[quote]paul bunyan wrote:
Does anyone else think the power and wealth currently held by corporations has become rather extreme? I mean 51 of the world’s largest economies are corporations. These are institutions who are accountable to rich stockholders instead of to the world’s populations and the enviroment.
Politicians voted in through elections influence our lives less than the ceo’s of multinational corporations whose responsibility is to raise profits rather than contribute good to the world. It is illegal for a ceo to change a corporation’s habits in favour of the enviroment or it’s employees if profits are affected and shareholders experience a loss.
This fact guarantees that corporations will continue to destroy nature and act discordant to humanity. When the natural resources which sustain our economy are diminished and we realize how fucked we all are, we only have to turn to the greed-maggot corporations to see who is at fault for destroying the planet and with it any hope of a utopian society.[/quote]
As bizzare as this sounds, it is true. A corp. is required by law to place the interests of it’s owners above all competing interests. It is legally bound to put it’s bottom line over everything else. Even the public good!
They rarely buck-up to their own externalities - unless forced to - and then leave the public to bare the cost.
A corporation is an externalizing machine! Since a corporation is protected under the 14th amendment and has rights like a person, what type of person would a corporation be? If you analized it like a person you’d likely find someone resembling a pyschopath.
Corporations routinely exhibit callous concern for individuals.
They exploit workers with poor working conditions.
They use sweatshops.
Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships.
Reckless disregard for the safety of others.
Harm to human health(toxic waste, pollution, synthetic chemicals…etc.)
They obey the law IF it is cost-effective.
They know about the effects of what they are doing but they repeatedly lie and con others for profit!