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Corporatism puts us all in the poorhouse

I’ve been a supporter of the Occupation Wall Street movement since its inception a few short weeks ago.

I’ve been to my local Occupy movement, stood on the sidewalk holding my sign, and have tried to educate people about what the movement is about.

While standing out on the sidewalk, more than a few people drove by yelling, “Get a job!” while being completely ignorant of the fact that almost everyone there does have a job!

I’ve posted on more than enough forums, where the ignorance from the naysayers is almost too much to bear. Aside from the “Get a job!” gang, there are also those who demand that we’re hypocrites because we have items that were bought from corporations.

Here’s where their logic fails: where else are you supposed to buy your stuff from, if not the corporations?

Let me try to explain something to the ignorant masses, to help them understand what corporatism is all about.

You want to support local business, so you get a job working for a local hardware store. Things are going great, you’re making a decent wage – enough to support your family while working 40 hours a week. You have time to spend with your family, even taking the occasional vacation.

Then a giant corporation moves in a few miles down the road. They sell the same products you sell, but they sell it for 50% cheaper, because they have the financial backing to do so, and they get their products from China.

In order for your boss to keep you on as an employee, he must cut your pay or your hours, because he can’t reduce the cost of his products. You agree to a pay cut. Now you’re working for less money, so you go out and find a part-time job to make up for the loss. You go to work for a locally owned convenience store. You’re working 60 hours a week. You’re stressed out because you don’t have enough down time to spend with your family. And forget vacations, you can’t afford that any more.

Then a large corporate chain convenience store opens across the street. It puts your local store out of business. So you look for more work. You decide on the neighborhood pizza joint. You deliver pizza for them.

Eventually, the giant corporation puts the local hardware store out of business. Now you have only your wages from the pizza shop to rely on.  You have to have more income to support your family, but all the local places are being put out of business. Where do you go to work?

As sick as it makes you, you decide to go work for the giant corporation that put your hardware store out of business. They pay half of what your wage was at the hardware store (because they charge half as much). Now you’re working 60 hours a week and making half the money you used to make.

Having such a low income, you can’t afford to patronize the local stores that are left in your area, so you start shopping at the giant corporation.

Then, to make matters worse, a national corporate chain pizza place opens right next to the giant corporation that you work for. And they deliver, too!  The local pizza joint can’t compete with their prices, so they get rid of pizza delivery. They have no other job for you, so you are now back to only one job. And remember, that job pays half what you were making before.

You go out and look for work, but there’s nothing out there. Everyone else is in the same boat as you are, working 2 jobs just to make ends meet. Everyone is working for all these giant corporations, making half what they used to be able to make. You end up needing government assistance just to put food on the table.

Your relationships at home are taking a direct hit, as well. Finances are tight, tempers are flaring, and there is no relief in sight.

Then you read in the paper that all the giant companies in your area are making record profits. But how can that be? They tell you at work that they can’t afford to give you a yearly raise. When they lose an employee, they don’t hire another one to take their place, they just make you do both your job and theirs, claiming they can’t afford to hire anyone else. But they’re making record profits!

Where is all that money going? I’ll tell you where it’s going … to the CEOs of these giant corporations. Are they putting it back into the system? Nope! It’s being hoarded away, put in some bank, where it’s earning interest.

While the rest of us are barely hanging on financially.

These companies have no competition. This is NOT a free market. This is a monopoly by a few giant corporations. They can do whatever they want, price-wise, because there is nobody capable of selling products at a price that people can afford. The quality of the merchandise has declined to the point that whatever you buy now, will be broken in a year, and will need to be replaced. And where do you think you’ll be able to buy that replacement product?

CORPORATISM HAS KILLED OFF CAPITALISM!

If this is all ok with you, then by all means, keep driving by the Occupy protests while shouting your ignorance out the window. Keep ignoring what is happening. And when it finally hits YOUR home, you remember how you supported corporatism in the first place.

If this is NOT ok with you, then you are part of the 99%. Use part of your time off work to join us at your local protest.

Your house cleaning can wait.

Your future can’t.

