” Corporate Logos Slyly Turned Into Anti-Consumerism Messages” posted by Paul Mic at www.monkeybuddha.com
You may have noticed that corporations “creep” like vines, growing into everything and everybody unless they are somehow done in by their own malfeasance (think of the Enron collapse) or pruned by outside forces.
We are already expecting the vines to grow thicker and deeper into our national Thanksgiving Holiday this 2013, with national corporate retailers scheduled to open their doors earlier than ever before, and some not even bothering to close at all. And this week, in Warsaw, Poland, for the first time in nineteen years the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP19) has corporate sponsorship and is overrun with lobbyists all trying to weaken commitments to curb output of carbon dioxide.
Earlier this week at the COP19 two activists unfurled a small “unapproved” banner with an environmental message on it. They didn’t disrupt anyone. They unfurled it as attendees were applauding a speech. Nevertheless, they were escorted out past numerous “approved” corporate banners that hung virtually everywhere inside the conference space. The two activists punishment? They were booted out of the conference altogether and forbidden to return. But the corporate banners, and corporate lobbyists, of course, could stay.
The COP19 official poster, and a poster at the conference sporting corporate sponsor logos, including Emirates and Ikea (photo sources: 1. United Nations 2. http://www.theecologist.org)
“How does a corporation get pruned?” you might ask. That’s a good question. It’s a concept that we’re no longer familiar with in this post-economic meltdown age of “Too Big to Fail” and enormous tax-payer bailouts. But pruning corporations that got too big for their breeches used to be the norm in the good old USA. Government recognized the dangers of monopoly (it’s not just a board game) and enforced anti-trust law to guard against it. Take the example of AT&T. Not so many decades ago, the AT&T Corporation controlled almost all of the telephone service in the United States under the umbrella of the Bell System. In 1974, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against AT&T alleging that they were operating a monopoly in violation of antitrust law.
The Bell System logo
After lengthy court battles the Department of Justice finally won, and in 1982 the Bell System was broken up into seven separate companies. That’s how they used to handle corporations that got “Too Big to Fail.” They broke them apart. If Microsoft and Facebook and Monsanto had been around in the 1970’s, government would have taken a sledgehammer to them.
But we live in a different time today. Corporations are now people, and since obesity is on the rise it just makes sense that our Corporations would get bigger and bigger and bigger. But people getting bigger and bigger isn’t healthy or sustainable, and corporations getting bigger and bigger isn’t either.
But let’s go with the Supreme Court’s decision that a corporation is a person. If corporations are people, then they aren’t normal, healthy, functional human beings with moral centers, good character, and a strong conscience. They aren’t right where they need to be size-wize, according to the BMI chart for companies. They are overweight and amoral at best. If they are people at all, they most resemble the sociopath and/or psychopath. You should think of them like a Serial Killer. That’s right. Like a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy.
Now before you decide I’ve gone too far and click quickly to another favorite blog of yours, consider my argument.
What about all the money corporations give to help the unfortunate? What about their green initiatives and all that other good stuff they do?
Famous BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, now serving 10 consecutive life sentences for his crimes (image nbcnews.com)
It’s true. Corporations engage in good public relations. But Serial Killers do too. They engage in the same kind of public relations behavior to hide what they are really up to and buy themselves time to allow for the maximum number of victims possible. Take the case of Dennis Rader, more famously known as the BTK Killer. He was married for 34 years, a respected member of his community, an active member of Christ Lutheran Church and President of its’ Congregation Council. He was also secretly killing or attempting to kill scores of women, all the while bragging of his crimes in anonymous letters sent to police departments and the media.
When neighbors and friends and fellow church-goers of Dennis Rader first found out about his secret life they were shocked and claimed they’d had no idea. But as time went on and people thought about it, there were early signs that something strange was going on inside. As a child he had often tortured animals. And during a stint working as a dog catcher for the local animal shelter he showed an almost obsessive interest in the euthanization of animals. He was always a little bit “off,” despite putting up a good front.
Sounds just like a corporation to me. You think Walmart is all good and fun and then you find out what they are paying their workers.
Dennis Rader showed signs, no matter how hard he tried to convince those around him that he was just like everybody else. How many lives could have been saved if people had just given credence to the signs that were already there, instead of giving poor Dennis the benefit of the doubt.
Similarly, we shouldn’t be fooled by the “benevolent” front put out by corporations. We always need to look for the signs. They reveal a corporations true sociopathic colors.
And the signs are always there. Just look at what’s happening this week and next:
1. Some of the world’s biggest polluters are at work in Warsaw at the U.N. Convention on Climate change, putting their corporate brands on the walls and swag bags and infiltering every discussion with the sickly sweet smiles of lobbyists determined to thwart any real progress on one of the most important issues of our time.
2. Corporate retailers are hijacking Thanksgiving, our one fall holiday where it’s about family and friends and not about buying and selling and giving THINGS. One almost imagines some corporate P.R. jerk coming up with the term THINGSGIVING and turning our November tradition into an all-day shop-athon at the mall.
You probably don’t have to think that hard to come up with many more instances of the corporation acting as psycho/sociopath. Big Pharma, perhaps?
Corporate Creep. Corporate Creeps (otherwise known as lobbyists). Sociopaths. Psychopaths. Serial Killers.
I rest my case.
Protesters at COP19 (www.theguardian.com)
To read the excellent article “CORPORATE LOBBYISTS FLOOD WARSAW CLIMATE TALKS” by Amy Goodman click http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/11/21/corporate_lobbyists_flood_warsaw_climate_talks