The corruption of democracy |

The corruption of democracy

Fascism is the marriage of government and big business, essentially privatizing the public interest. With corporate campaign contributions, lobbying, media spin, tax breaks, outsourcing of labor and control of regulatory agencies, etc., government regulation of large corporations has been emasculated.

What government actually regulates is the public interest itself, where clean air and water, renewable energy, affordable housing and health care, etc., are not the highest priorities.

The premise of democracy is that government of, by and for the people will prevent elected representatives from abusing their authority. But with government being monopolized by corporations having constitutional rights and with World Trade Organization rules superseding all other legal standards, then corporate government can sacrifice the public’s interest.

The self-serving corporate effort to privatize government is inherent in practically all political arenas, corrupting government decision-making in the process. Yes, we have representative democracy, but it’s the private, not the public, interest that’s better represented. Since democrats support this system as well as republicans do, Goldberg (The Union, Jan. 23) is right – some liberals also subscribe to fascism. The corruption of democracy is now so pervasive, it’s seen as normal.

Robert Lobell

Grass Valley

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