Happy 40th Birthday To Justice Lewis F. Powell’s War On the American Left

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Finally, corporations get a break!Weeks before his nomination to the Supreme Court by Richard Nixon, corporate tobacco lawyer and right-wing business extremist Lewis F. Powell took a break from golf and his boardroom duties at 11 of America’s biggest corporations to write a manifesto against the then-vibrant American left. His detailed plan, delivered in the form of a memo he predictively titled “Attack of American Free Enterprise System,” was addressed to the corporate criminals at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and used as a blueprint for the whole twisted panoply of today’s fascist propaganda factory: The Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Cato Institute, Accuracy in Academe, Ronald Reagan’s presidency and Fox News can all be traced directly to the full-spectrum methods outlined in the Powell Memo. But because Lewis Powell wasn’t overtly racist and apparently had little interest in abortion and religious fundamentalists, he is remembered not as the father of the right’s repugnant corporate worship but as a “liberal moderate justice.” Let’s learn about what this Liberal Moderate planned for America, 40 years ago this week.

The core philosophy of Lewis F. Powell was that humans were getting in the way of corporate profits. Everywhere he looked in 1971, he saw people rising up on behalf of racial equality and peace and ecology and justice. From the huge population of educated youth, he heard increasingly angry distrust of corporate media and its war propaganda. From “consumer activists” such as Ralph Nader, he heard intense suspicion of the corporate agenda — from the dangerous cars it produced to the poisonous cigarettes it manufactured while lobbying hard against any “health warnings.” (Powell was counsel for the cigarette industry’s lobbying arm, the Tobacco Institute, before he was put on the Supreme Court by Nixon.)

His driving vision is terrifyingly real today, as the default position in the wars against the middle class that is even specifically proclaimed by particularly clumsy operators like Mitt Romney. Powell’s goal was “changing how individuals and society think about the corporation, the government, the law, the culture, and the individual.” His outlined methods of warfare were front organizations and constant propaganda funded by the biggest corporations in the world.

It has been almost completely successful. The biggest corporations no longer pay taxes at all, while the personal income tax rates on the very richest have plunged since Powell’s policies became the platform of the corporate-controlled Republican and Democrat political parties. In 1971, the richest .01% paid a top income tax rate of more than 70%, while the federal rate for the richest 1% was nearly 50%. Today, neither group of the ultra rich pays more than 35% and tax on long-term investment earnings is capped at 15%, while the burden on the squeezed middle class and working class has risen. (Only the poorest — the most likely to revolt — have seen their federal tax burden decline. Of course, they’ve also seen a dramatic reeling in of the social safety net during this same period, and they are walloped with an ever-growing series of use taxes, user fees and sales tax.)

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Lewis F. Powell’s Call For Corporate Action Against America is long and detailed and occasionally even apologetic — the extremism of Powell’s views are tempered by his genteel Virginia gentleman’s personality. But the following section is a good (if too polite for the phony Tea Party) summary of what has happened to America, by design:

Business has shunted confrontation politics. Business, quite understandably, has been repelled by the multiplicity of non-negotiable “demands” made constantly by self-interest groups of all kinds. While neither responsible business interests, nor the United States Chamber of Commerce, would engage in the irresponsible tactics of some pressure groups, it is essential that spokesmen for the enterprise system — at all levels and at every opportunity — be far more aggressive than in the past.

There should be no hesitation to attack the Naders, the Marcuses and others who openly seek destruction of the system. There should not be the slightest hesitation to press vigorously in all political arenas for support of the enterprise system. Nor should there be reluctance to penalize politically those who oppose it.

Lessons can be learned from organized labor in this respect. The head of the AFL-CIO may not appeal to businessmen as the most endearing or public-minded of citizens. Yet, over many years the heads of national labor organizations have done what they were paid to do very effectively. They may not have been beloved, but they have been respected — where it counts the most — by politicians, on the campus, and among the media.

It is time for American business — which has demonstrated the greatest capacity in all history to produce and to influence consumer decisions — to apply their great talents vigorously to the preservation of the system itself.

