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    Big corporations are not your friend (Wal-Mart caves to Color of Change on ALEC edition)

    Big corporations are not your friend (Wal-Mart caves to Color of Change on ALEC edition)

    Because large corporations are under continual attack from the left, there is a tendency for the right to think of big corporations as ideological compatriots.

    They are not, at least not if they are public.  By and large they are large entities run by politically weak people who will cave into the race hustlers at the drop of a shout of “racist” or a Facebook page filled with name-calling or a Twitter barrage.

    There is no better example than what has been happening with ALEC, as detailed here before.

    Now the big kahuna has caved (h/t gs in Tip Line):

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s No. 1 retailer and the biggest seller of firearms in the United States, is dropping out of a U.S. conservative advocacy group that has been a lightning rod over voting and gun laws.

    Wal-Mart said late Wednesday it is suspending membership in the American Legislative Council (ALEC), which the retailer joined in 1993.

    ALEC sparked controversy recently because of its involvement in voting laws and in “stand your ground” gun laws, including the one under scrutiny in the Florida killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

    A coalition of liberal advocates targeted the group for its support of the self-defense laws.

    So I guess we’ll just have to beat them at the ballot box.


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    Milhouse | May 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Big business has never been our friend. Historically big business has always supported big government; they know how to use it to keep their smaller competitors down. The liberal movement (now known as the conservative movement) has always been driven by the bourgeoisie and small business.

    Read what Milton Friedman said.

    Not sure what in particular you mean, Rags. But there’s this:

    Another easy shot consists of corporate contribution under the guise of social responsibility. Many studies of such contributions all show the same thing.(1) The oil companies contribute to conservation groups that are opposed to exploration for oil and that are engaged full time in bashing the oil industry. The nuclear industry contributes to antinuclear organizations that are engaged in bashing the nuclear industry. Most corporations contribute to universities and business schools, whose faculties are often dominated by fervent opponents of free enterprise and supporters of socialism. It would be a nice exercise, and I hope someone will undertake it, to determine the political affiliations of the corporate officials in charge of allocating corporate contributions — in the public affairs section or the government relations section or some other section in charge of corporate contributions. It boggles the imagination to understand why corporate executives believe it is in the interest of their shareholders to finance activities directed to destroying the foundations of a free market society. Yet there is no doubt that they act as if they did.

    And this:

    …Recently, Capital Research Center analyzed the grants by major corporations to public policy organizations, like Cato and like the others. And they found that the major corporations made $3 in grants to the non-profit left for every dollar they gave to the non-profit right.
    …I would like somebody to explain to me why the business community in general is so insistent on supporting its own enemies? Why does it devote so much of its contributions to those who are opposed to it?

    An analogy with the behavior of RINOs toward conservatives comes to mind. It’s an analogy I’ll defer until after the election.

      gs in reply to gs. | May 31, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Blast, I did it again. The foregoing was meant as a reply to Ragspierre.

      Ragspierre in reply to gs. | May 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      “As a disciple of Adam Smith, who believes that the pursuit of self-interest can be in the national interest, I’m not going to bash business for pursuing its self-interest. A corporate executive who goes to Washington seeking a tariff for his company’s product is pursuing his stockholders’ self-interest, and I cannot blame him for doing so. As an employee of the stockholders, he has a fiduciary responsibility to promote their interest. If he’s made a valid, accurate judgment that a tariff will be in the self-interest of his enterprise, he is justified in lobbying for such a tariff. If he is a principled free trader, his proper recourse is to resign and seek a job where his principles do not conflict with his fiduciary interests. So I don’t blame corporate executives who lobby for tariffs. I blame the rest of us for being such fools as to let them exploit us. We’re to blame, not them. We’re the ones who enact the tariffs.”


      “It was recently expressed in a book by Paul Weaver called The Suicidal Corporation. That book, published a year or so ago, is devoted “to the corporation’s war against its own best interest,” and that’s exactly what I intend to discuss. I am going to argue that corporations, and especially large corporations, seeking to pursue through political means what they regard as their own interests, do not do a good job of evaluating their interest. The policies they pursue and promote are very often adverse to their own interests. That’s what I mean by my title, The Suicidal Impulse of the Business Community.”

      I wrote today, on another blog…

      Of the many suicidal things I’ve lobbied against U.S. companies indulging in, high on the list is so-called “corporate responsibility”, or more minutely “green sensitivity”.

      This is highly vogue in business schools, and has been for decades. There are (apparently) sound marketing reasons to play with the greenies. But the greenies are NOT playing. They are deadly serious Collectivists and misanthropes generally.

      Instead of giving money to people like these, American (and other) companies should be forming and funding people to counter them effectively.

      Efficiency is inherently good management. Nobody with a brain suggests waste and pollution (often a loss of a potentially valuable asset) is a good idea. Well-managed, profitable businesses are the cleanest possible models you’ll find.

      But, as we’ve noted here many times together, these people are not about that kind of responsible use and development. They are about rolling humanity back into the dark.

      We need to pressure companies to start acting in their own survival interests, and ours.”

      Again, I do not suggest that businesses should be our political pawns. I DO suggest that the true nature of our opponents be recognized, and that we COUNTER the pressure of the Collective to subvert business assets to their own use. That is not the same.

        OcTEApi in reply to Ragspierre. | June 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

        Its hilarious how you’ll spout a bunch of first principles found in Freidman and Smith and such little understanding, a quaint naivety as to how major corporations are subverting the moral and ethical underpinnings of our American Capitalist economic system to their own advantage.

        By capitulating to these nefarious 501(c)’s they garner political favor, embracing crony capitalist, liberal fascist corporatism they profit off stealing the productive capacity of human freedom and liberty through the liberal utopian idea of market socialism.

        “We need to pressure companies to start acting in their own survival interests, and ours.”
        This statement is testament to your deft ignorance to whats really happening.

    I’m not offended by the decisions Amazon and Walmart made. After all, they get to decide what they think is best for their bottom line. Similarly, I get to decide who to support with my money.

    I used to buy products from both companies every week, but I won’t now. I bet they won’t miss me any more than I’ll miss them.

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