So What’s the Difference Between Governmental and Corporate Socialism?

May 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm 2 comments

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about how our country is headed towards socialism. As the signs and placards fly about warning America about this impending evil the very people carrying them are complaining about how slowly the government is in turning the economy around, cleaning up the Gulf spill, and reforming Medicare and Medicaid.

But that’s not what I’m writing to address in this post. I want to know what’s the difference between a government that is socialist and a socialist corporation. Let me explain, as I understand it. When a government tries to provide its countrymen with good roads, good healthcare, a good environment, clean water, clean air, and protection against consumer abuses that’s socialism and that’s bad. Real bad.

Yet when a corporation wants to control consumers and drain their wallets with monopolies, bad investments, inferior products, and humongous rewards for mediocre leadership, that’s okay because that’s free enterprise. I call it corporate socialism. After all aren’t they doing the same thing? Aren’t the big corporations treating us as dumb sheep and making our decisions for us? Don’t they want to dictate our every purchase from cradle to grave so they can make over the top profits?

Here’s an example. The American car companies over the last couple of decades have decided what the American consumer wants. They decided we wanted large, inefficient, poorly constructed vehicles. They ignored the very consumer’s they supposedly served and then went running to the government to get bailed out when the consumer stopped buying their products. The exception to this was Ford Motor Company which reevaluated their product line and started giving the public what they wanted. Now their sales are up 25% over this time last year.

For too long, we the consumer, have bought into corporate socialism. We have tolerated poor products, lazy innovation, and high prices because we’ve been told buying from our U.S. manufacturers is patriotic. Even though they make the products off shore in most cases. Buying American is a great thing if we also use our heads and stop accepting the crap and demand that the corporation serve us, not the other way around.

So how does the consumer send the message that we are sick and tired of corporate socialism? Just as we voice our displeasure with governmental socialism we should also be very vocal with our dislike of corporate socialism. However we must use our dollars to speak the language of the corporation. Here are three tips:

Whenever possible buy American
I’m a firm believer in buying American. I don’t advocate just settling for poor quality just to buy from American manufacturers. Be an educated consumer and choose your purchases with purpose and knowledge. Do they really make the products in the U.S.? Do they treat their employees well and provide a living wage? Buy from companies that really want and deserve your business. Companies that respond to consumer needs and want to build a lasting relationship with their customers are whom you want to do business with.

Buy from small companies or retailers
Smaller companies have less overhead, can respond faster to their customer needs, and usually will bend over backwards to have your business. Whenever possible buy local so that the taxes and revenue stay within your area. You might have to pay a little more but its worth it when you can go and talk directly face to face with someone when you have a problem rather than being on hold for hours hoping to talk to someone overseas.

Vote with your dollars
In this tight economy most of us are thinking long and hard how we spend our money. We are doing more research before major purchases and are doing less impulse buying when we shop. We are also using more coupons than ever before. In other words we are doing what we should have done all along. We are being wiser consumers. By voting with our dollars we send the message to the corporate socialists that we are no longer playing their game and just accepting the next poorly thought out gadget that they dangle in front of us.

It’s time for a revolution in this country. Not one of violence and war but one of breaking free from corporate socialism and the evil it has done to our country. We do that by refusing to give them our dollars unless it’s on our terms. Isn’t that what a free enterprise system is all about? Next time you pull a dollar out of your wallet to spend it think long and hard the message you are sending to it’s recipient. Are you saying you are glad to support that business with your patronage or are you saying you don’t care how you’re treated as a consumer? The choice is yours. Use it.

If you are a small business that is doing it’s best to give American’s good value and service for their dollar, I want to help you tell your story. My contact info is:

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  • 1. Liz Craig  |  May 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Michael,

    Great post!

    “The market” is not the best regulator of businesses or investment firms. Government regulations are needed.

    The Tea Partiers and other right-wingers call responsible government “socialism.” But if a government that uses the taxpayers’ money to help them is socialist, then I’m in favor of it.

    The past that right-wingers imagine, where neighbors took care of neighbors, and families weren’t nuclear, is not today. And those bootstraps that people are supposed to use to pull themselves up simply don’t exist for some. The government, using our tax dollars, has to help. The government is US. If we don’t, who will?

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  • 2. mirvin1129  |  May 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Liz,
    Thanks, as always, for the wonderful words of praise.

    Reply

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