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SECTION III - BIG BODIES SUCK!

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ON CORPORATE LIFE SUCTION
The Tumorous Appetites and Physiology
of the Commercial Superorganism

Introducing Large Hierarchical Bodies as Malignant Living Systems that are Parasitically Devouring our Vitality, Democracy, Environment and Evolutionary Dreams




NEW & OLD INTUITIONS OF MONSTROUS PARASITES AMONGST US



BACKGROUND PREFATORY TIRADE
Let's start with the blindingly clear. We the sovereign people with all our purported rights and powers are getting figuratively and literally murdered now by monstrous organizations and things are only getting worse.

Observe the spreading resource wars, environmental havoc and appalling inequalities. Witness how money and power only flow to the top of the corporate food chain impoverishing all below. Watch how the Bill of Rights magically dissolves when you enter corporate membranes and how those rights are dissolving in the nation as a whole. Look at America's corporatist election farce and what entities the ruling parties actually serve and represent.

There is plenty to be aggrieved, appalled or outraged about, but very little we can seem to do. As a people we have been talking about the dangerous growth of corporate power for several generations, but all this enlightened political discourse obviously hasn’t slowed its growth at all. Vast corporate bodies are more dominant, oppressive and toxic than ever before and currently menace every democracy and the entire web of life.

Something is obviously wrong when all our supposed corporate "knowledge" yields so little remedial power. We thus offer here an alternative body of knowledge and invite you to look at giant orgs in a whole new light. We must and can redefine the human/megacorps confrontation in a way that offers us besieged bipeds a competitive edge and credible means to enforce our fabled sovereign will, curb their harms, and shrink them back to human scale.

In other words, let’s stop thinking of huge corporations as political abstractions - as special interests, contractual arrangements, legal fictions, artificial persons or juridical whatever. Consider them instead biologically as true living systems with supra-human powers, aggressive intent and agendas of their own, a fact which many of you may already sense. Here we shall simply point out how they form and function, why they are so pathological, and how to meta-medically break them up and melt them down. 

Observing the strength that corporate bodies have developed in our courts, legislatures and media, you realize attacking them in their most fortified arenas is not something Edward Albee, Gandhi or Sun Tzu would likely recommend. We thus direct your attention to their soft underbellies -- their psycho-biological structures and energy sources, which are far less studied, patroled or defended and thus offer us a fateful strategic opportunity. That is where we need to focus to dissolve or dismember them, heal their their harms and set our brethren free.



DILBERT ON THAT DRAINED FEELING

Big Suction according to Dilbert
"Dilbert is an engineer who sits in what we call a cubicle, a little short-walled office, in a large nameless corporation that is trying to suck the life force out of his body little by little… I spent 17 years in a cubicle myself so I know what it is like to have the life force sucked out of your body." 
Scott Adams, English Journal interview, 11/96



STRUCTURE

Lesson Flow

Part 1: Understanding Superorganisms →  Part 2: Big Corporate Bodies
→ Part 3: Grexes - Big & Little → Part 4: Megacorp Malignancy
→ Part 5: Corporate Anthroculture → Part 6: Inducing Fruition & Liberation

Suggested Lesson Time
Thirty to ninety minutes: depending on absorption speed & intuitive resonance

Suggested Session Duration
Six days to two weeks: depending on time available and urgency levels

Targeted Outcome
The ability to perceive megacorps as:

  • semi-sentient living systems structured & animated with human attention

  • fast evolving bodies that now define our culture and dominate our politics

  • literal superorganisms with suprahuman powers, but real vulnerabilities

  • the Big common denominator behind most wars, injustice & eco-social ills

  • humanity's greatest systemic threat and gravest evolutionary rival

  • mutated grex-like bodies that sacrifice their mission to malignant growth

  • bio-social tumors that local/global immunocytizens could readily dissolve


 


 


PART I: SUPERORGANISMS IN NATURE & HUMAN SOCIETY

We offer the following clips and readings to illustrate the many ways people are envisioning and discussing social superorganisms today. We hope those of you who understood the Attention section will note how sloppy much of the thinking is among those who equate superorgs with any social or economic arrangement. Grexes, ant hills and ExxonMobil, which tie their diverse members together with a singular agenda, hierarchic control and attentional circuitry, are superorgs. The UN, OPEC and the world population, not so much,

Top 5 Superorganisms 


Broad and breathy intro to the phenomenon



Ants, Human Beings and the Superorganism



How Humans Are Like Fungi


"The social networks we form add up to a giant “human superorganism.” Some valid insights, but vapid conclusions.



