This Salon article, by William Lazonick, Alternet, captures what I've tried to expressed in my blog rants about my corporation and its practices.
We all know financialization: when what matters most is not even profits, but the share price, and the accounting tricks used to reach it. Remember Enron, or more recently, the Wall Street melt down over SDCs?
The financialization of corporations has led to the commoditization and commercialization of more and more basic needs and services, and less corporate transparency. A lot of it fuels my basic science fiction thinking along the common lines of commercialization, where your ability to pay defines your chances to buy these basic items for you and your family. The last money you have, the more likely you are to suffer from the lack of these things and turn to black markets to compensate, ending up with less than desirable products and services:
6. Dreams (at night - got to pay for your dreams)
7. Sex (hah - and having children) (of course, that's been done time and again)
8. Internet connectiving (in a world of increasing digital connections, those without that ability are in a wilderness)
9. Memories (your right to remember what you learn is limited to what you can pay)
10. Basic senses - eventually the ability to see and be seen, hear and be heard, smell and be smell, are channeled and controlled by technology; you can participate if you can pay
On the flip side, then, it's the inability to pay that will drive many people, along with the desperate need to get money so you can pay so you can be part of the world. Doesn't sound much different from today, does it? Back in a previous book, I created biocloaking and biodomes, domes and cloaking that utilize different energy natures to decide who can and cannot enter, controlling it on a complex level, all depending on what you can pay.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com