With regular reminders of a faltering U.S. economy, two wars, and a global pandemic every time we turn on the TV, few Americans realize that a more imminent threat has already taken control of our lives. In fact, it has become so ingrained in our psyche—become such an integral part of everyday life—that most Americans are unaware of its very existence. It determines the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the cars we drive and we do not even think twice. It is called corporacracy.
Corporacracy—a quasi-government formed by corporations operating with minimal constitutional restraints and one goal, profits—contradicts the very ideal of democracy. Corporacracy runs our local governments, oversees the direction of our economy, and has become virtually our only employer. In short, corporacracy performs tasks that would overwhelm any national or state government and provides jobs and investment opportunities for the majority of Americans. However, in a corporacracy, representatives yield to the collective voice of its corporate “party” and not the down-on-his-luck, average Joe.
Similarly, regard for the environment remains fundamentally at odds with the sole goal of money-hungry corporations: profits at any cost. Corporacracy has become yet another great stumbling block for those trying to protect our planet.
If we do indeed live in a corporacracy, the only question that remains is what can we do about it?