Thursday, June 2, 2016

Gary Brumback — America’s Corpocracy: Conspiracy Theory or Conspiracy Reality?

I was prompted to write this article when a twitter contact of mine wondered whether some of my writings about the corpocracy amounted to a conspiracy theory. Having been a behavioral scientist most of my adult life I know a thing or two about what’s theory and what’s not. I don’t know how anyone, scientist or lay person, could mistake the corpocracy for a theory. I doubt if any readers of articles published in the alternative news media would confuse the two. Nevertheless, I want to tell you what I have learned over the years.
Dissident Voice
America’s Corpocracy: Conspiracy Theory or Conspiracy Reality?
Gary Brumback, doctorate in organizational psychology, retired in 1995 from a career of private research and government consulting and policy development


Ryan Harris said...

"Principles of Economics" has been used by tens of millions of US students as their only exposure to economics while in college. And we know a group of like minded people produce situations that are nearly indistinguishable from a conspiracy whether or not they coordinated actively, and together planned.

Tom Hickey said...

Corprocacy began with the East India Company as a real conspiracy. Then deal was the crown would give the private company owned by cronies a corporate charter to conduct activity that would eventually be taxes, which is all the crown was interested in in. The government was not interested in running the colonies since it was absorbed in diplomacy and wars.

This was the origin of the institutional arrangement between government and corporations that would eventually lead to corporate take over of government through the revolving door, campaign finance and lobbying.

Once this was institutionalized over time and became part and parcel of the culture, there ceased to be an overt conspiracy since this is just the way the system was set up to work. Now it is considered to be the natural state of affairs.

Neoliberalism is basically corprocacy in which the major economic and finance sectors of the economy control government and governmental policy.

Bob said...

What's nice about corpocracy is that the word 'liberal' is nowhere to be found.

Tom Hickey said...

What would be a middle course to follow? A willingness to discard sacred cows, with an unwillingness to accept new ones?

Modern corpocracy is based on economic liberalism as the foundation of society.

Corpocracy was initiated by the British crown as court cronyism, establishing a connection between government and the corporation as an institution.

Subsequently corpocracy was justified based on the principles of liberalism as the basis for Western modernity. This was cemented in place by the Citizens United decision by SCOTUS that recognizes corporations as people with all the rights of people under the US Constitution.

Ryan Harris said...
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Kaivey said...

There's nothing nice about a corporocry.

Bob said...

Liberals and neoliberals would disagree.