CBS Corporation, and NBC Universal. With this type of concentration, it becomes very difficult
to find diversified news in order to form independent opinions. One aspect of this concentration
is the increasing number of negative political ads, many of which have no accountability as to
their factual accuracy. This will end badly if we do not stop the media from undermining the
foundations of our election system. This concentration of media ownership allows billionaires
and corporations to ensure that the politicians who will work to pass self serving legislation
favoring these wealthy elites are elected to office.
One place where the corporate media has not met with great success in controlling is the
independent media on the Internet. Attempts have been made to control access to it, to
create “toll system” , as well as extreme copyright rules. We have seen a veritable alphabet
soup of acts designed to enhance corporate profits and limit the flow of information. Some
examples include PIPA, SOPA, CISPA, and it seems as soon as they are knocked down due to
public resistance, another threat arises. For now, the Internet has remained free and a diverse
source of information, but vigilance must be maintained. Now, think of the effect that the
loss of an open Internet and the increasingly concentrated media ownership will have on
the electorate when combined with the unlimited funding that the Citizens United ruling
allows, as well as the power that the transnational corporations could gain under TPP.
The use of drones for domestic surveillance is becoming more and more common. The FAA
has approved drones for use over the United States and projects that 30,000 drones will be over
our skies by 2020. The EPA is actually using drones to monitor cattle ranchers in Iowa, police
and universities are using them, and cities are using drones to keep an “eye on things”. New
much smaller drones the size of birds and insects are now in development. These smaller drones
will be cheaper to produce and deploy which will likely raise the 30,000 estimate significantly
and will be much harder to detect. Under a government subservient to the corporations, these
drones would effectively be controlled and “regulated” by the corporations. Can you imagine
the misuse of this technology to violate any privacy we may have left and to conduct
The militarization of our police forces is proceeding rapidly. After 9-11, the Department
of Homeland Security gave generous grants to police forces across the nation. Some of the
purchases included riot gear, armored personnel carriers, and even acoustic weapons for small
towns. A nexus has formed between vendors of military equipment and the nation’s police
forces. There are certainly consequences to this militarization of police forces. Once a police
officer is deployed into a situation with full riot gear and military training, the chances of
violence increases significantly even when the protests remain peaceful. There is significant
evidence of this during the Occupy demonstrations.
The roles of police and military are totally different. The police are trained to protect lives, the
military is trained to take lives. Consider how these same military trained riot police would
be used when they are under the effective control of the transnational corporations and
how they would be utilized to silence their critics.
Privatization of Prisons
The privatization of prisons is expanding rapidly. In most societies prisons are run by the state
where the incentive is to have fewer prisoners with a lower recidivism rate. In a private system
the perverse incentive is to maximize the number of prisoners, and raise the recidivism rate in
order to maximize profits. This results in higher numbers of prisoners, broken families, poor
healthcare for inmates, and few resources spent to prepare inmates to reenter society. This
has contributed to the shame of the US having largest prison population on the planet whether
measured in absolute numbers or on a per capita basis, with most prisoners serving time for non-
violent crimes. The private for profit prison industry is growing and has actually influenced
immigration legislation in Arizona in order to gain more inmates and raise profits. Think of the
impact that private prisons, private policing, private contractors providing soldiers for
hire, all with loyalty to $$$ instead of their country. We will quickly devolve into a fascist
controlled state. This aspect of corporate control should be one of the most frightening to
everyone who holds freedom and democracy dear.
Lack of Prosecution For Financial Fraud
If a criminal gets away with committing a crime, there is a strong likelihood that they will
commit it again. The lack of prosecution for the major financial fraud that brought about the
2008 economic collapse almost guarantees that it will happen again. Justice Department officials
have stated that these are difficult and complex cases. However, during the Savings & Loan
crisis, there were thousands of successful felony convictions, despite the fact that it was 1/70
the size of the 2008 crisis. In fact when the 50 Attorneys General were close to starting their
own prosecutions due to the lack of any federal action, the Obama administration stepped in and
negotiated its own agreement.
To paraphrase David Petrovich, the Executive Director for Society For Preservation of
“This agreement granted immunity to the big banks for the criminal robosigning where they
forged documents and fraudulently tried to present them in courts across the country. This
was essentially another bailout of the banks only this time the bailout was not in the form of
money, but rather where changes were made in the law to retroactively transform banks’ illegal
behavior into legal behavior. (Watch how this concept of “retroactive” immunity comes up
again.) Think about what would happen if you or I forged notarized signatures and tried to
pass them off in court. We certainly would serve prison time. Yet, these huge banks were let off
the hook even after forging tens of thousands of these signatures and illegally foreclosing on
We also recently had the spectacle of the Senate Banking Committee “questioning” one
of its largest donors. While wearing presidential seal cuff links, presumably to show
his powerful connections, JP Morgan chair Jamie Dimon, easily handled all the softball questions
asked of him. Dimon lost over $3 billion (and growing) on risky derivative bets and yet these
same senators actually had the audacity to ask him for input and advice on regulating his
bank. Think about the implications of total immunity from prosecution for financial crimes in an environment where the TPP has been approved and global corporations are the effective government.
