Monday, June 25, 2012

Taking the keys away.

The time is coming soon in many of our lives when we must take action as a part of one of the hardest decisions faced as the offspring of the previous generation. Our once strong and capable parents are showing the limits of their capacity, in ways that cannot be hidden any longer. The boardrooms of america are filled with people who are no longer competent to lead. They are not equipped to understand the problems of our nation let alone face them. It is time to take the keys away from corporate america.

The denial of scientific evidence; especially in the case of global warming, by the corporate culture is like watching a parent slowly lose control of their faculties. They are no longer making decisions with a clear rational mind. I refer to the corporate model of economic policy as a monolith because they share a insular thought process. MBA programs teach you how to work within a system, not think for your self, they are designed to work within a system of public policy not shape it.

So with our political system addicted to the bribe money from lobbyists, we have a situation where a handful of corporate entities hold the keys to an over sized luxury car. This car is careening out of control, down the wrong way on the freeway of our future towards certain demise.  Others working toward environmental or humanitarian causes represented by drivers traveling in the right direction are forced off the road by these dangerous individuals.

The corporate influence on politics has become much more dangerous to our national security than any threat presented by Al Qaeda or the Taliban. Our political system has been hijacked and the captors are not interest in working towards the common good for all americans, but only for furthering an agenda of limited benefit to a merest handful at the top. If we do not gather the courage now to stand up to our increasingly  incompetent leadership; and stop them from hurting them selves, the inevitable disaster will deeply effect us all.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Powers that be.

The current state of american politics leaves many of us entirely un-represented. Companies like AIG have spent millions of dollars to contribute to the campaigns of political actors, giving them access to the political system very few of us can match.

So since financial institutions and other major corporate actors have chosen to abscond with such a disproportionate amount of political clout, maybe we as the general public should look to them for solutions for the problems we face today.

It is time to start writing letters and flooding email in-boxes of the companies who really hold the power. It is time to let them know we understand how things are, and since they took it upon them selves to be magnates for power, they better start acting responsibly in the eye of history.

This will not be an easy battle, corporations are essentially amoral entities. What little good they do in general is often only for PR. They cannot hide behind the message of "we are just a bank, how is this in our interests?" forever. They chose to take more power over our political leadership than should be in their purview, so the onus has shifted onto their shoulders to for a corporate moral structure into their thinking, lest they be responsible for the destruction of the future of our nation.

So pick a bank, or an industry, make your name known to the boardroom with an avalanche of letters phone calls and emails. Tell them you know how much power they have, and collectively we will ensure that the lens of history will hold them accountable. It is time to stop ignoring the situation, or wringing our hands conceding power without accountability. Please post in the comments section, so we can all direct our efforts collectively.