Plus Ca Change, Plus Cest La Meme Chose

We are witnessing yet another round of the “theatre of the absurd,” or what I also call the political/judicial circus, the biggest, most expensive, and unending show ever in America. I’m referring to the opening of the 112th show from Congress. The Republicans, now in charge of the House, have rehearsed their parts and can’t wait to get big government off the backs of big business. New House speaker, John Boehner, proclaimed that Congress is going to give government back to the people. Fat chance.

“The more things change, the more they are the same.” Neither of the party twins, both pawns of Corporate America have done anything since the 1970s but perpetuate “hands-off” (i.e., deregulations and lax enforcement) and “hand-outs” (i.e. corporate welfare, including “warfare welfare”) government when it comes to dealing with big business.

Dangerous to America: Deregulation and an Unbridled Free-Market

The proof is already in the flattened pudding that free-market theory and its practice are utterly unworkable, destructive, and a hypocritical ploy by the corpocracy, the “devil’s marriage” between corporations and government. Economic Katrina (i.e., the Second Great Depression) in which Main Street was swamped by Wall Street is what happens when corporations and banks are free to plunder.

Corporations and their allies naturally loathe government regulations. President Jimmy Carter started the trend toward deregulation; President Ronald Reagan accelerated it with gusto; President Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and promptly began deregulating everything in sight including the financial services industry; and President Bush’s anti-regulatory actions even outdid Reagan’s record. The party twins know who butters their bread.

One industry after another has been deregulated while the public is told in each instance how competition and efficiency would be boosted, resulting in lower prices and better  products and services. It’s the hollow free-enterprise promise that never fails to leave the public holding the bag and worse, as when the deregulated energy industry creates blackouts to jack up energy prices; when deregulated toy makers make toys that can kill; when deregulated tires explode on the highway; when the deregulated agricultural industry lets mad cow disease happen; when deregulated drugs and medical devices kill patients, etc., etc.

Anti-trust regulation is especially weak and toothless. No corporation or bank should be allowed to get so big that when they are on the brink of failing they are bailed out by the government (i.e., the taxpayers) simply because they are deemed “too big too fail.” Free-market ideologues claim that antitrust regulation limits competition. But huge corporations and monopolies are what limit if not kill competition. Moreover, corporate size encourages corporate lawlessness. That is, the bigger the corporation the more likely it will have the opportunity, the incentive, the swagger, the clout, and the impunity from going criminal when it’s the surest way to fatter profits.

Dangerous to America: The Corporate “Get Out of Jail” Card

Speaking of impunity that is almost always what happens when corporations run afoul of the law. Never mind that much of corporate wrongdoing is legal because our government has made it legal, there is enough illegal wrongdoing by corporations left over to cause, says the private watchdog and anti-corporate crusader, Ralph Nader, “more damage to people’s health, safety, and economic resources by far than crime in the streets.”

Government protection of corporate criminality is too big a subject to go into detail here. I would have to describe and critique each of the many corporate “escape hatches” (e.g., legal loopholes, etc., etc) and the many forms of prosecutorial pampering (e.g., deferred prosecutions, etc., etc). Contrast this hands-off approach to corporate crooks by our government to the case of petty thieves in at least one state who are imprisoned for life with little chance of parole if they are convicted of petty thievery three times. The U.S. Supreme Court, incidentally and not surprisingly, upheld the state’s “three strikes and you’re out law.”

No, I will not belabor further how our government protects corporate wrongdoing and the harm it does. I will simply say that the American people ought to be able to rely on their government to protect and promote their health, safety, and general welfare from being endangered by corporate exploitation. But their government is not their government any more. It is a government of, for, and by U.S. corporations.

How can Americans reclaim their government and make it promote and support their own general welfare? Short of a revolution, and that would be a bloody mistake even though Thomas Jefferson thought every generation needs a revolution, Americans will have to unite and mount political pressure guided by a coalition of anti-corpocracy NGOs to pursue legally and peacefully wholesale political, judicial, and economic reforms. Who in America has the stature to lead the way? FDR, with the help of public outrage, crushed the corpocracy of the Flapper Era. Who could be a new FDR? You tell me. I would pick either Ralph Nader or the Rev. Jessie Jackson, but the one is wrongfully blamed for Gore’s defeat and the other would probably be acceptable only to the color blind.

What is America’s future? You tell me. America needs an ambulance and keeps getting a hearse instead. I think America is getting closer to the cemetery and farther away from the emergency ward.

Gary Brumback, PhD, is a retired psychologist and Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He is the author of The Devil’s Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch; and America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying. His most recent book is “911!” Read other articles by Gary, or visit Gary's website. He can be contacted at Read other articles by Gary, or visit Gary's website.

