The Corporate Dictatorship of the Very Rich
Opinion

The Corporate Dictatorship of the Very Rich

I heard friends praising Bill Gates philanthropy a while ago; it still surprises me how people respond to billionaires. The wealthy improve their image financing self-serving projects they present as “serving others” but few question their motives or suspect them of hidden agendas. Most take billionaires at face value and forget how they made their…

How Corporate Tyranny Works
Opinion

How Corporate Tyranny Works

The persecution of the attorney Steven Donziger is a grim illustration of what happens when we confront the real centers of power, masked and unacknowledged by the divisive cant from the Trump White House or the sentimental drivel of the Democratic Party. Those, like Donziger, who name and fight the corporate control of our society…

Managing the Narrative – Corporations and Government Use Internet to Control Information
Opinion

Managing the Narrative – Corporations and Government Use Internet to Control Information

Some Americans continue to believe that when they go to the internet they will get a free flow of useful information that will guide them in making decisions or coming to conclusions about the state of the world. That conceit might have been true to an extent twenty years ago, but the growth and consolidation…

America’s Rigged Democracy: The Oligarch Takeover of America’s Political System
Opinion

America’s Rigged Democracy: The Oligarch Takeover of America’s Political System

The coronavirus and related financial crisis ravaging America have revealed the country to be the dysfunctional, borderline failed state that it is. America’s dysfunction is broad in scope but almost entirely traceable to one common origin: the oligarch takeover of the economy, media, healthcare and political system. I have already reported on the first three of these, and…