If a smoke stack scrubber that costs $20 million will save ten lives over ten years and the death related lawsuits will cost an average of $1 million dollars per death, then the corporation has no real choice but to resist the scrubber. It may saves lives but it dents the stockholders for $10 million dollars. It’s just not cost efficient.
ALEC, Citizen’s United, the corruption of politicians and even the Supreme Court brings us to the verge of total control of world commerce by transnational corporations through the TPP, TTIP, and TiSA. Prima facie examples of the new world order have presented themselves of late; corporations overruled the decisions of the people’s governments in the imposition of further “austerity” in Greece and in the loss of “country of origin” labeling of meat in the US. Secretly negotiated trade agreements have been blithely promoted in the US by a president who said “trust me” after having destroyed any credibility by signing legislation nicknamed the “Monsanto Protection Act” as an unnoticed part of a budget package. The top contender in the current presidential election hired a former Monsanto lobbyist to run her presidential campaign and served on the Walmart board for years. With friends like that who needs enemies?
I am put in mind of World War II: “A grateful nation remembers,” “Never was so much owed by so many to so few,” and Dunkirk. The evacuation at Dunkirk may not be well known today, but it was a collective act of courage when non-military British seamen and others supported the evacuation of trapped soldiers at Dunkirk. A flotilla of over 800 boats included merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure boats and even lifeboats. Over eight days, over 300,000 troops were rescued from certain capture or death at the hands of the Nazi army.
“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”
We shall fight them to the bloody end.