The great philosopher “Mittens” Romney once stated at the Iowa State Fair in 2011, after being heckled by simple-minded citizens, that corporations are people, the Washington post, on August 11, 2011 reported. I do not see anything wrong with his statement at all, besides how awkward it might be eating lunch with my friends Coca-Cola and Pepsi at the same time. They may have their differences, and although we cannot resolve them, I think I can be friends with both assuming Coke does not keep dating Mcdonalds. Taco Bell recently started dating Pepsi, so I think the feud might soon be over between Taco Bell’s ex-boyfriend, Mcdonalds, and Burger King.
Sorry for that anecdote, I am hungry. Back to the point, Romney had a wonderful time dealing with public relations after making that statement, then following it up with, “Everything corporations ultimately earn goes to people. Where do you think it goes?” In an ambiguous sense, this actually does make sense. Money certainly does go to people in some way, shape, and form. However, I think Romney may have stipulated propaganda that the Tea Party took over and has eventually flushed Facebook Newsfeeds with (I thought they made their own for a reason): How Corporations are People.
Not to get too technical here, but corporations are not people. They are comprised of people. One of the biggest issues with this comparison is that corporations, like schools, jails, prisons, and all other structures of life are simply institutions. Places for people to go and progress according to one person or group’s mentality in an effort to achieve their goals.
Institutions can be pretty funny depending on the institutionalization, which is defined by a person being committed to an institution. British Petrolium (BP) workers that sought to act against the aggressive public lashing out against the spill just off the coast of the United States around the same time many other Americans were incoherent thanks to their insatiable addiction to lighting pots on fire on April 20, 2010 These BP advocates, those who sought to deal with the public first rather than the problem, and those who saw nothing necessarily wrong with the scenario assuming the company can still produce revenue after the incident, are an example of the institutionalized.
Success, in American terms, is strictly related to the bank account of each person. To be successful is to have excessive amounts of money that we can rap about in songs, sing about in music, woo members of the opposite sex, force the haters to respect us, and flaunt in the faces of every person who ever doubted us. Money, or paper IOU’s as we may recall from macroeconomics, has actually become so severe an commodity that it has begun to rule people’s identity, purpose, and reality.
Two years and six days following the BP oil spill came an article by Dr. Ian Robertson, in which evidence suggests that because “Submissiveness and dominance have their effects on the same reward circuits of the brain as power and cocaine,” on baboons, and “…in humans similar changes happen when people are given power” it seems apparent that institutionalization and power revert humans back to an animalistic level.
Baboons can think, surely, but not to the level of humans. Humans can rationalize, deduce, induct, argue on complex issues, and even figure out how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll level of a tootsie pop. When we are institutionalized, however, we do revert to that Darwinian level of survival and power, sometimes to the point where we may subject other humans to a variety of destructive environments, create war, poverty, hunger, racism, etc. in an effort to make a quick dollar. How does this affect us here in this institution? Well, let us wonder how unfathomable it would be if someone took a vow of poverty, then received a BMW in a city where plenty of children go hungry every night. So, in the same way corporations are people, let us continue to imagine this multi-million dollar money making institution we live and thrive in is looking out for the best interests of the city of Scranton: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and dropping our fisherman’s nets to follow Jesus. #justsocialistthings
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