Friday, August 16, 2013

Why I Despise Corporations

I'll start with a personal story: when I graduated college I went to work for what I call a Cosmodemonic Transnational Megacorporation. It was an eye-opening experience.

The guy I worked for had no business in his position. He was incompetent. He was caught getting a blowjob on company property by a woman he had hired - and he was married.

Amazing, he was not fired. Besides that little escapade, he was just in general incompetent.

He was a perfect example of The Peter Principle - We tend to be promoted to our level of incompetence.

When I left, my last words to him were: "Everyone knows about you and [redacted] getting caught on company property. And everyone laughs at you and thinks you are a joke."

He didn't say a word.

After he got caught, it took at least three years for the corporation to get rid of him. They didn't fire him; they lateraled him out of state. And lateraling is another observation by Lawrence Peter: here, you take the fuck-up.

I also found out something else: there really is an Old Boy's Network. All the top jobs were reserved for graduates of Harvard, Yale, and other top ten schools. And this was in southern Illinois. You could not start at the bottom and work your way up. It was impossible.

Large corporations are extraordinarily hierarchical. They always have been. That is not a good thing.

It's not just me who despises corporations. The Founding Fathers despised them. Thomas Jefferson wanted to make them illegal by putting it in the Constitution (he called them "the moneyed interests").

In fact, if they screwed up too badly (and they always did) their charter was pulled and they went out of business.

Contrary to the delusions of the more naive libertarians, corporations are creations of the State. They have the legal status of persons. They are not in the slightest free market. They are so anti-free-market that Mussolini defined fascism as "corporatism."

They are so anti-free-market that the Revolutionary War was started by the biggest Cosmodemonic Transnational Megacorporation of that time - the East India Company. Contrary to the myth, the war wasn't started because of "taxation without representation."

It was started because the East India Company was given a tax rebate of millions of pounds from the British Crown to run out of business its small American competitors. That's was caused the Boston Tea Party.

It'd be the same thing today if McDonalds or Wal-Mart started a war just to improve profits. I think St. Paul had it right: the lust for money is the root of all evil.

Using Mussolini's definition, the United States has turned into a fascist society, because of the enormous power corporations have in the government. If corporations had their way, there would be no one except the super-rich and the poverty-stricken. The middle class? Bye bye!

I recently saw the movie Elysium. I was struck by what the writer/director Neill Blomkamp was saying (by the way, he's going places because it looks like he's saying one thing for the chattering classes when he's saying the exact opposite for the smart).

What he's saying is that the U.S. might be destroyed by Third World immigration, at the behest of Cosmodemonic Transnational Megacorporations (and all of it for making a profit), who have screwed up the earth so badly they had to recreate Beverly Hills in a space station, so they would have somewhere decent to live.

That's what could be our future: the super-rich in armed, gated communities and the hopeless poverty-stricken.

And if it happens, you can thank that unholy marriage of State and Corporation.


Anonymous said...

Or maybe big banks would start a war or series of wars just to make profits ...

Who would ever think of such a thing?

Anonymous said...

I don't disagree with your take on corporations. But as constructs, they reflect the circumstances of the time they reside in. If corporations were NOT artificially propped up by govt., they would fail. Without this propping up, the inefficient, poorly run and unethical organizations would fail (generally speaking, crummy corporations produce crummy products and services).

As long as there is this involvement, I don't consider them to be real businesses-- they are extensions of the govt. and the Cathedral.