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The Rise of Corporations

"Let us be alert. Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake." - Victor Frankl

"The recent spate of Supreme Court decisions absolving corporations of responsibility for their wrongful or negligent conduct is not "good for business" - unless you believe that all business owners are scofflaws. Rather, the decisions should be characterized as bad for consumers and ultimately bad for justice. Making it impossible for people injured by corporate acts (or neglect) to be compensated for their damages essentially sends a signal that companies need not consider the public interest, or indeed the niceties of the law, in their relentless pursuit of profit. That is not a pro-business stance; it is an antisocial stance. Everyone - as a potential victim of corporate cost-cutting, incompetence or outright malfeasance - is significantly worse off as a result." - J.G. Berinstein

"When (normal) human beings fall into a certain state: the psychopaths, like a virulent pathogen in a body, strike at their weaknesses, and the entire society is plunged into conditions that lead to horror and tragedy on a very large scale." - Andrew M. Lobaczewski

"Corporations are established for one basic purpose: to make money by converting nature and labor into profit and more capital. The corporation was invented to limit liability and maximize profit. Corporate managers are required to maximize profit, although they often arrange to give themselves enormous salaries. Politicians do not place the interests of workers, the community or the environment ahead of corporate profit interests." - John M. Lambase

Gardiner Coit Means showed in The Corporate Revolution in America (1964) that the means of production in the US economy was highly concentrated in the hands of the largest 200 corporations, and within the large corporations, managers controlled firms despite shareholders' formal ownership.

Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr. theorized that the fact of economic concentration meant that the effects of competitive-price theory was largely mythical.

Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr., an original member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust", advocated that corporate leadership accept that they must fulfill responsibilities toward society in addition to their traditional responsibilities toward shareholders.

But this is in direct contradiction to nearly all statues governing corporations which require corporations to maximize return to shareholders.



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corporate psychopathology

"Here is the most important challenge to political invention ever offered to the jurist or the statesman. The human association which in fact produces and distributes wealth, the association of workmen, managers, technicians and directors is not an association recognized by law. The association which the law does recognize - the association of shareholders, creditors and directors - is incapable of producing and distributing and is not expected to perform these functions. We have to give law to the real association and withdraw meaningless privilege from the imaginary one." - Lord Eustace Sutherland Campbell Percy, Baron Percy of Newcastle

"A corporate executive recently confessed to me that his job consisted of lying to the customer; another that his job consisted of frightening customers into accepting digital security products that they really didn't need." - Charles Eisenstein

Psychopaths exhibit traits such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others. People that fall into this category include: serial killers and politicians. Psychopaths are psychologically capable of acting free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences with absolutely no remorse.

"Ironically, these same traits (psychopathology) exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders. While many political leaders will deny the assessment regarding their similarities with serial killers and other career criminals, it is part of a psychopathic profile that may be used in assessing the behaviors of many officials and lawmakers at all levels of government." - Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police

With self-interest paramount a corporation acts exactly like a psychopath.

A corporation is like a human psychopath in that:


Corporations are irresponsible - to satisfy the corporate goal, everything is 'at risk'.

Corporations are manipulative - they manipulate everything, including public opinion.

Corporations have delusions of grandeur - "we're number one", "we're the best."

Corporations lack empathy and exhibit antisocial tendencies - no concern for victims.

Corporations relate superficially - their goal is a public face that is appealing to the public.

Corporations refuse to accept responsibility and are unable to feel remorse.

Corporations is designed to exploit nature, small business and people for profit.

The cost of negotiated settlements and adjudicated civil suits as well as fines for illegal activities are just another cost of doing business. When breaking the law or failing to warn of a potential danger is likely to cost less than complying with the law or warning potential users of defects a corporation is required, by law, to do what is best for its shareholders whether it is breaking the law or failing to warn of; lead in toys, pharmaceutical side effects, endocrine disruption by industrial chemicals, the harmful effects of chemically engineered tobacco, thyroid disruption by fire retardants, etcetera ... In most cases the fines and the civil penalties and settlements paid by the corporation are trivial compared to the profits generated.

