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America is no longer a capitalist country. Capitalists invest capital to better society, to add jobs and to grow smaller companies with good ideas into bigger, better companies. We do none of those things. Our wealthy use their wealth to build more wealth. They do not invest in America. They invest overseas and they ask for more and more handouts and free rides from the people they hold under their thumb. Those of you who have, over the course of the last decade, listened to me rant, already know about Corporate Feudalism and the coming (now here) economic collapse. But you may have asked yourself the same question my sister asked me, "What can we do about any of this?"
And I have to admit I've been stumped about how to change the face and aims of corporate America given that most people seem to believe, much as the serfs in any feudal system of old did, that giving corporations everything they demand from us is the only way to survive. Yes, those people say, we may all be tightening our belts again while facing another round of state budget cuts and lower wages, but we must give the corporations more money to keep us employed at all. We don't want them to go to other countries, right? Uhm...maybe we do. Maybe someone else can make shoes or lightbulbs for us.
For years, we have heard that corporations give us jobs and so we dare not challenge their right to pollute the air we breath or pirate our retirement funds away from us after 30 years of loyal servitude. We must suffer shoddy products and lower wages and layoffs, because "What can we do? They own us and our representative in government. So, we will just have to tighten our belts and make a few more concessions, right?"
Because we the people still have some power in America. Not political power, don't fool yourself into thinking that a Democratic or Republican or Tea Party politician doesn't work for the people who fund his campaign. If you still believe THAT, go watch "Gasland." But we can create a new model for corporations, a model that demands responsible behavior BEFORE any tax breaks are forthcoming. Why should we have to choose between jobs and clean water? Between housing our grandmother and paying our mortgage? It is time to say, "Show us your good work for this community, for your employees and for the environment" and then we will talk about supporting your company by buying your goods and giving you tax breaks.
Lately, I've been approached by people telling me they have severed ties with Bank of America since those robber barons lawyered out of paying any taxes last year. Check out tax.com for more companies who are pillaging our already bare cupboards and giving very little back, companies like GE, for example. They made $14 billion in profits last year and didn't pay any taxes either. Beyond that, both of these companies outsourced American jobs. So why are WE suffering real life hardships, with less money for teachers, police, mental health workers, the elderly and the disabled? Why are we footing the bill while our feudal overlords get a free ride and screw us royally as workers?
Because nobody...NOBODY advocates for us (again, watch GASLAND)...for the most part, we literally have taxation without representation in this country. And so companies can lie to us via advertising and offer us limited choices for how to escape their all encompassing control...buying political ads to sway the gullible into voting themselves out of civil rights, for example...but now...there is B Corp. B Corp is an independent watchdog group that checks up on companies and certifies that they are community friendly and treat their workers with the same respect they offer their shareholders. You can buy your electricity, your cellphone service and your light bulbs from a certified B Corp. You can help us turn this boat around before we hit another economic, environmental and social iceberg.