corporatocracy

National socialism – The only USA-compatible socialism?

America – greatest nation in the world. One of those powerful ideas on which the society of the USA still rests to a significant degree. Also quite telling when you realize “America” is not a nation, and not a country either. The hubris is right there, totally obvious. But that’s not the most interesting part.

Ron Paul follows the idea that the USA shouldn’t meddle in other countries’ affairs and try to dictate ideas onto them. That is based in humility, personal responsibility and a caring for others – not to screw them over, and that leading to more time being dedicated to care for internal problems so that everybody wins.
The thing is though that this easily insults those who still cling to that ego-boosting idea of being the greatest. The mindset that causes so many problems in the first place.

Now we have a somewhat different approach. Bernie Sanders is much more daring, one could think, by openly calling himself socialist. (Although Ron Paul’s approach might ultimately have been more socialist in spirit, without mentioning it.) How does he pull it off? By not putting blame and thus responsibility on people. His target demographic are people who see themselves as total victim of corporate greed and corruption. It’s a self-image all-too-willingly adopted by people. But this also puts Sanders into a champion position. And that’s the same maneuver that Obama pulled. People who saw themselves desperate and helpless (and innocent!) in the face of social struggles looking up to him as the one person who will fix things for them. Extra-convincing because he talks loudly and with fervor. And the hype train is moving yet another time. The fact that Sanders considers Russia a problem that needs to be contained (through crippling economic sanctions, what a novel idea) further underlines that rejection of responsibility for the external consequences (imperialism) of the same corporate greed and corruption he decries as the scourge of the own people.

And the historical parallels keep growing.
We need to pay attention to how this develops.

This could lead to a state where the USA’s foolish foreign policy will no longer be blamed for the suffering of the common people of the USA, but instead fortified by the justification that the (gloriously stolen) wealth is now distributed fairly. This is a situation that, if it cannot be avoided by the corpo-rats, would still work for them. If you THEN criticize their imperialist foreign policy, you will be considered opposing the functioning well-being of their nation, of every single person.

If Sanders becomes president, let’s hope he will do better than Hitler did, shall we?

Or maybe we should stop hoping and start making sure.
(Hope and hype is just one letter difference.)
 
 
 
P.S.: If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we at least have some nasty puns ready, hah.

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Selling your soul becomes closer to literal for businesses

Blizzard runs World of Warcraft.

They have their own website and a game forum specifically for World of Warcraft and the game’s login screen features an optional news window if something’s important.

It seems they maneuvered back a bit now (probably because of significant negative feedback), but a while ago you had to look for important info about stuff like unscheduled server offtime on Twitter. They really want people to go to Twitter. And they have Twitter integration in the game now, so I suspect marketing whoring to bring about the new world dominance.

Daybreak Gaming Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) runs Planetside 2. That game, too, has its own game forum, and just like in the case of World of Warcraft, you use your game login, which means that if you want to talk to the player community, there you will find the people who are actually playing the game.

Yet the go-to place for the devs to communicate with players is Reddirt. ( That was a typo I decided to keep. 😀 )

In other news, one of the big German internet providers (the privatized formerly national one in the form of the telephone company Deutsche Telekom) – T-Online – now decided to sell their own website.

Yeah, you heard right. T-Online.de. The company’s website. Where you can log in and do customer service stuff, web mail etc and where they offer their service packages, and also run it as a combined new portal. They sell it. The website that dons their name won’t be theirs anymore.

And it’s probably because of the news component, and not deciding to separate that, but keep it tied to the name, shows how highly names are valued in business, as a brand.

If this continues, selling your own grandma might soon become more than just a figure of speech.

And you know that this is all touching the topic of slavery, right?

When you are no longer in control of your own assets. When more and more that you thought is yours becomes owned.

Are you sure your name is still part of you and not just a legal person? Maybe it has been sold without your consent. (This is what happened to that German telephone company. Important things are not decided democratically here, but sufficiently indirectly to allow the plutocracy to rule over their subjects.)

Speaking of control: When businesses become so big that they consider the small stuff not lucrative enough, they dump that; leave the bread crumbs to the small businesses.

Amazon seemed to have realized that the small crumbs add up, so they decided to gain control over that, too. Can you still afford to run small online distribution without Amazon Marketplace? And Amazon gets their cut. This is the hybrid-solution of total dominance. It’s related to politics when you control and lead the dissent against you in order to crush or drown out any non-approved dissent.

Amazon might have a relatively good service for a huge corporation, but I don’t give them credit for that. Because they can easily afford it. It’s not like there’s still another big competitor like it’s so often the case when corporations wage a war and lose customer-orientation. Amazon now tries to intercept all potential competition and put them under their umbrella. They take all the benefits and reject the inconveniences. Amazon Marketplace is no benefit for small businesses because it only appears to be an advantage because it exists. It’s a bit of a mafia approach: You pay money for protection. Which would be a legit service contract if we didn’t talk about what it is that you need protection against.
This might end in what people who are afraid of socialism think is socialism but is actually a capitalism that they should be afraid of. Concentration of power is never a good idea. It has to be rooted in the people.

Encore
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Wondering why so many businesses sell out? – It’s like a 3-layer system:
1) Some created their business to sell it once it gets attactive.
2) Those who didn’t might get an offer to sell it that is attractive enough to put money before the business. (Might also be due to special circumstances like with Mojang where Notch wasn’t ready for the responsibility of a fast-growing business.)
3) Those who refused to sell might be either signaled that if they don’t sell, the potential buyer will just push them out of the market with their greater might, or this step happens without communicating that course of action to them.

This chain can be broken by courage, resolve and skill. You gotta be smart enough to, when losing in a shitty game, step out of the game and create your own rules. It’s all mostly just a mind game anyway. The good thing about out-of-the-box thinking is that then you no longer live in a box. 😉

The fail-arrogance of big corporations

Recently I learned from a taxi driver that Daimler Benz follows a ‘philosophy’ of manipulating social processes because they think they’re doing something good, when in fact that’s not even the case.

Older Mercedes cars’ navigation systems would have a fixed estimate of 130 km/h for autobahn traffic. It’s appalling enough that you can’t set that parameter yourself, but the taxi driver told me that when he got a new Mercedes, suddenly his route planning wasn’t spot-on anymore, but it showed him a much longer travel time than what he actually achieved. He eventually found out that Daimler Benz had decided to change that fixed estimate down to 100 km/h. Why? Because they think they’re doing society a service by preventing people from putting themselves under pressure and hurry, which can increase accident risk and is generally not healthy. This is such a case of ‘Your corporate Big Brother knows best’. But apart from it being disrespectful towards the customer, it doesn’t even make sense. If the navi tells you that your travel will take four hours, and you want to hurry and/or be time-efficient, you will do that anyway, based on that travel time estimate. After the joruney you then might discover that the navi was grossly inaccurate and now you are even more pissed because you tried not to waste time but arrived way too early at your destination, and you’re also pissed because you paid big money for a Mercedes and the navi sucks.