Thursday, December 16, 2010

Multinational Corporations and Global Consciousness

I was watching the video with Mike Prysner delivering his Winter Soldier speech back in 2008. It reminded me of the enormity of the people's enemy, the enemy of our planet — the globalized corporate rule. Prysner had this to say:
The ruling class - the billionaires who profit from human suffering, who care only about expanding their wealth and controlling the world economy - understand that their power lies only in their ability to convince us that war, oppression, and exploitation is in our interest. They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability to convince the working class to die to control the market of another country.

Just for a reminder of what the people are up against in a fight for a more egalitarian world. Given the growth rate and power of multinational corprations, egalitarianism would appear to be a lofty goal. Of the 100 largest economies on our planet, 51 are corporations and 49 are countries. I would also submit that a majority of the political/economical ties of those 49 countries are friendly and even complicit in the planet's corporatization.

Formidable enemy I would say! I suppose it would make sense if we knew as much about corporations as possible. Anup Shah quotes from Stephen P. Robbins book in his article The Rise of Corporations:
Technically speaking, a corporation is what [Stephen P. Robbins] describes as a “social invention of the state” (Robbins: p.98). That is, a state grants a corporate charter, permitting private financial resources being used for public purposes.

Shah also refers to Linclon's 1864 letter to Colonel William Elkins voicing his concerns about the power being placed within corporations.
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.

Corporations only know expansion and consumption, and in their wake is death and destruction. Globalized corporations have very few strict bounds or borders. The only way I see to fight such a foe is by globalized citizenry. Just as the corporations have gone multinational, so must the people. I see the next R-evolution as one of global consciousness that seamlessly crosses between man made borders. The future R-evolutionaries will be people whose hearts and minds work in unison rather than in opposition. People who will understand the value of trust and integrity, and who will sow those seeds of solidarity on a global scale.


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