What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? Psycho? The Ring? Hostel?
Mine’s Wall-E. Yes, Wall-E creeps the hell out of me and it’s because of “BnL”. In Pixar's movie, “Buy n Large” is the company that made Wall-E and basically destroyed the world and controls humanity.
This is from Pixar wikia, explaining the idea behind the fictional BnL Company:
Andrew Stanton, in a commentary on the WALL•E DVD, stated his inspirations for Buy n Large were large corporations and how some people let consumerism govern how they run their lives. He stated that the people at Pixar had always pictured WALL•E as "a trash compactor" when the idea for the movie was first discussed. He reversed-engineered the idea on why WALL•E was cleaning up the planet and why the Earth was covered in trash and the idea of what if a company was the government.If there’s one thing we have to be careful about in the future is the power corporations have over the people. It certainly has been growing at an alarming rate and it keeps getting worse. I don’t think there has ever been a greater threat to freedom throughout history as there is now. I’m literally scared of a “Wall-E” future, where the entire human race is under the thumb of a handful of “Buy n Large” corporations. Corporations no one voted for, yet have more power than any representative, from senators to presidents, could ever dream of.
I don’t have much of an opinion either way regarding the Religious Freedom law. I like the idea of people having the freedom to exercise their religion as long as those rights end where other people’s rights begin. At the end of the day, I think the people of Arkansas or Indiana have the right to vote anyway they want regarding both laws and their representatives.
What I do find very interesting is how quickly corporations no longer sneak into the debate, but kick the door down, burst inside and dictate which laws they accept and which ones they don’t.
Notice how CNN warns us that some corporations are upset!
Careful folks! Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says the Religious Freedom Law “Does not reflect the values we proudly uphold” and directly asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the bill. First, I was surprised to learn that Walmart has “values” at all. That’s interesting. I thought it was a corporation simply looking to make as much profit as possible as their one and only “value”.
How about Apple CEO Tim Cook threatening saying the law he doesn’t approve of is “very dangerous” and “will hurt jobs and growth”. Sounds more like a threat, coming from Apple’s CEO.
Even more important though, why should we care either way about Walmart’s “values” and why does they have a right to go from the private business sector into dictating laws that address people’s religious beliefs? When was exactly Walmart’s or Apple’s CEO voted into representing any percentage of the population?
Since when does Walmart order States to veto laws they don’t like? Again, when was Walmart elected to represent anyone?
Corporations already have a lot more power than they should. We should not allow them to indirectly, let alone directly dictate which laws we can have or not.
Walmart’s CEO has a right to an opinion, sure he does, what he does not have is a right to use his economic power as extortion to change democratically voted laws he does not agree with, and this is exactly what several companies are openly admitting to.
I have this crazy new idea: How about corporations stick to running their businesses within the law, rather than trying to change the laws, and leave laws to elected law makers and representatives.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.