We talk a lot about Corporacracy here at The Whistleblower. And we usually cover the more intriguing, dirty, scandalous side of it: corporate scandals, government corruption, and abuses of power. But there is another side to Corporacracy – it is a neutral force that does both good and bad. We could find no better example of the “good side” than the works of Saint Matthew’s Church in Charlotte, NC. These fine people have taken it upon themselves to help thousands of struggling people across the world who live without the luxuries of fresh food and clean water. The food may not be gourmet, but it’s nutritious and filling.
And how are these people organized? Under the leadership of a church’s administration, of course. A church is a corporation like any other with its own by-laws, a board of trustees, and various codes specifying how members may be admitted and ejected. The difference between a church and, say, a door-to-door sales company, is that it is exempt from many taxes, and it usually does not attempt to sell anything. Due to the low costs associated with religious organizations, these organizations are better able to offer free services to the public, while they are often supported by donations.
Normally, allowing a corporation such luxuries as tax exemptions would result in that company growing quickly and consuming its competition. However, when such an organization’s directors can stay true to the altruistic goals that they set before themselves, then we see the silver lining of Corporacracy’s omnipresence. The parishioners of St. Matthew’s have sustained thousands of innocent souls in a land torn by war and crime. With the basic support that the church has provided, those people may be able to find a path in life that will lead them to greener pastures.
Of course, religious organizations are not the only positive examples of Corporacracy. Foundations, advocacy groups, non-profits, hospices, and hospitals are all excellent exampes of the good that comes from corporate organization. The point that we try to drive home from this obscure little blog is that corporate scandals, government corruption, etc. are not caused inherently by the corporate structure, but by abuse of it. It is a form of organization that grants enormous power to the people in charge, and due to this there is a moral factor. Are those in charge able to say “no” to shady dealings? Can they stay true to the original goals of their organization? Will they put themselves or their numerous subordinates first? These are all questions that one must answer when asking the central question: “Why is an organization good (or bad?)”