[Marxism] Re: Oxfam: retailing empires impoverish 3rd world

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Mon Feb 9 16:10:09 MST 2004


Maggies notes:
“Corporations are not socially responsible.  They never will be.  They
are
ONLY responsible for turning a profit.  It's foolish to think
differently.”

There sure are a lot of corporation moralists, though.  Harkens back to
the Progressive Era when Thomas Nast and other cartoonists lampooned
monopolies and trusts.  See an example:
ONE SEES HIS FINISH UNLESS GOOD GOVERNMENT RETAKES THE SHIP
http://www.history.ohio-state.edu/projects/uscartoons/gapecartoons/TrustsAsPirates.htm

But as in the above-noted cartoon, labor is seen as a trust, too, and
not to be trusted, either.  This seems to be symptomatic of the liberal
wing of Progressivism to this very day.  They are petty bourgeois,
really.  They want to use the (capitalist) state to regulate big
capitalists.  Letting the foxes rule the hen house would be a good
thing—for the foxes.  The problem is that these good people only see the
surface.  All big capitalists have a history of being once smaller.
Some of them get bigger and take over.  There’s more to it, of course,
such as private property, profit, markets, competition, democratic
production & distribution, etc.  The Progressive solutions are thus
superficial and ultimately not only ineffective, but now with the hot
breath of global warming breathing down our necks, actually dangerous in
their diversion from the root cause, namely Capitalism.





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