Big Business and Government
Global Ethics Forum: Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business & Government – YouTube
Garten Rothkopf CEO David Rothkopf talks about the conflict between big business and government.
“He explains that we are in a crisis. There has been a net loss of jobs in this country over the last ten years. Social mobility is declining. Inequality is increasing. Our democratic system is under threat by massive corporate power because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United that perverts the right of free speech to include money.
What gives the average citizen a voice? that would be the government. Government is a leveler.
Historically the battle between church and state was the last big battle on the same scale as this one. It was not really a battle over religion. It was an economic battle – who had the authority to tax.
The one country that has done the most to empower corporations is the United States. This country is born of the industrial era.
Even early on corporations had an outsize influence. In the Dartmouth college case, the Supreme Court decided that states could not revoke charters once granted essentially giving corporations immortality.
Later we saw the courts use the 14th amendement for its first fifty years arguing the corporations should have the same rights as people. Yet people are not immortal. People do not possess legions of lawyers to get laws passed.
Today, most of the value bearing instruments are created by the private sector mainly derivatives. Only about five major powers are able to have currencies on their own.
Nations unable to compete with corporations in terms of power should be considered semi-states.
Markets don’t promote competition (read Adam Smith) efficiency is achieved by scale.
The current size of corporations is larger than could have been imagined in the past. Fundamental shifts in power are occurring.
More than half people on the ground in our last two wars were private contractors
In America – the political process is corrupted by money and Internationally – no institutions capable of dealing with this issue exist.
We need to ask ourselves – What produces the kind of society we aspire to?
As the economic center of gravity moves so does the intellectual center. Right now that center is moving to Asia.
Government is the only way the average person has a seat at the table. ”
(Forgive my poor summary – I wrote notes as it went along.)