Corporations, A love story
As time goes on how will future generations to come remember us; as the inventors of democracy, freedom, science or the inventors of war, oppression and corporations? The earliest corporations were created in the 16th century in England and Holland, they were seen as “social invention of the state” i.e., a state grants a corporate charter, permitting private financial resources being used for public purposes thus expanding the state in terms of capital and true be told there is no problem with this 16th century corporation simply because it was regulated by the government but now the shoe is on the other foot.
In a letter to Col. William F. Elkins on Nov, 21, 1864, President Lincoln said ‘I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.’ This of course can be accredited to the era of globalisation which in essence opened up the flood gates to the “Rise of Corporations”. To think out of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations while only 49 are countries is simply mindboggling but the question that stands is how and why we and our governments let this happen? It seems the corporations of our time are acting more and more human-like i.e. demanding rights for example in America, corporations claimed the human right of free speech meaning that they have unlimited right to put corporate money into politics, and thus taken control of our major political parties and politicians and this is evident in American politics were politicians are to be frank paid off to allow a certain corporate suggested bill to pass.
Big government that can impose sanctions, make important policies and declare war cower by the mere sight of the shadows of the mighty corporations who exude unimaginable wealth with a side of oppression and economic dictatorship. It is fair to say that corporations have successfully monopolised oppression and dictatorship in the most subtle way, firstly looking at the mass media; the mass population is subject to control via the use of adverts that constantly tell them what to buy, what to think, what to do but do we complain...no, we just go with the flow because after all they give us iPods, Big Macs. And now with the help of globalisation, this control can be spread on a global scale for example in Dubai there’re McDonalds restaurants, NEXT retailers etc and even the discarding of the strict Muslim laws in Dubai such as wearing veils, showing skin but it’s all right, why?, because Mr Corporation said so.
Secondly, corporations have a big influence on public policy and over government bodies this can range from financing large parts of elections, to creating corporate-funded think tanks and “citizen” groups, to support from very influential political bodies such as the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg group, etc. Is money so important that we’re willing to sell our moral compass, our integrity, our soul? But you can’t make change without money. However, corporations are not the only ones to blame corruption is the key success to the lustful rise of corporations; the ones who allow corporations to run wild are the politicians themselves who ironically represent a ‘ Government of the people, by the people, for the people’ but sadly though the pen might be mightier than the axe, it is not mightier than the corporations.