Tim Flannery's rant


Anti-NWO Libertarian uploader calls it "bizarre, unscientific & globalist", but seems to have missed the basic point (as does, alas, the speaker).



EXTRA CREDIT

Lord of the Ants


Full doc on E.O, Wilson, father of Sociobiology and Formicologist Supreme


The Swarming Hordes - Life on Earth #04


Full BBC doc on our astonishing insect forebears with a little attention at the end to superorganismic lifestyles and behavior.


 Academic Monograph (see also Superorganismic sidebar)

The Superorganism Account of Human Sociality
- How and When Human Groups Are Like Beehives



PART II: CORPORATE LIFE

Global WTO infiltration

 1) Review or remember the corporate body-building segments of Ki & the Powers of Japan.

2) Read the Intro and initial statements for the following 2000 computer conference:

BIG BODY HEURISTICS:
ARE CORPORATIONS REALLY ALIVE?
(Are they now our dominant species?)
An Interdisciplinary Internet Colloquium
on Corporate Being and Life on Earth

3) Listen to:

  a) "Saying Hello & Goodbye to the Corporate Person"

with the San Francisco Mime Troup, Kevin Danaher, David Korten, Thom Hartmann, Brian Lane and Paddy Chayefsky

  b) THE BIG MEDICINE SHOW - 30-min journeys beyond the pale 

The Big Medicine Show: Part I

CONTENTS: Pleas for piracy; Ike's military-industrial alert; Ralph Nader on the corporate coup; free industrial birth control: environmental hormone emasculation; and the Fortune 500 national X-mas carol.

The Big Medicine Show: Part II

CONTENTS: Big Body reprise; Michael Crichton on the Bane of BIG; attention engineering & the birth of Big Bodies; Sir Python's Meaning of Life; and King Art.

4) Click, Read & Meditate upon:

ANTI-CORPORATE BIOTICS AND IMMUNOGENTILITY
Adbusters column Jan/Feb 2001

 5) Ditto:

LUSIONS
Skeleton for a Suggestive Body of Evidence
Revealing the Secrets of Corporate Organisms,
Japanese Industrial Anthroculture and Most Modern Diseases of the Biosphere


 6) Ditto

THE BIG BODY PROBLEM
- Toward an Immune Approach to Grassroots Activism

 7) Ditto:

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ORTHODOCTOR?
- Three Big Body Revelations & A Little Heresy To Go

 



EXTRA CREDIT

Read: Shrinking Corporate Tumors with Immunogentility - Introducing Immuno-Activism

and/or Big Bodies vs. the Biosphere - Confronting the global corporate hijack of the UN Biodiversity Treaty





BREAK TIME

Subliminal Affirmations from Nichol's "Endgame"
Full doc is edgy to a fault and much of its corps speak is machine-metaphoric or old school legalese, but it regularly (perhaps subconsciously) recognizes megacorps as real life forms with growing might, global ambitions and parasitic tendencies.





PART III: PARABLE OF THE GREX

Grex Incorporation in Action

Slime mold secrets to dissolving corporate tumors, liberating individuality and healing the modern world

Read, view and contemplate the materials presented here:

Grexwork: A Biomimicry Defense against Corporate Monstrosity

 



THE CORPORATION AS A PSYCHOPATH
(as if you could expect humane values from a tumorous intelligence)
 



PART IV: MEGACORPS MALIGNANCY

 Click view and contemplate:

1) BIG BODY PATHOLOGIES
A Visual Sampler of Big Body Harm

2) PREREQUISITE VIEWINGS
2008 Truth Emergency Summit
Indie Media Power vs. the Corporate Coup



PART V: CORPORATE ANTHROCULTURE

anthroculture in action

 Read, view and contemplate:

1) ANTHROCULTURE 101: Conditioning for Incorporation

2) UNDERSTANDING BIG BODY ANTHROCULTURE
- Random Research Hints on Quelling Maturation
  and Big T
with Stress, Diet & Industrial Alchemy



PART VI: FRUITION & LIBERATION

Optional Prologue - Annals of the Great Fruition - Sci-fi framing

Optional Preface - Cf. grex-relevent bits of Ki & the Powers of Japan

Suggestive Forward: See Blessed Unrest for the breadth of our talent pool

Best Means to their End: Seditious tasks, creative exploits

Read or recall: Shrinking Corporate Tumors with Immunogentility

The "Belittle Big Bodies" Banzai

The Contract on Corporate America



LESSON LINKS
Intro Initiations | Attention Rules! | Big Bodies Suck! | Conspiracy Heals! | Post-Grad

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