May 18, 2005
Shareholders in the Movies
I took my 13 year old son to a Japanese anime movie, SteamBoy. A family of inventors, grandfather, father, and young son, harness the power of steam at the turn of the century. The father turns to the dark side by working with a “Foundation” which is also somehow tied into evil “corporations.”
The Foundation is pushing arms sales to the leaders of Europe. We learn that the British army in league with John Louis Stevenson is also pushing competing arms development and sales.
I continue to be amazed at how “corporations” and, in new twist, “shareholders” were featured in the morality dialogue in children’s shows. The grandfather, who has attempted to shoot his son (the father) because his “son is already dead” and explaining this to his grandson argues against the evil interests of “shareholders.” Unbelievable. The “shareholders” are driving the managers to act in cahoots with the military and with government imperialists.
All those folks seeking to empower shareholders to get control over unaccountable managers must be on the wrong track. We are indoctrinating our children with the sophist declarations of those who view all large business organizations as evil.
I reminds me of all those kids shows that make the father the dunce or the fall guy -- but that's another story.
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