Corporations and Countries

 Posted by on 13 June 2004 at 12:49 pm  Uncategorized
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I have no idea whether this comparison is valid or not, but apparently “of the world’s 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries.”

That’s pretty damn cool, I think. However, the folks who run the web site on which it’s located seem to be of a different mind:

Many people are spending a lot of their time volunteering to stop specific environmental threats, to address a specific labor issue, or to stop various other corporate abuses to our communities. The number of problems seems endless. Isn’t there a faster way to save the world?

This page is devoted to those who are interested in getting to the root of society’s problems. How nice would it be if our government wasn’t answering to their corporate masters, but to community concerns? How much easier would our efforts be if people weren’t so overworked and had more time to volunteer? Wouldn’t it be great to have the media reporting critically on serious community issues rather than pandering to the the [sic] interests of their wealthy owners and advertizers [sic]?

Really, I can’t possibly do justice to their suggestions for action, but let me just highlight a few. They start with this gem under the heading “Stop privatization / Re-socialize systems”:

Privatized systems mean that corporations get to profit from providing important social services which could be provided by (hopefully democratically-controlled) public bodies. Get involved in efforts to stop privitization [sic] of schools, municipal water/sewer systems, trash collection or other social services. Better yet, get involved in efforts to put services like health care or electric power under public control.

Here’s another delight, in the “human rights” category, under the heading “30 hour work week”:

30 hours work for 40 hours pay! Thanks to union organizing in years past, we now have the weekend, 8 hour work-days and 40 hour work weeks. In 1933, the 30 hour work week nearly became law when both the U.S. Senate and House passed it only to have it vetoed by President Roosevelt (who later regretted doing so). Sharing the work reduces unemployment and gives working people more personal time, which can free people up for move civic engagement.

Are you worried that such a scheme might not be feasible? Not to worry, as universal health care will make it possible!

Make the 30 hour work week possible by making health care a right (covering all people through one “single-payer” governmental system), not a privilege (where just certain working people are covered through multiple bureaucratic insurance corporations) and removing the incentive for corporations to avoid hiring full time workers.

Really folks, you can’t make this stuff up.

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