Robert Kennedy, Jr., who has spent decades cleaning up the Hudson River in New York State from General Electric's cancer-causing pollution, may run for Eliot Spitzer's current job as attorney general of New York State.
This column by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, lays out a bit of the context, and details how Kennedy is unafraid to call Bush's Administration as close to a fascist government as we've had in decades.
Why? Here are some quotes from his book, which you buy here.
"While communism is the control of business by government, fascism is the control of government by business," [Kennedy] writes. "My American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as 'a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership together with belligerent nationalism.' Sound familiar?"
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"The biggest threat to American democracy is corporate power," Kennedy told us. "There is vogue in the White House to talk about the threat of big government. But since the beginning of our national history, our most visionary political leaders have warned the American public against the domination of government by corporate power. That warning is missing in the national debate right now. Because so much corporate money is going into politics, the Democratic Party itself has dropped the ball. They just quash discussion about the corrosive impact of excessive corporate power on American democracy."
So the challenge is if some of our better strategists, like Congressman Emanuel, who is also responsible for fundraising for congressional candidates, can figure out how the Democratic Party can stand for a rollback of corporate power. I hope he is up to the challenge, since (at least during his time in the Clinton White House), he has been an advocate of corporate-backed trade agreements like NAFTA and GATT and trying to make the Democratic Party the party of Wall Street.