Comments on: Culture of silence http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: UauS http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-590 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:31:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-590 > AdamSmith: …that’s why the American working class has the elected officials called Government…
The reason why I believe that Bush will have been the worst president in American history until this country seizes to exist, is that the two unpaid wars he started on false premises made the American economy sink and the American working class feel betrayed from both sides: corporations and the Government. (This is why there is so much ‘gloom and doom’ going on around this country nowadays.) Coincidentally, this happened at the very moment when China and Russia were both ready and able to take full advantage of our weakness.
As someone who has a first-hand experience with both systems, I don’t believe that China (or Russia, for that matter) can be called a “state capitalism”, because this definition is contradictory. Capitalism implies market and market implies freedom, but consolidation of power prohibits freedom.
In my opinion, what China and Russia have is what I call a “spurious capitalism”, a system that mimics traits of a real free market capitalism, but only those traits that, in the end, work in the interests of ruling elites, including the ones which make the masses “happy enough” to be tolerable to a status quo. ©

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By: AdamSmith http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-589 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:20:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-589 Everybody bandies about the term “American comanies”.

In their ignorance they don’t realize that any corporation, based anywhere, consists of a group of business people organized under a corporate charter, that always says the same thing:

The purpose of the corporation is to further the interests of the shareholders, and nobody else. Certainly not the interests of the American government, nor the interestes of the American people. How could it be otherwise?

The business world is a jungle. Only the most intelligent and ruthless companies tend to survive. How could it be otherwise?

Of the companies newly incorporated in America, or any country even, typically 95% fail to survive to 5 years of age. Business is a jungle.

American corporations, like Apple, for example, are often owned in large chunks by billionaires from Saudi Arabia, China, or Russia. Their corporate papers were filed in an American city, but some of the largest owners are not America.

American companies like Apple routinely outsource jobs to foreign countries, openly betraying the American working class.

A large portion of the high level executive positions in so-called “American companies” like Apple are held by foreigners. They routinely import many, if not most of their main engineer workforce from foreign countries, like China and India, under the H1B visa program. A larger and larger portion of their products, produced overseas, are being sold in overseas markets.

Do you think they care about looking after Americans?

The bottom line is that so-called “American companies” are legally required by their charters to pursue the interests of their shareholders (many of the largest being Russian oligarchs or Saudi princes) BEFORE the interests of their employees, and certainly before the interests of the American government of the American schools or the American people.

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By: HappyGoLucky1 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-588 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:35:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-588 I can’t prove it, but by reading many articles, it seems the worst of cyberwar is directed from… the US Government!

I treat everything… EVERYTHING as being read by someone other than the intended audience!

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By: Bob9999 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-587 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:25:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-587 It makes sense for American companies to keep mum. Cyber spies, like other spies, typically lack visibility into how their victims are impacted by the information collected, when espionage is discovered. Too much blabbing may actually help the spies by telling them when they have hit and when they have missed. American companies don’t have to keep mum to each other, and they don’t have to keep mum to U.S. government espionage agencies. But they should keep mum to the press and other members of the public. Loose lips sink ships, etc.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-586 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:57:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-586 The “Internet” really is no longer that. It is made up of pieces of many nations infrastructure. In the US, corporations own much of that infrastructure. This country needs to understand that that is truly what it has become. A critical piece of our nations infrastructure that is actually physically “tied” to a global infrastructure. We can no long afford to treat it as a consumer retail product.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-585 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:50:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-585 The new “Cold War”? Chinese political officer asks “What will the Americans do next?” Intelligence officer says “How can the Military Industrial Complex best cash in? That is what they will do next.”
The United States of Corporate America was shaped to defeat the Soviet Union. It will not defeat Globalization.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-584 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:44:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-584 ou are now watching the slow death of the “Free Internet” that we enjoyed for a while. Though I have enjoyed it for those years, I can see that it is becoming anarchy and extremely dangerous to society as it is today. It must be control and the only level feasible is at a national level right now anyway.

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By: UauS http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-583 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:42:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-583 Given all the hi-tech that US corporations shipped to China for free in exchange for cheapo labor and quick super-profits for the bosses, the Chinese would be silly NOT to use this technology for all purposes they find appropriate, including espionage.
GREED IS SHORTSIGHTED BY DEFAULT!

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By: Andvari http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/2013/02/19/culture-of/#comment-582 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:12:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/ian-bremmer/?p=615#comment-582 What’s good for the goose….

If China wants cyber-war, then give it to them, and in spades. I should think the NSA more than capable of taking on the Chinese, if they could just take some time off from spying on U.S. citizens.

The U.S. government doesn’t have to intervene on the private sector’s behalf, but why not disrupt the Chinese economy as payback, and publish what we get on…WikiLeaks! Wouldn’t that be both fitting and ironic?!?

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