There have been two regimes in American history. First, we had a libertarian republic. This operated from 1801 through 1917 with the exception of the Civil War. The corporate state has ruled since 1917.
The libertarian republic of course is the real American form of government. It’s what Jefferson wrote about and the Minute Men and the Continental Army fought and died for and won.
It is based on natural rights, hard money, limited federal government, legislative supremacy, free trade, peace, nonintervention, and decentralized government. The platform of this regime is laissez-faire: laissez-faire in the economy, in personal matters (no drug war), and in foreign affairs.
The foundation of the corporate state was laid during the Civil War–paper money, militarism, strong executive, high tariffs and corporate subsidies.
The corporate state’s foundations were laid during the war but Jeffersonianism was still powerful enough to restrain the beast for the next several decades.
The permanent corporate state was delivered to us during the Wilson era: income tax, Federal Reserve, drug war, World War I, national security state, crackdown on civil liberties, conscription, and central planning.
Every regime needs an ideology and the corporate state’s ideology is progressivism (now liberalism). Underlying the ideology is the actual reality. The corporate state seeks to cartelize the economy into three large blocks of power: big government, big business and big labor. All three would have a seat at the table of the centrally planned economy.
The goal of the partnership is to maximize the welfare of the three partners at the expense of everyone else in society!
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Let’s see how this theory applies to Brian Higgins. Today, political power is measured in money for TV ads. Let’s follow the money.
Here are his top career contributors according to Open Secrets:
Ironworkers Union $32,500
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $30,000
United Food & Commercial Workers Union $30,000
United Auto Workers $28,000
American Assn for Justice $26,000
Cellino & Barnes $25,300
Carpenters & Joiners Union $25,000
United Steelworkers $24,500
Operating Engineers Union $24,380
International Longshoremens Assn $24,250
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $23,000
National Assn of Letter Carriers $23,000
Air Line Pilots Assn $22,500
Bricklayers Union $22,500
American Federation of Teachers $22,250
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $22,250
Amalgamated Transit Union $22,000
Service Employees International Union $22,000
Laborers Union $21,500
American Postal Workers Union $21,000
Communications Workers of America $21,000
Obviously, he is in the pocket of the unions.
But don’t forget big government since the donors in boldface are government workers or quasi-government workers.
That’s two prongs of the corporate state.
What about big business? Alas, they too are represented. Business PACs gave Higgins $362,211.0.
And when you take a look at his indivdiausl donors, you see the cream of the crop of the local Buffalo business elite, many of whom are also major government contractors.
So, it might seem odd that Higgins gets money from business, unions and government employees but if you understand the corporate state as an alliance of all three for the purpose of screwing the average American, the mystery is solved.
And progressivism? That’s the theory that while we are having our pockets picked by the corporate state, progressives say, “Sit back and enjoy it. It’s for your own good.”