Posts Tagged ‘Corporation’

International corporate juggernauts

May 27, 2013
George Soros, billionaire

George Soros, billionaire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A “return back to international corporate juggernauts” does not deserve the revisionist history heaped upon it. People’s real incomes increased leaps and bounds from 1850 to 1900 in the USA, before a faction of “international corporate juggernauts” began to yell about those (other) “international corporate juggernauts” and “we have to stop them!” and they started passing laws to stop those (other) “international corporate juggernauts”.

 

Except, of course, they told us they were “one of us” and they were “helping” us stop those (other) “international corporate juggernauts”. Pay no attention to billionaire George Soros‘ billions, he’s “helping” us by financing “Obama“, please don’t look at the money, pay attention to the rhetoric please.

 

“Right wing” and “left wing” are from the Doublespeak dictionary from this particular subset of a faction of “international corporate juggernauts”.

 

The de-salination machine example is good for the illustration of the principle. The “real-world” counter-example of state-funded technology development is an illustration of stealing your money to give it to somebody, but the greatest advantages of recent centuries have been from private initiatives. The telegraph, the steam engine, the telephone, radio, telescope, movable print, vacuum tubes, microchips, cell phones, plastics, air conditioning, the PC, all these things were developed with private initiatives, not the state. The state wastes valuable resources that could be used for production, diverting them to political priorities, or the whims of the guy who likes using money confiscated from your pocket for his own whims. “Scientific” or not. Haha. Like studying whether monkeys get high on marijuana. Thank you, but no refunds.

 

The libertarian philosophy does not consider state funding as “free market” friendly because it is theft from somebody else. Lower taxes only means the state bosses are stealing less money from you.

 

Forcing you to hire somebody at more than minimum wage is neither “free market” nor “fair”. A free market of labor gives the teenager and the less-intelligent among us a chance to work for a living and contribute to production. The minimum wage tells him to go pound sand. Don’t worry, we’ll steal it from somebody else and we’ll pay you to sit on your fanny. Or we’ll steal it from somebody else who might have paid you more, so we can “subsidize” your pay.

Learn more at mises.org….

 

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Citizens United decision helps the little guy have a voice

October 28, 2012
Citizens United

Citizens United (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Citizens United was where the little guy got a bit of a voice. I’ve listed four or five reasons below.

In the real world, incumbents re reelected something like 90 percent of the time to Congress, and the majority of times to the presidency. The reason?

The incumbent has a built-in billionaire advantage that comes automagically from (1) using the taxed and borrowed money, collected by taxation extorted from people of opposite sides of their positions and supporters all, for “official” communications, interviews, press releases, and (2) the payback from being a good “patron” for his sponsors’ causes, and (3) name recognition.

In today’s world, item (3) has a dollar value in the millions.

As relates to Citizens United, it is absolutely true that corporations are NOT people.

BUT free speech ensues from natural INDIVIDUAL rights, and one’s contributions to the efforts of an initiative to publicize the views shared by the contributors, provides the individual a way to compete for attention with the big money. Ironic that the excuse they use to protect special interests is that they want to stop the influence of special interests.

Now there are some people that want to throw a mud cover on that, to obscure the fact that people contributing to a corporate initiative with the purpose of supporting their own personal ideas, is a right that ensues from the free speech rights of the INDIVIDUAL doing that contribution. The corporation inherits the rights of the individual owners of that corporation, who have agreed to the terms thereof, and it is the collective voice of those individuals that bestows the right to express opinions.

It is preposterous to argue otherwise. If you do, for consistency you have to ban the corporate free speech of all the newspapers, broadcast studios, and Internet sites that belong to corporations! That means you have to muzzle NBC, CBS, MSNBC, FOX, huffingtonpost, and God forbid, oh my, NPR!

That is a major, blatant, self-contradiction in laws that restrict corporate speech, obvious when uttered explicitly. The corporate news industry is always “exempt” one group of corporations. This group gives voice to Sony, General Electric, and other such giants. Sometimes I suspect “it goes without saying”.

Another self-contradiction is that the subtler forms of support for a candidate are left untouched by these hypocritical initiatives. Hypocritical because exempted or regular newscasts, news stories, and so on.

Hypocritical also when you consider that a recent survey (1990s I believe) showed that as many as 97 percent of the editors in a recent survey were registered to vote with Democratic Party affiliation, and about 80 percent of the journalists. That may have gone down one or two percent since Fox seems like at least to have about an even mix between the two parties.

Those numbers probably help explain why it’s the Democratic Party that pushes for shutting the mouths of others. Us poor people and middle class cannot pay for a full-page ad to explain our views or influence opinions.

But then there are gobs of independents, and a big part of those independents are people like me who hold to ideas vehemently and brutally opposed by the two-party cartel that holds power right now.

The special-interest group with generally the most influence anyway is the collection of companies that own broadcast and cable networks and print newspapers, and don’t forget corporations with massive Internet presence. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, HN. And remember that NPR is no obscure news source, as shown by the fact that one of its own moderated the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.

And remember that those news sources subsist from advertising almost exclusively. NPR has subscribers, and many of the Citizen United contributors may have heard about it from alternate media. Little-guy media.

