Economics/Class Relations

Very Confused Marjorie Taylor Greene Babbles About ‘Corporate Communism’

“Corporate Communism” is actually an old John Birch Society line, which is probably where she picked it up from, at least indirectly.
She’s not entirely wrong in the sense that substantial sectors of Western “big capital” were more interested in working out their own trade/investment deals with communist regimes than “fighting communism” per se. That was true in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and during the Cold War as well. There were even American capitalists who were in league with Nicolae Ceausescu (in fact, some of his family members worked for US intelligence spying on the USSR). The Rockefellers wanted to cultivate Maoist China as a labor market for Western capital (which eventually happened with Dengism). Today, there are capitalists, like the investor groups around Jim Rogers, who want to cultivate the same relationship with the DPRK.
In countries where capitalism is well-established as the dominant mode of production, the function of “big capital” is typically to game the political and financial system in order to eradicate competitors and monopolize markets, which is why a lot of petite bourgeois types (like Greene) tend to actually have a disfavorable view of big corporations. However, when capitalism becomes hegemonic in a particular nation, big capital always tries to suppress socialist and communist insurgencies. It’s not true that fascism is merely the strong arm of capitalism as a lot of Marxists claim.
Theoretically, fascism is either anti-capitalist or at least favors the subordination of capital to a powerful collectivist-nationalist state as opposed to giving capital a free hand. But fascists and capitalists will often make common cause against socialists and communists when they are perceived as an actual threat, and fascist regimes almost always become compromised by the “big capital” sectors they have to rely on to achieve state power in the first place.
What Greene is describing in this segment is merely how capitalism works in actual practice as opposed to business school textbooks.
What Kulinski gets wrong is his lack of understanding of the actual relationship between the state and capital. The state IS capital and vice versa, at least in states where capitalism is the dominant mode of production. He also buys into the conventional liberal line that “the state is us.” No, it’s not. The state is a class unto itself and a collection of institutional sectors that have their own interests.

“Marjorie Taylor Greene does not know what communism is. To be fair, she is not unique in this respect — a lot of people in America think communism is basically a “Choose You Own Adventure” of bad stuff. What is somewhat unique about her, however, is that she is a Republican who has no idea what capitalism is. In a discussion with Matt Gaetz on his Firebrand podcast this week, Greene discussed her issues with what she calls “corporate communism.” Her theory here is that communism just means “controlling everybody” and instead of the government controlling everyone themselves, they are getting corporations to control people for them. You know, because corporations are always doing the government’s bidding without being compelled to by law.”

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