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We are the 4%

I saw this very nice piece of propaganda on FB:

tight, clear, broadly acceptable

This piece is compelling because it speaks to almost everyone.  The rich don’t have to feel attacked, nor do bankers.  People high up in corporate governance can rest assured that if they are fair, if they are “good corporate citizens,” then we can work it out.  This recognizes that the financial system is not going to be brought down by these Occupy and other related protests, and instead what we want is something which is both accessible and broadly reasonable.

I don’t want to be reasonable.  I am not part of the 99%.  I am more like the 4%, which think corporations are structurally-flawed institutions and if we are serious about “saving” this planet (what ever that means) we need to be replacing corporations with networks on intentional communities, internet-based collaborations and worker co-ops.  To rob Jerry Mander. trying to reform corporations is like trying to reform guns (or perhaps better WMDs).  If they exist there is an inherent danger that someone (or many) will get hurt.   Tangled in the very identity of corporations is hurting many people so a few might profit.

one of the many fine comics found at stephaniemcmillan.org

It’s similar to banks —  theyare largely unreformable in their current structures.  As their larger corporate sisters do, banks seek near term profit over sustainability and community welfare every time.  This is not the type of structure I want to continue.

I am cool with democracy.  I would prefer a redistribution of income so that we did not have the current inequity, but if we can just get rid of banks and corporations, I’ll be happy.

I am the 4%.