The type of program described above (which includes a broadly based combination of education and political action), if undertaken long term and adequately staffed, would require far more generous financial support from American corporations than the Chamber has ever received in the past. High level management participation in Chamber affairs also would be required.

Haha, even in 1971 the top union leaders were seen by supposed anti-labor business interests as having “done what they were paid to do very effectively.” And what was that? To moderate the laboring class and its natural tendency to revolution. If not for the creation of politically sanctioned national labor unions during the New Deal era of the Great Depression, Fox News would be in Russian today. (Wait, what?)

Anyway, happy 40th birthday to “corporations are people, my friends.” [Powell Memo]

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192 comments

    1. SpurningBeer

      Half of me is now paralytically depressed, and the other half is seething with a desire to commit activism of some sort.

      Violence would be satisfying but not likely to be productive. So maybe an online viral thing that rates corporations according to their social responsibility — paying some taxes, providing some employee benefits, not overcompensating executives, following relatively ethical business practices, treating employees fairly, refraining from blatantly whorish political activity, etc. Kind of an Angie's List meets the Better Business Bureau meets the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Have a list of the Worst Corporations in the World, and what their products are. Companies that fight back would just generate great publicity for the project.

      Just a thought. Anyone interested?

      1. Dashboard_Jesus

        well said, and took the words right outta my head (ok maybe only the first few, I'm not smart enough to come up with all the good stuff after "violence would be satisfying…")

    2. Dashboard_Jesus

      hell, even if all this is true, it's NOT funny at all! (sweet holy jeebus I had no idea this SCOTUS Lewis was the douchebag behind the 30+ years of Repugnant political hell that has been my *adulthood*) and the baby Jesus weeps…

  1. Chillwaver

    Powell’s goal was “changing how individuals and society think about the corporation, the government, the law, the culture, and the individual.”

    Mission A-fucking-ccomplished.

    1. Geminisunmars

      I think they'd like you to say "where would you like me to present myself, bending over."

    2. Lascauxcaveman

      "God, we are so fucking fucked," should be my takeaway here?

      That's usually the takeaway from any given Ken Layne post these days.

      So teach your children well. If they realize what kind of world they've grown up in, they may see fit to change it.

      1. forgracie

        Pffft–if they realize what kind of world we've abandoned them to, they're gonna ship us off early to the home!

        1. Rotundo_

          If I still prayed, I'd pray for an early death. Fortunately in CornSweetnerWorld, it's looking like a good bet that I'll be dead before demented. Though, truth be told, if I was demented I wouldn't really give a fuck anyway. Old age will be an adventure in the baby boom generation! Get those ice floes ready to set our sorry asses adrift!

    3. tessiee

      Um…
      *thinks*
      That the ideals of the 1960s failed not because we were wrong, or weak, or co-opted, but because there was a concerted, sustained effort by a lot of very powerful people to make sure that they kept their stranglehold on America.

  2. Giveusabob

    Didn't Powell also represent the owners of the Death Star, in their libel lawsuit against the population of Endor?

  3. freakishlywrong

    I'm going to wait until someone posts a funny comment and then copy it and post it myself.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I'm going to wait until someone posts a funny comment and then copy it and post it myself.

      1. elviouslyqueer

        I'm going to wait until someone posts a funny comment and then copy it and post it myself.

        1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

          I'm going to wait until someone posts a funny comment and then copy it and post it myself.

          1. tessiee

            We should just think up two or three comments, and then post them over and over. That would be fun.

    2. DaRooster

      I'm going to wait until someone posts a funny comment and then copy strike it and post it myself.

    3. proudgrampa

      I have an idea: Let's just come up with a good comment, then copy/paste over and over. That would be fun!

      1. not that Dewey

        Let's just come up with a good comment, then copy/paste over and over

        That's how they do it over at Breitbart!

      1. Negropolis

        That seems to be the new one they are really working to the top after this recess. Come January, they'll be back to tax cuts once they beat deregulation to near-death. It's always important that it's only near death so you can exploit the issue at another date.

