If Corporations are People, They Are Evil, Maniacal, Greedy People
Full disclosure: I recently quit corporate America. After working in corporate Finance and labor planning (no, not human resources – labor planning) for eight years, I walked away. There were some obvious personal reasons including but not limited to my desire to enroll in doctoral studies. But, there were other reasons too. In short, I hate corporatism. The group think, incessant competitiveness, and overall screw-each-other-over-ness of it makes me miserable. I have seen, heard, and been complicit in some truly diabolical financial planning. And, I have endured personal moral quandaries after executing the job duties bequeathed to me. You might think that companies like Google are immune to these types of shenanigans, but their recent $100M stock award to their Chairman, Eric Schmidt, proves that all of these companies are inherently the same. If, like Mitt Romney says, corporations are people, then they are evil, maniacal, greedy people.
In what universe does one human being need $100M in stocks above and beyond a $6M cash bonus? Not to mention Schmidt already received $100M in stocks back in 2011. And, his annual compensation in 2012 alone was over $7M. I mean, what do you even buy with that amount of money? 4000 Lamborghini’s? 879 Bucati’s? The entire continent of Africa? The disgusting obsession with money and things perpetuated by American Capitalism makes me sick to my stomach.
I understand a hard days’ work. I get it. Folks work hard so they should be rewarded for that work. Here’s my question though: where is the upper bound on that? This is a country where companies like WalMart and McDonald‘s still can’t seem to treat their employees and customers with dignity. Let’s not forget that the six WalMart heirs are worth the bottom 40% of all American households. Meanwhile, American workers are fighting to have fair minimum wages just so they can feed their families.
These folks are the reason why the term “Corporate Responsibility” exists. The fact that corporations know they are irresponsible so they have to set out – specifically – to be responsible is evidence enough that they are monolithic people-eating entities consumed with the banality of evil and greed.
I can’t help but wonder whether these people have souls. Maybe they are victims of body-snatching aliens who only seek to keep society unjust and unequal. Maybe it’s like in that Disney movie John Carter where the “Therns” operate stealthily in society like an evil invisible hand. That must be what it is. Rich, white men who head these companies are all Therns. They have no souls. They don’t care about regular people. They only seek hurt, pain, chaos, and deprivation so that society will follow their desired trajectory. That’s the only logical answer so I am just going to go with it.
In conclusion, I effing hate corporations. I do. I really hate them. Luckily, as I head into academia, I can spend the rest of my life hating them outwardly rather than continuing to be swallowed whole.
How do you feel about these giant monetary rewards for heads of corporations? Deserved?
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