First of all, let’s start this conversation by stating an obvious fact that has become somewhat less than obvious in the past hundred years. CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE, despite what the 14th Amendment interpretations allow for in American business case law. They are however, made up of people like you and I and established to fulfill a charter.
To the end their charter establishes, corporations very well may end up evil. A corporation founded or now functioning in order to facilitate the movement of funds to benefit men or women willing to abuse, captivate, or harm others them could be called evil. Also, a corporation that through the complicit or elicit approval of its employees engages in the same sort of activities could also be characterized as evil. Therefore, there may be evil corporations.
Meanwhile though, there are great deals of corporations that represent tremendous numbers of people who are going about the business of living their lives. These people are virtuous so far as they seek to provide for their families, work hard, and attempt, as most do, to do the right thing. Of course, there are always exceptions in these conglomerates of human talent, however, on the whole, the most significant and determinative parts of corporations are good. It follows then, that on the whole, corporations are NOT evil, but representative of the human populace they represent in our world.
In the ways that many of these corporate entities are unique to our time, they should be celebrated as significant. No longer do our first loyalties in our lives exist for governments, or regions, or in many cases our race or faith. Now, we place our loyalties and energy into the success of our start ups, our favorite brands, and even I dare say – our own tastes? It’s the rise of the modern corporation that has allowed this nearly penultimate form of freedom. YOU choose, this day, what (ok, who in the 14th amendment sense) you will serve! But it’s a choice, and one that wouldn’t be possible if corporations existed in the evil context some would portray them in, for evil always binds and limits choice. While today’s corporate culture creates more choice and enables individuals to choose in a way seldom ever before seen in human history.
Indeed, long live the corporation!