For all the anti-capitalists on the Left, it should come as heartwarming news to them to know that, America has now near-fully abandoned capitalism – an abandonment which began about 30 years ago, and which has slowly but surely delivered the USA to its present economic state. For all those on the Right whom have not noticed this abandonment – those whom claim to be capitalists, but whom do not behave like capitalists in deed, but only in word, may I be the first to scream in your ear: “Look! The emperor has no clothes!” (These faux capitalists are a mix of those whom intentionally deceive, and those whom, in their ignorance, merely parrot the words of those whom they have been deceived by.)
For those of us who truly understand what capitalism is, it has become a point of extreme frustration to know that, with great and ever-increasing frequency, an economic system that is actually defined as corporatism, is being erroneously referred to as capitalism, and vice versa. This frequent confusion between the meanings (and implications ) of the two terms, ‘capitalism’ and ‘corporatism’, is the by-product of the past 30 years corporatizing of American academia, and in that same time frame, the corporatizing of American print and broadcast news, the corporatizing of American labor, the corporatizing of American financial institutions (example: The Federal Reserve – which was incorporated nearly 100 years ago, but which laid the foundation for the USA’s present ‘corporatist’ predicament) the corporatizing of medicine, as well as – and I do not believe that this is at all a stretch – the corporatizing of American government.
DEFINITION AND PERSPECTIVE
A 1968 edition of Funk & Wagnall’s Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary, defines ‘capitalism’ first as, “An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are mostly privately owned and operated for private profit,” and second, as, “The possession of private capital and its resulting power.” To put the American economic mindset of this era into proper perspective, this same pre-1980s dictionary does not even contain the word ‘corporatism’! To demonstrate how times have radically changed (and clearly not for the better) my Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (copyright 1989 and published 1992 by Barnes & Noble Books) defines ‘capitalism’ as, “an economic system in which investments in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations.” At least one of the points to be recognized in this change in – or addition to – the definition of ‘capitalism’ (which is both understated and landmark) is that, in the pre-1980 era, it was not yet part of the mainstream American mindset that corporate entities were in fact controlling the American economy (and thus the nation itself) nor that anyone in their right mind would hand over to them the means to do so – means which required corporate entities being granted rights greater than that of private entities. Laying bare America’s present-day, de facto economic system, the same Webster’s dictionary defines ‘corporatism’ as, “the principals, doctrine, or system of corporative organization of a political unit, as a city or state,” and the word ‘corporative’ as, “of or pertaining to a political system under which the principal economic functions, as banking, industry, labor, etc., are organized as corporate entities.”
Post-1980 definitions aside, there should be no confusing capitalism with corporatism, as pure capitalism has absolutely nothing to do with corporatism, and corporatism has absolutely nothing to do with capitalism. Stated in more simplistic terms, a capitalist economy is run by everyone whom engages in free enterprise – with no government granted advantage or preference granted to any entity. A corporatist economy is entirely dependent upon governmental granting of advantage and preference to corporate entities over private entities, and is eventually run by something akin to the dictates, designs and self-interests of a handful of aristocratic feudalistic lords. (Which of the two scenarios matches more closely the current state of American affairs?) In reality, I believe it can be safely stated that corporatism is the archenemy of capitalism (and vice versa) as well as safely stated that corporatism is directly responsible for nearly every economic problem suffered by America at this present time.
A tacit extension of the Council on Foreign Relations, and founded in July, 1973, David Rockefellar’s Trilateralist Commission served as spearhead for the corporatist attack on American capitalism. Thus far a highly effective globalist-collectivist stratagem, the trilateralist mechanism operates by subverting individual national sovereignties through agreements, pacts and treaties that subject parties to commercial law (id est: the jurisdiction of the Uniform Commercial Code) as an authority over their own courts and constitutions.
By 1980, the Trilateralist Commission’s power and influence over America had become monstrous and was infecting nearly every area of American life. Perhaps the Trilateralists’ greatest advantage in this attack on America was their patience and discipline, as both were required in order to exercise their plans through such careful gradualism. It’s been said that one never cooks a frog by dropping it into boiling water, as it will naturally jump from the pot. Instead, one places the frog in cool water and turns the heat up slowly, and before the frog knows it, it is cooked. And that is exactly how the corporatists approached their war on America and the successful robbing the country of its capitalist economic system – by effecting change so gradually and so insidiously (like turning the heat under the frog up slowly) that one day America simply awakened to find itself having become a society existing under corporatism, and yet, ironically, still believing itself to be a nation of capitalists.
