The Multinational Cooperation
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
Today we know that corporations, for good or bad, are major influences on our lives. According to this report by the Institute for Policy Studies, of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations; only 49 are countries. To put this in perspective, General Motors is now bigger than Denmark; DaimlerChrysler is bigger than Poland; Royal Dutch/Shell is bigger than Venezuela; IBM is bigger than Singapore; and Sony is bigger than Pakistan.
The world's top 200 corporations account for over a quarter of economic activity on the globe while employing less than one percent of its workforce.
Here is the Forbes list of companies.
Four have gross revenues of over 200 billion.
Eighteen have revenues of over 100 billion.
Fourteen of those have something to do with cars
or the gooky stuff that goes in them.
But the largest in revenues makes its money selling Chinese goods
to poor Americans under the cover of their Flag,
while sucking their communities dead dry and paying no benefits.
Pretty good trick actually.
Multinational Corporations operate all over the globe.
They are very much global citizens.
They sell us cars, war, drugs, pollution, debt, narcisism, and sex.
We think it has to be this way, because, well, this is the way it is.
But we can do better.
Imagine a world of Multinational Cooperations that respond to the needs
of their member owners.
Imagine a Multinational Cooperation that provided, managed, or facilitated
Communication, Transportation, Housing, Food, Health, Energy,
and Financial Services, as well as Diplomatic Services.
Imagine a Multinational Cooperation that provides the Computer Power
and Governmental Fiat.
Imagine a governing structure that is inherently Democratic,
One that might even occassionaly be free of the plutocrats.
Now imagine 100 million.
A world run by bottom liners and top downers,
is a recipe for some calamitous unintended consequences.
And it will make us all wonder what cockeyed conductor
was in charge of this Train Wreck.
That means forget about almost everything you thought was important.
There was a TV show that was on forever.
It was called Truth or Consequences.
There was a monkey with a horn on it.
The Beulah Buzzer told you when the time was up.