take a trip down truth lane in the spirit of Steve Miller,
bankrupt Delphi Corp.’s new boss, who recently said,
“Philosophers can speculate about fairness…[but]
I have to deal with reality.”
are psychopaths. These commercial entities are legal persons
in the U.S. and get equal protection under the law, meaning
they have the right to free speech, personal privacy, to bear
arms, assemble, serve a god, etc. This was pointed out in
The Corporation, a Canadian documentary film released last
1886, the U.S. Supreme Court allegedly recognized corporations
as legal persons in Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific
Railroad. Nearly 120 years later these creatures have generated
vast wealth for their financial operators and, combined with
their inhuman life spans, have emerged as our nation’s
most politically powerful, though unfaithful “citizens.”
“human,” corporations are psychopaths because
they disregard others’ feelings, are unable to maintain
or foster trusting relationships, discount poor peoples’
well-being, repeatedly lie and con others for fun and profit,
exhibit a perverse bottom line ethics, and fail to conform
to universal concepts of human decency.
humans risk becoming psychopaths by participating in corporate
culture. Miller is a prime example. While attending a Stanford
University Alumni Weekend lecture two years ago, he made quite
an impression. The lecturer was playing a rhetorical game—“Name
That [Corporate] Governance Scandal!”—as Miller
sat in the front row. When the disgraceful litany was finished,
Miller blurted out “I guess I missed the boat!”
The Stanford Business School of Management story about this
lecture does not say whether Miller’s joke was laughed
at or not.
has changed, but Miller’s corporation, since then. On
October 12, he said: "The only way we're going to restore
the [employee] pension plan is to have profits in the restructured
company. If the labor costs stay too high, there won't be
profits and therefore the pension will get terminated."
loves the career he’s made for himself, swooping in
for nourishment off sick and dying corporations. He’s
a proud leech, sucking his patient back to health.
commit crimes in the name of what their operators deem is
good. Delphi Corporation has been allegedly cooking the books
ever since it gained its independence from General Motors
Corp. in 1999. The Securities and Exchange Commission and
U.S. Justice Department is investigating the corporation for
overstating its cash flow throughout its short existence,
and other possible accounting irregularities.
former GM workers who became Delphi employees six years ago,
and who now face uncertain futures and economic despair, feel
those responsible for ripping them off should be incarcerated.
Wrongly, what these corporate operators are doing is legal
as church. Fairness has nothing to do with legality. In the
corporate world, managerial operatives avoid harsh punishment
for lying to investors about huge lines of foreign credit
($300 million from Europe, in Delphi’s case). Dishonesty
is a de facto necessity of global corporate culture. It bends
the law—moral philosophy—to the facts it perceives.
light of this, Miller and gang seem to be renouncing the moral
codes the vast majority of us live by, opting for one that
unleashes their talent for accumulating personal assets instead.
globalization means a race to the bottom for all workers.
Corporate executives know Earth’s depleted resources
won’t abide its current human population level and allow
its chosen people their Manifest Destiny. Something has to
give. A Malthusian war for survival between the rich and poor
is on the horizon. The elite know this and are waging a pre-emptive
strike against the largely unconscious masses. There’s
just not enough stuff to go around.
brags about telling “basic truths” about globalization,
how it means an apocalypse for the American worker’s
way of life, and that he’s one of its four horsemen:
“People don’t want to hear it, but I’m going
to do what it takes to lead a restructuring of this company
and perhaps this industry, or I wouldn't have bothered to
believes growing Delphi’s exploitation of the low cost
labor, high-tech medical equipment market; linking executive
pay to stock value and expanding foreign operations is the
wave of his future. Miller is participating in much more than
the restructuring of the American auto parts industry. His
perestroika is global.
globalization of free market “democracy” is the
human world’s governing dogma. Like all other ideologies
seeking world dominion, it is born of hubris and greed.
who received $3 million when he signed on with Delphi last
July for $1.5 million a year, made it his first priority to
sweeten his executive team’s severance packages after
telling hourly employees they’d likely be unemployed
soon and that their parachute—in the form of a job bank—would
Delphi Corporation is “out of money,” Miller said,
“globalization has swept over” hourly workers
and he understands that "They are extremely angry and
have to lash out at someone. I forgive them."
workers, he added, don’t see the differences between
“mowing the lawn” and “managing a big business.”
“It may not be fair, but it is reality,” he said,
claiming critics of his plan do “not fully understand”
the corporate world, which imposes liberal pay to keep managers
from jumping ship for more lucrative waters. Delphi is vying
with other global corporations in the “market for human
capital,” said Miller, which prevents paying “too
much for a particular class of employee.”
opponents to corporate power—primarily labor unions
and the Democratic Party—are cowardly and impotent.
We’re in a situation where psychopaths are abusing “Big
Labor” and “Democrats,” and they have to
bastions of people power have been losing the war since the
Reagan years, and now find themselves too weakened to fight
back when the boss man says: "Nobody may like it…but
in the end [you] will do it, and [you] will do it the right
UAW and Democrats are also accepting Miller’s proposal
that his American plants—like the one in Lockport—are
hemorrhaging money from wounds inflicted on it by an expensive
work force. Terming the situation a “scandal,”
Miller is pressuring Democrats to help revise laws that impede
the new world order’s emergence.
voiced his indignity at government regulation by saying: “[I]
can’t just terminate a [benefit or retirement] plan
because [I] feel like it.”
always intelligent, perceptive UAW, for its part, also blames
the Democrats for not coming up with a national health care
system, and believes Delphi and GM should be lobbying much
harder than they are for needed reforms. But, being corporations,
these entities know how scandalous things become when government
shoves its bureaucratic tentacles into their porridge.
and the UAW also ignore the fact that someone must profit
from disease to make cures possible, whether here or elsewhere,
in the new global reality. The ruling ideology of the day—global
corporate libertarianism, or fascism—sees this as a
sacred commandment, one which allows “God’s invisible
hand” to lead them to glory.
low-level corporate persons or lackeys, the UAW and Democrats
are tics and fleas gnawing the corporate underbelly. Their
existence depends on the antihuman life of the corporation,
which would love to terminate them.
Unfortunately, not much is known about peacefully dealing
with psychopaths, but the stakes are too high for inaction.
We’re being annihilated by an inhuman political economic
system that’s blasé about fairness.
Therefore, let’s offer them a severance package they
can’t refuse. We might do better dealing with Miller
and his ilk by tripling their pay to keep them home, thus
minimizing the damage they do to the planet and us whenever
they go to work.
We could treat them to daily thrills providing their required
adrenalin rush, keep them stoned on whatever substances they
choose, and occupy their spare time with games of Monopoly
and Risk to relieve their will to power. We could even supply
sycophantic sex toys (each would get their own Harriet Myers)s.
Above all, however, we must stop talented psychopaths from
ruining our lives. Sadly, it’s already a little late,
but better late than never.
Selections of Chuck Richardson’s writing can be
read at www.BastardPolitics.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.