Society, Government and Corporatism
Who rules who?
We used to play fair. What happened?
Public Goods – something in which everyone benefits, whether or not they pay for it. As with any public good, if the government doesn’t intervene, everyone tends to wait for someone else to pay.
In case of a commodity, only ones who can afford it, pay for it. A Public good is available to everyone and share equally eg. Water, national defense, fire protection, emergency services, medicare. (What about oil? Natural gas? Electricity? Can they be treated as public goods? – food for thought)
Government must be involved in directing companies to accept their responsibilities and be accountable. A company won’t volunteer to do it by themselves; it would be crushed by its competitors. As soon as government intervention is removed, large more powerful companies would swallows any competition in a cruel, immoral way.
It is up to governments (federal, provincial, municipal) to develop incentives and enforce rules so every company gets a fair share and a fair opportunity to succeed. It’s is up to government to employ necessary resources – money, time and human capital -- to step up to the “plate” and identify the weak areas in our society and have both the public , the business world, and government find ways to work together effectively.
Unfortunately, our society is too fragile. We are too dependent on electricity – to meet our power needs, oil – to meet our transportation needs and material wealth, and natural gas – to meet our heating needs. Depending on only multinationals or just on the government or a few individuals with large amounts of assets and wealth to solve our problems is ineffective and possibly dangerous
We need to tackle the following serious but complex problems together: damaged environment, endemic poverty., inadequate skills and education, and eliminate corrupted corporations, government and individuals.
This obviously goes against the ideology of today’s globalized capitalism. Right-wing thinkers and multinational corporations I (as well as bought-out governments) believed bigger is better, faster growth, less government involvement, and more efficiency, connectivity and speed are better. Unfortunately, the good citizens are getting lost and disorientated as technology increases in speed and connectivity with society. This is what makes our society so fragile. Any breakdown anywhere in our complex economy or electronic system will bring chaos to our society.
These ideas presented above of cooperation between the parties involved won’t be found in any public policy or on any agenda by our leaders. We have become more vulnerable by the endeavors of big business – we pile on more debt, build unnecessary urban developments on our finest croplands, develop addiction for distant sources of fossil fuels, and products made from them and have become so specialized that we cannot take care of ourselves when everyday technologies fail. We spend so much time absorbing useless information and running around endlessly without realizing that we really don’t know where we are going or why we are doing what we are doing.
Could we slow our economy down and pursue a steady-state economy? This is an economy that maintains a roughly constant output of goods and services. It would be less stressful on our planet’s limited capacity and our own limitations. Maybe our goal, as citizens, is to take back what is rightfully ours – the public goods – to be shared equally among all of us. We need to make a concerted effort to force the powers to be – multinationals, the government and the elite, to listen to us or else we need to take matters into our own hands. And we will, if we feel trapped and caged.
And then again, the government is powerless, a puppet in the hands of the multinationals and the few very rich individuals we call the elite. Be aware of what the powers believes to be commodities. Our water could be next. Very frightening! We need to stand up for our rights to the common goods or break away from the status quo and form our own sustainable society. For the future of our society and the future of our children and grandchildren.