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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't (always) hate the player, hate the game.

So a lot of people will tell you about evil corporations bent on world domination and the ritual sacrifices they do of the little guy to their money gods.

Far be it from me to defend big business, but I think it's a little more complicated than that in most cases.

Capitalism, in my opinion, is the real source of evil in most of the cases. It's "the game" that businesses play. Capitalism is itself an evil system that puts profits ahead of people. It places the value of the dollar above that of the individual. The pursuit of ever increasing amounts of money trumps the common good every single time. If you live in a Capitalist country such as the USA and you're a business, it's how you operate.

Now, I'm not letting big business off the hook here. They frequently go "above and beyond the call of duty" in their quest for profits. Such as this case:

Consumers' right to file class actions is in danger
If AT&T has its way before the Supreme Court, any business that issues a contract to customers would be able to prevent them from joining class-action lawsuits, taking away arguably the most powerful legal tool available to the little guy.

Full Article.

To me, that's just plain bullshit. I don't think a business should EVER be able to remove the threat of class action lawsuits. Some people I've argued with about this say it's a GOOD thing, they get to be "involved" and perhaps save some money on their bill or some such because the company gets sued less.

Really? Big Business rarely has the peoples best interests at heart. They'll stick a "oh yeah you can't sue us lolz11!" deep down in the fine print. And you think they'll pass any savings along to you? Get real.

But that's just one example. All I'm saying is, it's complicated. Big Businesses can do some evil shit but it's also the system they operate in that shares the blame.

If you must have Capitalism, I think the solution is very REGULATED Capitalism. You have to have a strict set of rules that big business has to play by to ensure that the general public doesn't get COMPLETELY fucked over on an hourly basis.

1 comment:

  1. "Capitalism, in my opinion, is the real source of evil in most of the cases." "Capitalism is itself an evil system that puts profits ahead of people." Not quite. Capitalism is built on the foundation of greed. Greed is the purest form of evil in people. Want a trophy wife, new cars, a big house maybe even an airplane? Start a business. So what if you have to use (and abuse) your workers, use their backs to climb the ladder to achieve your wealth. Greed is the motivator. Capitalism is the method.
    "You have to have a strict set of rules that big business has to play by..." In real life, the bigger the business the less the rules apply. Lets say BigBiz Corp. breaks a law and the state or gov. fines them 100 million dollars. BigBiz Corp. says OK in order to pay this fine we're going to lay off 12,000 people!! Since the state has to pay part of the unemployment they crap their pants and back down to 10,000 dollars and whack the BigBiz Corp. with a ruler saying don't do that again! Read the newspapers, this scenario happens every year.


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