Chapter 47 - Quotes about Corporatism

James Madison 1817

"There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses."

[Former USA President James Madison 1817]

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"In poor countries, officials receive explicit bribes; in D.C. they get the sophisticated, implicit, unspoken promise to work for large corporations"

[Nassim Nicholas Taleb (born 1960), The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms]

David Rockefeller 1999

"...somebody has to take governments' place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it."

[David Rockefeller - Newsweek International, 1 Feb 1999.]

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling power. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing."

[President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (One Thousand Americans, George Seldes, page 5.)]

George Carlin 2008

"Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations that've long since bought and paid for, the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pocket, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and the information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them."

President Andrew Jackson 1837

"Unless you become more watchful in your States and check this spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that the most important powers of Government have been given or bartered away, and the control of your dearest interests have been passed into the hands of these corporations."

[President Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837]

John Pilger 2009

"The major western democracies are moving towards corporatism. Democracy has become a business plan, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies - socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor - and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war. This is not democracy. It is to politics what McDonalds is to food."

[ retrieved 2016-03-29]

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace-business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me-and I welcome their hatred."

William E. Dodd 1937

"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime. . . Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there."

[William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937. See: Shadow of the Swastika.]

Telford Taylor 1947

"These companies, not the lunatic Nazi fanatics, are the main war criminals. If the guilt of these criminals is not brought to daylight and if they are not punished, they will pose a much greater threat to the future peace of the world than Hitler if he were still alive."

[Telford Taylor, US-Chief Prosecutor, 1947 Nuremberg War Trial against the managers of IG Farben.]


Balfour: "We are probably fools not to find a reason for declaring war on Germany before she builds too many ships and takes away our trade.

White: If you wish to compete with German trade, work harder.

Balfour: That would mean lowering our standard of living. Perhaps it would be simpler for us to have a war... Is it a question of right or wrong? Maybe it is just a question of keeping our supremacy.


New York Times

"Forces one to consider the possibility that when corporate evil reaches a certain status, it simply cannot be defeated."

[New York Times blurb from their review of the book "The Crime and Punishment of I.G. Farben"]

Teddy Roosevelt 1912

"Behind the visible government there is an invisible government upon the throne that owes the people no loyalty and recognizes no responsibility. To destroy this invisible government, to undo the ungodly union between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the task of a statesman."

[Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, during his 1912 election campaign]

Ralph Nader 2000

"The only difference between Bush and Gore is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock at the door."

[Ralph Nader, 2000 election.]

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1960

"Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea. Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations. This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted."

[Dwight D. Eisenhower.]

Barry Crimmins

"The two party system just means that the corporations cut two checks instead of one."


"The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, which began to be worked in the eighth millennium (8,000-7,000 BC)."

[Columbia History of the World, 1981.]

Abraham Lincoln 1864

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country ... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."

[Abraham Lincoln, letter to Col. William F. Elkins, Nov 21, 1864. Reference: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY).]

William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

"The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It's possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government."

George Soros 1998

"It is [free] market fundamentalism that has rendered the global capitalist system unsound and fundamentalism is today a greater threat to open society than any totalitarian ideology."

[George Soros, legendary billionaire Wall Street marketeer from "The Crisis of Global Capitalism, Open Society Endangered", 1998.]

Robert Fraley 1999

"Since water is as central to food production as seed is, and without water life is not possible, Monsanto Co. is now trying to establish its control over water."

[Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto, in The Hindu, Saturday, May 1, 1999.]

Michael Parenti, Against Empire

"Official Washington cannot tell the American people that the real purpose of its gargantuan military expenditures and belligerent interventions is to make the world safe for General Motors, General Electric, General Dynamics, and all the other generals."

Dean Cavanagh

"Corporatism trying to redeem itself through charity is akin to a serial killer offering to pay a fine for his crimes."

Benito Mussolini

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."

Business Week

"According to Business Week, the average CEO [Chief Executive Officer] made 42 times the average blue-collar worker's pay in 1980, 85 times in 1990 and a staggering 531 times in 2000."

[ AFL-CIO "Executive Paywatch"]

William Rivers Pitt 2005

We are not all created equal, in fact. This inequality is not based on race, or sex, or religion, but upon the slow development of a body of laws that have created and empowered a breed of super-citizens which rule over every aspect of our lives, almost completely beyond the reach of justice. These super-citizens exist today under the familiar name 'corporation.'"

[The Supremacy of the Super-Citizen. by William Rivers Pitt at Truthout Perspective 30 June 2005]

AboveTopSecret 2005

Three clauses in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) set the legal stage for the US government's corporate takeover: the first establishes "information" as a "commodity" for trade; the second stipulates that government must negotiate directly with corporations; the third mandates "confidentiality" - it is illegal for our representatives to tell us anything about our government's negotiations with corporations."