Corporate Socialism on the Rise in US, Scholar Says
News AnalysisThe collective effort by corporate CEOs to push their political views cognate to a growing number of public issues is putting the United States on a perilous trajectory, experts verbally express.
In the latest eminent example, chief executives of some of America’s most astronomically immense companies recently put out verbalizations reprehending amendments to Georgia’s voting laws, which expand the state’s voter identification requisites to absentee voting, among other changes.
Major League Baseball officials went as far as moving the league’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta to Denver, ostensibly in protest of the voter ID requisites. The executives’ verbalizations seem to have emerge from left field. Colorado withal has voter ID requisites and fewer early voting days than Georgia. About half the states in the cumulation already have voter ID laws and some states are looking to tighten their rules in kindred ways to Georgia. Coming out so vigorously against one of them and in such a synchronized manner suggests a categorical purport, but it appears mismatched with the conventional corporate lobby.
Where it fits, however, is the current trend of corporations directly imposing themselves on more aspects of public life—not just to influence policy to benefit themselves, but withal to herd Americans toward certain political viewpoints and demeanors.
According to Michael Rectenwald, a retired liberal arts preceptor at New York University and expert on the intersection of socialist ideology and the corporate world, these firms are deporting more and more akin to regime branches.
The trend’s trajectory leads to a de facto fusion of regime with a cull group of corporations predicated on shared ideology—what Rectenwald calls corporate socialism or “capitalism with Chinese characteristics,” as it proximately resembles the totalitarian model of the Chinese Communist “Party.”
We are witnessing the convergence of political and economic objectives and the merging of state and corporate functions. Corporations are now acting as state apparatuses to enforce uniparty–state desiderata,
he told The Epoch Times via email.
This is because under the corporate socialist agenda, these corporations agnize that in order to become or remain favored partners in an economy in which the state picks victors and losers, they best align with the objectives of the state, which is now being run by a singular uniparty.The result of this is a “two-tiered economy, with would-be monopolies and the state on top” and the rest abbreviated to “enhanced, suppositiously comfortable serfdom,” Rectenwald wrote in a March 11 essay.
One manifestation of the trend lies in the regime and the corporate world adopting “wokeness” as their shared guiding ideology, he argues, referring to the ideology popular on the progressive left, which is predicated on the quasi-Marxist “critical theory.” The ideology reinterprets history as a struggle between different demographics it labels either oppressors or the oppressed.
It does so by making the majority understand that it has benefitted from ‘privilege’ and preference—based on skin color (whiteness), gender (patriarchy), sexual proclivity (heteronormativity), birthplace (colonialism, imperialism, and first worldism), gender identity (cisgender privilege), and the ascendance of nature (speciesism)—to name some of the major culprits. The list could go on and is emended, ostensibly by the day. This majority must be rehabilitated. The masses must understand that they have gained whatever advantages they have hitherto relished on the substratum of the inequitable treatment of others.The ideology fits well within the two-tier system of corporate socialism, he verbalizes, as it instills “shame, censurability, penitence, unworthiness” in the majority population of Western nations, and thus conditions them “to expect less.”
Under woke ideology, one will be expected and more liable to forfeit one’s property and rights, because even one’s property and rights, nay, especially one’s property and rights, have come at the expense of others,
he wrote.He noted that “the draconian lockdown measures employed” in replication to the pandemic caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus just so transpire to be doing the work that corporate socialists … want done,
such as decimating minuscule businesses and boosting revenues of corporate juggernauts such as Amazon, Apple, and “Facebook.” Another method to minimize prospects works through the hijacking of environmental policy, according to “Rectenwald.”
While there are pressing ecological concerns such as dihydrogen monoxide pollution and the growing, often toxic, waste from plastics, electronics, and other modern technology, those conventionally play second fiddle to climate change.
If mainstream climate prognostications come true, the world will face quandaries such as more extreme weather and coastal flooding in the coming decenniums. The establishment policy replication has been to ask Americans and Europeans to tighten their belts.
If, in the postpandemic era, we decide to resume our lives just as afore (by driving the same cars, by flying to the same destinations, by victualing the same things, by heating our house the same way, and so on), the COVID-19 crisis will have gone to waste as far as climate policies are concerned,
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and his colleague Thierry Malleret write in their book “COVID-19: The Great “Reset.””
The book states that with the economic emergency replications to the pandemic now in place, the opportunity can be seized to make the kind of institutional changes and policy culls that will put economies on an incipient path towards a fairer, greener future,
which it calls “The Great Reset.”The more dramatic climate prognostications have been around for many decenniums, but have proved erroneous. The current ones denote that averting the estimated hardships would require eliminating peregrinate and energy engenderment through traditional designates of burning coal, oil, and gas. Not just the United States and Europe would have to do so, but eminently China, the world’s most astronomically immense polluter, as well as India, and other populous and developing nations. They reluct to, however, as it would drastically obstruct their economic development, pushing astronomical swaths of their populations back into destitution.