 

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  1. October 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    “all the giant companies in your area are making record profits” – That’s the part that irks the hell out of me. I have worked places that gave out crappy christmas bonuses, only to read about how well they did in that quarter. Trickle Down Economics sounded really good on paper, but they didn’t factor in greed.

    • October 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      That’s the part that irks most of us!

  2. October 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Good job with this. I have not seen it explained better. I too am irked about people always telling other people to “get a job” when I know that some of these same people are desperately seeking employment or a 2nd job. This greed affects all of us. Already, only 3 years into my retirement, I am wondering when the cost of living will exceed our pensions. We are not there yet, but it seems like the trips to the grocery store are getting mighty expensive. We don’t go anywhere, so the gas prices are not a problem for us, but I can see where it is a serious problem for people who have jobs. Well…I could rant on and on, but I know you have a great grip on reality and you see it for what it is. Kudos to you for your participation. If I was younger and didn’t have the chronic backaches, I would be right there too. Next time someone yells to get a job, I hope you yell back for them to get a grip on reality…

    Awesome blog, Shelli!

    • October 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Darlene! 🙂 Trust me when I say that standing out on the sidewalk for 8 hours is no picnic for me, physically. I was in pain after an hour. You can take a chair with you, and sit and hold a sign. If I can do it, so can you. ♥

  3. October 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    this is what irked me about Steve Jobs’ death – everyone was singing praise for the man, and sure he deserved it, but Apple are a bastard corporation – they are trying to stomp out all of their competition by bullying everyone who makes a product like theirs – and if let to have their own way, Apple would end up being the only company that sells these popular devices we love so much – while the products might be cheaper, if there is no competition any more, there is no one to keep them honest – we will end up with crappy quality products that we think are frigging awesome when they could be way better

    • October 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      I mourned Steve Jobs the person, not the company. What he did was phenomenal … as a person. And yes, I agree that Apple as a company sucks big-time! The only Apple product we have in our house is the laptop that the school provides my Son for his schoolwork. Unfortunately, we have no choice in the matter. I absolutely agree with you!

  4. October 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Only one item I would not totally agree with.

    Capitalism didn’t kill capitalism.

    Unchecked, unwatched, grossly obsessive GREED killed capitalism as well as opportunity in this country.

    • October 22, 2011 at 3:10 am

      I think you misread. CORPORATISM killed capitalism. And corporatism is exactly what you’ve described.

  5. David Bohlsen
    November 29, 2011 at 1:55 am

    If the corporations want to keep us in the poor house,how would they profit?
    Corporatism, is an antiquated concept that was beat by Jonathan E.,years ago. How can you not see the competition ? As for mom and pop, their alive and well ,on the grid. The only thing more repulsive than 1 percent corporate greed, is 98 percent mass envy. One more thing, Why doesn’t the occupy crowd, occupy the institutions ,that are filling their minds full of mush with meaningless nonsense,and selling them useless degrees? Buy Apple. Just because we all poor Doesn’t mean we can’t have the best.

    • December 2, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Corporations will make a profit as long as they are a monopoly, and the only place around that sells the things that people need. “Mom and Pop” stores, they most certainly are not “alive and well” … they are going out of business at an alarming rate, thanks to huge monopoly corporations moving in. A drive around my area shows empty storefront after empty storefront. The only stores around are the stores that fill a niche that can’t (yet) be had at the Walmarts and Targets and Home Depots around. Off the top of my head, in my area, there is a shop that sells and repairs dolls, another that sells handcrafted jewelry, and some Amish shops that sell Amish made items. Other than that, the only things around are the giant corporations and national chain stores.

      As for your assertion that the 99% are all about “envy”, I think maybe you need to actually talk to some of us. You’ll find that we’re not envious at all. We’re against greed. Make all the money you want. But don’t do it at the expense of the rest of us. It’s ironic that you, yourself, talked about how repulsive the corporate greed is, yet fail to see how that greed is what we’re protesting against, and instead you call it “envy”.

      Now, about these “useless degrees” … the only reason that they’re currently “useless” is because there are no jobs for people to go into once they’ve graduated.

      Finally, I don’t even know what to make of your final sentence. That makes zero logical sense whatsoever.

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