A scorpion wanted to cross a swift river, and asked
a frog to carry him.
asked "How do I know that you will not sting me?"
"Well," answered the
scorpion, who was good
with words when he wanted something, "then I wouldn't be able to get across the
"Well," said the frog, "then how do I know that you won't sting
and kill me as soon as we're across the river?"
"Oh," said the scorpion,
"because I'll be so grateful for the ride, why would I want to kill you then?"
This con-vinced the frog as
frogs are easy to
fool - so he let the scorpion on his back, and began swimming across the
They were about 2/3 of the way across the raging river, when,
to his great surprise,
the frog felt a painful sting and looked around to see the scorpion pulling his
stinger out of the frog's back.
the frog felt himself becoming
Just before he was completely paralyzed, the frog had the
breath to ask "Why?"
"It's just who I am," said the scorpion, as they
both sank and drowned.
Of course, the story was never really about
It was meant as a
warning against certain rare but dangerous kinds of people who are like
scorpions intent on destroying others even if it destroys them too.
is such a frightening story is because a person like the scorpion, a person who
lacked even basic
compassion, isn't quite human.
One of the scariest things we can
imagine is a machine-like
thing with a will, that seeks to harm us, and
when we suffer, cry, or die.
Think of those android-type
men in the "Matrix" movies, for instance.
Or the Orcs and Sauron in
"Lord of the Rings," or the governor of California as the
"Terminator," a robot programmed only to destroy.
I suppose the most
famous story like this is still Mary Shelly's 1818 tale of Dr. Frankenstein and
the monster he
forged from dead human body parts.
For nearly two centuries, the
Frankenstein monster has been a symbol of creating something inhuman,
giving it life and immense power without
a soul, then living to see it turn on us, as the monster even killed Dr.
There have been a lot
of movies on this theme in the past few years.
The "Terminator," "Total
Recall," Darth Vader in "Star
Wars," the casual indifference to life in "Pulp Fiction," powerful
forces of greed and destruction in "Lord of
the Rings" - you can probably think of another half dozen.
When I was
growing up, the most powerful movie like this was the original 1956 version of
"Invasion of the Body
It was about the difference between real people and
You probably know the story.
A mindless life force from outer
space drifted from a desolate,
dead planet and wound up on this
It operated under a simple program.
When a human fell
asleep near it, it produced a giant pod that duplicated the sleeping person,
taking their body, looks, even their memory, and draining their life, then
destroying the original and taking their place.
You could hardly tell
They looked the same, had all the same memories.
But they had no soul.
They had no
no feeling for anyone.
The squeals of a dog hit in the road drew no attention.
didn't matter to them.
Only reproducing their kind, to no other end
than reproducing their kind.
Eventually, like the frog and the
scorpion, they kill everything.
Then if the
cosmic winds are right, they may blow
across the galaxy and
suck the life out of yet another planet.
When humans act like this, there's something fundamentally wrong.
Theologians call them
evil, novelists call them demons or monsters, and
psychologists call them
Since psyche means soul,
the word really means
people with sick souls.
Psychopaths are unable to
Psychopaths won't accept responsibility for their
superficial: no depth; all manipulation.
Why am I talking about
persons who are not real, psychopaths and scorpions who have been programmed to
destroy, even if it also destroys them?
It's a way of introducing the
business of understanding the
money power that
has taken over American society and
is on the verge of taking
over the world.
I am talking about a fictious person which, like
the invasion of the body snatchers, is seeking to, and succeeding in,
destroying the compassionate qualities of people.
You'll think I've
badly overstated the case when I say that this dangerous person who is not a
real person is the corporation.
There is remarkable book by a Canadian
law professor Joel Bakan is "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of
Profit and Power."
Corporations began forming in the late 17th and
early 18th centuries, to pool the money of a large number of investors.
Laws were passed saying investors had no liability for deeds of the
All investors could lose was their investment.
gave the corporation limited
liability, but unlimited profitability.
From the start, as a matter of structure and law, the only purpose of a
corporation was to make as much money as
possible for its stockholders.
