Thursday, April 19, 2012

18 Venn diagrams showing how corrupted American ‘democracy’ really is

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

A phenomenal series of Venn diagrams at the end of this article shows in painstaking detail just how corrupted our political system in the United States has become.

When I look at the the connections of Goldman Sachs, it makes me wonder how anyone thought that people actually had the brazenness to claim that those pointing out the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington conspiracy theorists.

Thankfully, as is often the case, the so-called “Government Sachs” conspiracy theorists were right all along, and when it is laid out as it is above it makes it obvious why this is the case.

These are perfect visual representations of how what should be our government has become a government that serves corporate interests to the detriment of the American people.

Take the White House’s move to block the release of a Monsanto-linked lobbyist’s e-mail, for instance. This is hardly shocking when one considers the numerous connections the global corporation enjoys on Capitol Hill shown below.

Even when the products they are hawking are linked to birth defects and necrosis, these individuals seem to have no problem with actively circumventing everything democracy is supposed to be in order to pursue their corporate interests.

Just like the thoroughly reprehensible activities of the war profiteers who knowingly profit off of death, destruction and suffering, those who lobby for corporations like Monsanto are actively contributing to the problems of the many for the benefit of the few.

It’s truly disturbing to see all of this laid out in such an easily comprehensible manner, especially when one observes the high level positions many of these individuals either once held or currently hold.

Of course, this is only a small portion of the individuals involved in the widespread corporatist corruption that has infected so much of the United States.

There are countless connections to be explored and exposed, especially those which are thrown right in our faces, as is the case with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Corporatism, which can also be called crony capitalism, is, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous forces at work in the United States and the world.

It works to turn governments against the people they are supposed to be working for while not only reducing the standard of living for those who aren’t manipulating the system but also destroying the environment for future generations.

The following clip from last year shows Chris Hedges breaking down exactly how destructive corporatism is in America today on RT’s the Alyona Show:

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Lonegranger said...

The solution to all this greedy political mayhem is the total collapse of the global economy! Just as every other human invention becomes obsolete, so will world government. Inflation is now evident everywhere. It's accelerating perhaps to an unrecoverable point.

The US has no manufacturing base to stimulate. There has been a dramatic alteration in the economic model with the progressive consolidation of industry, finance, and retail. The change began in earnest in the 70's. First retail, then banking in the 80's, industry in the 90's and, finally, dispersion of resources!

There is no source of real wealth that can be generated by the working force in the US to sustain the machine that runs the country.

Many columnists report on the decline of the US, but none speculate on what to expect from a deteriorating social structure. What will the country (world?) be like:

When there are virtually no jobs. When all forms of welfare become unavailable? When Social Security disappears? Taxes cannot be collected? Mortgaged property is abandoned? Smouldering racial disharmony suddenly explodes?

How will law enforcement and the military respond when the choice is between poverty and membership in a privileged class? What will happen when that class is no longer viable?

Have a nice day!

J.G Vibes said...

damn dude....another great article as usual :-)

H.C. said...

Excellent! I always wondered what it would be like to have these compiled. It's important resource to link back to - Thanks!

Anonymous said...

These show nothing, other than So-and-so was a CEO for "A" and also held a political office under "B". It says nothing about corruption. At all. It doesn't outline the political ACTIONS of any of the people listed, once they were in office.
What is does say is that presumably intelligent, hard working people who were able to rise to the top of multinational corporations were elected or appointed to political offices. Better them than someone who spent 30 years at the same corporation and couldn't make it out of the mail room.
I'm not one who believes that an association, or even a long career, with Halliburton (ewwww!) or Philip Morris (shudder!!) makes a person automatically corrupt.

mike said...

That's just very naïve. There are plenty of companies / industries that are not *naturally* corrupt as are Big Oil, Big Pharma, Tobacco, and the Military Industrial Complex to have worked for. You're being a bit silly, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

I know these lists are longer and don't only include democrats. Lets out the whole cabal.

Anonymous said...

You cannot be serious anonymous.
one does not have to be a genius to think that a person who has risen to a position of power would forget to lobby for his buds back at the shop. I am sure most Americans feel as I do that there is no way in hell that theses pathetic excuses for people would leave a high paid job to go and do their civic duty for a pitiful gov. salary. I say pitiful with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. But to listen to you we are to think these are the best and brighteset when more likely they are the dirtiest and sneakiest. Do you think these people make decisions from the goodness of their hearts or from the fattness of their wallets.

Make no mistake. They are there to line the pockets of the companies they are tied to. To think anything else is sophmoric or you are being purposely obtuse.

America's bst interest at heart? cmon--grow up and pop your head out of your backside.

Anonymous said...

If you look at the Comcast diagram, Ron Klink and Paul Bock make Ron Paul if you look at their first names. Ron Paul is the solution to some of this corruption.

Anonymous said...

Every one of these 18 diagrams shows a concrete merging of the interests of the state and the corporations.

In 1932, Mussolini wrote the Doctrine of Fascism. In it he described fasism as "the merging of the interests of the state and the corporations."

These diagrams demonstrate that, at heart, the revolving door between the dominant corporations and government is the door of fascism, the marriage of Big Business and the State, which is the norm. All that is missing to make full-fledged fascism is pre-emptive (and perpetual) war, curtailment of civil rights,ultranationalism (exceptionalism) and demonization of "the enemy," whether Muslim, illegal alien, or black, or commie. Add massive propaganda, dominated by the corporate media, and you have "friendly fascism," preaching of freedom and waving Old Glory while bombing sovereign nations with drones in the name of ending terrorism. Orwell is turning in his grave.

Anonymous said...

