I’m out of control.


I’m working on a post about capitalism and democracy, a topic suggested to me by Jack Minard. It’s a great topic, but my post is growing beyond all bounds of reasonableness. I must be thinking  I’m writing a book or something. I’m up to +5000 words and I’m not done. Nowhere near done. So I’m not sure what to do now. I may just carry on with the post and finish it up as best I can. Problem is, for virtually every sentence I write, I’m left with the unsatisfying feeling that I’ve only scratched the surface of what needs to be said. So I may have to follow up this post with a number of others that deal with related issues such as nationalism (conservative and liberal versions), the ideology of internationalism, corporate supply chains and export processing zones, etc., always keeping in mind contemporary global events as they relate to the topics I just listed. 

What do you really know about corporate supply chains? Do you really believe that Canada trades with other countries? What does globalization mean to you? What do you think is the relationship between government and business? What do you think it should be? Why? 

Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 189 countries, and employs around 339,000 people. It is one of the main shareholders of L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company. Nestlé is the largest food company in the world and is headquartered in Switzerland. Less than 5% of its labour force is in Switzerland. Is it a Swiss company? Of course it has to be headquartered somewhere, but what do you think about that? 

Oh, the questions! I have lots of them. I also have answers. Stay tuned for my epic blog post coming soon to a computer near you! 

6 thoughts on “I’m out of control.

  1. Hi Roger, will you be covering Edward Bernays and the conflating of ‘democratic freedom’ with ‘consumer freedom’? It’s one of my favourite citations on the sleight of hand done within Capitalism that gives us all the illusion we are ‘free’ because we can choose between Pepsi and Coke, paper and plastic!

    1. Bernays was Machiavellian in his approach to propaganda and public relations. His connection to Freud always interested me as he applied psychoanalytical principles to public relations. I have to reread his piece on propaganda. Thanks for the nudge.

  2. I look forward to this topic. As you know I have been working on issues surrounding the rise of tribalism and the threat to democracy which have been accelerated by global neoliberalism. I would suggest that you turn it all into a SERIES of posts, that way you can shorten and manage each particular part of the whole.

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