It was the only way in which to get
people to invest in
By the late 19th
century, a single court clerk had transformed the corporation into "a person",
a "legal person", and even spoke of it in that way.
In 1886, lawyers
representing this newly minted "person" won a ruling from the Supreme Court
saying that, as a "legal person", corporations were entitled to be protected by
the 14th amendment for "due process
of law" and "equal protection of the law."
These provisions of the 14th
amendment, as you may remember, were written for the protection of freed slaves
after the War between the States.
Since 1886, it has been used almost
exclusively to protect corporations - even when they
make slaves of workers all
over the third world and, some would argue, within our own country.
Since being christened as "persons", corporations have done what any
person would do: they have fought for both
survival and dominance, lobbying for laws that favor their
aims, and buying influence,
lawyers, judges, politicians and presidents (Woodrow Wilson,
Herbert Hoover, Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, Harry
Truman, Lyndon Baines
Reagan, George HW Bush,
George W. Bush) when
they can - and, looking back, it seems they can quite often.
It isn't seen as evil. Its just
business as usual.
And what are their aims?
If the corporation sells stock, its
sole legal purpose, under international and American laws, is to make as much
money as possible for its stockholders.
A corporation can pretend to care
about society or the environment, as long as
the money they spend makes
more people want to buy their products and so
increases profits for
Corporations may not, legally,
spend money for social
Corporations really aren't interested in
only in profit.
a third-rate economist, adopted the
greediest kind of corporatism - neoliberalism in the EU or
Milton Friedman compared acts of social conscience to
car manufacturers using pretty girls to sell
"That's never really about the girls," Milton Friedman points
out, "it's just a trick to
Altruism just does not have a place in the vision of
A corporation can donate to the special Olympics or
civic projects, but only if its intent is to sell more product.
Drucker, the guru of corporate management, claims if you have
a CEO who wants to do social good,
fire him fast!
There are laws supporting
Ninety years ago, when
Henry Ford was becoming
astoundingly rich from selling his Model T Fords, he decided that he was making
too much money.
So in 1916,
Henry Ford "cancelled the
stock dividends to give customers price reductions because he felt it was wrong
to make obscene profits."
Two of Henry Ford's major investors, the
Dodge brothers, took him to court, arguing that
profits belonged to
the stockholders, not the corporation, and the court agreed with them,
precedent that still rules.
Corporations exist as persons only to do
whatever is necessary to maximize profits for their stockholders.
Even if it harms people.
brothers start their own corporation in competition with
Supreme Court judge Louis Brandeis
finally made the connection.
He said corporations were "Frankenstein
monsters" capable of great evil.
Bakan cites another famous case from 1994, in which
General Motors was sued
because on Christmas Day 1993 a mother with her four children in the car was
hit from behind while stopped at a stop light, causing her gas tank of her 1979
Chevy Malibu to explode, burning and badly disfiguring them.
trial, a report introduced showed GM knew the gas tank was set so far back that
it could explode on impact, killing the car's occupants.
In fact, about
five hundred people had been killed this way at the time of the report in 1973
when the new Malibu style cars were being planned.
figured that each fatality could cost the corporation $200,000 in legal
damages, then divided the figure by 41 million,
the number of cars GM had on the
concluded that each death cost GM $2.40 per automobile.
The cost of
ensuring that fuel tanks did not explode in crashes was estimated to be $8.59
That meant the corporation could save $6.19 per car if it let
people die in fuel-fed fires rather than alter the design of vehicles to avoid
The huge jury award was later reduced by 3/4, and
General Motors appealed the case.
In support of General
Motors, the United States
Chamber of Commerce filed a brief defending the practice of using this
kind of "cost-benefit analysis in corporate decision making."
decision, the United States Chamber of
Commerce said, was deeply troubling, because manufacturers should use
cost-benefit analysis to
make the most profitable decisions.
The corporation's legal
structure requires executives to make only those decisions that create greater
benefits than costs for their shareholders.
Executives have no
authority to consider what harmful effects a decision might
have on other people or upon the environment, unless those effects might
have negative consequences for the
Do you see what
has happened here?