Strangely enough, this critical turning point in America’s destiny occurred during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, one of America’s great capitalist icons. It would seem impossible that such a transition in economic systems could take place right under the nose of such a noted guardian of capitalism, but history demonstrates that this is exactly what happened. It is my personal opinion that, there is no mystery in this, but that the unfortunate transition was due to Ronald Reagan’s eight-year presidency being saddled with the eight-year vice-presidency of pseudo-conservative George Herbert Walker Bush. Particularly in the area of economic policy, former Vice-President Bush worked continuously, and effectively, to undermine Reagan’s administration. Bush’s hatred for Reagan and his economic policy was no secret, and he frequently referred to Reagan’s pure capitalist plan as, “voodoo economics.” The glaring contrast between the political and economic philosophies of Ronald Reagan and G.H.W. Bush is found within their dramatically differing public statements, as well as the bills and policies they supported, introduced, signed into law, and vetoed. Through word and deed, Ronald Reagan defined himself as a true capitalist, while George Herbert Walker Bush defined himself as the epitome of a corporatist. In my review of G.H.W. Bush’s extraordinary influence on American economic policy, I believe that, since Woodrow Wilson, no other individual who has served in American public office has done as much damage to capitalism as did George Herbert Walker Bush, or done as much to benefit corporatism. America’s experiences with G.H.W. Bush should serve as a warning that, because it is natural to trust them, it is those who purport to be capitalists – but who are in fact agents of corporatism operating while under cover – who are capable of doing the greatest damage to capitalism.
Though the war against American capitalism began many years prior, I believe it was in the vicinity of 1980 that the turning point in America’s collective erroneous perception of capitalism occurred. This was the point in time in which the Left (media and academia, et al) was emboldened to make public statements and criticisms that up to that time would have been considered far too dangerously un-American for print or broadcast, while the fiscal gluttony and sanctimoniousness of a big bunch of bad apples and posers within the collective Right, supplied the Left with a virtual bottomless well of charges against their character, the ancillary effects serving to defame and vilify capitalism in the minds of uninformed through guilt by association alone. Thus, those responsible for damaging the reputation of capitalism are primarily the narrow-minded Democrat mimics (those types to whom Russia’s Vladimir Lenin referred to as, “useful idiots”) who marched lockstep with the party-line Marxist rhetoric, as well as those individuals whom, without a clear understanding or command of the English language, unintentionally bashed capitalism, when it was the evils of corporatism that they were intending to decry. But it was pseudo-conservative Republicans – those who purported to be capitalists while they instead conducted themselves as corporatists (the aforementioned sanctimonious fiscal gluttons) who are primarily responsible for the physical damage done to capitalism.
While this particular work is not intended to serve as any sort of an apologetic for capitalism, it is appropriate to state that, as any non-parasitic human being with a properly functioning brain knows, capitalism’s bad-rap is wholly unjustified. History and facts – not hopes, opinions, classroom models or theories – but facts that demonstrate the eventual failure of non-capitalist economies – have brought the relevance of debating the matter to a conclusion. Ergo, those who persist in deriding capitalism can be confidently separated into one of two categories, one being that of the liars, and the other being that of the idiots. And while the workings of the mind of an idiot are generally irrelevant and of no value, it is very important to understand the true motivations behind the liar. Fortunately (or unfortunately) one must not scratch too deep the surface of the liars’ facade to derive their inducement for sabotaging America’s once sound economic system for the perversity of corporatism: It is about unlimited power, and thus the unlimited control of wealth – levels of power and control which cannot ever be achieved by any one person – or even any small group of people – under a pure capitalist system.
As I stated earlier in this piece, far too often, when I hear someone from the Right defending capitalism, what they are most often defending is not capitalism at all, but is in fact corporatism (and in this regard, a certain bloated and bombastic radio host frequently comes to mind). Likewise, far too often, when I hear someone from the Left attacking capitalism, what they are most often decrying the evils of is corporatism, but for which they unjustly lay the blame upon capitalism (a certain smug and whiny hack-comedian-turned-politico comes to mind). In response to this misunderstanding I say to the Right, “Find some self-respect.” To the left I say, and specifically to the anti-capitalists, the communists and the socialists among us, “You should know that your collectivist dreams and utopian phantasmagorias will never be actualized because, either knowingly or not, in your working to destroy capitalism, you first supported and empowered corporatism, and corporatism will never yield to communism or socialism, but only to totalitarianism. And by the way, thanks for ruining the world.”
