In the latest notable instance, chief executives of some of America’s biggest companies recently put out announcements scrutinizing amendments to Georgia’s voting laws, which expand the state’s voter identification requirements to absentee voting, among other changes.
Major League Baseball officials went as far as moving the league’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta to Denver, seemingly in demonstration of the voter ID demands.
The executives’ statements seem to have come out of left field. Colorado likewise has voter ID requirements and fewer early voting days than Georgia. Roughly half the states in the union already have voter ID laws and some states are looking to toughen their rules in comparable ways to Georgia. Coming out so firmly against one of them and in such a synchronized manner implies a specific purpose, though it seems mismatched with the usual corporate lobby.
Where it fits, though, is the modern trend of corporations directly forcing themselves on more aspects of public life—not only to influence policy to benefit themselves, yet additionally to herd Americans toward certain political attitudes and behaviors.
According to Michael Rectenwald, a retired liberal arts professor at New York University and expert on the intersection of socialist ideology and the corporate world, these companies are working more and more like government branches.
The trend’s trajectory leads to a de facto fusion of government with a select group of corporations based on shared ideology—what Rectenwald describes as “corporate socialism” or “capitalism with Chinese characteristics,” as it closely mirrors the totalitarian model of the Chinese Communist Party.
“We are witnessing the convergence of political and economic objectives and the merging of state and corporate functions. Corporations are now acting as state apparatuses to enforce uniparty–state desiderata,” he explained.
“This is because under the corporate socialist agenda, these corporations recognize that in order to become or remain favored partners in an economy in which the state picks winners and losers, they best align with the objectives of the state, which is now being run by a singular uniparty.”
The outcome of this is a “two-tiered economy, with would-be monopolies and the state on top” and the rest decreased to “enhanced, supposedly comfortable serfdom,” Rectenwald wrote in a March 11 essay.
One sign of the trend lies in the government and the corporate world adopting “wokeness” as their shared guiding ideology, he claims, referring to the ideology popular on the progressive left, which is built on the quasi-Marxist “critical theory.” The ideology reinterprets history as a struggle between different demographics it labels either oppressors or the oppressed.