CHAPTER 2THE POWERS THAT BE

ENTER THE THIRD CORPORATE REGIME

The third corporate regime is the house we live in today. George W. Bush is just the current master of the mansion. The architecture of the house is changing under Bush but it follows the basic design established by Reagan a quarter century ago. 41

Hidden power is still the story of our ruling regime. It is a tale of anti-democratic power concentration that might surprise even C. Wright Mills, who wrote about a veiled power elite fifty years ago. Ironically, the regime’s hegemonic ideology is that it is bringing American-inspired democracy all over the world even as it erodes democracy both abroad and at home.

I am not suggesting a past democratic paradise in the United States. All ...

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