"Supreme Court, Inc."
From the New York Times, I read this.
The most instructive bit that I noticed was how different American sentiments about corporations are from our political elites. That's one issue I can't stand about Hillary Clinton -- she's in bed with the hedge-fund fatcats, because they bring billions in revenue to the state of New York. They've seen the writing on the wall, and are supporting Democrats like mad. Just a few years ago, corporations only gave pocket change to the Dems.
The blindly pro-business Democratic Party is part of why people like me on the Left are so angry with the capitulators in Congress. Forget the sentiments of your base, on civil liberties, corporate profits, even a disastrous war of choice. As long as the money keeps flowing, and the revolving door between the lobbyists and Congress keeps swooshing, all is well and good in Rome.
Glenn Greenwald's critique of the mainstream media follows a similar argument: there's an elite clique in the Beltway, and anyone outside of it is "Unserious." As long as the gravy train rolls, don't peep.
Of course, Americans can only vote outside of their economic interest for so long. The momentary surge of Mike Huckabee showed that the economic-populist religious right may still have a heartbeat. Obama and Hillary Clinton are offering bones to chew to the blue-collar folks in Ohio and Pennsylvania (i.e. the debate "against" NAFTA: "I'm sort-of against NAFTA more than you're sort-of against it!").
But, as with the Great Depression, it has to get really bad for the simple, humble, unassuming proletariat of our country to make democratic change. John Edwards and his campaign manager Joe Trippi misread the tea leaves -- the public wasn't ready for a real economic populist. Edwards forsook his 2004 "sunny optimism" for righteous indignation at inequality, and it took him straight to the gutter, and the MSM did everything in their power to squelch his candidacy -- particularly by covering his wife's cancer instead of his ideas and campaign.
Part of the problem is the fact that in the US, corporations hold the same rights as citizens.
In the hands of the few ...
No profanes - sacred