The following blog was prompted by an email from a friend who seems to think that the actions ascribed to George Romney and his company in this film may be justifiable as an exercise of true “free market capitalism”. He raised points about the rights of corporate owners to sell, along with the rights of those who want to acquire, etc., and questioned if owners “owe” their employees a “job for life”, etc. So he seemed to reduce the argument to the “rights” of the owners of the companies and those of the buyers; perhaps inserting the word “raiders” is not inappropriate.
Along with “rights” come responsibilities. The underlying materialism, plainly spoken greed, is a mental illness. The presumed “need” to amass the unnecessarily excessive and excessively unnecessary is absolutely counter to the laws of Creation and the laws of nature. The old “when is enough, enough?” comes to mind.
Unless and until human beings have true values there will be every “system” and excuse under the sun for ruthless acquisition and exploitation under the name of “free market”, “capitalism”, etc. Repetitively, systematically exploiting other people for the sake of amassing, for the sake of edifying oneself, is anti-life. If what is portrayed as true in the film is indeed true, then it’s a crime against their fellow humans that is a moral, ethical crime. And how about knowing the simple, apparently long forgotten, intrinsic difference between…right and wrong?
If we do not self-regulate our lowest urges, which is exactly what we’re talking about, pretending that one’s actions are right because they’re not illegal, or because actual or presumed expectations about an owner owing workers a “job for life”, etc. are wrong and thereby excuse such actions, we will surely end up the worse for it. It should be seen that these kinds of actions, the climbing over fellow humans at whatever cost to get what one wants, bespeak an underlying inner fear and emptiness, perhaps some form of sociopathic and/or narcissistic behaviors.
If it’s true that these actions have cost thousands of jobs for one’s fellow human beings who were being productive, thereby benefiting themselves and others, taking care of their own families, etc., then it is indeed sociopathic to put one’s own acquisitiveness, greed and false needs about those of others, to rob them of their own opportunities and well-being. Plainly, why does one’s desire to amass wealth trump the rights, and the value, of those who are being productive, being self-responsible? Is that simply the “law” of free market capitalism, a form of survival of the greediest, not the neediest?
The consequences of such behaviors, and the diseased minds that they stem from, don’t only affect “someone else”. We are all ultimately affected and afflicted by these degeneracies. That they come from religious people with huge political aspirations is neither surprising nor promising of anything good, despite any attempts at spin and rationalization.
Perhaps the real meaning of the company’s name is not to be found in the spelling, Bain, but in the definition of the same sounding word.