Why do I hate corporations, Jim often asks me…

…I mean, they’re just trying to make an honest buck and not pay for their mistakes that damage the environment and public health. Take Exxon. No, please, just take them away, far away from where they can affect anything in this country, on this planet. No, I don’t hate corporations. The vast majority of them are trying to do good, treat employees well, want to act as a good corporation in the community (note I did not and will not call them a corporate citizen, as citizens are people, and corporations are not people). And no, I don’t talk about the good ones enough. It’s always easier to focus on the train wreck. And Lord knows there are enough train wrecks to keep us busy. So I’ll blame them in part for keeping me from noticing the good work that good corporations are doing.
The Exxons, the Monsantos. You can have them. It would be no loss if they vanished. Actually, we’d all be a lot healthier and better off. If they don’t want to be accountable for their actions, we have to revoke their corporate charter. And perhaps we could, if they did not own Washington. We used to take away corporate charters for misdeeds. But that was before our grandparents were alive. Oh, for the Goodle Days, as John Hartford sings. .

No great policy statements here, and no complete argument Jim, so no need to jump. Just a quick reaction to yet another news story about Exxon avoiding accountability. I guess that means it’s Wednesday.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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