        1. tessiee

          "It's always important that it's only near death so you can exploit the issue at another date."

          You know, like reproductive rights.

    1. Rotundo_

      You forgot those magic words: "But only for the job creators!". Without that even the poor might get a break and doG forbid that should happen. Not on this congress' watch!

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      pretty much sums up my thoughts EXACTLY…fuck I hate to actually be EDUCATED here on the Wonkette since it usually depresses me, thanks Ken indeed

    1. HedonismBot

      You ought to know this one, then. When I get to feeling too cynical, it helps to keep the hope alive:
      "Sail on, sail on, o mighty ship of state. To the shores of need, past the reefs of greed, through the squalls of hate… Democracy is coming, to the USA."
      Sail on.

  4. MinAgain

    He keeps saying "business", but I keep hearing "amassing huge quantities of wealth and power at the expense of the consumer, the environment, and the nation".

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      fucking WIN! (unfortunately believing in the EoZ was sooo much more fun than knowing this!)

  5. freakishlywrong

    God, that's so fucking fucked up. Between the people-corporations and the Jesus-freak Dominionists, us po' and working folks is fucked. Belize?

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      hell I always had Costa Rica in mind but now that the rich folks/ fucks discovered it property is now waaay too expensive (oh and the fucking Wall St. assholes stole all my money!)

  6. SayItWithWookies

    It's never finished, folks. Look at what happens, for instance, when the people who voted in 2008 didn't vote in 2010.

  7. ogradybt

    And I was under the impression that all these groups of complainers that want to enslave free enterprise were just Soros fronts founded in the past 9-10 years. Knock me over with a feather, Mr. Layne!

  8. Chet Kincaid

    I don't get this part:

    "Haha, even in 1971 the top union leaders were seen by supposed anti-labor business interests as having “done what they were paid to do very effectively.” And what was that? To moderate the laboring class and its natural tendency to revolution. If not for the creation of politically sanctioned national labor unions during the New Deal era of the Great Depression, Fox News would be in Russian today. (Wait, what?)"

    Weren't Labor Union Leaders in fact paid to get wages and benefits for their members, which they accomplished?

  9. SmutBoffin

    Which company town would you like to live in? I would like to live in IKEA-ville. You could work all day in the hex-wrench mines, then come home to a meal of meatballs, eaten on some alarmingly cubic furniture.

  10. Callyson

    To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be [obscene]. But I know it when I see it…"
    And yes, this is truly obscene…

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      "And yes, this is truly obscene…' …and extremely depressing, good thing I'm always drinkin' when I happen to come across this stuff late at night…it's the only thing that gives my life meaning anymore…also, too

  11. BaldarTFlagass

    I can tell by the look in your blank dull eyes
    That you agree, but I'm not a bit surprised

    Living in a programmed life never really has ups and downs
    There's no need for fighting now
    There's no reason to wear a frown

    I had an operation
    With no adverse reaction
    They tampered with my brain some
    It helped me see the reason
    For living in the system
    It helped me see the reason
    (We're all brothers in a perfect world)
    In a perfect world there's uniformity
    In a perfect world there's conformity
    There's no need for spontaneity
    Perfect system we're all brothers to the end !!

  12. nappyduggs

    "The most disquieting voices joining the chorus of criticism come from perfectly respectable elements of society: from the college campus, the pulpit, the media, the intellectual and literary journals, the arts and sciences, and from politicians. In most of these groups the movement against the system is participated in only by minorities. Yet, these often are the most articulate, the most vocal, the most prolific in their writing and speaking."

    This is like the beginning of a beautiful, old, hippie fairy-tale; albeit it one with a very very shitty ending.

    1. genxr

      "Yet, these often are the most articulate, the most vocal, the most prolific in their writing and speaking. That's when the police start whacking them with clubs. They become slightly less articulate with head wounds, and the problem usually takes care of itself from there."

    2. SayItWithWookies

      That's a long list of disquieting voices — if I'm reading Mr. Powell's statement correctly, he's saying that everybody's starting to hate this oligarchy shit.

