Global Corporate Domination (part 5)

Today it is the global market that rules the actions of nation states, which are now all at the whim of global forces beyond their control. The globalization process has made us the handmaidens of the corporations that we are forced to do business with and that we have no direct control over because we both consume as well as work for them. This has also permitted corporations to give and take jobs at will, which has allowed them to direct the course that the people and their societies will have to take.

Global Corporate Domination (part 4)

The greed and short sightedness of corporations has broken the national covenant between themselves and the people as the corporations have come to the realization that the interests of their so called national corporations that they work for and buy from are not one and the same as their own. Today the people have come to the realization that our personal needs and the needs of the corporations that we work for and buy from are not one and the same.

Global Corporate Domination (part 3)

Globalization has also created systemic changes within society as well as ourselves that will forever change the way that we will see our relationship with the corporations that eliminate our jobs and destroy our lives according to their profit needs instead of ours. The shifting of jobs from the high wage north to the low wage south to the many layoffs that have resulted because of the movement of corporations to less developed markets has brought into question the legitimacy of our current government’s ability to effectively protect their peoples’ interests and welfare from corporate domination and even abuse.

Global Corporate Domination (part 2)

People have been placed in a position where we must accept the economic and political decisions that corporations have made concerning our lives. Our governments like us, their people, are now beholden to the business interests that define both our economic potential and the social welfare of our society, as well as the health of the natural environment on which we all depend.

Global Corporate Domination (part 1)

The first phase of this globalization process has placed us at the mercy of corporations where we must accept the economic and political decisions they make in their own interests, yet also determine our own personal and social health and welfare as well as that of our natural environment. This globalization process has also given us a corporate world that has placed us at the mercy of corporations that we have no direct political control over.

Entrusting Ourselves to One Another

The current argument is weather government should cater to the corporate needs of society or to the needs of the public. Who should determine the direction that the state and its institutions should take? And how do we create institutions that work for us and are designed to meet our needs? We entrust them together! By entrusting ourselves together we determine between ourselves what would be expected from one another. Basing our institutions on the social entrustment of their members would make them self-governing and self-supporting institutions.

(pt4) Taking our Country Back

In order too break the monopoly of power that traditional government systems and now corporations have had, the people must take their country back.

In order to achieve this new system of government, a new form of government would have to be formed differently. The solution to corporate and government excesses would be to provide ourselves with a system of government support that could protect us.

This new form of government would have to provide the same kind of services, only in a more individual way. In order to provide for systems of government that are more accountable and responsible to those that they serve, we will have to allow people to manage their own needs and wants.   The core of taking our country back would be to provide the public with a means of self-governing themselves by supplying people with the means of collectively and in an individual way providing for their own needs.

This entrusted environment would be provided within a series of consumption oriented civil trusts designed to empower the consumers of the social products of society in a collective way.  Consumption oriented civil trusts would allow the individual to do the actual consuming. Through the individual forms of consumption of each person the people in a collective way would have real collective power over the corporations that they would do business with.  All of the members of a civil trust would have a collective effect on the corporations that would give the consumers the power to determine what they wanted to have provided to them and how.

Redefining the Market in our Favor

How do we begin to recreate ourselves into the kind of societies that we want to be?  The first phase of changing society is to defang the tiger.  What I mean by the tiger is the definition of the market, because we now hold the market as sacrosanct and many believe that it is beyond reproach. The corporate world and governments all feel that their actions are governed by the hand of the market. In fact we have made the market our god and we have become its worshipers.

But what actually is the market? Well, to many Capitalists the market is seen as a means to an end and that is a means to making a profit. How that profit was made was incidental as long as a profit was made. The market has come to be used for any transaction regardless of the nefarious nature of its results.

But, is the market really any exchange of goods and services regardless of its outcome? This has been the way that our present corporate culture has viewed itself in relationship to us as the public. We, the public, have become a labor market that corporations can choose from and a product market that they can sell their goods to.

In today’s world the underlying concept that has dominated the social relationships of people and has determined the political relationships that their national states have to take is that the market determines all things correctly. We have become a slave to this doctrine of market dominance that now determines whether we have employment and how much the products that we buy through it will cost.

The market has become the foundation upon which the corporate relationships of the world have been justified.  It is in the pursuit of ever growing profits that has now become the norm and how all business should expect to be conducted. But what is a market really? Is it only a mechanism that we used to exploit oneanother with? We must take the market away from those that just use it for their own narrow gains and redefine it for ourselves.

The market process is a social contract between two or more people to provide each other with what they each want from their relationship. This naturally means that the market is not about taking advantage of the other in the relationship, but instead making sure that the other receives from the relationship what they expected to get from it.

Therefore, the market is actually the creation of a cooperative relationship between those that wish for something particular and those that are willing to provide it. A true market is the purest form of human interrelationship. It provides both within a relationship to have what they expect to receive from it.

A market is actually a socializing instrument that brings people together by promoting social commerce. It is a mutually supportive relationship and not an exploitive one, like the one that we the people are in with the corporations that today dominate our society. We must hold corporations to this new standard of mutual responsibility if we are going to fundamentally change our relationships with them.