One of the problems facing this nation is the fact that we have lost our sense of altruism. We have lost our sense of civic good, responsibility and genuine concern for those around us. “Greed is very very good”, as is doing what is best for one’s self, rather than what might be best for yourself and others.
What happened to the stalwart American business person who was just as interested in the well-being of his/her employees as the bottom line?
What happened is that small business owner was eaten alive by a larger company, etc, until the nation became the pawn of mega corporations who don’t give a damn about the people who work for them. The only reason they even bother with the “community” is for public relations purposes.
Take Walmart, please. Conservatives worship at the altar of Wallyworld. It is the example of all that is sweetness, light, goodness, and perfection. They ignore the “liberal” stories about how Walmart is a shark preying on smaller business, ruins small communities, virtually indentures its employees, and ruins small factories. It’s a liberal lie, right?
No, it’s not.
Unlike the average conservative talking radio head, The Pink Flamingo lives in the real world. I have seen how the local Walmart mistreats its employees. I’ve personally experienced the treachery of their “spies” who prey on small, successful stores, doing everything possible to put in the same merchandise. It happened to me.
It is about the bottom line.
It is not about honor, decency, and doing the right thing.
It is about Ayn Rand’s selfish theology.
We are learning that large corporations are holding something like $2 trillion in cash reserves, just in case. “Business” is terrified of Obama’s idiotic economic policies.
The good libertarian, Ayn Rand thing to do is to hold on to that cash and be utterly selfish, utterly involved in one’s own self interest.
The other night, my mother watched the old classic Random Harvest. Without going into details of an convoluted plot, the salient point is that the character “Charles” played by Ronald Coleman, inherits a business. Instead of acting selfishly and solving his personal problems…
“...he puts off his own desires to rescue the many workers who depend on it and to restore the family fortune. After a few years, he has become so successful that a newspaper touts him as the “Industrial Prince of England.”…”
You just don’t find this sort of thing, anymore.
Today, a person must take care of themselves first.
It is liberal to think of others.
Ayn Rand would be so very proud of our selfish culture. She would be so pleased that what was once considered a fairly Christian group of people, conservatives, have literally thumbed their nose at the Sermon on the Mount.
One cannot follow Rand and follow Christ.
Selfishness is good. It is “Conservative”. It is a winning economic philosophy – right?
Consider the fact that we are in this financial mess because of Alan Greenspan and his Randian economic policies. He pandered to corporate greed. He ignored the realities of the crises he created.
What would happen if the corporate world decided to reject Rand’s selfish philosophy and, instead, patterned their business model on the Sermon on the Mount? Sure, they might not make as much but they would take that two trillion and re-invest it in hiring new employees, expanding and growing. You do that and you re-start the economy. Then again it would for once and all prove that Rand’s economic “theories” are as utopian as socialism, and not much different.
Greed is so not good.