      1. elviouslyqueer

        Pretty much. And after reading the memo (Ken's right — it's LONG), my takeaway is that Powell seemed genuinely mystified as to why colleges and universities, which according to him benefited from fucktons of corporate money by way of endowments, rich trustees, etc., were such hotbeds of dissent. Powell's answer to this, of course, was to stack the academic deck, demanding that universities hire business-friendly faculty who would teach and publish the "correct" viewpoint for both students and the larger academic sphere. To him (at least from my reading), all these "disquieting voices" were basically being brainwashed, and simply had to be given an intervention that would reorient them to the right and proper path of admiring business.

    3. Dashboard_Jesus

      I KNEW I shoulda taken advantage of that hippie shit at the time, at least I woulda had SOME fond memories in my old age/ dementia (of course I was only 10 years old in '69 but hell, at least I coulda got laid!)

  13. baconzgood

    Capital-ASS-t memo-festo. What is really scarry was it was laughable at the time. Now it's the blue print for repression. Oh well though…..Who's going to the roller-ball game tonight?

    1. sati_demise

      oh, we will get the prisons all right.

      Private For Profit Prisons= growth industry!
      Wall Street loves 'em.

      1. genxr

        Did you know prisoners pay no federal income tax? If we just broaden the tax base, these prisons will pay for themselves.

        1. sati_demise

          10% tax on 10 cents an hour prison labor multiplied by millions of prisoners can add up to some real money.

  14. Chet Kincaid

    "Revolution" is romantic and all, from the cafe at the student union, but I think the working classes' natural tendency is to have food in the pot, useful work, a roof over their heads, and a future for their children. That's why you can't trust 'em to follow through.

    1. genxr

      "We have a 40 hour work week, safe working conditions, and decent pay. I think we're done here."

      I kind of like it. Too bad we'll have to fight it all over again.

  15. anniegetyerfun

    "Only the poorest — the most likely to revolt — have seen their federal tax burden decline."

    Can someone help me understand how this is true after just discussing how the rich's tax burden also declined? I'm super drunk, so not=hing you say will make sense anyway though also too.

    1. Ken Layne

      Federal tax revenue is now just 15% of GDP, which is why there's the "debt crisis" and Tea Party and Obama bravely cutting spending on social services and the intentional destruction of the commons.

    2. SayItWithWookies

      He meant only the poorest of the non-wealthy. What's particularly egregious about this is that they got all that favoritism without hiring a single lobbyist.

    3. Dashboard_Jesus

      me too, drunk that is (and surprisingly still able to read/ understand this shit enough to keep drinkin'!)

  16. MittsHairHelmet

    Well, this just reinforces my contention that there's no point in even trying to fight back against this campaign. The corporation are too well-funded, too well organized, too entrenched to be defeated.

    The way I see it there are only 2 ways forward:

    1) Figure out a way to make as much money as possible as soon as possible and use it to insulate yourself from the destruction of the safety net and general decline in quality of life.

    2) Go the Ken Layne route and try to figure out a sustainable lifestyle where you can focus on eating right, exercising and staying healthy so you won't have to rely on the safety net to survive.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Oddly enough, this just reinforces my contention that we need to fight back harder. Look at how much of the populace is turning against the program of tax cuts for the rich paid for by cutting infrastructure and programs that help the middle class and poor — at some point the extreme right will have alienated so many Americans that the rollback will be swift and terrible.

      It's in our interest to fight the overextended conservatives hard and constantly and not get resigned to seeing America become Scott Walker's dystopian vision. The more Americans are resigned to things sucking, the longer they're going to suck. If it's too depressing to think about now, just imagine how shitty it'll be when it's left to the assholes who brought us to this juncture.

        1. Dashboard_Jesus

          Ditto, I need some good moral support/ fightin' words at the moment…FUCK these bastards!

      1. MittsHairHelmet

        I appreciate your fire. I wish I still had it.

