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The twentieth century may go down in history as the century of the corporation. Corporations dominated the economic and political scene in the U.S. and many other countries. Somehow the American people bought the idea that the U.S. is like a corporation and that corporate CEO’s know how to run it best. A corporation is in business to make money and a corporate CEO is generally judged by their ability to make the corporation successful at that goal. However, the U.S. general population has not been seen as shareholders. Rather, the U.S. treasury has become just another source of wealth to be looted. As Eisenhower warned us, the military-industrial complex has garnered power and has taken the lion’s share of our treasury. Private interests have effectively cleaned out our collective wealth and delivered us into decades of debt: to them. That has been the fulfillment of the corporate promise. More a devolution to primitive tribalism than progress.
In truth, a stable, healthy country is more like a family than a corporation. It is when we recognize our kinship and work together that we realize our fullest potential. The stress of relentless competition affects human neurology in a way which prevents whole and healthy development. If we want to continue evolving as a species we are going to need to recognize general well-being as a worthy goal, more worthy than extravagant individual wealth. “As man advances in civilization, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races.” Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man.