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  1. bozh said on January 8th, 2011 at 11:26am #

    when u have obtained monopoly at latest 10kyrs ago and made into law [in some societies] why change it if u don’t have to?
    and especially in view that is is voted in by 99% of ballots cast.
    and also on plain view that ?all dissidents only complain about an unseeable duopoly instead seeable monopoly.

    now u understand why the other monopolies– the ones of the infrahumans r idemonized! and not only by the ‘duopoly’, but also by the triopolic side– the socalled dissident side or actors-factors. tnx

  2. bozh said on January 8th, 2011 at 11:36am #

    the above post shed’s light on why nader received only ab. 700k votes.
    it is because of duopolic state of affairs of u.s: dems-repubs on one side and the ‘dissident ‘side’ on the other side dose not want joe and josephine to rule america.

    how about nader? what doe she want? it seems to me he wants joe and josephine to stop looking in and come in finally! tnx

  3. hayate said on January 8th, 2011 at 6:13pm #

    “We are witnessing yet another round of the “theatre of the absurd,” or what I also call the political/judicial circus, the biggest, most expensive, and unending show ever in America. I’m referring to the opening of the 112th show from Congress. The Republicans, now in charge of the House, have rehearsed their parts and can’t wait to get big government off the backs of big business. New House speaker, John Boehner, proclaimed that Congress is going to give government back to the people.”

    I wonder if this was their opening shot:

    Arizona Rep. Giffords shot, at least 5 killed

    By TERRY TANG, AMANDA LEE MYERS and DAVID ESPO, Associated Press Terry Tang, Amanda Lee Myers And David Espo, Associated Press – 34 mins ago


    Giffords had been target of violent threats
    By Zachary Roth


    I wonder if this shooter was a regular “hate radio” listener and viewer of the fox hate network?

  4. hayate said on January 8th, 2011 at 7:02pm #

    Sheriff Clarence Dupnik: “Not convinced” gunman acted alone

    Posted: Jan 08, 2011 5:25 PM PST Updated: Jan 08, 2011 5:45 PM PST

    “Sheriff Dupnik also confirmed that two individuals at this crime scene tackled the suspect. He said there is reason to believe that the gunman came to the location with another individual. Dupnik told reporters his office has pictures of a “person of interest” in this case.

    Dupnik described the tragic event as a day of “personal sadness for all of us in the room.” He went on to say he “hoped all Americans are as saddened and as shocked as we are. I hope that most of them are as angry as I am. I think it’s time as a country that we do a little soul searching. Because the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear from people in the radio business and from some of those in the TV business…this is not the nice United States that we grew up with.”

    Dupnik went on to say that “pretty soon we are not going to be able to find willing decent people to subject themselves, to serve in public office.”


  5. hayate said on January 8th, 2011 at 7:20pm #

    More from Dupnik:

    Arizona Rep. Giffords shot, 6 killed in rampage

    “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” the sheriff said. “And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”


  6. hayate said on January 9th, 2011 at 3:47pm #

    Suspect in attack on congresswoman acted alone [well of course he did, cant have a “lone nut” with accomplices, it just doesn’t look right – h]

    By PAULINE ARRILLAGA and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press Pauline Arrillaga And Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press – 1 hr 2 mins ago

    “Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Sunday that Loughner acted alone.”


    Does that mean the 2nd guy they were looking for yesterday turned out to be working for the u.s. guv or had important zionist connections or both?

  7. mary said on January 10th, 2011 at 5:05am #

    Some war propaganda in this ZBC report. I thought that Rhee seemed to be a rather pugnacious type when he was answering questions immediately afterwards.

    ‘Paramedics then took her to a nearby hospital where trauma surgeon Peter Rhee, a former military doctor who served in Afghanistan, and his team worked with impressive efficiency.’


    He probably had a lot of experience with cutting skulls in half. and removing bullets.

    ZBC extols the triumph of whitey medicine and explosive technology in a psychopathic context.

    ‘much dead brain tissue,’ ??? how could they be sure. Madness is mentioned but PTSD is not, of which there are 750,000 in the bloody states.

    I remember vividly in ‘Bowling for Columbine ‘ Moore’s interview with the shrivelled Charlton Heston. The latter – ‘we have been up to our elbows in blood since we first colonised NA.’ Conclusion – the killing and the maiming, the deep cruelty, is habitual. As with ”Israel’ and the other axis member, the UK, it is lethal. In the latter, killing is glorified on every day of the year.

  8. mary said on January 10th, 2011 at 7:32am #

    Many of those calling Tucson a tragedy etc were calling for Assange’s assassination and the poor little nine year old “born on 9/11” is indeed a poor mite.

    On 27th December Obomber’s troops in Afghanistan killed eight school children, allegedly also dragging some, physically, screaming from their classroom. We didn’t hear much about that did we. Or the 500 Iraqi academics (in main stream press) assassinated under US/UK watch.