How to win at Globalization



The old conservative principle was to help business to better the national economy. Sure they’re a dirty oil company, but their OUR dirty oil company. Cut corporate taxes to support them, subsidies to encourage growth, ease regulations, which in turn benefits us all- like giving the ball to your fastest player. But it doesn’t hold up anymore, global conglomerates are their own team now. There are more companies than countries in the top 100 global economies. They’ve only got a national loyalty as far as it suits their marketing schemes.

So if you’re the CEO of one of these giant humanity suckers, what’s your best strategy?
Try and make every market and every consumer as predictable as possible. Same stores in every town, same television stations, same currencies, same measly reward points available for disclosing all your consumer details. Make them all identical as consumers, but exploit the religious differences to keep them shooting at each other- so they won’t discover who the real enemy is. If they’re not all religious, uh, sell them some bullshit about freedom and democracy- that ought to work.

What are the major obstacles to global success?
For one there needs to be a leveling out. The richest nations have been living far to luxuriously by comparison to the poorest places. A consistent global populace would be considerably easier to manage operations through. Just think of all the money conglomerates spend learning about new markets, different laws, trading currencies and translating languages. If you make all nations and all people roughly the same, all these costs are eliminated. . . ..The first step was to force the quality of rich nation goods as far down as possible (thanks Walmart), the second step is to convince people to work longer for less.

Beware the biggest enemy of globalization.
Most importantly though, the middle class in rich nations needs to be lowered to the status of working poor. They’ve got too much access to information and too much leisure time; they just might figure the game out. Solution: create a farce “depression” scare so that they’ll work longer hours for less money and come home too tired and indebted to do much else besides watch television.

or you could just put a brain chip in the flu vaccine, whatever works….

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9 Responses to “How to win at Globalization”

  1. ponch58 Says:

    Ahhh…assimilation eh?

    Well, if we are to become Borg, I call dibs on 7 of 9. She was damn sexy.

  2. James Pew Says:

    Good Post Remi
    I think you are on to something…why “regular people” continue to blindly support the imperial agendas of the wealthiest nations multi-national conglomerates is the massive failure of our time.

    Makes me think of something I read recently from Marshall McLuhan…to paraphrase…”regular people” constantly shift between living in the past and the future, and can not deal with the present. The artist alone deals with the present. McLuhan’s idea is that an artist can see the type of societal patterns that you’ve talked about in this post, because it is precisely these patterns that they are actively looking for, and ultimately serve as the inspiration for much of their work.

    Regular people prefer either “remember when” or “maybe someday” but rarely, if ever, “right now.”

    Just to qualify, McLuhans definition of an artist was not limited to painters or musicians, but to anyone who can think abstractly and creatively, while actively seeking to identify, understand and expose patterns.

    If you want to know how things really were/are for people through out history or today, look at the art of any given period to see the patterns of an artist’s present revealed.

  3. remistevens Says:

    Cool, sounds like the artist’s take on Hegel to me. The present or “Now” being this thing which exists in a way completely separate from anything else. Time is always moving, and its an infinite flow, so experientially now never actually exists for a human being. Everything we know, everything we are, anything we’ve learned is all necessarily in the past. Puts us in this odd position where we can only really know the present by knowing what it isn’t.

    I agree that we can know more about a past if we try to understand the artist’s attempts during that time period to define the present.

    Makes sense that you would need to be fairly creative/abstract to approach the unapproachable.

    A good understanding of the past, even a distant past without alot of info concerning the now would be sufficient for most regular people to understand whats going on in the world. Rich people have been fucking over poor people for the purposes of control for as long as there’s been wealth. In olden days the shroud was pulled over by way of a lack of information, today its done by an overload of bad information, but the effect is the same: compliance and ignorance.

  4. exuvia Says:

    Some things haven’t changed.

    In a three tier – first, second and third class – society the Lordly rulers rest assured that the second tier of Bishops, the army-police Generals and the Broadcast CEO’s have a firm grip on the populace.
    They are to keep the base of society walled out by promise, coercion and entertainment; by thrill, expectation and fear of the law and repression.
    While ‘they’ strech out, the base gets just or barely enough room on the plane for their knees and a bottle of water… against pay. Nobody in business class – gets up to peak through the curtain and into first class. They don’t have the kind of money that goes with such a privilege.
    We fly together while they rest apart. We have a home town; they belong to a global village; to a jet set without borders. We vote locally they make decisions for the whole world. Who are they?

    What permits 10 to rule and possess a world of a 1000?

    Exuvia

  5. exuvia Says:

    They don’t even have a flag, just a logo… off shore, out sourced and above local legislation; over, out, off and above.

    Private, very private. Exclusive, very exclusive. Invisible, very invisible.

    I wish I was part of it! Private, exclusive and invisible; but I am not. I remain public and visible to the eye. The eye…

  6. remistevens Says:

    Would be cool to be the top of the structure, but I would rather be at the very bottom than be one of those second tier bishops. I think these are the people causing the most harm. Taking from others so they can have a slightly larger home and an extra car. I mean, if you’re a head of business, its not surprising that you act like one, the priest must believe the gospel. Its the people who are clawing their ways upward who should know better.

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