Transnational Corporations

I think the first thing that needs to be done is recognize a shift away from government and toward corporate power.  Economies of scale have allowed TNCs to garner more economic power than many governments.  This, in turn, has allowed them to dictate to governments.  Government, generally speaking, has not been aware enough of the fact that it is under actual assault by TNCs. Stakeholders in government tend to fear unemployment, and view TNCs through this lens of “jobs.”  Thus, TNCs are coddled, not only for their possible campaign contributions, but because of the imagined stability these jobs provide.The unrestricted growth of TNCs is in my opinion a major threat to the future of civil society, democracy, and to general quality of life on this planet.  I suspect their hackable voting machines are already tampering with election results, and have the potential to do more of the same.  Also, their lens for viewing the world– e.g., viewing it only through short-term economic bottom lines– has increasingly influenced all sectors of society and has enshrined economics as the alpha and the omega.  Meanwhile, long-term factors outside human economic control, such as the collapse of our ecosystems or climate changes, inexorably march us toward an encounter with unpleasant long-term environmental consequences.  But Marx was no different from these TNCs in elevating the economy to center stage, sometimes at the expense of many other important considerations. Christine


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Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence.
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