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August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

January, 2017

The American Yeltsin
Sunlight Through Troubled Times
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

December, 2016

A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

October, 2016

Are you conscious?

September, 2016

Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

July, 2015

Swimming in a sea of sugar

June, 2015

Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

October, 2014

Determination, not dreams
Welcome Home
Addicted to GDP
Irony?Karma? - take your pick

August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

July, 2014

As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

November, 2013

Thinking out of the xBox
The old ones are the best ones ...
Welcome to the Gulag

October, 2013

A timely response to spying

September, 2013

Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

July, 2013

Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

May, 2013

Who needs words...?

April, 2013

Why would they stop?
It must be true

March, 2013

Beyond belief

February, 2013

RBS: doing Fine, not Time
Pillars tumbling down
Trouble with models
A matter of perspective

January, 2013

Royal Promo
Boiling the Lance
Boson Brains Rule

November, 2012

Burning symbols

October, 2012

Charles and Jimmy's little secret
Beach bums and Magi
A Reality Check
Happy Birthday

August, 2012

A journey through riotous times

July, 2012

Caring for life
Not everyone for Tennis?
A banker lie? Unthinkable!

June, 2012

A cynical ploy
Collateral damage for The United States of Europe
Will you walk into my parlour?
Beams and motes
From one Jubilee to another

May, 2012

Perturbations
A crazy idea
The course of time
Sorry, Harry

April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
A keeper of sheeple
Principled Policing
Say goodbye to Betty
Lessons learned
Causality and good news
Manufactured irrelevance
Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
The real story
When giving is taking
Giving it all away

November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
Squeaky and the Paedophile Prince
Boiling frogs
Death of an industry
Change blindness
What a world ...

October, 2011

Gifts
Pictures and words
Screeching to a halt.
Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
Breeding psychopaths
Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
A ludicrous Conspiracy Theory
Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Kevin
Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Newspeak
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

Priorities
The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
It's just not fair ...
Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
A rent-boy's rent-boy

August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
Baiting a Wikid Trap?

July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
Monday musings

June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
Psychopaths at the door

May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
Driven by metaphor
Guns and Banksters
Death of Old Conker

April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
Nuke Iceland?
Smokescreen

March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
Bullying Manner
Quelle surprise!
Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
Seeds of silence

January, 2010

Liar
So who needs people?
Late and censored
Freedom for life

December, 2009

Patterns
Testament
Boy-friendly!

October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
Webs
BBC dogs that didn't bark ...

September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
High Frequency Trading ...
Money money money
Fit for a politician

July, 2009

Inside clouds

June, 2009

Fond thoughts of Tony Blair ...
A good day ...
Midnight musing

May, 2009

aaah diddums
Zal may ...

April, 2009

Echos of a dark past
Sharks in the Shadows
Worlds Apart

January, 2009

Money Matters
Killing History
Magic

December, 2008

Home improvements
Get the Picture?

November, 2008

Barak - the movie

October, 2008

Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
Light relief
A Financial 9/11
That's Lucky!
On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
Sense Making Questions

June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

March, 2008

Fat Cats and Pork Pies
Fed up Darling?
Swearing - it's just not British!

October, 2007

TsarkoMania

Psychopaths at the door   June 5, 2010

What do you do when  you find yourself in a room full of psychopaths – all bigger and stronger than you? Running away is not an option – they are all over the neighbourhood. You might feel like an Ip Man or Jason Bourne character, but you aren't, and you are faced by ruthless beings.

Maybe you can get together with your family and friends – community is a powerful source of strength. Perhaps you can create a network of communities, for the reach of the psychopaths is global.

But, wait a minute, perhaps the law will help. Surely you can turn to the police and the justice department? Isn't this what we created government for?

The problem is, these psychopaths are our global corporations and they write the laws. They have been born as legal entities, with the rights of a person under the law. They are effectively immortal, there is no limit to how long they might live.

It is funny to remember that business emerged as a family activity, something we did together. Our busy-ness was a product of the company we kept. Company used to refer to a group of people – now it means business.

The problem is that businesses are legally mandated to pursue their own self-interest above anything else – they have no mandate for social responsibility or ethical considerations. A CEO who  put ethics before profit  would be fired and possibly sued by shareholders. His sole duty is to make a profit.

Joel Bakan presciently described in 2004 the reasons why the present BP oil spill was inevitable. He says: "(BP) is a company that has taken the lead in enivro-marketing. It's a company where the CEO has embraced the Kyoto Accord, unlike other petrochemical companies, considers himself to be an environmentalist, and they have many wonderful programs in place. But at the same time, when it comes to the question of whether they will drill in the environmentally sensitive National Wildlife Refuge in the Arctic, John Browne, the CEO, is not willing to say "No, we won't drill." Basically, if he refrains from drilling out of his environmental convictions, when drilling would be a benefit to the company and its shareholders, he'd be acting illegally. His shareholders could sue him for that. He doesn't have that authority."

Thus you have powerful institutions, single-mindedly pursuing their own self interest, without regard for harmful consequences, and ruthlessly driven to extract profit from human and environmental resources. They deploy the full weight of the law in defence of their rights as 'persons'.

How do we resist these behemoths? Step forward Government – take centre stage. A key role for government today is to protect us as individuals from these enormous, primitive, undeveloped 'persons' we call corporations. Like selfish teenagers they need rules, boundaries, opportunities to learn and grow as beings – before they get to vote and do real damage.

But like stupid, doting parents, our governments have been corrupted by these zombie teenagers. Governments as institutions have become mirror images of the corporations. They too have become remote from the very people they were formed to serve. They have embraced the language and attitudes of the global corporations, trying to remake themselves in the corporate image. People like Blair, Cheney and Paulson, glide between government office and the corporate boardroom.

In a bitter, karmic, irony, having neglected our individual capacity for human communication, we now see that neglect reflected back to us in the failure of our corporate off-spring to communicate and develop.

What we have formed, now forms us. We created soulless, greedy self-centred psychopaths and now find that for career success we must take on their corporate values. When we enter the office we check our personal values at the door and become 'professional' – we make decisions that might destroy the lives of others and say it is just business, nothing personal, company policy. That is not good enough.

Our governments have failed us, we should no longer feed them or put up with their fascism. They must shape up or get out of the way - we need to help ourselves.


Posted by Nicholas Moore    1:56:53 PM
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