This one’s been bugging me for a long time, and certainly the past couple of weeks with the Texas Winter Catastrophuck of 2021. There’s a line about some government funding that would help the corporations during the Iraq War from Fahrenheit 9/11. One of the attendees at a conference said, “It’s gonna be good for business, bad for the people.”
That line’s stuck with me for years. Because that’s what it feels like. As much as people complain about the marriage of government and corporate interests… you’d think this wouldn’t be news, or someone would do something about it. Time and time again, when there’s a problem with necessities, wars, infrastructure, … when there’s a natural disaster or stock market crash, the people are hurt badly by it. And the government makes excuses, and the corporations make excuses (or a lot of money, or both). And the people are stuck trying to figure out what to do and get angry and yell at the government to make sure whatever that thing was doesn’t happen again. And then go elect folks who will wag their fingers at the corporations in front of the cameras, but then do the bare minimum if anything at all, creating paper tigers that obfuscate and make things worse.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
How many times have we seen it? And it got me thinking, because obviously I’m biased and in a pessimistic mood, but I genuinely want to understand this. Maybe I missed quite a bit. I’m not as old as some who read these questions, and I might be older than others, but I really can’t think of a time when there was some equity in my lifetime.
I mean, honestly, I can’t think of a single thing that was beneficial to both the corporations AND the people at the same time. Something both groups could see as beneficial to the country, as a win. I mean, there might be a snippet of that when stimulus checks get handed out. But that feeling evaporates as soon as you hear the phrase “corporate handouts,” which are always kept on the down-low so as not to piss the people off.
…Gee, I wonder why.
Corporations are treated like royalty and get bailed out while the people have been told “sink or swim” more times than we can count and dismissed.
I’m not gonna go on and on. I’ll let people who’ve studied this a lot more thoroughly and are a lot more articulate about the subject keep on informing.
But honestly, I just keep wondering: what regulation, stipulation, program or aspect of governmental reach has benefitted both the people AND the corporations? I just can’t think of anything. But if you have any ideas or examples, I’m all ears.