End Privateering

#EthicalBusiness Can #EndPrivateering

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#CaringCitizens create a #CaringSociety with a #CaringEconomy filled with  #EthicalBusinessesw aligned around human rights:

  • Freedom from want
  • Freedom from harm
  • Freedom from fear
  • Freedom to meet one’s need and fulfill one’s dream

How do freedom loving caring citizens who are also business owners protect and empower us and each other and thus secure one another's freedom? We place human well-being ahead of wealth creation. The US Declaration of Independence offers us a clue in its second very long sentence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

The freedom protecting process of instituting and maintaining a government of the people focused on their "Safety and Happiness" is currently being undermined by corruption. Corruption in business is so prevalent that ending it is the tenth of the Ten Principles of the United Nations' Global Compact. This kind of corruption is called "privateering" and those who practice are either privateers or their accomplices inside governing bodies.

political_mind.jpegPrivateering is a meme identified by Dr. George Lakoff in his book The Political Mind, chapter 7, “Framing Reality: Privateering.” If we’re going to institute government for "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," we need to stop privateering and advance ethical business. Dr. Lakoff writes,

“When an important truth is unseen because it is unframed and unnamed, you may have to construct a conceptual frame and a name, so the important truth can be seen.”

“I’d like to describe a widespread conservative practice that has not previously had a name, and, being nameless, has not been publicly aired or even noticed as a single practice. I call it “privateering.” You can think of it as a blend of “privatization” and “profiteering.”

“Privateering is a special case of privatization in which the capacity of government to carry out critical moral missions is systematically destroyed within government itself, while public funds are used to provide capital for private corporations to take over those critical functions of government and to charge the public a great deal for doing so, while avoiding all accountability.”

Lakoff identifies five components of privateering on page 134:

  1. PRIVATEERING ENABLERS: Those in government who act to destroy the government's ability to carry out some aspect of its moral mission of protection and empowerment.
  2. SURREPTITIOUS DISMANTLING ACTS: Acts, usually below the public awareness, that destroy a crucial governmental capacity. For example, budget cuts, executive orders, signing statements, reassignment of regulators, purposeful lack of enforcement, putting corporate lobbyists in charge of government agencies, appointing conservative judges, arranging for non-bid contracts, and so on.
  3. PRIVATEERS THEMSELVES: Corporations that fill the gap in some critical governmental capacity, often using public money to provide capital to take over those functions. The money commonly comes in the form of either lucrative government contracts or subsidies. Privateers tend to make considerable profits, paid for by the public, for doing governmental tasks that are vital but that government can no longer perform. There is typically little competition among privateers, so prices are high -- whatever the market will bear. 
  4. SURREPTITIOUS PRIVATEERING: Working in coordination with enablers to make privateering possible, often via lobbying or personal connections. 
  5. TRANSFERRED FUNCTIONS: Those critical moral functions of government tat are transferred to privateers. Examples include: military functions; intelligence functions; monitoring food, drug, and product safety; interrogating prisoners; disaster relief; and educating the public. The privateers are not accountable to the public to carry out these functions well. Negative effects have included the murder of civilians in Iraq; intelligence failures; poisoning the public via foods, drugs, and consumer goods; carrying out torture; letting people drown; and the resegregation of schools.

#EthicalBusiness Can #EndPrivateering

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