People are notorious for their ability to use charm as a mask to hide their dangerously self-obsessed personalities . For corporations social responsibile acts are simply public relations ploys. Corporations can present themselves as compassionate socially responsible citizens when, in fact, they lack the ability to care about anything as compassion requires an empathtic emotional response which is impossible for a legal construct.



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The Killing Fields of Multi-National Corporations

"Can we really expect our elected representatives to control the same corporations whose campaign contributions got them elected? Until the Supreme Court overturns corporate personhood, our elected representatives will be voting for the good of corporations, not for the good of people." - Gordon Vanderslice

"Business enterprise is a creature of a society, and society can put any business out of existence overnight. Enterprise exists on sufferance and exists only as long as society believes that it does a necessary, useful, and productive job." - Peter F. Drucker

"Like everything else the bottom line is all that matters now, whether it is in healthcare, journalism, sports or anything else. I do remember the time when corporations at least tried to give the appearance of being socially responsible. It seems we have lost that." - Bob McLaughlin



externalization

externalization

"The destructiveness of our present economic system
is due to the externalization of costs." - Charles Eisenstein

"When the balance sheet of a corporation does not capture the true
costs and risks of its business activities you end up with them privatizing
their gains and socializing their losses." - Nandan Nilekani

The logic of externalization applies to any and all acting parties.

Profits accrue to those who most successfully externalize their costs.

A corporation looking to extract resources must first con-vince land guardians that the vital resource management that the corporation aims to provide will create a enhanced cost-benefit ratio that the land guardians could not enjoy without corporate intervention. Corporate owners know that the eternal formula for business success is to make someone else pay as much of the costs as possible to maximize profits.

Do the printers of unwanted junk mail have to pay the costs of disposing it in landfills?

Do the makers of pesticides have to pay the costs of cleaning the groundwater they contaminate?

Do the frackers have to pay the costs of cleaning the aquifers they contaminate?

Do the makers and users of nitrogen fertilizer have to pay the costs of eutrophication?

Would plastic junk be so cheap if they incorporated the medical costs of toxic petroleum byproducts?

"A corporation tends to be more profitable to the extent it can make other people pay the bills for its impact on society. The corporation is an externalizing machine, in the same way that a shark is a killing machine. There isn't any question of malevolence or of will; the corporation has within it, and the shark has within it, those characteristics that enable it to do that for which it was designed. As a result the corporation is potentially very, very damaging to society." - Robert Monks

The Center for Responsive Politics found that lawmakers have as much as $196 million invested in corporations doing business with the Department of Defense. Many corporations are not recognized as defense contractors and yet a substantial amount of their business comes from supplying the military. Pepsico was paid $286 million; IBM was paid $291 million; Tyson was paid $335 million; Goodrich was paid $344 million; Procter & Gamble was paid $362 million; Kraft was paid $500 million; Dell was paid $636 million; FedEx was paid $1.3 billion and Exxon was paid $1.2 billion. Also on the payroll of the Pentagon was Disney, Apple, Oakley, Nestle, Heinz and Hershey.

"In the early 1990s, some three quarters of the federal government's research money was consumed by the Pentagon. Half of America's scientists and engineers were employed by military-related companies. The needs of the Pentagon skew entire industries. They cause communities to arise out of nowhere, and as suddenly to collapse. Economists argue endlessly, and inconclusively, about the impact of military spending on the American economy as a whole. The effect of military spending on government budgets is plain enough: investments of one kind diminish investments of another." - Cullen Murphy

"In reality, whether we like it or not, whether we care or not, we're all participating . When we buy Crest toothpaste, Oscar Mayer hotdogs or a Playstation the fact is we are supporting an increasingly militarized civilian economy." - Nick Turse
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