“Corporations Have No Souls”: Or Loyalties, Either
After some 30 years or so, the
Washington Post finally sent a reporter to the
movies to discover the astounding news that Hollywood
doesn`t like corporations. The occasion for this
revelation is the
re-make of the 1962 thriller
The Manchurian Candidate, a film I have never
cared for and the new version of which I have no desire
to see. One difference between the two films is that in
the original, the bad guys are Chinese communists; in
the new one, they`re an "evil corporation" called
`Manchurian` Capstone to Movies` Hate Affair With
Corporations, Washington Post,
Aug 7, 2004
The thrust of the Post`s
story about this major discovery is that it`s been going
decades—the story traces the
anti-corporation theme in the movies back to
Fritz Lang`s Metropolis in 1927—though the
theme became dominant (not to say a cliché) only in the
1970s. I knew something funny was going on when James
Bond, whom his creator
Ian Fleming had fighting
communists, started popping off crazed capitalists.
The movies` "evil corporation"
theme is of course evidence of the left-wing bias of
the folks who make the movies, and for decades
conservatives who like business, capitalism and
corporations have groused about it. They`re right.
Hollywood has turned what originally was a somewhat
clever twist into a tedious and preachy caricature of
both what business is like and where evil in the modern
world comes from. But real conservatives, as opposed to
Economic Men who pretend to be conservatives, have
some good reasons to be wary of corporations.
Reason One is bureaucracy.
Corporations from IBM and AT&T to McDonald`s and
Wal-Mart are no less huge, faceless and unresponsive
machines than the
welfare state, the
post office or the other
publicly funded labyrinths that conservatives want
to abolish. The difference, libertarian champions claim,
is that the "private" bureaucracies are responsive to
the market and the "public" ones aren`t.
Well, not really.
Corporate bureaucracies have a zillion ways of
shielding themselves from market forces, from propaganda
(advertising) that manipulates and massages their
consumers to outright privileges squeezed out of the
state itself. The market helps control "private"
bureaucracies effectively when they`re really private
and small enough to be swayed by what consumers can see,
know, and deal with. On the national and global scales
of corporations today, that`s seldom possible. The
result is that corporate bureaucracies can swallow small
businesses like whales gobbling plankton.
Reason Two is Economism, the belief
economic values are all that`s real or important and
that human beings are motivated mainly by economic
drives. Business people tend to believe this, but modern
corporations, coupled with both Marxist and capitalist
ideology, have encouraged the belief and made what
should be an obvious myth a commonly held but
Probably the best exposure of the
whole mythology of "economism," who believes it, and
what`s wrong with it is a
small monograph by economist
John Attarian called
"Economism and the National Prospect,"
published by the
Immigration Control Foundation.
Dr. Attarian writes, "clearly serves the agendas
corporations and other powerful interests which run
this country, and they are not about to drop it.
"Corporations` profits depend on expanding their market
shares, which means expanding exports, and on driving
down their costs, which means using cheaper imported
inputs, low-wage immigrant labor, and transferring
production overseas. Mainstream news and opinion media
are owned by these selfsame corporations, hence are
globalist. Most think tanks depend upon corporate money,
hence are unlikely to generate serious criticisms of
globalization and economism."
Which brings us to Reason Three of
what`s wrong with corporations—disloyalty to nation and
people. As corporations have gone global, they have
simply ceased to be part of any nation or to identify
with any people, race, or civilization—as their managers
love to boast. Some years ago
Ralph Nader asked the directors of 100 big companies
to repeat the Pledge of Allegiance
at their stockholders` meetings. Only one agreed;
half never responded; the rest
got snippy at the suggestion.
Corporate disloyalty to nation and
people is obvious in corporate support for
World Trade Organization and
mass immigration and the
cheap labor it imports. Much of the hatred the left
exudes for corporations comes from or plays on the theme
of disloyalty, but—since the
left itself doesn`t really believe in
peoplehood either—it`s limited in how clearly it can
make the disloyalty charge.
The people who could make that and
other charges against corporations and the
global grabfest that they want to replace Western
and American civilization are conservatives—the real
kind, not the fakes who are little more than hired guns
Big Business. Maybe if real conservatives started
telling us what`s really wrong with Big Business,
Hollywood would put them in the movies.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
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