In a blistering new editorial, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader paints a bleak picture of the current state of the commonwealth.
Nader charges that corporations have become, in many cases, more powerful than the government and that they are routinely flaunting and manipulating laws for their own gain. Meanwhile, he notes, “civic groups are winning some skirmishes, while losing the battle and the war to the entrenched corporate state.”
In a 12-point checklist, Nader passionately lays out what he believes are “the takeovers of our government at all levels by the corporate supremacists for whom enough is never enough when it came to profits and power.”
“Corporate welfare is larger, more varied, and more automatic than ever,” charges Nader. “Subsidies, handouts, giveaways, and bailouts are now routinely enacted by little-challenged, government-guaranteed capitalism at the federal and state levels!”
“A spineless Congress fell to its knees before the military-industrial complex so much so that the bloated unaudited ‘defense’ budget zoomed over 50% of discretionary spending by the federal government,” Nader writes. “The military empire grew without congressional oversight.”
“In the Internet Age, corporations can be described as raising our children, getting their personal information for free, and selling this collected data to advertisers,” says Nader. “They are trapping these youngsters in the peonage of click-on contracts they never see through in their daily screen hours. Whether in reality or virtual reality, corporations have become electronic child molesters with few pursuing sheriffs.”