Is there an astrological connection to this horrific debasement of American sovereignty and economic security? Damned right there is. The stellar conditions under which the USA abandoned capitalism for corporatism coincide with the USA’s previous and present, Saturn returns. Now the value in that decision is being put to the test. But will anyone recognize this?
Since November, 2010 I have written a lot about Saturn and this is because this particular transit of Saturn is so very important. Saturn represents lessons – not only the hardest lessons, but the most valuable lessons, we learn in life! Saturn also represents debt, as well as the kneecap-busting debt-collector. And America is in the process of being taught lessons by Saturn, particularly in regards to matters of debt. The question is whether or not we are learning what Saturn is trying to teach us. I think not.
At approximately 7pm, EST on October 21, 1981 transiting Saturn made a return to its natal position in the horoscope of the USA. This ‘return’ is correlative to many issues of that day that could be regarded as rewards for good work done (NASA’s space shuttle program, as an example) as well as comeuppance for misdeeds (the OPEC oil crisis, as an example). But relative to this work, I find that this 1981 Saturn return was correlative to America’s sudden shift in economic systems, that is the abandonment of capitalism, and the embracing of corporatism.
After all, transiting Jupiter’s applying sextile to transiting Neptune, and applying conjunction to transiting Pluto, certainly were supportive of the balance of the world’s power shifting towards plutocracy, that is, provided that the world’s most economically influential nation could be convinced to play a role in the shift, if only even unwittingly. The stellar influences of that day clearly indicate that the USA was ripe for exploitation. With transiting Neptune (in Sagittarius) in the USA’s First house, there was clearly an issue with unrealistic ideals and a faltering sense of national identity – confusion, in the most part – and Pluto’s long-occupation of the nation’s Tenth house (in Libra) indicates that the nation was dealing with an enormous shift of power. Lastly, transiting Uranus (in Scorpio) passing through America’s Twelfth house (the house of secret enemies) suggests that radical, collectivist-globalist-types were bent on destroying the USA as it had been, and reshaping it according to their own designs, and to an end of serving their own self-interests and desire for power.
Modernly, Neptune is an excellent mundane representation for large, multi-national corporations, as they tend to be faceless entities, with increasingly difficult to find primary centers of operation, and so often guilty of acts of fraud and deception. The legal definition of a corporation being ‘an entity that is separate from its owners’ is akin to that of a pseudonym – which is very much Neptunian. And there is Neptune, in the USA’s First house of national identity – defrauding, deceiving, and effectively mesmerizing the public into accepting the self-injurious corporatism over the self-empowering capitalism. (The long-term, generational influences of Neptune cannot be underestimated, as at the time of the Trilateralist Commission’s first plenary meeting during May, 1976 in Kyoto, Japan (which was attended by former president Jimmy Carter) transiting Neptune was retrograde and, in near-exact conjunction to the USA’s Ascendant (that’s huge in astrological lingo). In a person’s horoscope, if supported by other aspects, that conjunction could suggest the physical well-being of the person as being in jeopardy.
The USA’s radix Mercury received three close, and highly toxic aspects at the time of the Saturn return, those being a square from Jupiter, a quindecile from Neptune, and a square from Pluto, interpreted as, private business (corporate) interests being placed ahead of national interests, outright fraud and deception (by financiers), and the misrepresentations in speech and writing of highly polished orators (political figures), respectively. Additionally, and representing the Fate of the American collective, as well as the ever-present forces of destruction working against America’s monetary policy, radix Pluto receives a close (albeit separating) square from Sun, and an applying square from Jupiter, the former revealing Congressional power-plays, and the latter signaling the reinforcement of the momentum behind both corporatism, and the coming plutocracy.
The summary of these astrological influences upon the USA is that, beginning at about 1976, the American collective mindset was slowly falling under a very confusing influence (Neptune) and when transiting Saturn returned to its radix position and, subsequent to that, the nation was under extreme pressure, the evil influence of Neptune, the evil influence of Uranus and the evil influence of Pluto, all made possible a dramatic shift in power towards plutocracy.
Thus, through this stellar interpretation, astrology teaches us that, at least in part, the means by which the nation can return to the universal benefits of capitalism (universal that is, for all but the parasite) is through the reclaiming of the pre-1980 American sense of identity.
This reclaiming of national identity must begin at a grass-roots level – that means you and me – and by first effectively assisting our neighbors in understanding the differences between capitalism and corporatism.