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What is the Global Corporatocracy?

 

In our modern world, we find ourselves increasingly subject to the influence and control of corporate entities, giving rise to what is commonly referred to as a "corporatocracy." This system raises questions about the state of democratic governments and the apparent corruption within them.

The impact of money on democracy cannot be understated. Powerful corporations possess substantial resources, enabling them to sway and manipulate government officials through bribes and lobbying efforts. Consequently, laws are often shaped to cater to corporate interests rather than the will of the people. In this context, it becomes evident that the term "democracy" may not accurately reflect the true nature of our political system.

Crucial decisions that significantly impact citizens' lives, such as involvement in wars, infrastructure development, space programs, and other important matters, are increasingly determined by corporate influence rather than the direct will of the people. Citizens find themselves disconnected from the decision-making process, with little opportunity to vote on such critical issues.

Therefore, it is arguable that our current system has drifted towards a "corporatocracy" rather than remaining a true democracy. The undue influence of corporations has resulted in a situation where the interests of the few outweigh the needs and desires of the many.

In conclusion, the rise of corporatocracy has led to a profound erosion of democracy. As corporate entities continue to wield substantial power and financial leverage, it becomes increasingly crucial for society to reexamine the relationship between government and corporate interests, in order to safeguard the principles of true democratic governance.

Solutions


We have valid concerns. The influence of corporate interests and profit motives can indeed present a significant barrier to implementing large-scale changes, such as transitioning to a participatory democracy and a resource-based economy. Corporations, especially those heavily invested in the current economic and political systems, may resist changes that could potentially reduce their profits or challenge their established positions of power.

Overcoming this challenge requires a combination of factors:

Public Awareness and Advocacy: Raising public awareness about the need for sustainable and equitable economic systems is essential. Citizens can advocate for change through grassroots movements, protests, petitions, and engaging with policymakers. By building public pressure, it becomes more challenging for corporations to ignore demands for a more sustainable future.


Political Will and Leadership: Effective leadership from policymakers and public officials who prioritize the long-term well-being of society and the planet is crucial. Elected representatives must be willing to champion and support policies that address climate change, economic inequality, and corporate influence.


Regulations and Incentives: Governments can enact regulations that promote sustainable practices and discourage harmful activities. Additionally, creating incentives for businesses to adopt environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices can encourage positive changes within the corporate sector.


Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement: Encouraging dialogue and collaboration between corporations, civil society organizations, academia, and governments can lead to more innovative and practical solutions. Stakeholder engagement can help identify common goals and shared interests.


Support for Sustainable Businesses: Supporting and promoting businesses that embrace sustainable practices and social responsibility can create market demand for responsible products and services. This can incentivize other businesses to follow suit.


Global Cooperation: Climate change and environmental challenges are global issues that require international cooperation. Collaboration between nations to address shared problems is crucial for meaningful progress.

While implementing significant changes can be a daunting task, history has shown that societal shifts and transformations are possible. Many environmental and social movements have successfully advocated for change, leading to positive policy adjustments and shifts in corporate behavior.

The bottom line, addressing the complex challenges of climate change and corporate influence requires a collective effort involving individuals, communities, governments, and corporations. By working together and adopting a long-term perspective, there is hope for creating a more sustainable and equitable future.


How and when did this global rule begin? The theory is that it started circa 10,000 BCE when humanity started domesticating animals, which then led to the privatization of land, which in turn led to the accumulation of personal wealth and then to money-based economic systems like capitalism. See: ''Animal Oppression and Human Violence''

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Excerpt from the 1976 movie ''NETWORK''

Promoted as satire but is it?
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''The world is a business, Mr. Beale''

You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it!! Is that clear?! You think you've merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case. The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow tidal gravity! It is ecological balance!

You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no 'peoples'. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immense, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichsmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels.

It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today.

 That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU WILL ATONE!

Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?

You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.

What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state -- Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do.

We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality -- one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock, all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.

And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel.

Beale: But why me?

Jensen: Because you're on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.

Beale: I have seen the face of God.

Jensen: You just might be right, Mr. Beale.


Ned Beattie (by Paddy Chayevsky): 'You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale', Money speech, Network - 1976

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