In Reply to: Re: Manipulation at its best [This message has been deleted] posted by Cara on December 2, 2001 at 17:05:29:
the problem is that big multinationals have more power than most governments. the power of these corporations actually goes against democracy. but maybe noone really cares about democracy anyway. maybe it is just a sort of fairy tale that gets sold to all of us, like the stuff they peddle for the holidays. in the end, it all comes down to whoever has the power to take the wealth from those who are weaker and do it in a way that the weak don't realize what happened to them.
: Devil's advocate time: Let's be realistic, here. Can we argue with companies for trying to make money? Can we hold corporations responsible for improving the social conditions of other nations for the sake of "doing something nice"? Isn't that the responsibility of the people and of their government? Manners, kindness, and compassion aren't inherent in all people--can we mandate them in the corporate sector? I'm not at all inclined to think so. CEOs are "overdetermined" to maximize profits, just like most people in this country are. Can we blame them?
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