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Although the exposure of corporate wrongdoing has soared in the US, calls for action are muted. How come?

Ralph Nader finds answers in his comparison of government responses to writings in the 1960s with reactions to today’s tomes. –

No 2803 by fw, December5, 2021 —

Summary of Ralph Nader’s latest article —

America is slip-sliding its way toward a corporatized state. Evidence of growing corporate domination is revealed in a comparison of government response to writings in the 1960s with reactions to today’s tomes. Promotional appearances by 1960s authors on TV, radio, and in schools, used to spark government investigations. Today, although the exposure of corporate wrongdoing has soared, calls for action are muted. How come? Consider what has NOT happened in response to the exposé of corporate crooks. What’s more, contemplate government health-related agencies turning a blind eye on the weekly deaths of almost 8000 persons. The institutions that Americans are expected to rely on are asleep at the wheel. Clearly, America’s democracy is in serious decay. Although helpful information is readily available, corporate propaganda divides and rules citizens, leaving them incapable of uniting under their comment interests.

Ralph Nader is an American icon, a political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism, and government reform causes.

The above summary provides a quick read of Ralph’s latest article. Below is my repost of his complete article, featuring my added subheadings, text highlighting, some bulletted reformatting and illustrations. Alternatively, read his full piece on his website by clicking on the following linked title.

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Critical Exposés Everywhere as the Corporate State Worsens, by Ralph Nader, nader.org, December 3, 2021

America is slip-sliding its way toward a corporatized state

Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1938 message to Congress warned that when private power becomes stronger than the democratic state itself, we have Fascism.

Evidence of growing corporate domination is revealed in a comparison of government responses to writings in the 1960s with reactions to today’s tomes.

There are many ways to witness the intensifying domination toward a corporate state. One way is to compare exposé books in the 1960s and the present. Within a span of five years, there were three books in the sixties that put forces in motion leading to significant reordering of our society’s priorities. They were Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962), my Unsafe at Any Speed (1965), and The Other America by Michael Harrington (1962).

Promotional appearances by 1960s authors on TV, radio, and in schools, used to spark government investigations

The message of these bestselling books was expanded by authors going on national TV and radio shows. They spoke around the country, before large audiences at colleges/universities and even high schools. An aroused citizenry prompted congressional hearings, legislation, and the establishment of federal agencies to deal with the problems of toxic chemicals, unsafe motor vehicles, and deep poverty in the U.S.

Today, although the exposure of corporate wrongdoing has soared, calls for action are muted. How come?

By stark contrast, now the volume of muckraking indictments of corporate crime, fraud, and tyranny is at least ten-fold that of the nineteen sixties. Books and blogs, documentaries and podcasts are pouring out daily with far less impact and in many cases no effect, for change. [I have omitted Nader’s list of 56 recent books about corporate violence and malfeasance, crushing influence over our electoral and political systems, and expanding immunities from law enforcement and public accountability. To see this list, click on the above link to the title of his article/

Consider what has NOT happened in response to the exposé of corporate crooks

Despite the many books on corporate crooks,

    • there have been no corporate crime law reforms,
    • no additional prosecutions of these CEOs,
    • [no] comprehensive congressional or state legislative hearings.
    • The corporate crooks at the top of giant companies still get away with profiting from their corporate crime wave.
    • None of the top Wells Fargo executives or Opioid’s promoters or the sellers of dangerous products and chemicals are facing prosecution.

You have to steal a loaf of bread or get caught with a miniscule amount of heroin or cocaine to be incarcerated.

What’s more, contemplate government health-related agencies turn a blind eye on the weekly deaths of almost 8000 persons

The massive fatality toll annually (about 400,000) from preventable problems in hospitals and clinics gets exposed yet nobody stirs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state departments of health, or the state legislatures. That’s almost 8000 Americans losing their lives a week! Profiteering, corruption, and fraud in the health industry are documented by many specialists, including Dr. John Geyman’s many books, but the exposés do not result in any calls for law and order by the politicians or even hearings in Congress.

Access to justice by victims faces increasingly closed courtroom doors and limits on tort laws for wrongful injury.

The institutions that Americans are expected to rely on are asleep at the wheel

Meanwhile, the institutions we are expected to rely on to make a difference, with too few exceptions, are asleep at the wheel. These include

    • the legal, medical, and accounting professions,
    • the law enforcement agencies (there is no corporate crime index in the U.S. Justice Department),
    • the toady legislatures,
    • the corporate-owned media,
    • the timid, often compromised labor unions, college campuses, and the silent corporatized organized religious institutions.

Clearly, America’s democracy is in serious decay

Our democracy is in serious decay.

Although helpful information is readily available, corporate propaganda divides and rules citizens, leaving them incapable of uniting under their comment interests

The information is readily available about what to do about it, while citizens argue among themselves, having been divided and ruled by corporate propaganda and politicians indentured to corporate supremacists. Most active people seem unable to coalesce over their common interests at the community level. Remember, less than one percent of citizens stepping forward can turn the tide! (See breakingthroughpower.org).

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