NPR is a corporate entity, yes it is, and the fact that much of its funding comes from the current incumbent that has the elected office, along with the strings that come along with it. It also outlasts each Congress and presidency with their change in personnel. The effect is that their perspective influences them to favor the idea that government is a benevolent animal, simply because they view themselves as benevolent.

In other words, NPR’s government funding goes hand in hand with the philosophy that government should influence favorably the public’s view of government.

See here a diagram showing much of the interconnections between media corporations and their “cousins” in other industries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Media_corporation_interlocks_-_2004.jpg

Network diagram showing interlocks between var...

 

Questions about free trade, capitalism, alternative energy

September 3, 2012
English: Number of corporations that control n...

English: Number of corporations that control nearly all U.S. media (through time) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Q: As to truly free trade: Are you OK with government and corporations working together freely to deny entry to competitors?
A. “Government and corporations working together freely to deny entry to competitors” is called “crony capitalism“. Almost all of the worst abuses perpetrated by the people who run big corporations are done by “rent seeking” practices, meaning special favors for specific groups or corporations.

Like the legislation that creates regulatory agencies that decide what products corporations can make, or sell, and make decisions specific to specific entities. Legislators or regulators that decide what groups get the breaks.

Q: Are you OK with the Oil Companies buying up the alternative fuel market and shutting it down?
A: Oil companies haven’t “bought up” the “alternative fuel market” and shut it down. Solar and wind simply have not reached the economic viability of oil.

Some of them have abused the patent system and sat on patents but almost all corporate abuses have occurred because the government has interfered in markets or incentivized rent-seeking. The Big Three were able to shut down the Tuckermobile, for example, ONLY because compliant corrupt cronies in GOVERNMENT were glad to abuse their power.

As to the “alternative fuel market”, enviro-fanatics are doing what they’re told to stop natural gas exploitation. Idiot pop science like the “fracking” protests to cover the crony capitalist rent-seeking roots of the enviro-wacko “movement” –bought and paid for by billionaires’ tax-free “foundations”– those are the blood-sucking vampires draining the life out of the economy along with all the other rent-seeking parasites, corporate and collective.

HERE WE EXPOSE THE ENVIRO-BOSSES: Why aren’t all these activists, so concerned as they say they are with carbon, why aren’t they yelling for research into the REAL new alternative energy, the ULTIMATE in CLEAN energy: http://www.youtube.com/user/NewEnergyFoundation
http://www.infinite-energy.com/whoarewe/whoarewe.html

Hey! The corporation is just another collective, after all. Union bosses compete with corporate execs on salary levels, dontcha know. The Bolshevik bosses are not luxury slouches you know. The crown king of North Korea has his own fleet of sports cars. (Who said absolute monarchies are history?) The caudillo dictator of Venezuela has his fleet of sports cars and SUV‘s too….

The only “shutting down” of any energy industry going on is government interference in the market.

Q: Are you OK with speculators cornering markets and driving up prices?
A: Do you complain when speculators drive DOWN prices? Speculators STABILIZE prices, they take the risks of price fluctuation.

Point your eyes to the Federal Reserve and put your ear to the wall and listen to the guys who are the ones who in the real world “drive up prices”. It’s called inflation, almost a euphemism now for currency devaluation. That’s how the richest and dirtiest of the Wall Street bankers subset ROB your pocket by driving up prices on everything in general.

The desk jockeys in D.C. that decide how to calculate the CPI (consumer price index) to cover up how bad inflation is, those guys are complicit, along with the SS administration that lets inflation get ahead of seniors checks.

Q: Are you OK with banks driving up rates and fees so that your credit cards, checking accounts, and mortgages have onerous fine print and exorbitant rates and fees?
A: Government intervention makes it all worse, and fiat government-dictated currency monopolies make the worst practices possible. The U.S. has a crony-capitalist (crony-banking) bank-owned and bank-operated currency monopoly, guaranteed by a paid cronies in Congress and the compliant federal courts.

Are you in favor of the current private-banking monopoly over your currency?

FOIA release names “spy” printers – Miami Springs: SpringyLeaks

May 24, 2012

Now we find out that all the major printer manufacturers include microscopic dot patterns that not only reveal what machine it’s printed on, but a DARPA “reverse shredding” challenge reveals what was on a shredded document:
http://miami.typepad.com/springyleaks/2012/05/foia-release-names-spy-printers.html

The best advice for destroying documents, it seems, is to just burn them.

Through this secret technology, government now has violated our constitutionally recognized (the Constitution does not create rights, it recognizes them) right to be “secure” in our homes, papers, effects, and person, and property.

And these giant corporations have willingly cooperated with these secret demands of federal agencies, to open up our confidential communications wide to them, with no need for warrants.

It’s time to start challenging these corporations for this kind of acquiescence to totalitarianism by steps.

No wonder all the Big Government Money-Changer-coddling professional politicians love, just love, to make the world safe for the mega-corporations by “protecting” us with all kinds of regulations and rules that tangle up the Mom and Pops in knots and red tape. And raids on small farmers to stop selling raw milk, and raids on corporations that don’t go along so much like Gibson Guitars.

Next up might be raids on the Koch brothers for their support for ideas and candidates that want to cut back on government obstacles protecting the Too-Big-to-Fail mega-corps from free enterprise upstarts.

Give peace a chance. Give the poor a chance.