Capitalism, and consumerism by proxy, will tend to create a divide in human emotion by allowing society to look past what is right and switch the focus on profiting off of one another. The detrimental effects of a capitalistic and consumer driven lifestyle are commented on in Fight Club by showing us the psyche of a character driven mad by his unwilled acceptance of his daily life. Driven to the submissive mentality of a corporate mindset, The Narrator feels as if life is meaningless. Instead of fighting for something worthwhile, he instead works in a job that profits off of the loss of others and participates in daily shopping rituals that seek to fix the contempt he has for that lifestyle. For this reason of bringing light to the issue, while also inspiring people to think about how a capitalistic lifestyle affects the world around them, Fight Club should be considered for literary study.
Predatory capitalism drives down worker wages and rights in return for money while also privatizing public institutions such as education and health care. This causes the people doing the privatizing to gain profits quickly while causing the workers and lower classes that use the public institutions to suffer. In turn those things lead to a rigged economy as suddenly the higher classes have an easier chance to prosper in society which rigs the economy into their favor. Predatory capitalism is certainly a strong factor upon the formation of a rigged economy, but a more basic impulse of humanity is also one of the root
Economic problems have plagued our nations for years now. There is one man who can save us all from destruction, or so he thinks, and that man is Michael Moore. In his movie Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore goes all over the country trying to find the people responsible for all the economic turmoil. He tells the stories of normal citizens that are affected by these problems and through these stories he tries to convince the audience that the bankers and big businesses are cruel and evil, and need to pay for their crimes. These large corporations have done many unethical acts such as taking out life insurance policies on employees and infiltrating the government to pass their agenda.
The campaigns to augment the business position within the capitalist economy were designed to weaken organized labor, reduce corporate costs, gain legislative control and reduce international competition at the expense of the working class. The owners have gained and continue to gain considerable wealth from these strategies. To understand why the owners of the powerful companies operate in such a selfish manner, we must look at particular fundamentals of both capitalism and corporation strategy. Once these rudiments are understood, we ... ... middle of paper ... ...stadl, and Mark Weller. Dollars and Votes.
Large multi-national corporations have the ability to exploit tax havens in other countries to avoid paying taxes. Multinational corporations are accused of social injustice, unfair working conditions (including slave labour wages, living and working conditions), as well as lack of concern for environment, mismanagement of natural resources, and ecological damage. Multinational corporations, which were previously restricted to commercial activities, are increasingly influencing political decisions. Many think there is a threat of corporations ruling the world because they are gaining power, due to globalization. Globalization has led to exploitation of labour.
Corporations are able to increase their wealth as well as political and economic power through freedoms above that of individuals. Governments around the world are to blame for letting these corporations "exploit" the system and financial deregulation has only furthered this problem. Governments have presented cutbacks in health, education and other vital social services around the world as a result to structural adjustment policies prescribed by the International Monetary Fund (an organization that supposedly works to foster global growth and economic stability) and the World Bank as conditions for loans and repayment (Stiglitz). In other words the government depletes the money used in communities to in essence “bail” out and support large corporations in trouble. It is becoming a major concern of why businesses are receiving more support from the government than individuals do.
A corporation is a form of business organization where the firm is a legal entity separate from its owners. As corporations grow and become multinational, their interests and influence extend accordingly. The decisions made by these corporations are always made with a primary goal of increasing profits. Needless to say, the decisions taken by corporations often regard public interests as inferior to their own, so many of their decisions have a calamitous impression on the public. The multinational corporations, Wal-Mart, Nike, and Gap, had negative impact on the world through human rights violations, through their control of the media, and by putting smaller local companies out of business.
He sees the planet's living spaces being eaten up for the benefit of powerful corporations and financial institutions. He sees these once useful institutions turning into instruments of a market tyranny that are destroying livelihoods, displacing people, and feeding on life in an insatiable quest for money. It forces us all to act in ways destructive of our families, communities, our nature, and ourselves. He believes human survival depends on a community-based, people-centered alternative beyond the failed extremist ideologies of communism and capitalism. This alternative is already being created through the initiatives of millions of people around the world who are taking back control of their lives and communities to create places where people can live and grow in balance with the living earth.
Businesses will always bend toward the needs of their consumers in order to make a profit. Their violation of human rights throughout the world was only in an effort to reduce cost therefore allowing lower price point for their consumer to beat their competitors. This has caused a oligarchic structure where a small group of multi-billion dollar corporations with have control of the marketplace. In conclusion, business is a platform for spreading ideologies that may consist of democracy or human rights. Both the government as well as business are dependant on people that make up these organizations.
The very laws that you feel are protecting you are actually destroying your right of choice. Yes, everyday the American people buy a corporation’s product and consequently show they believe that product, or corporation, to be superior to the competition. It is with this overwhelming consumer support that the company comes to monopolize a market. Due to the manufacturing of a superior product the company is forced to dissolve, and yet another fine American corporation is destroyed. Some may say that a monopoly destroys the small, family owned businesses, and in the process kills the spirit of entrepreneurship all together.