Democratic Socialist Challenges Corporate Democrats

By Robert Miranda, Editor, Wisconsin Spanish Journal

November 26, 2015

The relentless expansion of corporate control over our economy, both mainstream political parties and our society in general, has netted America uncontrolled corporate crime, fraud and abuse, and an unprecedented control of our government.

Yet it seems that, while Democrats and Republicans talk of what the undermining corporate rule has done to our democracy, no one seems able to want to do anything about it.

No one that is, except democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders.

Sanders is not afraid to take on the power of corporate boards of directors, corporate accounting and law firms, corporate funded lobbies, and bankers and brokers who have been mowing down state and federal regulatory agencies weakened by federal and state legislatures, which have become inert or complicit to the ever growing influence of the money interest groups working to further enhance corporate dominance of our political system in an effort to subjugate government at all levels.

Since the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the present, the robber barons of Wall Street have been successful in silencing corporate watchdog agencies and government bureaucrats who have profited or have been compensated directly or indirectly from the companies they are supposed to be watching.

With the growing power of the extreme corporate-friendly Republican Tea Party, corruption has increased and conflicts of interest grow among major CEOs and their partners in government.

Year after year, government institutions have become unwilling to stand against the misdeeds and recklessness corporate puppets have subjected the larger citizenry to. In so doing, mega corporations are on the verge of destroying the very capitalism that has provided America with the wealth and power it has to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world.

But there is an opportunity to begin reversing this destructive path, and it can be done if Americans understand that Democratic socialists do not want to create an all-powerful government bureaucracy, nor do they want big corporate bureaucracies to control our government and society either.

Profit or People?

Sanders believes that social and economic decisions should be made by those whom they most affect. This is the stark contrast between him and Hillary Clinton, the leading corporate Democrat, and corporate Republicans, who see nothing wrong with corporate executives, who answer only to themselves and a few wealthy stockholders, making economic decisions affecting millions of Americans.

Electing Clinton, or any of the Republican candidates, means a continuation of shifting our resources to make money for billionaires like the Koch Brothers rather than distributing that money to meet human needs.

Electing Clinton, or any of the Republican candidates, also means that workers and consumers will continue to feel the negative results of corporate greed and deregulation laws that negatively impact our national resources and political and economic system.

As a Democratic socialist, Sanders favors decentralization of corporate control of our resources and wealth. Large concentrations of capital in industries such as energy may necessitate some form of state ownership.

Democratic socialists have long rejected the belief that the whole economy should be centrally planned by an extremely wealthy and well connected few. Imagine the revolutionary notion of democratic planning designed to shape major social investments like mass transit, housing, and energy, and what that could mean for the market, and how that would benefit our economy and country.

Stopping income inequality and preventing the billionaire class from seizing control of our government is truly moving towards a democracy in which people, not wealth rule and where intellect not money creates meaningful stability.

Feel the Bern!

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