Britain's Enfant terrible
Why is it when you hear the word "banker" you tend to think of this....?
Next time you read or hear about "greedy bankers" doing this or that why not try playing the substitution game? Put "Jackie Robinson" into the sentence instead of "bankers" and see if the proposition still holds true. You might, for example, get something like, "Jackie Robinson was paid an exorbitant bonus..."
Russell Brand and many on the left are quick to condemn the sinister machinations of corporate interests. These dark forces, they allege, are behind many resource-based American led wars (see video below). These wars are fought to advance the economic interests of a tiny minority of wealthy Americans -- the infamous "one percent" that was popularized by the Occupy movement.
In a recent interview Brand specifically asserts that politicians are "only interested in servicing the needs of corporations." (Source: http://news.genius.com/Russell-brand-call-for-revolution-pt-1-interview-on-bbc-newsnight-annotated). Brand is an advocate for Revolution and a massive redistribution of wealth.
But here's the rub.
Over eighty-eight million American participate in some form of a benefits plan such as a 401k. (Source: http://www.americanbenefitscouncil.org/documents2013/401k_stats.pdf). As of August 2014, there are 146.3 million Americans in the workforce (source: http://www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi/laus/us/usadj.htm). This means that just over 60 percent of American workers own stocks or bonds in our public markets.
The working people of America own most of America. The corporate interests of America are aligned with the interests of their owners -- a clear majority of American workers.
So, again, let's try playing the substitution game.
Had Brand said that politicians are "only interested in servicing the needs of about 60 percent of the American work force" would anyone have raised an eyebrow?
Had the Occupy Wall Street crowd complained about the "60 percent" that foots the bills to enable their grousing would that have gone over well? Would the simple truth have generated such media hoopla?
The demonization of corporations for political purposes has been a time-honored tradition for those on the left on both sides of the pond.
|Aureus of Julius Caesar|
We tend also to forget that it was these corporations that helped to slay totalitarianism in the 20th century http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-corporations-that-won-ww-ii.html and http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-corporations-that-won-cold-war.html.
Brand suggests also that corporations are destroying the planet with environmental damage. Yet it was Communism that created Chernobyl. China, a Communist state is, by far, the world's greatest polluter http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/china-today.html. Corporations such as Toyota, meanwhile, have been at the forefront of technological innovation that has reduced emissions from motor vehicles.
If a majority of people in a given community want a cleaner environment, then it will be corporations that provide the most efficient means to satisfy that need.
Need a substitute for Russell Brand? How about, "Sophomoric entertainer and ex-husband of Katie Perry"
What would Russell say about this...?
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