An essay supporting the creation of CommuCorp.
The CommuCorp Manifesto
The Formal Essay of CommuCorp
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The CommuCorp vision is a radically new idea
that is fit for the new millennium. As Communism writhes in its death throes
and Capitalism extends its influence over the world, for better or worse,
many have come to believe that the lofty ideals of communion and jointed work
for the betterment of society or the members of a community are dying as well.
Many have come to believe, as a result of past conflict, that the systems
of Capitalism and Communism cannot coexist, let alone work together. The resulting
horrors of both systems are well documented, as well as the totally impersonal
nature of either, as paradoxical each system needs a certain level of creativity,
but stifled individuality to function. In this world of darkness, despair,
corporate malevolence, and television infomercials, a singular idea shines
like a beacon, and could stand to revolutionize the world itself.
Marx pointed out that in the capitalist system,
any business entity would be forever in need to shrink its work force while
maximizing product output, to the point where the business entity becomes
detrimental to society, or self destructs. The societal purpose of any business
entity is not to make a profit for itself, but to provide steady work for
members of the society, by standing as an infrastructure for commercialism.
It is the internal goal for the business entity to maximize profits for the
select few at the top. When these two purposes conflict, those in control
of the business entity obviously choose what is best for themselves, leaving
the so-called “little guy” at the unemployment office. The solution Communism
tried to provide, was the destruction of the business entity, and direct control
of output of the workforce by the government.
Unfortunately for the billions of people who
lived under this system, the attempt was gravely flawed from the beginning.
Despite Utopian aspirations, the Communist system was still riddled by the
very real problems of corruption, greed, and a lack of motivation. Also, the
confrontational, and pro-revolutionary stance of the leaders of the movement
set it negatively on the world stage. In the end, it is most likely best that
the primary leading nation of Communism collapsed under the stress of conflict
with individualist societies. The remaining Communist nations have perverted
the primary values and in turn trampled other worthy considerations. This
is a shame, considering how there are other aspects to the human life than
the economic one, despite you’re your television will tell you. However, this
by no means invalidates the core ideals that have real merit in the societal
Capitalism is a system of individual competition,
where it may become advantageous for people to group together their different
talents resources to accomplish goals and gain an edge within the system.
The competition is supposed to be a friendly one, the type that inspires innovation
and motivates the individual to his or her maximum potential. It is a common
observation then that the American system is of course, not capitalism at
all. It has morphed into something beyond capitalism, that has taken the worst
qualities with it, and shed those redeeming qualities that allowed it to shine
and overcome its foe, the morphed version of Communism discussed earlier.
Perhaps it is the absent of a truly competing ideological system that has
caused this degradation, or perhaps it truly was the natural evolutionary
course for capitalism.
There are even some who would challenge the
assertion that the capitalist system has been changed or replaced by something
“worse.” Allow for rebuke to this. In its beginnings, capitalism was as described
above, a logical step away from the pure governmental or theocratical control
of the people, towards a mode of economic individualism. In other words, it
was for all intents and purposes, an empowering move towards freedom. Fast-forward
to our twenty-first century, and you have something that could not be called
empowering at all. You have the mass exploitation of a foreign workforce,
and the never-ending denial and shift of blame by those who benefit from these
exploitations. Ironically, the exploitation of this foreign workforce is most
heavily denied by, and a result of, those who would claim to be exploited
and oppressed in America! Indeed, the lower class American populace is that
which is found to be the direct driving force behind the support for the brands
that notably make use of sweatshop labor. The most prominent example would
be the nearly fanatical brand-loyalty maintained toward Nike in so-called
“Ghetto” communities, as those within show economic status by purchasing the
aforementioned company’s overpriced goods. There are so many levels of irony
present in this case, that one would nearly be ready to ignore the domestic
breakdown of the system.
The rise of multinational corporations has actually
been what truly has caused the morph. These corporations, which move more
money than many of the world’s nations, hold little to no loyalty to any populace
in the world, and as such are freed from the societal obligations to provide
steady work to any one group of people. All they need be concerned with now
are the profit margins and the image projected to the masses. Friendly competition
turns to cutthroat competition, where total dominance is the goal and logic
has been completely abandoned. Morals are a thing of the past, and innovation
is instantly copyrighted. The individual is no longer even rewarded for their
innovation, unless they are willing to brave the cutthroat competition and
attempt to create a product or sell an idea while holding it as close to themselves
as possible, only to, in all likelihood, release the idea for a sum of money
to one of the multinationals. The truth no longer matters, and as people see,
corporation after corporation show their true natures as they no longer even
bother to circumvent the law; just outright break it. When caught, those in
charge face insignificant penalties, and those who were doing their jobs legally
are those most punished, especially if they owned stock in the company.
There is a growing underground backlash against
these corporations, and justly so, but that is not the issue to be discussed
here. The issue is the idea of CommuCorp, the theoretical “Communist Corporation,”
and what may be the solution to every single problem that has been discussed
in short or at length to this point.
The CommuCorp model is radical, but simple to
understand. Take the basic idea of communism (equal splitting of the benefits
and penalties of a society’s work and decisions) and set up a corporation
around it, that will then function competitively in the dynamic global Capitalist
The benefits for successful implementation after
careful planning make the CommuCorp model one which may serve to allow progress
economically and societally by taking the best examples of the world’s previous
ideas, and combining them to ward off the problems either system standing
on its own may face. CommuCorp wages would be nearly identical for any full-time
position within the company, if not wholly identical. Wages would depend completely
on the company’s ability to perform, with perhaps some sort of buffer or cache
built in, in case of unexpected market changes. This is justified by the recognition
of a Corporation’s need for every position down to the mundane to be filled
for it to operate, rather than just management. The benefits would of course
be high loyalty of employees, as well as a vested stake by the employees to
do their work well and find innovative solutions to problems, so as to benefit
themselves. Not only are good work and hard work paid off, but so is teamwork.
The company would outsource none of its work to contractors, but would hold
its employees to contract. Even if they did “quit” their job, they would merely
be given the choice to take up another position within the company, so as
their talents can be retained.
The company would always be looking to expand
its workforce, as the doctrine of CommuCorp is that every new person brought
in will be of direct value enough to help the company, rather than cause a
drop in profit margins. To ensure this is so, and to ensure that current employees
maintain this standard, rigorous internal performance reviews would be required.
Also, corruption will not be able to flourish, as any deception will instantly
hurt all employees, as such an environment of honesty would naturally win
out. Just to make sure, accurate and complete records of every business transaction,
down to the smallest supply acquisition, will be confirmed and by rigorous
auditing. Major decisions in the direction of the company may even be allowed
to be decided democratically, further fostering trust with the employees.
When the employees are loyal, and the company is solid, only then can stable
growth be made to capture an outside market and maintain it. By allowing these
practices to be well known, CommuCorp would gain positive publicity and major
brand recognition. This model would work for almost any business, regardless
of the end product!
Such is the idea I have had. It is a shame I
don’t have the capital or product idea at this time to implement. But hey,
it’s just an idea, and when has an idea ever changed the world?