How to Start a War
Politics is merely a distraction for enabling the unencumbered power of corporations. Corporations have discovered how to rule the world by disempowering human beings using the legal definition of a corporation to absolve themselves of responsibility for crimes against humanity by impersonating human bodies.
In the corporate boardroom, humans are dispensable and replaceable commodities. Presidents and CEOs are those paid handsomely to look the other way and take the fall.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, an urgent question presented itself: How can we prevent the rise of fascism from happening again? If over the years that question became one of mostly historical interest, it has again become pressing, with the growing success of populist, nationalist and even neofascist movements all around the world.
Common answers to the question stress the importance of a free press, the rule of law, stable government, robust civic institutions and common decency. But as undoubtedly important as these factors are, we too often overlook something else: the threat to democracy posed by monopoly and excessive corporate concentration — what the Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis called the “curse of bigness.” We must not forget the economic origins of fascism, lest we risk repeating the most calamitous error of the 20th century.
Postwar observers like Senator Harley M. Kilgore of West Virginia argued that the German economic structure, which was dominated by monopolies and cartels, was essential to Hitler’s consolidation of power. Germany at the time, Mr. Kilgore explained, “built up a great series of industrial monopolies in steel, rubber, coal and other materials. The monopolies soon got control of Germany, brought Hitler to power and forced virtually the whole world into war.”
Opinion | Be Afraid of Economic 'Bigness.' Be Very Afraid.
In the 1930s it contributed to the rise of fascism. Alarmingly, we are experimenting again with a monopolized economy…