Saturday, April 05, 2014

It's a Corpocracy

Despite what we've learned since kindegarten: We do not live in a democracy; we live in a corpocracy. If we want to eventually live sustainably on this planet we're going to have to learn how to govern ourselves again. And that is going to involve fighting to elevate community rights above corporate rights. As it stands right now a corporation can come into your community and commit whatever harm it sees fit. The only thing that you can do as a community is try to regulate this legal fiction. In other words, it's a given the corporation is going to commit the harm. You just get to regulate how harmful the harm is going to be. Where I come from that isn't democracy, and its not a good recipe for sustainability.


airth10 said...

I think you need both for sustainability, democracy and corporations. You need the tangle of the two. The democratic process can become pretty complacent and stagnant on its own if not challenge and provoked. Corporatism antagonizes the democratic process to keep it alive and awake. It seems perverse but that seems how humankind evolves and progresses, perversely.

Democracy has never been handed to us on a platter but has been eked out through institutions like corporations.

There is also the sense that democracy can become Platonically authoritarian. Corporations counterbalances that potential. And ironically many developments corporations have been responsible for have enhanced democracy, such as in communications and the integration of communities.

Curt said...

I appreciate the thoughts, airth10