More capturing of government by corporate interests. It happened before under Repub and Dem administrations, but more intense and blatant under the “drain the swamp” advocate in the White House. And it will continue forever and ever and ever until we abolish the constitutional ground rules empowering corporate entities with constitutional rights…
“Some appointees are reviewing rules their previous employers sought to weaken or kill, and at least two may be positioned to profit if certain regulations are undone.
The appointees include lawyers who have represented businesses in cases against government regulators, staff members of political dark money groups, employees of industry-funded organizations opposed to environmental rules and at least three people who were registered to lobby the agencies they now work for.”
The latest in a very long line of examples of how the state and corporations (in this case banking corporations) are linked to screw the public. Organizing a mass public democracy movement is the only real strategy we have for real change.
“It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect; and here the general question must be between a republican Government in which the majority rule the minority, and a government in which a lesser number or the least number rule the majority.
The result… is, that we must refer to the monitory reflection that no government of human device and human administration can be perfect; that that which is the least imperfect is therefore the best government; that the abuses of all other governments have led to the preference of republican government as the best of all governments, because the least imperfect; that the vital principle of republican government is the lex majoris parties, the will of the majority.”
— James Madison,
The trick, of course, is to find the right balance in government between direct and representative democracy in a manner where the will of the majority, in fact, prevails but where the basic inalienable rights (political, economic, social) of the minority are protected. Friends or Quakers believe in consensus decision-making, where the voice of every person is authentically heard: a worthy goal but impractical of a nation of hundreds of millions. The goal, however, should always be kept in mind as we constantly (re)adjust the terms for living together in society.