Ralph Nader: Democrat and Republican Parties have become a single “Corporatist Party”

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In an interview with Paul Jay of REAL NEWS NETWORK published 22 FEB 2016, Ralph Nader, the Green Party Presidential Candidate in 1996 and 2000, and an Independent Presidential Candidate in 2004 and 2008 says that both the Republican and Democratic Parties are now, in effect, a single Corporatist Party.  The portion of the full video available at https://youtu.be/yY5yXeiES1Q transcribed below begins at 2:05.

NADER: They like to talk about “the market;” the marketplace as the best test for economic activity. But what they really do is support policies that entrench corporate supremacy. . . . I call them “Corporatists;” I don’t call them “conservatives.” They are not conservatives, they are not Libertarians.

Some of the most powerful critiques today of corporate power, of crony capitalism, of the bailouts of Wall Street, come from authentic conservatives and Libertarians. Some of the most authentic criticism of the Military-Industrial-Complex has come from Libertarians and not just from people who call themselves liberals and progressives.

JAY: On the foreign policy side a lot of the Libertarian critique of policy is way better than (that of) a lot of people who call themselves liberals.

NADER: The “Corporatist Liberals,” people like Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, don’t really deserve to be called, “liberals.” They have hijacked liberal philosophy and given us this highly militant aggressive, brute-force-first foreign policy. Hillary is the Butcher of Libya. She opposed, successfully, in the White House, Secretary of Defense Gates who said, “No! You topple Gaddafi . . . and there is a huge vacuum. In a tribal society, it’s going to be chaos.” With all of her experience, Hillary Clinton rebuffed him and the result is sweeping, violent chaos in larger and larger portions of northeast Africa, not just Libya, it’s into Mali and elsewhere.

“Corporatism” has got to be a word that we incorporate into our political discussions and into our electoral campaigns because that is what our country is turning into. A country dominated by corporate power, merging Wall Street with Washington. We call it “The Corporate State.” Right Wing people call it “Crony Capitalism.”

7 thoughts on “Ralph Nader: Democrat and Republican Parties have become a single “Corporatist Party”

  1. Jon_Doh

    48 years ago George Wallace running as an independent for president famously said “there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party.” Glad to see it only took Nader 48 years to figure it out.

  2. Deran

    I’ve always thought it was unfortunate Ralph Nader got involved with the Green Party. Imo he should have run as an independent in 1996 and used that campaign to create a new Progressive Party. I think US politics would be much different now. And least as far the US Left.

  3. Bondurant

    It’s interesting how much Trump and Hillary have in common and how strongly their supporters would disagree. After the past 16 years of Bush II & Obama I am struggling to see how people fail to see that The Big Two are, in fact, one party.

  4. langa

    “Corporatism” has got to be a word that we incorporate into our political discussions and into our electoral campaigns because that is what our country is turning into. A country dominated by corporate power, merging Wall Street with Washington. We call it “The Corporate State.” Right Wing people call it “Crony Capitalism.”

    “Soft fascism” would also be a pretty accurate description.

  5. Bob Haran

    You know he is right, the Democrats and the Republicans have sold their soul to Corporate America. Only two parties not owned by corporate America are the progressive Greens and the conservative Constitution Party. Libertarians would let the Corporate elite do what they want.

  6. Helen Holden

    For years I have said of Congress, “Both sides of the isle are bought and paid for. And, by the very same people.”. Many others have said this as well. Why, I ask, has it taken so long for American voters to get this point, and vote accordingly?
    “VOTE AGAINST CORPORATIST!”, no matter what party affiliation that claim!

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