Totalitarian capitalism can be defined as government controlled by banking, corporate, and industrial interests regardless of the political parties in power.
The illusion of democracy is maintained by campaigns and elections and public debate and discourse on social issues unimportant to the capitalist oligarchs, while true choice of the people is prevented by the near unanimity of opinion of those vying for office on substantive issues of economic policies, trade, monetary policy, military adventurism, and foreign affairs.
The powers behind the thrones (so to speak), behind the presidents, the prime ministers, the chancellors, the parliaments, et al, are multinational corporations. Stateless entities that are beyond the reach or authority of mere governments.
Nowhere is totalitarian capitalism more deeply entrenched than in the United States. And nowhere is the illusion of democracy a greater charade.
Wall Street passes out bribes to Members of Congress, to US Senators, to presidential candidates. The bribes are legal because the recipients pass the laws.
Legalized bribery is the mechanism by which special interests, Wall Street, the banks, Big Oil, Big Ag, etc, buy our politicians. It is the reason our elected officials are more loyal to lobbyists than to the voters who elect them.
Wall Street controls both political parties, and has for over a century. On issues that are unimportant to the Wall Street oligarchs, the parties and the politicians are free to go their own ways. Wall Street doesn’t have a stake in free choice or abortions, they do not care about immigration, race relations, or gun control. But when it comes to monetary policy, to taxation, to financial policy, to business regulation, to government contracts, and military spending, etc, Wall Street demands lock-step loyalty from the puppets it has purchased.
Which is why we saw the unbelievable push by Republicans to support Obama on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), it is the reason Obama did not pursue war crimes charges against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc, is the reason Big Oil gets to drill offshore or in the Arctic no matter who is president.
Defenders and proponents of totalitarian capitalism are conservatives and centrists around the globe.
They equate capitalism with freedom.
They are willing to sacrifice the many to protect the few.
To them, people are expendable.
Where human lives are unimportant, the importance of animals’ lives is not even considered.
Is it any wonder animals suffer as they do?
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