Let me start with definition of a company in the context I mean;
3b : an association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise
To this end, a two man plumbing team or a huge multi-national corporation such as coca-cola can be defined as companies.
In today’s world, companies such as Goldman Sachs or Monsanto are considered ‘evil’. But why? What makes them ‘evil’?
It is true that capitalism causes the desire for increased profits, and in the case of the two companies I mentioned, this comes at the expense of people’s personal liberty. The former being that they made public their losses (thus the fact that the taxpayers have to bail them out) and the latter being the intense debate over the safety of GMO foods (which have infected our food chain so badly, it is nigh on impossible not to eat them).
But blaming capitalism for this gross infringement of personal liberty is only half the story. How did Goldman Sachs transfer there losses to the tax payer? How did Monsanto get there potentially unsafe GMO foods into the market place? The short answer is government. If it wasn’t for the government, Goldman Sachs and Monsanto couldn’t have infringed on our liberty.
Due to the the immoral and corrupt practices of lobbying, members of Congress can be bribed lobbied into changing the law to favour these companies. Without these laws, these large companies could not do have done what they did.
To this end, it is a more accurate description to state fascism (the merger of state and corporate power) is the cause of ‘evil’ companies.
Next time you think a company is ‘evil’ due to capitalism, take a little time to see who they bribed lobbied and more specifically, what changes to the law were made as a result of this bribery lobbying. You may be surprised to learn that members of Congress are just as culpable for infringing on your liberty as CEOs of major companies.