        The last few years have convinced me that our political system is too firmly in the hands of the moneyed powers to be changed significantly and that the American people are too fat, lazy and distracted to create the critical mass necessary to affect real change.

        1. zhubajie

          But will they stay fat? As they get poorer and poorer, won't they get skinny and angry again?

          1. MittsHairHelmet

            considering that the average american has gotten poorer AND fatter over the last 30 years, I'd say they'll get fatter.

    2. sati_demise

      Stop buying shit from irresponsible giant corporations?
      Stop buying shit from Right Wing funding corporations?
      Stop buying shit from the Koch Bros altogether.
      Money talks.
      cut them off.

    3. Guppy06

      "Figure out a way to make as much money as possible as soon as possible"

      There are only so many beer heiress that can be married.

      1. Dashboard_Jesus

        I keep hoping SHE (the one who must not be named) will be available again soon, the cancerous old fuck can't have too many more years left…hopefully his head will explode first!

    4. Mumbletypeg

      As evidence in China has shown — we won't entirely exempt ourselves from other insidious practices' toxic effects. Even eating right and keeping up with fitness: the things we take for granted like air and water get so little respect from the powers that be, I foresee trumping whatever individual efforts are undertaken, short of insulating* oneself completely in a shell.
      Otherwise I'm with you on honing one's instinct simply not to set oneself, or one's circumstances, up to make things more vulnerable, i.e. preventative measures and some austerity in allocating one's own resources.

      *don't let my loathing of the word 'insular' undermine the respect I have for the insights in many of your posts here.

      1. MittsHairHelmet

        my posts? you're too kind…

        I guess my opinion on the global problems like pollution, water management, etc is that they're completely hopeless. At the same time, I expect that they're less likely to make my life miserable over the next 30 years compared to the probability of being broke, sick and stressed for the rest of my life.

        When it comes to the next generation and all the ones after that, well, it's a different story. They're so fucked.

        1. Mumbletypeg

          Oh as is my tendency I've inflated quantitatively what really stood out in the form of one particular comment of yours way back when. Having searched that one down through several weeks' worth, it's worth repeating, yes, lots of laffs to be found there in & around insights.

          Nothing further to add, yet. I'm halfway through the actual piece Ken links to and it's chilling on many levels.

          1. MittsHairHelmet

            Not sure how to be sincere in a Wonkette comment but thanks, i really appreciate that.

            That old comment was probably the first time I wrote on this topic. My view stems from the main events of my life as a political junky. The Clinton impeachment wasthe first major political event I really engaged with. Obama was the first time I ever felt even a little hopeful about the government. Then the banks got bailed out with no strings attached while the media and DC power structure destroyed Obama's presidency in 2 years flat.

          2. Mumbletypeg

            Well I'm far from mastering the art of articulating thoughts prompted here in wonkette posts. Some comments stand out as hitting-the-nail-on-the head and the one of yours I referenced just resonated that day.

            This post brought to mind Clinton, in the way I recall being confronted w/ the contents of Vanity Fair's exposé-type piece several summers ago, and getting that ill feeling all was not what it had seemed. Or that I had let myself go under-exposed too long to facts probably available to one w/ open ears, but stringing them together & reaching unpleasant conclusions, it's an exercise that returned for me here w/ the Powell memo. Powell's name is highly regarded here in VA, as the link points out: he'd been known for swing votes and reflecting some balance in his judgments/ opinions/ whatnot…

            I hope people here have taken time to at least scan the actual piece, though it is long; I printed it at work to take home! but started it enough to recognize key words he used such as "monitor" and "surveillance"… mostly enveloped within that rhetoric Ken mentions, not so suave as to make more palpable/ less insidious; but irking me to see it is the language of one threatened by a perceived opposing force. BOTH sides of this divide employ such language when a threat is felt upon their 'established' cause. It muddles the mind already trying to take in this sort of calculatedness a vaunted icon of fairness has been proven capable of: it's become complicated, trying to reach across the divide without feeling provoked by all this menace, real and perceived.

