The East India Company was the first modern corporation,
And it is credited with introducing the world to markets that are free,
But it brought the free market enforced by the world’s largest standing army.
It was the beginning of colonialism, imperialism, and Corporatocracy.
The EIC introduced the world to spices, tea, and global slavery.
Some in the United States rebelled with a giant tea party,
It set off a revolution but didn’t bring down corporate rule,
The robber baron bosses soon controlled trade, news, and even schools.
We may think their practices went against the principles of enlightenment.
But the EIC employed such men as John Locke, JS Mill, and Jeremy Bentham.
So the first corporation took control of public attitudes and education.
Promulgating equality for all European, land-owning men.
While denying rights to all those considered less than human.
When the US tried to recognise non-white men with an amendment
Giving them equal protection from abuse and harassment,
The railroad said, “Hey, corporations are people, too,”
And the courts went along as they always do.
Well, what’s past is past, and now it’s all good.
We’ve grown used to the idea of corporate personhood.
Citizens United taught us money is speech
You have a voice, but Exxon’s has more reach.
And Monsanto, now Bayer, wants to feed the entire globe,
By controlling food, seeds, farming, drugs, and microbes.
You have no other choice than to just trust them,
As manufacturers lead us on a race to the bottom.
Apple computers are built in factories with suicide nets.
Because conditions are so bad workers prefer death.
Our clothes are made in sweatshops where workers burn.
We’ve no choice to buy them is all that we’ve learned.
In 2007, the financial sector destroyed the economy,
But workers bailed them out with hard-earned money.
Now we’ve cut funding for public education.
Replacing it with the public/private partnership.
Giving business control of science, arts, and research.
IF you want unbiased info, you’re left in the lurch.
But what about corporations great philanthropy?
Don’t They give developmental aid from sense of charity?
No, They buy up or steal resources and flood markets with free food,
Destroying the economy and local businesses for good.
You can scream about Trump or any other entity,
But corporations are your true enemy.