This "person", by following its
legal nature, can
and does endanger and kill human beings in the pursuit of profit on
On August 21, 1931,
Major General Smedley Darlington
Butler stunned an
audience at an American Legion convention in Connecticut when he had
"I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military
service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine
I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to
And during that period, I spent most of my time being a
high class muscle-man for Big
Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers.
In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster
I helped purify
Nicaragua for the
international banking house of
helped make Mexico,
especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests.
I brought light to the Dominican Republic for
American sugar interests.
I helped make Haiti
and Cuba a decent place for
the National City Bank
boys to collect revenues in.
I helped in the
rape of half a dozen
Central American republics
for the benefit of Wall
in 1927 I helped see to it
that Standard Oil
went its way unmolested.
The record of racketeering is long.
was rewarded with honors,
Looking back on it, I feel that
I could have given Al Capone a
The best he could do was to operate a racket in three
operated on three continents."
Given that speech, and Smedley
Darlington Butler's disgust with the role the military played, not in
serving democracy but in serving
the greed of large corporations, what happened three years later is truly
Franklin D Roosevelt took office
in the midst of a banking
He embarked upon
a socialist scheme of
massive proportions with centralized government planning and control very
similar in many respects to the Soviets.
With many of these
socialist projects an
utter disaster Franklin D Roosevelt embarked upon
an industrial building project
- World War II.
attempts to increase industrial
productivity took lives - on the construction site and
on the battlefield.
the maw of the disastrous greed of
the wealthiest corporations.
Small business hated the
price, wage and labor
controls along with the army of "inspectors" which
The actual controlling interests, large corporations and their owners,
were then able to skim the cream off the entire output of the country.
Large corporations have
always supported socialism as wealth flows to the center.
magazine had a cover story extolling the virtues of
fascism and the economic
miracles Mussolini had achieved in lowering wages, crushing worker unions,
and generating greater
profits for corporations.
On August 22nd of 1934, Major General
Smedley Darlington Butler's was approached in a hotel room in Philadelphia by a
messenger of a group of wealthy businessmen, who opened a large suitcase of
$1000 bills and dumped it on the bed, explaining that this was only a down
The "business interests" wanted Major General Smedley
Darlington Butler to assemble a
volunteer army, take over the White House, and install himself as
the fascist dictator of the
United States, with the financial support of major corporations [Business Plot/White House Putsch].
feel with a different general
it may well have worked.
Smedley Darlington Butler refused, and told
In 1934, the business interests believed they would have to
use military force to take over the government, dismantle democracy, and
install a form of fascist government doing the will of the richest corporations
and individuals in America, to
the degradation or destruction of everyone else.
years after the failed coup, a
well-organized minority again threatens democracy.
America's long and patient campaign to gain control of government over the last
few decades, much quieter and ultimately more effective than the plotters'
clumsy attempts, is now succeeding.
Without bloodshed, armies, or
fascist strongmen, and using
dollars rather than bullets, corporations are now poised to win what the
plotters so desperately wanted: freedom from democratic control." -
Their reach is now
The World Trade Organization sues nations for
safety or environmental laws that cut into corporate profits.
World Trade Organization is effective in preventing governments from
enacting environmental regulations that impede corporate profits.
NAFTA, an investor protection plan, enabled corporations to break
unions and out-source wage
labor to cheap wage labor
markets around the world.
Corporations get richer by destroying the
lives of American and other workers, gutting entire societies, leaving husks
and moving on to drain the life from another society, exactly like the invasion
of the body snatchers.
Is there hope? Can anything be done?
"If a corporation is convicted of repeated felonies
that harm or endanger the lives of human beings or destroy our environment, the
corporation should be put to death, its corporate existence ended, and its
assets taken and sold at public auction." -
New York Attorney General Eliot
We change our laws and change the way in which this
Frankenstein monster is allowed to do business in this country and in the
We created corporations, we defined them, and
we have the authority to
redefine them, to insist that they may only operate in our society if they
are organized to serve the greater good of the majority in our society by being
unable to externalize costs, break laws and sling poison.
Sermon by Davidson Loehr, November 7, 2004
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