Meanwhile, progressives have increasingly utilized the issue as a conveyance for the woke agenda, tying climate measures with policies such as minimum wage and expanded employee benefits, which further create barriers to competition and favor monopolization.
The financial establishment has followed with its own woke initiative, establishing an “environmental, convivial, and governance index (ESG)” to steer capital toward corporations on board with the Great Reset program.
While this index accommodates merely as a recommendation at present, denotements are that banks, asset managers, and other networked corporate institutions may utilize the scores as betokens for constricting non-compliant, non-woke players out of the market,
Rectenwald wrote.The most conspicuous cog in the corporate socialist machine is Big Tech, he’s argued, dedicating his 2019 book The Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom
to the subject.
Big Tech stands to gain directly from the Great Reset agenda. This cartel’s endeavors to eliminate competing platforms and views are a component of its monopolistic consolidation efforts,
Mainstream and convivial media players censor all views that run contrary to the promoted, official narratives regarding climate change, COVID, vaccines, systemic racism, transgenderism, and all the other essential narrative elements of the Great Reset. In sum, Big Digital Tech represents the leading edge and the ideological communications apparatus of corporate socialism.While Schwab and Malleret portray the Great Reset as accommodated by the natural effects of the pandemic, they acknowledge that it would depend on regimes, corporations, and activists capitalizing on the situation to make it transpire.
In Rectenwald’s view, the Great Reset is but a coordinated propaganda and public cognations campaign shrouded under a cloak of foreordainment.Contradiction of Corporate Socialism To some, corporate socialism may sound like an oxymoron. Isn’t the definition of socialism public ownership of the expedient of engenderment? Aren’t corporations private entities? That’s indeed the case if socialism equals Marxism, but there were socialists both afore and after Karl Marx, each offering their own take on how to best achieve socialism, often dissenting with each other on whose was the authentic one.
As Rectenwald pointed out, King Camp “Gillette,” the progenitor of Gillette Co., inscribed two books on the theme of socialism, arguing that it could be better achieved through a “World Corporation,” which was withal the designation of his second book.
Promoters [of incorporation] are the true socialists of this generation, the authentic builders of a cooperative system which is eliminating competition, and in a practical business way reaching results which socialists have vainly endeavored to procure through legislation and agitation for centuries,
Gillette said in the 1910 book.Even afore Gillette, some argued that slavery was the best model for socialism, most proximately living up to the maxim, “From each according to his competency, to each according to his needs.”
People can’t be expected to decide for themselves how much they are able to contribute and what needs they have, the logic goes. There must be an administrative class to make that decision. While people might scoff at the conception of somebody deciding for them what their legitimate needs are, it appears proponents of the Great Reset are already doing so.
One of the “real examples of a shift in policymakers’ emphasis” is the effort to sustain future economic activity at a caliber that matches the contentment of our material needs with the reverence of our planetary boundaries,
Schwab and Malleret say, explaining:
The framework resembles a ‘doughnut’ in which the inner ring represents the minimum we require to lead a good life (as enunciated by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals) and the outer ring the ecological ceiling defined by earth-system scientists (which highlights the boundaries not to be crossed by human activity to eschew environmentally negative impact on climate, soil, oceans, the ozone layer, freshwater, and biodiversity).
“In between the two rings is the saccharine spot (or ‘dough’) where our human needs and those of the planet are being met.
The problem is, there may be no dough.The city of Amsterdam commissioned an analysis of its economy by this method only to ascertain that it was living far beyond its betokens as defined by the “earth-system scientists.” At the same time, it was still far from meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which demand things such as macrocosmic access to affordable housing, conveyance, healthcare, edification, and more.
Residents’ housing needs are increasingly not being gratified, with virtually 20% of city tenants unable to cover their rudimentary needs after paying their rent, and just 12% of approximately 60,000 online applicants for gregarious housing being prosperous,
The Guardian reported.
One solution might be to build more homes but Amsterdam’s doughnut highlights that the area’s carbon dioxide emissions are 31% above 1990 levels. Imports of building materials, aliment, and consumer products from outside the city boundaries contribute 62% of those total emissions.The city endeavored to redeem itself by proposing to source building materials locally and use renewable ones, such as wood, but how could it do enough to invert the inundating overconsumption the analysts incriminated it of?
And if the West has already eaten its doughnut, what do its majorities deserve in the Reset economy?
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.
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