Corporatocracy is a word invented or at least popularized by American writer John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, The Secret History of the American Empire, Hoodwinked and other books dealing with the unholy marriage of international bankers, multi-national corporations and governments throughout the world but primarily our own government, which is used by bankers and businesses to do their bidding.
John Perkins worked as an economic hitman for a snarl of international companies connected to the World Bank, the IMF and the U.S. Government, including elements of the shadow government, the CIA. In Confessions, his first book, Perkins explains his work as follows: His job was to make sunny economic predictions for Central, South American, Middle Eastern and other countries, always under the beneficent guise of “development,” of ostensibly helping the peoples of those countries prosper. The sunny predictions were promised if the countries followed through on the hitman’s plans for their development. In reality, the only people that prosper from the kind of globalization plans that people like Perkins had been hired to encourage and implement were the banks, businesses, arms merchants and other private military contractors brought in to help “develop” the countries.
Bribes, Threats, Murder
Part of Perkins’ job was to make a country’s leader amenable to multinational business investment, with heavy strings attached, men such as Omar Torrijos of Panama (a great man for his people – getting them jobs, healthcare, education, etc. – however demonized he was, and is, by corporatocracy stenographers in the U.S. mainstream press as a “dictatorial leader”), or Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, or Jacob Arbenz in Guatemala (a democratically elected leader overthrown and murdered by a CIA-backed coupe). Perkins’ job was to offer the leader $7 million in bribes, say, (or much more in the course of his life), in exchange for opening his country for “development.” This was a euphemism for privatizing the country’s water facilities and utilities, and accepting gargantuan loans from the World Bank or the IMF at interest rates so penal the country would never be able to pay for the dams, roads and other infrastructure the sunny projections had assured the leader would benefit the people who lived in the country. Perkins said he liked to “turn” the leader for his employers, because if he failed and that leader refused Perkins’ entreaties to cooperate with the “developers,” the corporatocracy would send in the jackals, CIA and other freelance murderers to give the leader a dose of weaponized cancer (a common way for a South or Central American leader to die “naturally”) or blow up the intransigent leader’s plane, as happened with Torrijos and many others, that is, if CIA couldn’t otherwise “neutralize” the leader with blackmail or other means. If they couldn’t kill him outright, the next option was to send in homegrown paramilitary forces, torture murderers trained by CIA at the notorious School for the Americas and other lovely places. Failing that, the U.S. government would manufacturer some crisis, such as the one President Obama proclaimed yesterday in Venezuela, absurdly calling the tiny country a national security threat to the United States and then send in the marines. This is the same paradigm – the corporatocracy M.O. – that launched the two U.S. military invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 25 years, as well as U.S. military adventures in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama and more surreptitiously in El Salvador, Nicaragua and other places. Noriega, the brutal horror clown who took over in Panama after the murder of Torrijos, was a longtime CIA contract employee, but he stepped out of line, not sufficiently backing Reagan and Bush’s attempts to overthrow elected governments in El Salvador and Nicaragua, not sufficiently sharing in the drug profits (see Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance) and not handing the Panama Canal back to his corporatocracy benefactors. The story in Iraq was similar. Saddam Hussein was another former CIA contract agent who knew his former employers were trying to kill him. He knew their best chance to get to him was to set it up with or have it done by somebody close to him. So he used various doubles to fool his would-be assassins, or else he murdered scores of his own people because he knew that some were indeed out to kill him, at the behest of the corporatocracy. Because the corporatocracy couldn’t remove him or Noriega or Torrijos or Arbenz or Ngo Dinh Diem in Vitnam by other means (and many, many other leaders), they were all either discredited with the help of CIA paid press whores, neutralized, arrested or murdered.
Corporatocracy trumps Democracy
The Corporatocracy is closely paralleled with fascism, which is the marriage of industry and the state, or occurs when the military power of the state is used to enforce the dictates of private industry. In the case of the corporatocracy, industry is so powerful that it has the funds to buy congressmen as well as U.S. Presidents. This has happened for at least 100 years, probably for centuries here and around the world, since the first man took some form of payment from a friend in industry. It’s not a conspiracy; it is simply how the world works. The power of the corporatocracy can easily be seen at home here in the U.S., in the so-called Citizen’s United decision. There, by a judges’ vote of 5-4 (the usual RATS and Kennedy – Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy being the corporate-friendly five), opened the floodgates to corporatocracy power. Citizens United gives people like the Koch brothers unlimited spending power to influence elections, and it’s now public record they have earmarked nearly $1 billion, more than either the Democratic National Committee or the Republican National Committee has in their entire coffers – to buy the country’s 2016 elections. RATS and Kennedy also voted to give international drug companies carte blanche to injure or kill U.S. citizens with generic drugs and never pay any compensation to their victims. See PLIVA v. Mensing and Mutual Pharma. vs. Bartlet.
This is business as usual for the corporatocracy. It threatens democracy, the rights of the people who do the living and bleeding and dying here. Politicians and judges now go to the highest bidder and the entire rotted system is codified by the U.S. Supreme Court. Most ordinary citizens can’t afford to buy a judge, or even a congressman, much less develop a paramilitary organization or a private army.
The good news is that there are petitions being put together across the U.S. to overturn Citizen’s United. The bad news is that all the Republicans in the Senate just voted not to turn off their Citizen’s United money tap. It’s hard to back Obama and the democrats, and it is every bit as hard to back Republicans. Let’s discuss some possible solutions.
Stay tuned. . .