Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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

we will need to remain free in a future world of Corporate Hegemony

and Governmental Fiat.

Imagine a governing structure that is inherently Democratic,

One that might even occassionaly be free of the plutocrats.

Imagine 10 million people of conscience and vision working as a family.

Now imagine 100 million.

A world run by bottom liners and top downers,

in a time of resource depletion and environmental degradation,

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.

Truth is

We are.

And we need to get a new train and get with the new program.

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.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time to "pay attention to the man behind the curtin".. not you Oz! All business should exist at the pleasure of it's customers and we should make it so. It's time to rise up, vote with our dollars and educate those around us so a ripple of awareness becomes THE tidal wave of change, sweeping away the established corruption.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make it incredibly easy to stay informed and to see the big picture.

Although overwhelming at times, this huge body of information is invaluable. Even the format is easy for a techno- novice.

7:26 AM  
Blogger polit thoughts said...

The relative allocation of wealth between nations and corporations has been relatively constant for many decades.

The real issue is which - government or corporations - is most responsive to the public?

(And, at what level do these assumptions apply.)

A frank reality today is that corporations ahead of governments in many ways in many places. Take as an example the way a majority of businesses acknowledge and support action to deal with global warming.

All of this simply supports the idea that we need more multinational cooperations!

Thanks for another provocative piece!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Step Back said...

You speak blasphemy against our core religion, Smithism (Adam Smithism). Have you not been taught and do you not still believe that the "invisible hand" is all wise, all knowing, and the center of all truths? Do you not unquestionably believe that "the markets" will provide? What is wrong with you?

You must be made to recant just as clearly as the last traitor to truth was made to confess for his disbelieving ways:

If you recant, we will treat you leniently:

1:00 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

I Kant recant

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You presuppose that people want to be free. Then why do they go to church?
Corporations are just lesser gods with better churches.

10:25 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

nice point.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Choi su jin said...

I'm a high school student of South Korea. Your post helped me a lot to understand about multinational cooperation. My school assignment was to research about multinational
cooperation. I quoted some of the statistic and information. I hope you don't mind. Thank you very much

10:57 PM  

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