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Transformers- A Metaphorical Analysis of the Modern-day Corporatism

Adam Tabriz, MD
Oct 8, 2019 · 8 min read
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History Corporatism

The word “corporation” is the common derivative of the corpus (the Latin word for the body), also refers to as the “body of people”. The history of the notion goes back to ancient rulers of 527–565 when Justinian Roman law recognized corporate entities under the names corpus, universitas or collegium. Yet, the officially established and oldest modern corporation in the world reported is the Stora Kopparberg mining community in Falun, Sweden which obtained its authorization from King Magnus Eriksson in 1347. Naturally, since then corporations have gained added opportunities with the aid of governing monarchies, subsequently shaped into a monopolistic edifice. For instance, the 17th-century English dominion formed various corporations under a royal acquiescence (also called Act of Parliament) with the grant of a cartel over a particular territory. For example, at the period East India Company of London established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, granted the corporation exclusive right to trade with other countries to the east of the Cape of Good Hope.

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The Concept of Corporate Personhood

For the entity to meet legal recognition as an individual would grant corporations the safe haven including all the privileges that are primarily enjoyed by human beings. This advantage serves well on top of the already granted combined financial and political powers that are hardly within reach by a person. The fictitious Legal personality held by corporations was the objective to secure the path for even more promising endeavors.

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The Free Market

Some view the concept of free-market as a responsible dynamic for corporate overtake of the socio-political arena, withstanding the fact that we don’t necessarily need conglomerates to maintain a free and open market. Large corporations with political and fiscal power are the biggest annihilators of the square competition, by the advantage of the free market.

Forthwith, the Big Data

Historically corporations have enjoyed the lavishness of personhood, collective influence of its stakeholders, money, and technology. Today, they are on the verge of exercising the ability to read the human mind, access their personal information without breaking a single law. They are endowed by possessing the intelligence (Artificial) and learning mind of their own. Till now to make an object shadow learn a human behavior was considered impossibly absurd. With the current advances in monstrous databases, data mining strategies, deep learning through sophisticated mathematical algorithms, and such aspiration is nothing short of a dream come true. Corporate entities have set sail in the ocean of free yet invaluable data. The modern pirates are benefited from merely one legal leeway separating them from breaking privacy laws. Not that, but correspondingly they enjoy partnering up with government entities to aid in mutual long thought endeavors.

The Transformers Metaphor

I would care to define current corporate operations using the transformers Metaphor. The later sci-fi movie as one of the masterpieces of Steven Spielberg is where “ Optimus prime” represents the noble humanoid character where “ Megatron” the evil contender. Let’s conceive of corporate entities as the transformers. By the merit of holding similar rights as a human being, vision, mission of their stakeholders, technology, access to data, and artificial intelligence/mind of own they may indeed be called Megatrons. Imperative to recognize, not every corporation is a Megatron or at least intended to be one, but the shift from tactical operation with a well-defined goal to pivotal strategic fiscal security has made Optimus Prime a collector’s item.

Big Picture

Doubtlessly, corporate existence is essential to ease certain financial risks, thus promote the free market and economy. But giving the corporations the privilege otherwise naturally relished by a human is a matter of significant polemic. The mind of collective overture through bundling the collective exploitation of the nation of human minds is commanding, more so by the virtue of money and political influence. The current contentious arrangement has granted unlimited lobbying power to the entities in exchange for marginal or no accountability of its stakeholders, thus placing individuals at an immense disadvantage. The vicious circle of money, power, political influence, and dominance has been designed to feed itself like a hurricane. It will not halt until it makes a destructive landfall or fades into the ocean.

Take-Home Message

The forfeit of individuals to the unconditional collective action of the corporate cartel is existent. They curb public percept through social media and full access to raw, yet sensitive information, even more- entertains marketing power and political support of the lawmakers. Corporate entities are the products of not needfully masterminds of tactical missions of their incorporators, but more so of shroud plans of strategic monopoly betwixt special interest executives on both sides of the administrative isle. The day corporations were equaled to humans was the time to say farewell to liberty.

What is the Solution?

A corporation does not necessarily need to be a Megatron. But amidst all short of optimal inadvertence is destined to transition into one. It presumptuously is overdue to brawl down the already congealed to the action of the transformers missions through legislative exertion, as They bear the minds of their own like humanoids; are able to read, analyze, learn, convey and lobby. Such indulgences are out of the league of smaller competitors in the battle against Megatrons. To make a sure balance of power one must create Optimus Prime, programmed to serve and protect the desperate needs of the public; their interest, individual rights, and sovereignty. They must hold well-defined tactical visions and missions they intend to serve.

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