfully the corpocracy.

Get a free copy (limited time offer) of my book, The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch, by getting 20 signatures on a petition to these NGOs. See my website for details.

Gary brumback

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Note to the President of the American Humanist Association

May 10, 2011
Note to David Niose

I applaud you for your article, Corporate Power and Today’s Humanist, in the May/June, 2011 issue of The Humanist.

There would be little corporate power today if corporations and their allies got no “power gifts” (e.g., corporate welfare, corporate personhood, lax corporate charters, lax regulations and law enforcement, etc., etc) from “our” government. These gifts are part of the government’s overflowing, uneven, and unending dowry in its Devil’s marriage to powerful corporate interests that created the “corpocracy.”

The modern-day corpocracy began during the “corporate revolution” in the early 1970s and has become America’s worse enemy. It is ruling and ruining America. Among advanced countries America has the greatest income inequality; highest unemployment; greatest insecurity over putting food on the table; lowest life expectancy at birth; and largest prison population (minus unaccountable corporate criminals). The corpocracy has also shrunk the middle class; catered to the wealthy elite; left millions of Americans without health insurance coverage; and has started endless, unwinnable, costly wars for profit and power that snuff out millions of lives, fuel terrorism against America, and sacrifice the general welfare. 

The corpocracy is omnipotent and omnipresent. Its opposition is weak and divided. Mr. Niose, you were absolutely correct in concluding  your article by saying that “---returning corporations to the role of the public’s servant, not master, must be a primary goal of the humanist movement of our generation, working together with [the wider progressive movement].”

The corpocracy will never be ended, true democracy will never be reclaimed, or the general welfare of the people ever restored if the corpocracy’s opposition remains fragmented. It needs to be united, guided by a strategic plan of political, legislative, judicial, and economic reforms backed by mobilized and organized public pressure.

Mr. Niose, I would like to refer you to the new book, The Devil’s Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch. It is described in the website, This book has garnered considerable praise. It contains numerous proposals for sweeping political, legislative, judicial, and economic reforms. I can see many ways in which your organization (and mine, since I am a member), the American Humanist Association, could take an active role. For example, AHA could spearhead the creation of a U.S. Chamber of Democracy, a counterpoint to the corpocracy’s strong ally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The new USCD could be the fulcrum for organizing opposition to the corpocracy.   

Non-theists and theists alike with conscience will surely agree that the corpocracy must be ended through peaceful and legal means. If the corpocracy is not ended, it will some day end America. Abraham Lincoln once said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

I am posting a copy of this note to my blog site in the hope it will rally support behind you in opposing America’s own worse enemy.

Please let me hear from you. And if I can be of any help to you, please let me know how.

Best regards for humanity and for America’s future,

Gary Brumback

Help Unite the Corpocracy's Opposition

The corpocracy is America's own worst enemy. The corpocracy is powerful, its opposition weak and divided.

There are over 100 non-governmental organizationals opposed to the corpocracy but they are acting like Lone Rangers. Please go to this link:  and sign the petition to these NGOs to unite in their fight against the corpocracy. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

America desperately needs a new party, the American Party

As I write this the U.S. Congress is less than 48 hours away from the very real possibility of shutting down the "people's" government because of a budget impasse. Not only is the federal budget at play but so is the very future of America. Both of the major political parties are corporate pawns, but the “Repugnantlican” Party, spurred on by its Tea Party fringe, is going over the edge in the fight over reducing a sliver (12%) of the non-defense discretionary budget. It’s an outright bribe to the wealthy, including the corporate elite, to help obliterate the other party.  

America as a fledgling nation had no political party for the first 20 years of so of its life. America’s leaders distrusted them. But Americans are not ready for an entirely new political system. However, if they want to prevent America, as they must, from throwing yet more ordinary Americans into poverty and from eventually self-destructing by its endless warring, the time is urgently now to create a new party, one that would be for a new breed of truly public, not corporate servants, and would also welcome any democrats who denounce the corpocracy, or the devil’s marriage between big business and big government, with big business calling all the shots.   

New parties have not fared well in our history. But a new party is absolutely an imperative now. Let’s call it the American Party. It would meld together all the elements that most human beings share. For example: We are all human beings. All human beings everywhere have a history of honoring more often than not universal human values (e.g., respect and caring for others who ever the others are). All human beings living in America who are citizens are American citizens. All American citizens have a responsibility to practice good citizenship behavior. All American citizens have a responsibility to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which says nothing about corporate rights and doesn’t even mention corporations because the framers distrusted them.     

From such common elements as these a new party and a new platform could be created. Politicians who are democrats but who denounce the corpocracy would be invited to join the party. The dozen or so existing progressive parties and political action groups would be invited to join.

This couldn’t happen overnight. All non-Repugnantlicans must vote out the Repugnantlicans in the 2012 election but with a clear warning: This is the swan song for the Democratic Party also. This the is the beginning of the American Party and the beginning of a new and liberated America, one that among advanced countries is not worse in unemployment rate, is not worst in income inequality gap, is not worst in life expectancy at birth, is not worst in insecurity over where the next meal is coming from, is not worst in prison population (minus the absence of corporate criminals), does not have a soaring poverty rate, does not neglect the uninsured, does not neglect a quality education for the inheritors of our nation, does not neglect domestic needs while spending on needless, endless, winless, deadly wars.  

Please think about it. A new America Party could reclaim democracy, rebuild America, and help provide for the general welfare that is one of the purposes of our Constitution. If George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and even FDR could return and see what is happening today I am convinced they would want to lead the American party.

What do you think about America’s future? About 80% of Americans reportedly think America is on the decline.

What are you going to do? Remain silent? Please don’t. Remain passive? Please don’t.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two new books on politics and corporations for $1.00 or free

Party Politics: Don’t Get Caught Speechless!

This new little book be ordered for $1.00 on by clicking Kindle books and my name and book title. If you would prefer to read a printable version free I will send you a virus-free copy attached to an e-mail message.


Party Politics is a prelude to my new book, The Devil’s Marriage (see my website,  Party Politics is a lighter and much shorter version that has one-liners as well as some more serious narrative you can use if you wish whenever the party talk or talk wherever you happen to be turns to politics and the sad state of the union, a union that is headed to “ruination” if the corpocracy isn’t ended.

Corporations and the Gold Standard

This new little book and can also be ordered for $1.00 through If you would prefer to read a printable version free I will send you a virus-free copy attached to an e-mail message.


No corporation, even one purely corpocratic in its people and operations, is inherently or pathologically destructive. Consequently, any corporation could potentially be a candidate for positive self reform that would free it from dependence on government and an undemocratic capitalism. The aim of this very short book is to sketch a model of a great corporation that could depend on its own positive performance in seeking the gold standard of corporate greatness. If the badvantages of the corpocracy were ever to be eliminated, corporate self reform will be essential for survival.

My e-mail address is
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