Rise of the Corporation-State

by dfunction

When Edward Bernays, nephew to Sigmund Freud, took his uncle’s psychological ideas and turned them into what we now call public relations, he transformed individuals into statistics, and we were all relabelled as consumers.
From a corporate viewpoint, our most important function as a society is to consume, consumption drives the economy, but it’s now so much more than supply and demand, consumption has become a way of life.
Our world is crammed to bursting with commercialism, swollen with the stinking refuse of our pleasures and necessities as faceless corporations shovel cash into cavernous bank accounts. Party politics is driven by corporate campaign-donations, our entertainment is peppered with product placement, and we are relentlessly besieged by advertisement in every moment of our waking lives, we are living in a corporation-state.
Perhaps that’s an extreme assertion, but if we’re not, then we’re headed that way. Voter apathy is beginning to undermine the validity of campaign politics, after all, if less than fifty-one percent of the population votes, you’re no longer living in a democracy, if we ever were. And if a minority of socially distant, morally corrupt politicians are handed power, and those politicians are in fear of, in debt to, and controlled by big business, then surely, a corporation-state would be in evidence.
Our food, energy and water are provided to us at an exorbitant fee, we’re totally reliant on industry, commerce and intensive farming. If the infrastructure of our countries were to suddenly collapse, or be destabilised through war or natural disaster, we’d be lost, starving and thirsty in the dark.
Not only do we eat polluted food, drink tainted water, and drape our lives in the ethically devoid produce of unrestrained capitalism, we pay handsomely for the privilege. Could it be possible, with enough time, social unrest, and an ever-growing climate of apathy, that we would see Ronald McDonald made Prime Minister and our wages paid in happy meals?
Of course, that’s a ludicrous extrapolation, but if we can’t challenge our preconceptions of how a society works, of how we live, grow, work and interact, then I fear that democracy will give way to banality, and the Noble Prize will be replaced with a hotdog eating contest.

Who ate all the pies? Dom Carter

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