        2. Dashboard_Jesus

          unfortunately I pretty much feel the same way, the only thing that gives me SOME comfort is that I don't have any children to feel guilty about for the fucking mess we're handing them…and to think 30 years ago when I got out of college- right before Raygun was elected- I had so much HOPE for a bright(er) future

        3. Dashboard_Jesus

          oh and another funny/ ironic thing, I actually happen to be a Buddhist-in-training (don't let the nom de plume fool ya) so none of this delusional illusion should really bother me, but it still does…I haz a sad now

      2. zhubajie

        Unfortunately, educated people in China are determined to imitate all the mistakes of the US.

    5. DashboardBuddha

      Option 3: Fighting and dying in the revolution. Ok…it's not a safety net per se, but better to go out in a blaze of glory I guess.

      1. Dashboard_Jesus

        DB I hear ya and feel that way a lot lately myself, unfortunately I happen to be a peace loving, vegetarian, hippie, Buddhist yogi (don't tell Dad!) and have never come close to owning a gun…but that could change very soon

  17. NorthStarSpanx

    Is this equivalent to the February 19, 2009 live spittled invective issued by CNBC's Rick Santelli that is credited with birthing the Tea Party movement?

    1. genxr

      Tea Party, child of Wall Street, born to fight against the homeless.

      These idjits wouldn't know irony if movers dropped a piano made entirely of irony on their heads.

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      can always count on Chris Hedges to tell it like it is (and also depress the shit outta me, like our friend Ken here)

  18. BaldarTFlagass

    After I've read a Ken post, I feel like I've been watching Eraserhead or Leaving Las Vegas or (insert name of your favorite depressing movie here) for the last 24 hours.

  19. KeepFnThatChicken

    Thank You For Smoking.
    Thank You For Guzzling Diet Coke.
    Thank You For Eating Your Baco-Choco Cheeseburger With Your Diet Coke.
    Thank You For Diabetes.

  20. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    We will know that the Corporatist have truly won when Congressmen wear logos like NASCAR drivers on their suits. Then we will be what America was always destine to be, one big corporate mess.

  21. powersuit

    That memo is a trip. If it weren't for the genuine concern lacing itself throughout, I would dismiss it as wildly cynical and paranoid. It's remarkably dated and current at the same time. What's so interesting is this is what happened when the top dogs got spooked–they had the run of the economy and popular thought for many decades, then didn't FOR A FEW YEARS. Suddenly, "the system" is in mortal peril. Well I guess they showed us, didn't they.

  22. DahBoner

    "His outlined methods of warfare were front organizations and constant propaganda funded by the biggest corporations in the world."

    It's working!!!!

    I now truly believe Kortney really does enjoy her vegetables….

  23. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    I'm sure the people that ran Enron and the banking industry know far more about what they are doing than any government or collection of hippies complaining about stuff.

    Korporationen bilden Sie frei

  24. DaRooster

    "While neither responsible business interests, nor the United States Chamber of Commerce, would engage in the irresponsible tactics of some pressure groups, it is essential that spokesmen for the enterprise system — at all levels and at every opportunity — be far more aggressive than in the past."

    In short- "We got tons of money so FUCK 'EM."

    1. sati_demise

      Responsible business interests can kill and not be jailed or punished in any way, (just a tiny fine and a slap on the wrist if the lawyer fucks up)
      unlike any of the hippies

  25. SorosBot

    These are the kind of people who think Blade Runner and Alien are utopian visions of the future.

    1. genxr

      Oh man, I could make so much money off that alien. That would be awesome! I just hope some discredited freighter pilot doesn't get all up in my shit and ruin things. The whole system would be in peril. Oh well, I can always get a job shooting replicants. Pew! Pew!

  26. DahBoner

    "Why would a Cuban want to risk their lives in a make shift boat, to come to The United Socialisty States of American?"

    The shopping, not the health care…

  27. FlipOffResearch

    This kind of reminds me of when I was reading "The Shock Doctrine". The more I read it, the more I had the uneasy feeling that common Americans were in a trap. And that it's jaws were quickly closing.

