These People Know Nothing About Powerology

4 11 2018

Boston

Get the gum out of your mouth, and quit throwing spitballs, because we’re about to start powerology class.

Weak sauce, this is.

The main thing they’re missing is that corporate power in American politics mostly does not impose and manifest itself through the formal electoral process. It does it one level down, in the level of political think tanks, research institutes, NGO-type groups. Corporate power doesn’t buy elected officials on the electoral level, because it doesn’t need to. Not when it funds things like “heritage foundations” or “centers for american progress” or “southern poverty law centers” or “rand corporations” or “american conservative unions” or “anti-defamation leagues” or “centers for military readiness” or “aipacs” or “gopacs” or “moveons” or “americans for prosperity” or the many like them.

That way, the politicians who the corporate power aren’t allowed to buy rely on the think tanks that the corporate power can and does buy for base governing ideologies and meat-and-potatoes legislative applications and for fundamental ideas, and often directly for legislative or executive staffing.

Going one level down further, corporate power can and does influence “respected” academia, “respected” news media, and “respected” popular culture, and that in turn under-girds and influences the think tanks.

The other thing is that, considering the country in which I now live, that being Germany, is a country where legally, corporate power and formal electoral politics are far more separated, and the American concept of lobbying is pretty rare. Structurally, German labor and corporate laws have contributed to a paradigm of equitability to labor and production, way longer and better than the United States. In spite of what one would think be those things precluding this, German corporate power influenced Merkel to do Merkel’s Boner three years ago, and also, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) is more or less lobbies for the Russian government and especially Russian energy business concerns in Berlin and the state capitals.

Proving that power usually finds a way.

And also proving that these people on a crusade about Citizens United are spinning their own wheels and wasting their own time.

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