Lack of Protection for Whistleblowers
The increasing prosecution and harassment of whistleblowers has a chilling effect on
government transparency . The government often prosecutes the whistleblower rather than the
crime that the whistleblower reveals. The Obama campaign in 2008 promised to protect whistle
blowers, but instead he has been waging a relentless war against them. Bradley Manning was
declared guilty by Obama BEFORE he was even charged with any crime, yet the shooting of
the journalists by the US helicopter crew and their callous statements during the shooting was
ignored. When William Binney blew the whistle on the NSA’s huge surveillance program, the
FBI raided his home in an effort to quiet and intimidate him. Corporations as well as government
also often retaliate against whistle blowers. In a corporate state, under the rule of the
TPP, how would the citizens know about the activities of the corporations if there is no
protection for whistleblowers?
Corporate Spying On Americans
The information William Binney made public dramatized the huge scale of the (at that time
) illegal surveillance that was being done on Americans. It also included the fact that AT&T
as well as other communication companies were deeply involved in this illegal spying on
US citizens. Later, as lawsuits against the corporations started to look like they would be
successful, the Obama administration claimed state secrets to kill the lawsuits. Since the
telecommunications industry is another VERY large “contributor” to political loyalists,
Congress showed its gratitude by passing legislation to grant the telecommunication companies
retroactive immunity. (This concept retroactive immunity comes up again.) The questions
that should come to mind are: “if no crime was committed, why were the corporations granted
retroactive immunity, or if crimes were committed, why were these corporations granted
retroactive immunity?” Think of the implications of this in a corporate state, with the increasing
use of smaller and smaller drones in an environment that allows corporations to legally spy
on you. Then also consider this concept of governments granting retroactive immunity for
criminal actions in order to please their major corporate donors. How will the transnational
corporations use these “tools” to maximize their profits or to silence opposition?
What we see is a confluence of forces that has the potential to solidify a shift towards
corporate fascism and encase it in international law. Governments will merely be the tools
of the corporations to provide a degree of separation from the inevitable police state that will
accompany this corporate global governance. Sovereign governments even with all their failings
still have at least some concern for the general welfare of their citizens. Corporations by their
very nature have only one purpose and that is to generate profits. If an individual whose sole
purpose was to blindly enhance profits, without any regard to the standards of what is wrong and
what is right in society, would likely be considered a sociopath by mental health experts.
If the TPP were to be enshrined into international law, these same sociopath corporations would
now lord over sovereign governments, indifferent to criminal law, and beyond the control of
nation-states. They would have the ability to utilize the militaries of some states to wage war on
other “less complaint” states.
Doug Casey of Casey Research recently wrote:
“It’s most unfortunate, but the US and its allies will turn into authoritarian police states.
Even more than they are today. Much more, actually. They’ll all be perfectly fascist – private
ownership of both consumer goods and the means of production topped by state control of both.
Fascism operates free of underlying principles or philosophy; it’s totally the whim of the people
in control, and they’ll prove ever more ruthless. “
There are those who would say that it is unpatriotic to be against corporations, however
should corporations be in the business of governing? An open public debate on the future
role of corporations is needed.
It is vital that the details of this TPP agreement become widely known and circulated. Once it
sees the light of day, it will be defeated because people will oppose it. Sorry, corporations really
are NOT people, they are merely state created entities.
What Can You Do?
Get money out of politics
Until we get money out of politics, corporate control of our government will continue and
because of the Citizens United ruling, will most likely increase. Attempts at a corporate coups
such as this TPP agreement will continue and will keep resurfacing in various re-invented
forms until one day one will be successful. We have already seen this pattern with the repeated
attempts to impose limits the Internet.
There are organizations that are working towards eliminating the corrupting influence of money.
Find out more about them and support their efforts. Some of them include:
End the secret TPP negotiations
Until we bring this process into public view, there is the danger that it will be passed quickly and
secretly with little or no congressional or public input. Once the details of these agreements are
made public, the TPP will defeated, or at the very least modified.
There are organizations that are fighting this TPP agreement and they deserve your efforts and
support. Some of them include:
We have reached a crossroad where either we allow the corporations to take control of our
nations, or we stop them in their attempts. Take an evening off from the TV and make the effort
to make a difference so that you leave your children a better future. Don’t expect others to do
this vital task.