  28. MistaEko

    What always gets me is the sense of victimhood that's peddled and accepted as certifiable truth by even the right's intelligentsia. Yes, even in the days where you could let the Cuyahoga burn indefinitely and fuck your secretary on the side, the real oppressed folks were not the blacks, not the draftees, not the women, not the destitute, but the salarymen and their bosses.

    Yet it worked. And it works. Even as the very base that sweeps them in becomes more and more destitute and oppressed by the corporations, they're enthralled by a yarn that says they're both even more oppressed by an enigmatic institutional left. Because even though Bank of America took their house, Obama wanted to give them health care and that means taking away freedom. Because you're never the bully; you're always the one standing up to them.

  29. Goonemeritus

    "But because Lewis Powell wasn’t overtly racist and apparently had little interest in abortion and religious fundamentalists",

    The real power brokers in the right are not interested in those things either. They are the candy in the school yard used to attract the knuckle scrapping hoards to vote against their own best interests. Watch who the majority in the noise machine will get behind it is always the most corporate friendly. It will be Romney, like justice Roberts he is all about “corporate rights” everything else is window dressing.

  30. weejee

    Ken are you sayin' regards the Teatards, Lewis Powell dropped the penny? Is this the penny, Layne, that is in our ears and in our eyes?

  31. benjo765

    This calls for 40 dollar shaped candles and a big fat slice of cake!
    Heres to US Plutocracy steering clear of a mid-life crisis – oh, wait…

    1. benjo765

      Why whip the serfs when you can invent a self-whipping machine? Now thats what I call progress!

  32. proudgrampa

    It's all about the Golden Rule, isn't it?

    They's that gots the Gold, makes the Rules.

    And Ken, I can tell you've been reading a lot, lately.

  33. DashboardBuddha

    As mentioned before, weed turns up the volume on the 100 watt tube amp that is my paranoia, which is why I don't use it. That being said, I have to look at 911 as one hella fucking lucky break for those powerful interests that would benefit most from a fascist society.

  34. lowaltflier

    “There should be no hesitation to attack the Naders, the Marcuses and others who openly seek destruction of the system”.

    It appears he also started the practice of referring to people in the plural
    I hate when someone does that.

      1. elviouslyqueer

        HAHAHA. Evidently they think we're actually reading their comments over at that thread. Now it just looks like a sad, retarded mentally challenged circle jerk.

    1. widget2011

      You know godamned well that he's a severly repressed self-loathing gay republican. It's only a matter of time before he's caught "looking over the edge" with some teenage rentboy.

    2. user-of-owls

      Well, just went over and distributed a liberal dose of poopyheads on the poopyheads.

      Hey, it's what I do. Everyone has a function.

  35. KotBR

    I'd just like to know who gets the contract to build the Thunderdome: Lockheed, Northrup, or Raytheon?

  36. BlueStateLibel

    This will be helpful for archeologists digging through the rubble 50 years from now trying to figure out what destroyed this country.

    1. widget2011

      If possible, get EVERY blue collar worker to take September off. I don't think it's possible though.

  37. Indiepalin

    Justice Powell showed a lot of courage in raging against enemies of democracy like the Jefferson Airplane.

  38. mavenmaven

    The rich are always right in today's Merka, unless they happen to care about society in a liberal way, in which case they are monsters ie Soros.

  39. glamourdammerung

    I think it is unfair and very incomplete to not includePaul Weyrich's "good works" in creating the current movement conservativism. And while some would argue that Powell may have influenced conservative "think tanks", Weyrich created the prototypes. And it was Weyrich that enshrined the racism in Nixon's Southern Strategy as a plank of the GOP.

  40. Negropolis

    How cute, using "enterprise system" for "vampire squid."

    If we are able to wake up from our cheeto-dusted, high fructose-induced, socio-economic coma, there is hope just yet…

  41. tessiee

    So, Mr. Burns without the wit and charm?
    Please tell me this unbelievable bastard died screaming in pain and pissing his pants.

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