A lot of recent headlines have piqued my interest, especially in relation to my social theory of Corporacracy. The recent election was one of the most expensive in history, highlighting the influence of those who throw money at interests that do not proportionally reflect the needs of our society. I thought I’d give you some food for thought with the introduction to my novel Corporacracy. This culture-crippling phenomenon has only gotten worse since I penned my novel but my goal remains the same: to raise awareness in our society and to create a dialogue about the issues.
Author’s Introduction to Corporacracy by Jerry Welch
You, Me, Corpacracy, Democracy and the Total Picture Under Corporacracy
There is serious meaning to the single word that comprises the title of this book. Just as an addict must first admit that there is a problem before he can be helped, you and I must become consciously aware of corporacracy before we can solve the problems it creates. And we must also be aware that almost all of our problems stem from corporacracy.
Yes, we are becoming more aware of corporations and the part they play in the world as we read daily headlines such as the General Motors bailout, BP’s oil fiasco, the Exxon Valdez spill, and the NS bailout. But we still have not taken the time or made the effort to look at the total picture and how corporacracy really affects you and me.
The saddest paradox in life is living under a controlling force of governance and not recognizing it for what vi it is, while at the same time accepting its existence because of the pleasures and conveniences that it provides.
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, distrusted any concentration of power and said, “The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.” In his era, he wrote: “I hope we shall crush, in its birth, the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
Jefferson and the founders of this country would be shocked to find their democracy overridden by corporate elite who have replaced it with corporacracy.
So, what is it? What is the meaning of corporacracy? It is a preponderance or overwhelming omnipresence of corporations in which small groups of principals, empowered by commercial organization, control every aspect of
Our dependency on corporacracy at every level of our needs is total. Corporations, by enabling most Americans to have a satisfying existence, have taught them to be pacified and submissive to the plundering of world resources
that their elite principals continue to perpetuate, mainly for profit.
While corporacracy deals with the rule of economics, corpacracy deals with the rule of government…specifically (but not limited to) the cities and villages where most of us live. (See Welcome to Reality by Jerry Welch.) We do not see or understand corpacracy because it is hidden behind a veil. Take the city you and I live in. That is just your local government to which you pay taxes, right? Wrong! It
is a corporation, created by law and issued a charter by the state, that controls civil (that’s yours and my) obedience and disobedience – frequently creating ordinances, rules, and regulations (called laws in front of the veil) beyond the constraints of state and federal constitutions. Is it so absurd to think of the possibility of reading the following news release in your local newspaper?
“The City Council of Anytown USA has just adopted a new ordinance that requires all of its citizens to obtain
a license or permit to breathe. The mayor cautions us not to be alarmed. The fee is only $1.00 (subject to
raise) and is necessary to cover the cost of monitoring our pollution.”
I don’t think so. The dependency on “acracys” has soared to the ultimate height of trust. Trust that our politicians and our corporate leaders will do the right thing – solve our problems, and make the world a better place. The ultimate problem is that they have merged and have failed miserably in these endeavors. You could say, “what influences our government eventually becomes our government.”
Democracy? Is it still around? I, for one, think so. Is it threatened? Yes. The concept of democracy is that each and every individual person has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…by self-governance through representation and free enterprise. To that, one could add, the purpose of democracy is to protect and foster the dignity and well-being of all individuals within the context of (a) society. Corporacracy places the power to define and shape that dignity and well-being in the hands of corporate elite. Government of the people, by the people, for the people has become government of the corporation, by the corporation, for the corporation. And why not? Hasn’t our judicial system recently ruled that a corporation is established to act as a person and therefore should have the same rights as a person? Come on, what next? It seems that democracy has come to the point of being limited to voting, while corporacracy has developed to the point of totally influencing voting.
And finally, the total picture. The total picture is all life on a single planet in unimaginable space, and how we are living that life at any given (this) moment in comparison to the eons of time that preceded that moment. Henry Ford built a car for transporting people from place to place. At that time, it was considered a wonder. At this time, the Ford Motor Company is complicit with many other motor companies and oil companies within a corporacracy that is polluting the air we breathe and the water that is essential to all living creatures. Their motivation is usually greed and profit, in deference to the well-being of the people who serve under them.
President Roosevelt seeded the corporate revolution in the 1930s. At that time, it served its purpose of bringing America out of a depression. In this time and moment, it has evolved into a monster called global corporacracy. At one time, people grew their own food, built their own shelter, and protected themselves from the elements. Now people discover things, make things, serve other people, and fight wars. Corporations organize things, regulate things, control those that serve, and incite people to fight wars. In the final analysis, it can be determined that corporations are necessary – corporacracy is not. Corporations are not going away – corporacracy should. Corporations do a lot of good things – corporacracy does not, or maybe the jury is out on that one.
You and I may need to find an answer to these following questions:
What do we need to live within this moment’s society?
What do we need to survive within this moment’s environment?
Because they will change.
This said, let’s begin the story.
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