Posted by: terrapraeta | January 25, 2010

Corptocracy


Here comes the original businessman
He smiles at you as he shakes your hand
“Listen to me” – he’s got a lot to say
But you don’t understand
No, you don’t understand
So you say “OK”

They’ll do it once, they’ll do it again
The world is run by businessmen

He takes your money, you take his word
He tells you things you’ve never heard
He says “Sign here on the dotted line”
But you don’t understand, no you don’t understand
But you think it’s alright

Subhumans, Businessman

I had an interesting thought yesterday.

Of course this last weekend thee was a fair amount of talk about SCOTUS selling out the US Government when they removed most election finance restrictions from corporations. Keith Olberman did a good wrap up on the issue (if I bit overdone in places).

But amidst the anger, and concern and other negative responses something else occurred to me entirely. I’ve been saying for a while now that as collapse proceeds, the best places to be will be on the edges. Places where it is A: hard to get to get to (expensive) and B: resources are scarce enough to make it worthwhile to go. The biggest concern I’ve had about civ pulling back from these edges has been one of ideology. That the government would try to hold onto these places not because it made good fiscal policy but simply because it was almost a point of honor. Power. Control.

Perhaps, and of course this is wild speculation, but perhaps greater corporate control/influence in government will sidestep that concern. Corporations are all about one thing; they are about making money. So doing anything that is not fiscally responsible (aside from padding their own pockets) may very well become less common in a corporate dominated future.

Any thoughts?

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  1. Lookie here; this slide show portrays the shrinking of civ tentacles in Papua New Guinea. The government “has died” say the Gebusi. Of civ, only the church remains, and is growing increasingly syncretistic. The school, clinic, police station etc have all closed shop and departed. The people are returning to their tribal & rainforest roots. It will cheer ya up… 🙂

    http://www.anthropology.emory.edu/FACULTY/ANTBK/gebusiResearch/gebusi%20flash%20slideshow.swf

  2. Nice 😀

  3. You have to wonder if corporate domination may make it even easier for independence out in the margins. This is a really good point you’re bringing up. Maybe it will be easier for the neglected and worthless, from the point of view of economics, places to gain an independent anarchist edge. Look at Detroit!

  4. Hey —

    Exactly my point Glen 😉

    tp

  5. My pessimism:
    I’m not concerned about physical places as much as the attempt to force all individuals to become customers. While, within the civilizational context, I understand and applaud the idea of universal health care, I am appalled by the idea of being forced to be a consumer of the insurance industry’s product.

    Even if a place is too remote for civilization to truly hold on to, it won’t be too remote for arbitrary sweeps through to find people that aren’t conforming. The effectiveness of those sweeps won’t matter as long as they can come up with one outlaw every once in a while.

  6. Hey Jim —

    I know what you mean. But when it comes to arbitrary sweeps… again, the further “away” you are, the less frequent, the less effective those sweeps become. So its a hazard, but only if you are unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Then the question becomes, “what does it cost you”

    Time will tell….

    tp


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