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Monday, August 23

Corporatism Revisted

Today's rant will cover 2 of the 14 characteristics of fascism in honor of BushCo's new overtime rules which will cheat many Americans out of money that they need in order to make a decent living. It is estimated that about 6 million Americans will be affected by these new rules in an economy that has already seen real wages drop for the vast workforce in the U.S. and corporate profits accelerate despite what some economists say about the recovering economy. There are still very few decent jobs and out there, the really good ones have been outsourced so that the corporations can make more profits and unemployment figures have appeared to be improving but that is only because unemployment benefits have run out or people just gave up looking for work. It appears that BushCo is trying to protect corporate cronies from being sued by employees who cheat employees out of pay and to also help widen the gap even more between the "haves and the have nots".

Do any of these characteristics remind you of a particular country that has the initials U.S.A?

9. Power of corporations protected.
Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

Let's look up corporatism in the encyclopedia:

Historically, corporatism or corporativism (Italian corporativismo ) is a political system in which legislative representation is given to corporations such as industrial, professional, or economic groups. Unlike pluralism , in which many groups must compete for control of the state, in corporatism, certain unelected bodies take a critical role in the decision-making process.

Under Fascism in Italy, employers were organized into syndicates known as "corporations" according to their industries, and these groups were given representation in a legislative body known as the Camera dei Fasci e delle Corporazioni.

Corporatism is also used in reference to tendencies in politics for legislators and administrations to be influenced or dominated by the interests of corporations rather than citizens. In this view, government decisions are seen as being influenced strongly by which sorts of policies will lead to greater profits for favored companies.

"Crony capitalism " is a pejorative expression, denoting a type of capitalism in which business success is heavily dependent upon one's connections . In such a system, business decisions are significantly influenced by friendships and family ties, rather than by market forces and open competition . The term, often abbreviated " crapitalism ", is generally used as part of an explanation for why a superficially market-based system fails to generate adequate economic growth. The term has been used to describe the economic systems of Japan ,Indonesia and the United States .

A Corporate police state is a pejorative term for a hypothetical system of government that combines an economy based on private enterprise , especially large business corporations , with a repressive and authoritarian government. It is envisioned that a corporate police state could manifest itself in a kind of modern feudalism , or, in combination with sufficient nationalism and strong state power, could turn into a variant of fascism .

This form of government would use that power to enact laws which maximize corporate profits without regard for personal liberty. The concept has gained some attention as various observers, activists, and demagogues have claimed existence of similarities between some of the current (as of 2004) policies in the United States of America , and the ideal of a corporate police state.

"Fascism should more accurately be named corporatism , since it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini

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