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CRACKING THE SYSTEM: How does being “accidentally” shot by cops put into perspective how growth for many multi-national corporations is just a matter of greed?

written by Anthony Moore
© 2013

Question: How does being “accidentally” shot by cops put into perspective how growth for many multi-national corporations is just a matter of greed?

Excerpt from Cracking the System: Oddly enough, the dope game model of growing bigger by (and in order to continue) crushing smaller competitors is also the name of the game when it comes to lots of legal business enterprises, especially when it comes to major multi-national corporations.  Unlike with the dope game, it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way.  As I pointed out before, getting dominated in the dope game often means being killed.  In the legal world, getting dominated doesn’t usually equate to being killed. In the dope game, and criminal world in general, you’re often dealing with killers (since crime is usually the field to be in if you don’t mind killing other human beings—well that, and being a soldier in any given country’s army).  So, in the criminal world, a lot of times it’s not enough just to dominate people and take over their business operations.  A lot of times if people in the criminal world don’t kill their opposition, they’ll be killed by the people whose lives they’ve spared (especially if you’re talking about people who are killers by nature).  Most hardworking people in the legal world aren’t killers by nature (although some get screwed so much that they’re driven to kill—ever heard the saying “going postal”—contrary to how it sounds, it doesn’t refer to using the U.S. postal service to deliver your mail).

As I’ve already pointed out, in the legit business world, getting bigger usually isn’t a matter of life and death.  It might be necessary for a business to get bigger to stay viable, but even if a business doesn’t stay viable, it usually doesn’t mean you will literally get killed as a result.  In the worse case scenario, you might get killed in the business sense, but you usually won’t get killed in the “get shot by the cops more than fifty times by accident” sense. In other words, you won’t get killed in the “Sean Bell shooting incident” sense. By the way, if firing fifty unanswered gunshots is a police force’s idea of an “accidental” death, I’d hate to see their idea of killing somebody on purpose. When I think of accidental deaths, I think of car collisions and plane crashes. I mean, once the bullet count goes behind four or five bullets, I would think it goes beyond the accident phase. That’s like somebody punching someone else in the head twenty times and then saying, “My fist hit your face by accident…again and again and again.” I’ve heard of being accident prone, but that’s just ridiculous. Anyway, I digress.

HOW THE PRECEDING BOOK EXCERPT CONTRIBUTES TO “CRACKING” THE SYSTEM: The excerpt above is from the chapter entitled It’s All Related (One Thing Leads to Another). It comes from a section entitled When Publicly Traded Companies Follow the “Dope Game” Model of Growth, It’s Usually Artificial Growth. This section of the book takes the novel approach of using the illegal drug trade—particularly in terms of the business model that typically applies to distributing drugs like crack cocaine and heroin—to reflect upon the practices of major multi-national corporations, including those whose stocks and bonds are publicly traded on the world’s largest stock exchanges (such as the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ). It addresses how such corporations follow the “dope game” business model of relentlessly growing bigger even when it’s ill-advised and has negative consequences for many people. Also examined is the pressure from institutional (and other major) investors that often cause corporations to undergo what I denote as “artificial” growth. Wal-Mart is examined as a major corporation that does so.

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