[FoRK] Obama: communitarian, redistributionist, confused? (from NYT)
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Mon Aug 25 19:21:54 PDT 2008
"Immutable by-laws of business"? Yea, right. The immutable law is that
the world is highly and fractally mutable.
Schedule break-through innovation. I dare ya.
Tom Higgins wrote:
> You mean the narrowing of diversity and limiting the individual
> involvement (ie stakeholders) to maximize profits across the board?
> Now where have I heard this before?
> There is no
> America. There is no democracy.
> There is only IBM and ITT and A T
> and 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 pull out their linear
> programming charts, statistical
> decision theories and 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 deter- mined by the
> immutable by-laws of business. The
> world is a business, Mr. Beale! It
> has been since man crawled out of
> the slime, and our children, Mr.
> Beale, will live to see that perfect
> world in which there is no war and
> famine, oppression and 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. "
> -tom(yes, i went there again)higgins
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