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May 14, 2013

The Monsanto Court and Corporatism

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Sorry for the light posting for awhile. Lots of things to do, and lots of things on my mind.
 
I don’t have anything new to say right now about the “supreme” court’s anointment of Monsanto, but I’ll refer to what I already said.
 
One thing which occurs to me, as I read some stuff on this and see the confusion of liberals and radical-chicists, as well as those ostensibly concerned with food freedom, is that it’s another example of how no viewpoint other than total anti-corporatism is sufficient to understand the political world.
 
Thus, readers of this blog know that I predicted a unanimous pro-Monsanto decision. Similarly, almost everyone predicted wrongly that the corporate court would strike down Obama’s “health insurance” poll tax. But true anti-corporatists understood how essential it was to the corporate imperative that the commerce clause be extended in this totalitarian direction.
 
My point is that anti-corporatism demonstrates its superior predictive value, which in turn is evidence for its fundamental truth. It’s hard to see which competing world view, other than corporatism itself, accurately describes the state of civilization.

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Russ,

    Good to see your post :).
    I’m shocked about the Monsanto decision. I’m as shocked as I am at the decision that the Romeike family is not considered persecuted by the German government (you recognize sarcasm, of course).

    Comment by DualPersonality — May 14, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    • What, you don’t think governments are honest, and you don’t believe what the civics textbooks say about “checks and balances”? 🙂

      Comment by Russ — May 15, 2013 @ 5:26 am

  2. Good post. I always prefer quick hits.

    I would say that corporatism is normative and, therefore, predictive. On the other hand, I agree that this insight arises from anti-corporatism alone. Perhaps this is just another distinction without a difference, but I find it meaningful.

    Hope all is well.

    Comment by Tao Jonesing — May 15, 2013 @ 2:28 am

    • Yes, the dominant normative power can predict its own actions for the duration of its dominance. Those who honestly analyze it and uncompromisingly oppose it can predict in the same way.

      On the other hand, anything still mired in any version of “good civics” or belief in electoralism* will always go off the rails right away, since it has nothing in common with reality.

      *Here defined as the faith, to be imposed on others if possible, that “voting” (along with accouterments like petitions, etc.) is desirable, necessary, and sufficient. I won’t make blanket judgements on whether and when it’s a useful supplement to direct action and movement organization (which are the truly desirable and necessary things), except to be clear that no worthwhile affirmative legislation or executive action will ever occur again at the central government level. Maybe it’s sometimes possible to help prevent the worst negative action, in some contexts.

      Comment by Russ — May 15, 2013 @ 5:25 am

  3. Corporatism like any system must be bridled. Then idea that we will replace human value to gain more capital in a capitalistic system combined with corporatism is what is wrong..To demonize each concept individualistically throws the baby out with the bath water. Corruption that is allowed in a system of governmental affairs is what needs to be addressed..If we fix the system the unscrupulous always will find a way back in . We as citizens must uphold the progressiveness of Robert LaFollet and not leave the idea of government totally in the hands of our elected officials.. We must hold not only them accountable but ourselves as well.

    Comment by Dave Outlaw — May 28, 2013 @ 12:41 pm


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