Saturday, August 13, 2011

Breaking corporate control of politics

Breaking corporate control of politics
Thursday, August 4, 2011 | Posted by Jim Hightower

Imagine if a couple of national leaders dared to stand up to the corporate powers that have taken control of government. Imagine if one of them came right out and said, "I [am] fed up of living in a country ruled by lies, cynicism, and greed." And imagine if these leaders arranged for the people of the country to be able to throw out all political parties that "represent oligarch interests or vote in the interests of oligarchs."

Impossible, you say? Not so – in fact, it just happened. Not here, unfortunately, but in Latvia. Located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, the people of Latvia broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, but a handful of powerful insiders formed corporations that grabbed oligarchic control of public assets, making them billionaires. Using their corrupt fortunes, they literally "privatized democracy," buying political parties and control of parliament. The oligarchs then pushed through laws that further enriched themselves, while knocking down the incomes of regular people and ruining the Latvian economy.

Sound familiar?

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