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