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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-04 04:45 PM
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207. Is it really that naive friend, or is it the damning reality.
You are correct for the most part, corporations are amoral. However by their very nature, corporations are driven to make the most money, in whatever way they can. As with capitalism itself, greed is the overriding drive behind a corporation. And such greed will lead a corporation to commit evil acts, such as needless pollution, poor working enviroments, low wages, etc. Even criminal acts aren't out of the question, witness Enron, one in a long line of criminal corporations.

In fact one of the governments' jobs is to act as a buffer between the corporate world and the populace at large. This has led to the enactment of various safety, enviromental, fiscal, and employment laws. Yet under the auspices of both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past thirty years, these restrictions, regulations and social safety barriers have been eroded or removed. And corporate campaign cash can be traced as the root of these evils. Witness the '96 Telecom Act, a rollback of media regulations that Democrats and liberals have been cursing ever since. Why did Clinton, a supposed liberal do this? Well, look at his top five campaign contributors, that might give you a clue.

And then there is the continued legal evolution of corporations. It has gotten to the point that corporations have more rights, and less societal responsibility, than live humans. That is intolerable friend. I really would suggest that you read Kevin Phillip's book "Wealth and Democracy" for a good overview of this matter. It is really quite shocking how much of our government is now a corporate subsidy. You may feel that corporations are benign entities, but the sad reality is that they are actively engaged in subverting democracy and our civil liberties. Remember that it was with the backing of corporations that Hitler was allowed to subvert German democracy and unleash the Holocaust. We are seeing the emergence of such facist enabling corporations here in the US now. It is high time we got big business out of government.
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