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If Malaria Isn't Needed Anymore, Why Are Corporations Spending Millions to Destroy It?

Someone sent me this image today:

If unions aren't needed anymore, why are corporations spending billions to destroy them?

I agree that unions can be important. But I don’t like the thinking behind the statement. Substitute other words for “unions”:

If malaria isn’t needed anymore, why are corporations spending millions to destroy it? They are, you know. Read this article about 24 years of research supported by GlaxoSmithKline.)

If polio isn’t needed anymore, why are corporations spending billions to destroy it? They are, you know. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International have spent billions over the years on polio eradication. I know, they’re not the “corporations” you’re thinking of, but they are corporations.

Read Irregular Times articles on corporations and you’ll know that we spend a fair amount of energy criticizing the selfish actions of corporations. Read Irregular Times articles on unions and you’ll know that we often highlight the usefulness of unions. But I get frustrated with the idea that something must be good if corporations oppose it, or that something that corporations do must be bad. All a corporation is is a set of people who formally organize in order to accomplish something. People being people, large groups of organized people should be distrusted. But that doesn’t mean everything a corporation does must be evil. And although most people say it with a tongue in cheek, it’s true: unions are corporations too.

1 comment to If Malaria Isn't Needed Anymore, Why Are Corporations Spending Millions to Destroy It?

  • Tom

    Unions may be corporations too, but they don’t seem to have the “sway” over politicians (and therefore policy decisions) that the “big guys” have. Your statement is a tad misleading. i don’t think unions are all that great either, but without them we’d all be working for minimum wage. Oh, wait, uh . . we are.

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