THE most powerful class of institution on earth, the corporation, is by any reasonable measure hopelessly and unavoidably demented.
The corporation lies, steals and kills without hesitation when it serves the interests of its shareholders to do so.
It obeys the law only when the costs of crime exceed the profits. Corporate social responsibility is impossible except insofar as it is insincere.
Although corporations are multi-billion dollar industries and are trying to convince us otherwise, they not our friends.
Charming and plausible though they are, they can only ever see us as resources to be used.
This is the real world, not science fiction, and it really is us or them, says Joel Bakan in his book, The Corporation, The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.
The promise of jobs and prosperity is a well worn used lie and in South Africa we have seen it with the arms deal. This deal will haunt us worse than the nightmare of apartheid we woke from, though most of us never thought we would see it end in our lifetimes.
The nightmare that is fracking is now upon us. Of course we in a developing, emerging country or economy are not expected to say a word except swallow every fracking lie these citadels of expedience over principle propagate.
The world saw what Shell did to the Ogoni land and its people in Nigeria, which culminated in the Abacha regime executing the activist leader, Ken Sarowiwa.
The burning of fossil fuels sources like coal and oil is proving to be choking and polluting our planet – the extreme weather conditions are testimony to this abuse. Now we are bringing in fracking which to all intents and purposes appears that it will seal our fate.
We don't have a planet B – when all the profit and money is made in this greedy world one wonders if there will be a planet left to inhabit.
The space exploration and seeking if there is life on other planets in our solar system is not going to be accomplished before the total destruction of this Earth at the rate of the destruction of our forests (the lungs of the earth), the melting of glaciers (the air conditioner of the Earth), the decimation of animals (rhinos for horns and elephants for ivory) and habitats (such as the Great Barrier Reef under threat from oil spills and pollution in the oceans). It frightening and scary.
One wonders if planets like Mars were once like our Earth and their inhabitants did what we are doing and with nuclear and other dangerous technologies – just waiting for men to unleash it and life as we know it will exist no more.
Pat Kondile, Port Elizabeth