Part 2 of Henry Blodgett's critique from businessinsider.com:
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance. [In aggregate?
Possibly true. But many, many companies—probably the vast majority—have provided good health coverage for their employees, despite not being
legally obligated to.]
They have sold our privacy as a commodity. [Seems unlikely that any company has actually sold your "privacy." Maybe your "private information"]
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. [Examples, please. And please note that "the press" is generally owned
by corporations, too, so they don't need the military and police to exercise control over it.]
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit. [Some bad or sleazy companies, yes. Most, no.]
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. [No, they do not "determine"
economic policy. They do have a lot of influence over economic policy But inasmuch as economic policy directly and primarily affects
corporations—and the ~100 million Americans who work for corporations—it seems reasonable that they should have some influence here. Or do you
exclude those ~100 million employees from "the people."?]
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them. [True.]
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. [Well, oil and coal companies certainly aren't eager to see safe cold
fusion or mass-solar or geo-thermal commercialized anytime soon. But alternative energy corporations would be stoked to see us forgo oil. And many
other companies—most, actually—couldn't really care less what their power comes from, as long as it's affordable.]
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already
turned a substantial profit. ["Block?" You mean try to enforce their patents? Developing drugs is expensive. How would you like it if you spent $1
billion developing a boner pill only to have your competitor instantly reverse-engineer it and start selling it for 1/10th your price? Having at least
some period of exclusivity seems perfectly reasonable.]
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit. [Yes, some have.]
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media. [Oh, come on. Take off the tinfoil hats. People aren't THAT
stupid. And the media LOVES to trash corporations. And besides, now there's the Internet and Twitter, so you don't need the media anymore.]
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt. [Sounds horrible. Need some
details. Again, almost certainly not something the vast majority of companies have done.]
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas. ["Perpetuated
colonialism." Need some more detail there. And with respect to the "murder of innocent civilians overseas," you probably want to direct some blame
at governments, too.]
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. [Okay, but let's rephrase that, shall we? They make
weapons that governments order.]
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