To the Thinkers:
In some recent popular culture discussions thrown in our face by a gilded presidential candidate and other apologists, we have been forced to consider the difficult and perplexing conundrum that corporations are people too.
But everywhere you look there are so many examples of how corporations are more than people. Every time you here some pundit talk about ‘special interests’ there is a 4 in 5 chance they are referring to corporations. When they talk about our lugubrious tax code, sixty percent of the weight in that awful document can only be touched by corporations … and for their substantial economic benefit. When head counts of evil lobbyists are taken, way over half of them are probably mostly representing corporations. Under any of these and many more measures, corporations are more than people!
In the end we need to think back on an interesting documentary film based on an expansive book, The Corporation, that while approaching the concept of ‘corporations are people’ with extreme prejudice, is it not the most appropriate way deal with them? As some concluding points in the book and film focused on the nature of corporations, Consider this offered checklist …
“Callous disregard for the feelings of others. Check.
Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships. Check.
Reckless disregard for the safety of others. Check.
Deceitfulness: repeated lying and conniving others for profit. Check.
Incapacity to experience guilt. Check.
Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors. Check.
Result? Corporations are Psychopaths.”
And if that is the case, should we allow them to run amongst us in a state where they are more than us? Is there a way not to allow them in since they certainly have their camel-like noses way under our tents?
But most importantly, is there anything we can do about it or should we do anything about it since they do offer us things like jobs?
As usual I will try to pick through the many possible points to focus our discussion, the above maybe being the best place to focus.
Whatever your position in these considerations, please consider coming on June 17 so we can think through this stuff … thinkingly as usual.