As long as the U.S. remains the most powerful country, a key question for the world will be the quality of governance in the U.S. The relationship between the nature of domestic governance–democratic or corporatist or fascist; capitalist or socialist–and the nature of U.S. foreign policy is tight. A time lag between, say, an elitist domestic policy and an elitist foreign policy may obscure this tight relationship for years, but in the end, democracy at home and a considerate, moderate foreign policy facilitate each other; similarly, a domestic police state and an a militant foreign policy promote each other. Thus, the nature of domestic U.S. governance affects the world just as the nature of U.S. foreign policy affects Americans at home.
You elected those politicians to represent you. Are they, or are they perhaps colluding to enrich themselves by creating a corporate state or, even worse, a fascist state? One of the best clues to this shadowy operation is government facilitation of corporate corruption.
No one, and certainly no government, is perfect, so “perfection”–e.g., the absence of corruption in government–may be a nice ideal but is hardly a realistic standard for daily performance. Therefore, it is perhaps a bit unfair to condemn a government for exhibiting corruption. A more realistic standard for daily performance would be this:
Does the government facilitate or combat corruption in its own ranks and among the broader corporate elite?
That standard is one that separates good governance, i.e., government for the people, from bad governance, i.e., government for the elite. That standard also directly addresses the more particular issue of whether or not a government is moving toward corporatism, i.e., the enrichment of corporate elites at the expense of the society as a whole. That standard also exposes rising fascism, a particularly pernicious form of corporatism.
Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen. [Ron Paul as quoted by CBS News.]
The pro-war political propaganda of a defense industry booster firm reveals one way that war-profiteering corporations promote international tension and war for private gain.
American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.