Comment 5051

By schmadrian (registered) | Posted February 02, 2007 at 10:39:33

First off, please note that nowhere did I say I agreed with the 'ledger philosphy' of big business.

Secondly, I find it hilarious that in these discussions we always seem to come down to an 'us vs them' paradigm. People talk about 'big business' as if it's someone else. A variant of NIMBY. And obviously, this couldn't be farther from the truth. 'Big business' is your father. Your aunt. Your wife's mentor. Everyone.

Thirdly, as for the obligation towards decency, civility and propriety: nice ideals, but really, corporations, businesses... They're merely extensions of the human condition. Think what goes on sucks? Here's one for ya, going down that 'personal responsibility' road: people buying a second car when people in their own communities, people maybe even a few streets over are living in dire straights. People spending tens of thousands for a wedding when there are children in their own country going to bed hungry. People spending$5,000 on Super Bowl tickets- Aw, I'm sure you get my point. So incredibly farkin' easy to point fingers at corps, but really, it's gauche.

Finally: "I'd like to remind you that corporations exist only at the pleasure of the commonwealth, and that their charters are a dependent function of a public government act." Good Lord. I think you need a reality check. Who on earth do you think is going to enforce any sort of revoking of charters...when it's the business concerns that put them there in the first place?

And as for my 'penny and pound' reference, I'm simply pointing out that crying over spilled milk...or the continuing spilling, a waste of good energy. (Kindasorta like caterwauling about automobiles). Those energies would be better spent coming up with ways to adapt...instead of demonizing those making these heart-breaking business decisions. The enemy, after all, is us.

(Oh, and thanks for the book references, but seriously, you're preaching to the converted.)

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