Written By: KJT - Date published: 2:50 pm, June 22nd, 2013 - 102 comments
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Many business people say that a country should be run like a business.
Maybe they are right. It should be run like a SUCCESSFUL business.
It is appropriate for Government to take lessons from business success, and the reverse.
But when it comes down to details, right wing Neo-Liberal business does not want Government and country they govern to become too successful, or democratic. They are doing too well by taking advantage of slack regulation (regulation which favours them over the rest of society) and politicians foolishness.
In business a manager who fails to plan for the future would be sacked.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business say that Government should keep out of strategic planning.
Successful business constantly plan advertise and strategise to “beat the market”.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business insist that Government should muddle along, leaving it to “the market”.
Successful businesses involve as many people in decision making as possible.
Successful businesses involve their staff in decision making,.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business want Government dictatorship, so long as they run the dictators, and oppose democratic moves like MMP and BCIR.
Even New Zealands, non binding, referenda, the only Democratic voice allowed in New Zealand, have such a freshold for a triggering petition that they are guaranteed to be very infrequent.
Successful businesses ensure they have a competitive advantage. Monopoly is even better.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business insists that we give up any competitive advantage with so called “free trade agreements” and open licence for foreign corporate to plunder and selling profitable assets.
Successful business gets Government to bend the rules in their favour.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business insists that we remove trade protections and rules which work in our favour.
Management silo’s that only look at small part are known to be dysfunctional.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business says that every part of a countries infrastructure should be stand alone, dependant on individual profit and loss without regard to social and economic costs to the country as a whole. Giving small business and consumers inflated prices for utilities, so utilities make a profit, for example. North Americans will remember ENRON.
Successful businesses work for the future of the entire company. They know that if any one part cannot take excessive capital, or resources .
Right wing Neo-Liberal business oppose any attempt by Government to rein in unjustified excessive profit taking from the rest of the economy. There is a propaganda war in New Zealand from the right wing at the moment to prevent the extraction of excessive power profits.
Successful companies train, nurture and look after their staff.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business insist on dropping wages, and starving those who cannot work “pour encourager les autres” regardless of the costs in lost demand, (A cost to business also) welfare and crime.
Successful business has consistent and effective policies, procedures and rules.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business wants Government to refrain from regulation, except that which protects them, of course. (For example taking away workers rights and protecting big corporate rights to take as much as they can). Giving us leaky houses, worker deaths, finance company failures, wage cuts, full jails and tax payer bailouts.
Lastly, successful business use all their resources as effectively as possible and use the co-operative efforts of many people to meet goals.
Right wing Neo-Liberal business would rather countries do not have goals and that we are all turned into competing worker units.
Right wing propagandists pay lip service to the idea of running a country like a successful business. In reality they oppose Government being too good, because it would limit their ability to steal from the rest of us. They are happy to continue profiting from a Government that does what they tell them.
One famously wanted to “drown Government in a bathtub”, because it affected his profits. Several famous NZ business men openly gloated about how they profited from stealing tax payer owned infrastructure companies, and asset stripping them.
Good Government, real democracy, improving decision making by Government, and good effective regulation and protection, for the majority of a countries citizens, would destroy their gravy train.
Hence the hysterical overreaction to a minor piece of addition to Government regulation of power companies in New Zealand.
Because it, if it is allowed to happen, is the beginning of the end for the idea of “the market” and the mean spirited Neo-liberal, consensus which has delivered so much wealth and power to a greedy few.