Corporate Church

Corporations have replaced churches as the source of moral authority for many Americans. Artificially divorced by the forces of public education, entertainment, and pop mysticism masquerading as science, too many find themselves astray in a sea of unclear libertinism without an anchor . . . and they don’t like it. How could they?

Enter the MegaCorp, America’s new church. Corporations are driving what the public morality should be, most of which is a direct inversion of the traditional Christian (yes, Christian) morality western civilization was based upon in the first place:

More than 180 CEOs signed an open letter opposing state efforts to restrict reproductive rights, as business leaders weigh how to most effectively exert pressure against abortion bans.

Square chief executive and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey as well as fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg and others wrote that restrictions on abortion access threaten the economic stability of their employees and customers and make it harder to build a diverse workforce and recruit talent.

The letter, which appeared Monday as a full-page ad in the New York Times, marks the business community’s latest foray into a polarizing societal issue. The chief executives of Bloomberg News, Atlantic Records, Yelp and Warby Parker, among others, have aligned themselves with such groups as Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The move also comes nearly four weeks after Alabama signed off on the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. Other states, including Georgia, have adopted or pursued similar legislation.

Abortion is good, says the corporate church. It’s good for business. And if it’s good for business, it’s good for you. Forget the sanctity of life. It’s all about the sanctity of business.

If a state wishes to prohibit the killing of babies in the womb, they must be punished.

This is already trickling down from the state level to the individual. Depending on your variety of wrongthink, you will be denied the use of social media platforms, of web-hosting services, of payment processors, of crowdfunding websites, and of banks.

Hell, you might not even be allowed to buy something in person.

It’s just like China’s social credit system, but enforced by private business instead of government.

Spare me your conservative and libertarian howling about “the marketplace!” This is the oppression we’ve been warned about, just carried out by someone other than government. Why is this okay?

It isn’t.

The broader issue here isn’t abortion per se, though that’s a big one. It’s about where our values come from.

The church, the real church, had to be destroyed by the forces of evil, because God’s rules and the teachings of Christ cannot be changed or folded by man for expediency’s sake. I don’t mean the various imperfect institutions and mechanisms we call churches created to preserve and transmit the teachings of Christ from generation to generation. I mean the actual teachings.

The fate of the human soul matters.

This is a point I cannot escape every time I write about current events. How can the idea of eternity be avoided in any of these discussions. It is the primary consideration that undergirds all human affairs.

You don’t even have to be Christian or religious at all to agree with me. Some of the most honest atheists I’ve met acknowledge how lucky they are to live in what we use to call Christendom. They appreciate and avail themselves of Christian civilization even though they don’t buy it’s underpinnings. I don’t personally know how they circle that square, but that’s beside the point.

We’re told to ignore eternal considerations not just by government, but by business. And for what? So they can get power and money.

From whom? From us. It’s like The Matrix. We’re nothing but living batteries to these vampires.

Don’t have kids. Don’t go to church. Don’t ask questions. Just keep working and consuming and boring and working and consuming . . .

But the fate of our immortal souls matter. It matters to us regular folk. If we stop caring about the unseen, future consequences of our actions, we can be controlled into thinking anything that feels good is good

It also matters to our leaders, leaders of business and government. A leader that doesn’t care about what happens to them after they die is capable of anything. The scariest thing about such a leader is they think whatever they personally feel is right.

Worship of God is replaced with worship of self. And as we all know, the human heart is a fickle, greedy thing. Whatever the next hot, new piety big business pushes, I guarantee it’s something that will benefit their bottom line, yet something they will not have to bear the consequences of.

Don’t rely on corporations who want nothing but to make as much money as possible to dictate what you believe. Find something else, something immutable, be it a religion or a philosophy.

And don’t despair. These people might be evil, but they’re also morons. They always overplay their hand.


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9 comments

  1. I once saw a bumper sticker that read, “I’ll believe that corporations are individuals when Texas executes one,” and I can only imagine how its owner would scream “Sexism!” or “Misogyny!” if Texas actually followed through—but only for those that peddled abortion.

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    • No kidding!

      I’ve come around on the sanctity of corporations, big time. They are not “people,” they are legal fictions, and honestly I think it should be easier to pierce the corporate veil and hold individuals personally responsible for things done by the corporation.

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  2. —May be naive on my part but I think if we had an honest accounting of what corporations really make and how they use loopholes to avoid paying taxes on, that money could be used to the common good; same with government expenses. A lot of worthwhile programs and institutions, cities and living communities could all be improved without more levies on people who don’t cheat the system.

    cheers

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    • That would be nice. Sometimes it feels like I pay more in taxes than Facebook . . .

      The important thing to remember is the the communists were right about at least one thing: Big corporations do not care about society at large. At all. They care about their own profits and power, and they will do literally whatever it takes to achieve profits and power, even if that means wrecking and impoverishing their own societies.

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  3. Alexander

    In the beginning a corporation was a commercial undertaking by cousins. Hence the origins of the word corporation.

    We need to reevaluate corporate law with an emphasis on governance.

    Time to bring back the common good and authority to break up recalcitrant corporations that harn the community.

    xavier

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    • We definitely need to re-evaluate corporate laws. Why should they get away with impoverishing the nations and people who allow them to be?

      “But but but they provide jobs!”

      Small business do a lot of that. The gigantic multinationals? Yeah, they provide jobs to the middle and lower classes . . . in other countries where labor is cheap and they don’t have to worry about benefits, minimum wage, environmental regulation, or even employee health and safety the way mom and pop does here in the States. Big business and big tech gets to skate while the little guy has to deal with anticompetitive rules big business’s lobbying cronies got put into place. What heroes!

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      • Alexander
        Agreed. We need skin in the game laws. Executives must go to jail if the harm the community as well as disqualifications
        For example Pininterest just permanently banned Lilly Grace’s anti abortion organization because…falsehoods.
        I want to see the execs jailed for stiff like this. They’re deliberately imposing a social credit system but no law authorized them to act as censora

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      • Skin in the game would solve a lot of problems. You’ve reached the same conclusion I and many others before me have—America already has a social credit system, and it ain’t Uncle Sam who created it. I’m a small government kind of guy, but I don’t think big business should be MORE powerful than our duly elected and constitutionally organized government.

        Speaking of skin in the game, I still have Taleb’s book of the same title waiting for me on my ever-expanding book pile . . .

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