The United States faces a problem in an uneven balance of power between corporations and people.
A corporation has the same rights as a person, yet it has (a) effectively more legal freedom than a person in this culture thru (b) having far greater resources than a single person.
Until the uneven power balance is resolved, the current political crisis within America will continue to worsen. The damage corporations do is huge. Here is a small sampling about Corporate Crime and how much it really does hurt us.
The current system only uses (1) fines and (2) consumer choice to regulate corporate ethics and deeds. This current system isn’t enough to stop companies from acting illegally or immorally. The current system barely counterbalances problems after the fact. Yes this is better than nothing but modern society has a long way to go in improving social etiquette of corporations.
A simple answer:
1) Require companies to put 3% to 5% of their profit into humanitarian or ecological aid projects. Just the act of being involved in the community will encourage corporations act more responsible from the start. Look at how Google’s policy of “Do no evil” makes difference in the way Google does business. It’s not perfect but it helps. If a company had to take time to act responsibly to the world , it would effect the companies outlook and actions to also be more responsible. This is a simple and direct solution.
2) If a company breaks a law, the response should be greater than a fine. Any company breaking the law should lose the right to do business (charter) in the state or country for a period of time similar to a person (committing the same crime) going to jail.
Two simple ideas but it would change everything.
Be free, act!
Can this happen?
Yes, if we begin to push for change, over time we can make a change.