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How Corporate Power Killed Democracy

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Corporate Power is the Fusion of the Corporation and the State

Richard Moser, counterpunch.org / Popular Resistance 

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December 8th, 2017 | The rise of Corporate Power was the fall of democracy.  Over the long haul, US politics has revolved around a deep tension between democracy and an unrelenting drive for plunder, power and empire. Granted that our democracy has been seriously flawed and only rarely revolutionary, yet the democratic movements are the source of every good thing America has ever stood for.

Since the mid-1970s, when the corporations fused with the state, a new imperial order emerged that killed what remained of representative democracy. Not only would corporations exercise public authority as only government once had, but government would coordinate and serve corporate activity. Power and profits became one and the same. Corporate power has replaced democracy with oligarchy and justice with a vast militarized penal system. Instead of innovative production, they plunder people and planet.

Richard Moser writes at befreedom.co where this article first appeared.

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The Consolidation of Media and Finance: Why the Media Are Lying to You

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  • Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

Sue Ann Martinson, Rise Up Times

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October 30, 2017 |

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Here is the chart on media ownership: note the interlocking companies who own the five big media plus Google and Facebook— and why it matters.

Sue Ann Martinson, Editor, Rise Up Times: Media for Justice and Peace; News, information, stories, commentary, videos and perceptive views on current events, actions, and media issues and links to calendars of Twin City Peace and Justice events.

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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom, Daniel Lazare, Consortium News 


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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

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Shifting the debt burden of bankrupt institutions onto the books of the central bank is not a new or radical idea. UK Prof. Richard Werner, who invented the term "quantitative easing" when he was advising the Japanese in the 1990s, says there is ample precedent for it. In 2012, he proposed a similar solution to the European banking crisis, citing three successful historical examples.

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Ellen Brown, Public Banking Institute / OpEdNews

10/15/2017 | During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island's bond debt. He said on October 3rd:

"You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We're gonna have to wipe that out. That's gonna have to be -- you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that."

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt.

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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The Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.

Part 2: Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet

The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.

Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

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Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/126808.jpg 19 September 2017 | Google has intensified its censorship of left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, cutting the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April.

On August 2, the World Socialist Web Site reported that changes to Google’s search algorithm had led the search traffic of these sites to drop by 45 percent, according to figures by the search analysis service SEMRush.

Andre Damon is a World Socialist Web Site reporter.

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Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet

  • The Constitution does not give the government or powerful corporations the right to proclaim what is “fake” and what is not, what is a “conspiracy theory” and what is “authoritative.”
  • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.

Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

18 October 2017 | The political representatives of the American ruling class are engaged in a conspiracy to suppress free speech. Under the guise of combating “trolls” and “fake news” supposedly controlled by Russia, the most basic constitutional rights enumerated in the First Amendment are under direct attack.

The leading political force in this campaign is the Democratic Party, working in collaboration with sections of the Republican Party, the mass media and the military-intelligence establishment.

Andre Damon is a World Socialist Web Site reporter.

Joseph Kishore is an American activist and writer. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and a writer for the World Socialist Web Site.

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The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.
 

Julia Angwin, ProPublica

Sept. 22, 2017 | On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.

The changes also follow ProPublica’s launch of a crowdsourcing effort earlier this month to collect political advertising from Facebook. Our goal was to ensure that political ads on Facebook, which until now have largely avoided scrutiny, receive the same level of fact-checking by journalists, advocacy groups and political opponents as do print, broadcast and radio political ads. We hope to have some results to share soon.

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