Big Oil venn

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The venn diagrams project at Geke was started to dispel the belief that corporatism is a right-wing phenomenon. Democrats are just as corporatist as Republicans, as these venns show.

If that surprises you, take a look at the history of the progressive movement, starting in the late 1800s. Before adopting the theme of “trust-busting,” progressive rhetoric focused on business efficiency through merger and consolidation, and how business competition should be avoided. Progressives used government to enact their ideas into laws, but if you look carefully, you’ll see these “trust busting” laws were often used by fat cats and industry magnates to punish rival companies and protect their own. Trust busting was fine, as long as the trust was a competitor of Rockefeller, Carnegie, or J.P. Morgan.

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