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|Corporate Coloniality, a free seminar on corporate domination|
|Date||Wednesday January 28|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Bay Area Public School (a free university)
4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland
corner of Shattuck and 48th St.
|martinot4 [at] gmail.com|
Corporate Coloniality, and the Demotion of Capitalism
“Corporate coloniality” means the corporations as colonizer, humans as the colonized.
This seminar that will study the corporate structure, its historical evelopment, and its modes of political control:
** the distinctive feastures of the corporate structure as they relate to social and political control rather than production.
** the history of the development of the transnational corporations, and how they relate to global corporatization as a political structure.
** the differences between global corporatization and capitalism, and how capitalism has been demoted from a ruling to an instrumental function in the economy.
** how the financial economy has absorbed capitalism and developed modes of profitability no longer dependent on labor exploitation (which still exists)
** the difficulty in finding an identifiable ruling class composed of humans rather than structures – we face bureaucracy rather than bourgeoisie, social machines in the form of a police-prison nexus and two party spectacles rather than a government (policy is made elsewhere).
** locked into short-term thinking, how the global socius of corporations constitutes a form of coloniality toward humans, generalizing the former imperialism toward nations, and exacerbating the despoliation of the planet.
** Finally, the point will be to examine the weak spots in this global structure, by examining real events of recent history that point to them.
Some of the differences between the corporate structure and capitalism.
Capitalism is a system of production that exploits labor through a wages system in a commodified society. The corporate structure separates profit from labor, shifting profitability to financial operations.
Capitalism developed a private banking system and a banking industry, integrated into its productive economy for the purpose of capital circulation. The corporate structure has elevated an independent financial economy to dominance, a dominance and separation recognized by the US government in 2008in bailing out only financial interests.
Capitalist exploitation commodifies human labor, placing class interests and conflicts at the foundation of political affairs. Corporatization imposes a structural disconnect between people and political institutions.
Capitalism suffers in the event of a civil war because that disrupts the social infrastructures it needs for capital circulation. It profits from wars between nations, selling military products to both sides. The corporate structure shuns wars between nations because they represent national autonomy, which the corporate structure abhores. It welcomes civil wars, however, because they destroy social infrastructures, leaving a society open for corporate operations and debt.
The capitalist vision of a world government is a United Nations, an assembly of national representatives on the model of a republic. The corporate structure’s vision of a world government is the determination of local politics through centralized corporate control of financial matters – trade, interest rates, currency exchange rates, etc.
This seminar will run 8 weeks, every Wednesday. There will be a syllabus and readings online, though all will be for voluntary enjoyment. Participants will be encouraged to bring in their own materials for the seminar to examine, along with the material to be presented.