So why aren't companies run by liberals any more compassionate than....
October 25, 2011 12:18am CST
companies run but conservatives? My brother was just let go from a position that only lasted about 6 months. He worked in marketing in a small corporation (only one office suite). One of the decisions made was to outsource the marketing department to a contractor, so my brother's job was dissolved. Of course, that was just a business decision that didn't go his way, but what really bothers him is, when my brother saw what was going on, he went to the CEO and asked point blank if his job was on the line. Knowing my brother was in the process of buying a home, the CEO and a couple of other officials told him not to worry, his job was safe. That got me thinking. I don't hear a lot of statistics about companies run by liberals being generally more compassionate than those run by conservatives. Yes, there are examples of liberal run companies that make a point of taking care of their employees, but the same can be said for companies run by conservatives. The fact is though, the politics of the leadership of most companies is never really that clear. But if liberals are supposedly generally more compassionate than conservatives (or so the stereotyping goes), wouldn't businesses run by liberals stand out?
25 Oct 11
Using your American rather twisted use of the word Liberal then you would have to include those companies set up here by Quakers, which provided decent housing and other benefits for workers when those employed by other companies sorely oppressed there staff all the best urban
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25 Oct 11
While I'll agree that the American use of the word "Liberal" is a bit twisted, it does have meaning here. I'm just wondering why companies run by liberals (progressives, or whatever word you want to use) aren't generally anymore compassionate than those run by conservatives.
25 Oct 11
Do I sense some partisan bickering in your question? Honestly though, I guess it would be interesting to gather statistics on this sort of thing. Until then we can only speculate based on anecdotal evidence. I don't see why liberals would necessarily be more compassionate than conservatives though. When it comes down to it, the corporation is mostly going to be about the profit motive.
26 Oct 11
Indeed they do use the word incorrectly, let us draw a distinction between socialism and communism. The old regimes of USSR, etc are communist, or strictly speaking they are in the first stage of communism, a kind of state authoritarianism. That aside, in economies that are strongly capitalistic there is a strong pressure on companies not to be run on socialist grounds. That some here are and are successful is a testament to their efficiency all the best urban
25 Oct 11
Open further reflection, this does bring up another point. Wouldn't this lack of compassion demonstrate that liberalism is not at all like socialism? After all, socialism is all about favoring the workers. (And, yes, I am very well of the existence of the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, etc. I'd argue that they used the term "socialism" incorrectly: they were not states that protected workers' rights.)