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December 26, 2010


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Tom Matrullo

Interesting that the "trainer's" lesson involved insta-click false ratings of consumer goods. Mouse-jerks systematized. Perhaps it is impossible for a corporation to imagine citizens as anything other than consumer gulls. Same failure on the level of philanthropy, seems to me:


Until a corporation can replace its limited perspective on reality with something richer, more divided, more human, can they be trusted with real money?

Jon Husband

What is real money ?

Phil Cubeta

Thanks, blogged it.

Tom Matrullo

Real money is what corporations have, courtesy of their enabling social benefactors.

Phil Cubeta

Well, yes, real money is what the largest corporations have because they get and keep a customer, win the confidence of investors, corrupt regulators, corrupt government, corrupt the courts, own the media, and win the hearts and minds of the public with branding, corporate giving, and a second or third bottom line. In the process the stockholders and key executives may emerge as social benefactors. So we need a pedagogy of the oppressor as well as of the oppressed. Master and slave, consumer and producer, prolific and devouring, oppressor and oppressed, brand and branded, are dialectically related. Changing one might change both. There is a saying in family counseling - the only person you can change in a family is you. Then others change because the family system has.

Who has money who has education of the ivy variety? Why then do we not have a pedagogy of the oppressor? Isn't that exactly what the liberal arts originally were? The pedagogy of a slave owning class. Hence we speak of nobility of purpose.

Tom Matrullo

Well said. I had in mind more the way in which we the feeble, our sarophagic government and self-denying taxing mechanisms have contributed to the success, well-being and ongoing depredation of large economic machines equipped to deliver putrid junk to millions.

Without our good works, corporations would not "earn" enough to stay afloat. At least that's the impression given by the generous ways in which we deprive ourselves of the many possible benefits of rational corporate stewardship.

Wall Street evolved to make the complicity of the masses - the good and the loyal, who may not even know where their pension funds, mortgages, or life savings were invested - appear to themselves and all others as innocent angels who don't know what crimes are perpetrated with their hopes and dreams.

This is what we need to attend to. Strong adaptations are strong in various ways. One way is Charm.


On the positive side, all of us in Wealth Bondage, from the Senior Fellow level on up to Assistant Vice Presidents, got a free Holiday Turkey. The bonuses above that level got into the millions, but I am grateful for small blessings. (I have not made Senior Fellow yet, but one of my colleagues who runs the Wealth Bondage Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, let me have a drumstick, at no charge.)

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