It's a strange world, and getting stranger by the minute. If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.
I don't know what the solution is, but we all know what the problems are. And if people of good will and goodwill put their heads and hearts and hands together, we can help steer the doomed Titanic of human culture out of the path of the iceberg of human greed and selfishness.
IMHO many of the problems are the direct result of the actions of large corporations, especially 'multi-nationals'. Below are a couple of ideas to (hopefully) spark some debate.
SOPA was one victory in an ongoing war encompassing many battles. But SOPA was a partial and temporary victory. No rest for the wicked! Onward and upward. I think the following key tactics should be employed as soon as possible, which will be very difficult but game-changing if done successfully.
- Remove the protection corporations enjoy by virtue of their status of 'Legal Person'.
It's not a god-given natural state of being, that corporations are persons. No, in fact the opposite. It's a get-out-of-jail-free card that we gave them roughly a couple hundred years ago, a bizarritude that enables corporations to have all the benefits of being a person, but without the responsibilities. And what we gave, we can take back.
Corporations have the right to sue at law other corporations as well as flesh and blood people. If the corporation wins the legal battle, it wins. And if it loses, it's only a draw not a loss, thanks to another egregious item of legal protection enjoyed by corporations (see 2 below).
And even if a corporation is sued, and loses, and damages are awarded by the Court, the only people who pay the penalty are shareholders, not the actual people who made the bad decision(s) -- management/directors -- or the people who implemented the decisions (employees).
After all, doesn't everyone check their personal values in at the door when they enter the workplace every morning? Replacing those personal values with empty and meaningless buzz-words and -phrases like: "integrity", "quality", "customer service", "work/life balance", "respect for the individual", "teamwork", "innovation" etc
- Remove the protection offered by limited liability of directors (as in "PTY LTD").
Under limited liability, directors of a corporation can't be held personally liable -- legally or financially -- for the decisions they make, including decisions that result in real harm to real flesh and blood people ("externalities" in economists' jargon) or to the environment (an "externality"), or the local economy (yes, also) or community (yes, also).
Oh, and while we're about it, do we really need economists? Well, maybe we should keep those who understand that GDP is not and can never be an effective measure of health or happiness
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