The Venn Diagrams are worthy of close study. Much of this is nearly impossible to verify with my limited time. I think this collection is needlessly weighted against Democrats (BTW: I'm a conservative). The knucklehead in the video is clueless. He is trying to make a connection between pro-lifers and corporate facism. Between those who question evolution, and government corruption. Between the tea party and civil unrest. What a clown! He just wants to create a pathway to introduce communism.

Anonymous said...

well, the words 'conflict of interest' come to mind...
something like a privatized prison system, or medicine for profit... it kinda makes sense that in those 'private' profit-making sectors recruiting of costumers/clients and continuation of profit-making would be the mission, in fact the mission statement of monsanto is: 'we cannot afford to lose even a single dollar'...
when a government is actually formed to serve the people, not the people serve the government. the laws arise to serve humanity, not humans serving the laws, humanity can uphold the laws only as long as those laws support and foster humanity. If those law do not support and sustain human and humane and civilized social existence, then those law systems fall apart. And if you want to know what laws support humanity... just ask...

stevor said...

Boy, this guy has it mixed up. So, he's against obama but thinks Communism is good?
obama wants to DESTROY the USA and put in a New World (fascist) Order and this clown seems totally mixed up as to what obama is doing toward that and what is not.
(he swallows that the Tea Party is bad? Geez, he ought to go to a rally and see he's wrong)

nichy said...

hard to swallow theory. where is ibm, yahoo, apple. integral IT companies in all of this? in retrospect, the US govt intervened on bailing out these distressed assets, so they have interest to monitor... only fair one would think!

Anonymous said...

Awsome article. It is great to have names names names.

They would rather hid behind an entity or name to cloak their names and faces and remain invisible.

The faceless strawman entity that everyone can beat on and complain about but nothing accomplished. Oh it's The Man, The Powers That Be, Big Goverment, Big Corporations, Corrupt Politicans, The Nannny State, Police, or International Banksters, etc etc.

Really it's people, people, people, with names and faces that hide in the shadows of illusory strawman entities that people constantly complain about instead of the actual people with names and faces.

Now when some asks, so who is the government- I have some names

Thanks for the research.

Anonymous said...

Is everybody Jewish in USA? Look at the names on the graphs.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post. You nailed the corruption in a very graphic way.

I'm very disturbed though by some of my fellow posters'comments which I suspect are representative of the widespread complacency and naivete that has allowed this demise into corruption.

E.g. just because these politicians have worked for X Company it doesn't mean that they're corrupted.

Would we feel so easy if they'd confessed membership of, say, the Freemasons? Or an extremist/facist youth movement? Or the Young Communists?

My point is that it's human nature to develop a loyalty for those organisations to which we commit ourselves and forever have a soft spot for them and the friends we made in them.

There's also the point that once one has been acculturated into any organisation, one can lose one's sense of rectitude. Look at all the fervent Enron people who seemed to be almost evangelical about their company - and were shocked when the bubble burst because they genuinely couldn't see what was wrong about that 'business model'.

I knew a Christian guy, a lay preacher, Scout Leader, church council member, deeply involved in all the church activities and activism against war, poverty, hunger etc. He worked for one of the planet's biggest WMD/nuclear weapons manufacturers. When I asked him about this blatant conflict, he really genuinely couldn't see it: it was like he'd blocked off some part of his mind to what his paid work was supporting. He could have gone to work for, say, medical research or a campaign outfit but it wouldn't have paid half as much.

That's what corruption is in its 'purest' form: the inability to understand how damaging a company or agency is because you are too close to it and one's association brings personal benefits.

The politicians are no different. Even if they believe that they're untainted, they will have far more allegiance to the people they worked with than the greater mass of their constituents or humanity - and won't see their own corruption because it's ego shattering for most people to accept and understand their own part in a corrupt system.

@Longranger - What will the country look like? How will the military and law enforcement respond? We don't have to imagine it! We just have to look at what the gov is actually doing and stockpiling: building FEMA camps, buying millions of bodybags and millions of .40 shells.

I agree that a reset is now a viable solution - 'doing an Iceland' on a world scale. You can't keep servicing debt by borrowing or counting debts as assets and selling them on. It looks good on paper, but it's insanity.

And globalisation has wrecked the immediate means by which we the people could have more speedily clawed our way out of this craziness. It'll take us years to rebuild small businesses, small manufacturing outfits etc. But we must note that globalisation and insane banking/accounting practices were and still are actively promoted by most of those in the above diagrams.

It strikes me that the most obvious solution in governance terms is to rejig politics into a sort of priestly vocation which demands poverty, chastity, obedience and service to others above all. The historical model is there and more successful in key ways than our political models. And there's nothing in the rule book that says politicians must be millionaires/greedy, powerful...Do you think any of the Venn diagram lot would buy it though?!

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Anonymous said...

would you rather have someone that has no idea what theyre doing on any of these jobs?

Anonymous said...

Why is Planned Parenthood included in this list of "corporate interests?" Planned Parenthoods are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations that exist to provide health and reproductive services to women and men, particular those who are low-income and don't have easy access to other healthcare providers. Even calling it "special interest" is basically labeling women a "special interest group," despite the fact that women are 51% of the population. The inclusion of Planned Parenthood in this list makes absolutely no sense both because of it's organizational status and goals (aka, affordable and easy access to basic reproductive and sexual health care for women and men), other than the author of this article betraying a personal bias.

Anonymous said...

Great well documented article, only one circle missing___The military industry__Showing Companies like Halliburton, GeneralDynamics, NorthrupGrumman, Carlyle, LockheedMartin, Raythion, etc... and their lobbeyists.

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