Personae non gratae

From the BBC:

A number of US media giants have publicly stated they will reconsider filming in Georgia if the state’s strict new abortion law takes effect.

Disney, Netflix and WarnerMedia have all objected to the legislation, which would ban abortion after a foetal heartbeat can be detected.

The so-called “heartbeat bill” has caused a furious backlash in Hollywood and led to calls for a boycott.

Georgia makes billions of dollars from film and television productions.

The state’s bill seeks to make abortion illegal as soon as a foetal heartbeat is detectable. In most cases, this is at the six-week mark of a pregnancy – before many women even know they are pregnant.

None of these companies has a problem operating in European countries with much more restrictive abortion laws than those in the US, nor Arab nations which ban it outright. Disney has a resort in China, not a country known for its liberal approach to human rights. But apparently Georgia is now beyond the pale.

It’s important to understand what’s going on here. I wrote recently about Shell’s practice of lecturing its employees in Perth on LGBT rights while enjoying the fruits of production from Brunei, which had just passed a draconian anti-homosexuality law. Oil companies will indoctrinate their staff on the benefits of diversity and then send them to Nigeria where they’re told local content is a priority and they want to see 90% of the organisation filled by Nigerians within three years. Google preaches diversity and inclusion in the US while working closely with the Chinese government who have made brutally sure everything is run by and for the Han people.

Those who think this represents inconsistency are wrong, because they’re misreading the goals of the company board and executives. They don’t care about diversity, what they care about is progressive ideology which removes straight, white men from positions of power. I’ve worked in Korean companies and found them to be staffed 100% by ethnic Koreans, with the entire top management dominated by men who I very much suspect are straight. I expect the same is true in Japanese companies, but you don’t hear lecturers at Harvard Business School saying these organisations need to diversify in order to boost financial performance. No, when it comes to non-western countries, domination by a single ethnic group is seen by progressives as a symbol of pride and independence. This is why American companies are expected to employ non-Americans but Mexican companies are encouraged not to let Americans beyond the front lobby.

An argument could be made that even if the business case fails, social justice requires companies employ minorities in senior positions. People say Koreans can’t be expected to diversify because there are no disadvantaged ethnic minorities in Korea. Which might be true, but it’s not the case for China, Malaysia, India, Brazil, or Indonesia. How many international companies are telling their Turkish branches they need to promote more Kurds to senior management positions? And where is the pressure on African, Asian, and Middle Eastern subsidiaries to increase their proportion of LGBT staff?

I think most people expect big corporations to pressure governments to write business-friendly laws, but nowadays companies have decided to engineer social change in the western world by maligning the influence, abilities, and achievements of straight, white men under the auspices of equality and fairness. Reading their corporate websites, one would be forgiven for thinking for some, engineering social change is their primary purpose. Of course, they’re just doing the bidding of the ruling classes who have subcontracted social policy out to corporate HR departments, but it’s hard to see how this will end well for them. The way the political sands are shifting we’re likely to see several anti-corporate governments come to power in the west in the near future. Who are they going to turn to for support, if the traditional capitalist white male has been told he’s no longer welcome to apply? We’ve seen this with Brexit; global corporations have been forced to rely on purple-haired lunatics and black-clad anarchists to champion their cause while the ordinary bloke on the street who would have once voted for Thatcher want to see corporate executives run out of town at the warm end of a flamethrower.

The fact is, a lot of these companies are living off legacy rents and cosy government connections, and protected by regulations they helped write which create high barriers to entry. Another lot are reaping the short-term rewards in tech, an industry which governments haven’t yet figured out how to regulate, hobble, and pillage. Without governments on their side they’re going to be facing severe competition from foreign players who take business a whole lot more seriously, and who will find an army of smart, capable people willing to work with them to wreak whatever havoc they wish. After all, why should people who are clearly hated by their ruling classes show any loyalty? Huawei has already infiltrated western governments and businesses to a degree which would never have been possible were those in charge not so hell-bent on wrecking the foundations on which their institutions and businesses are built. I expect we’ll see a lot more of this, along with big-name brands suddenly going bankrupt and the pieces snapped up by companies with funny names and which don’t care much for diversity of any sort. When it does, you’ll find my sympathy levels rather low.

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21 thoughts on “Personae non gratae

  1. I have to say that I’m ‘almost’ beginning to hope Corbyn gets in, and takes a flame thrower to the big corporate interests. They deserve it, in spades. The slight reservation is that I suspect he (and people like him) won’t be able to restrict their ire to the big corporates, they’ll be gunning for the kulaks lower down as well. And of course lots of ordinary employees of big business will suffer too. As will pensioners etc relying on returns from such investments.

    But it is a straw in the wind, you’re absolutely right – if a ‘traditional Tory’ voter like me is turning against ‘big business’ then a sh*tstorm is coming for the corporates. Rather like Brexit, and Trump, voters are increasingly fed up, and will ignore the predictions of dire economic consequences for their voting intentions, they’ll consider anything better than what is currently happening.

  2. Further to Jim’s points, I was listening to Liz Truss and she was saying that polling shows young people aren’t necessarily interested in nationalisation, they are frustrated and want to see more accountability by these organisations. To the contrary, she reckons they are quite in to freedom and free markets.

    I’m also getting quite frustrated. I feel that I’m starting to sound like those lefties who preach that socialism’s never been tried whenever I try to defend free market capitalism and point out that what we have now is crony capitalism and not what I want either.

  3. If Disney are so keen on abortion, they should make a feature-length children’s cartoon about how some muscle-bound bloke with a massive jaw woos and then impregnates a doe-eyed girl-child. It being inconvenient for both of them for her to give birth, we now see big-jaw raise the money for her to undergo manual vacuum aspiration, all in glorious technicolour. It could be a real tear-jerker, consistent with the genre. We could catch a glimpse of the little fetus before it is minced, and we see that it has mommy’s big doe eyes, with a little tear escaping and getting sucked up the vacurette.

    The best thing about it would be that those bigots in Georgia would not be able to see it.

  4. Maybe states like Georgia could ban all entertainment providers that boycott them! Get woke go broke.

  5. When spoken (rather than written) DNC and D&C sound pretty much the same.

  6. On the tube yesterday I saw a bloke wearing the lanyard of wage-slavery, which was printed with inspiring slogans like Think Outside The Box, Lean In, Be the Best, Go the Extra Yard, Team Builder, Respect Difference, etc.
    I wondered how morally crippled you had to be to wear such a dunghill of clichés in public.

  7. Haha, my lanyard of wage slavery says CONTRACTOR.

    Anyway, it seems quite recent that corporations have taken it upon themselves to help stamp out the last vestiges of social conservatism in America. What’s driving it? The wokeness movement has the feel of a religious revival or a even a crusade. The last remnants of the old religion are being destroyed in a mopping up operation. Is this what it felt like when the Roman Christians destroyed the old pagan temples?

  8. Note how Sophie Turner virtue signals about this, but only after her last Game of Thrones pay cheque clears (or maybe NI and Croatia just dont count)

  9. Steve Ballmer’s taking Microsoft from invincible to insignificant in only ten years, thanks to touchy-feely management style, is generally recognised as a hard-to-copy achievement. Satya Nadella is trying his best to emulate, but Steve is a hard act to follow.

  10. Peer pressure is an almost irresistible force. What caused generally normal white males who have spent a lifetime building a business and reaching the top to then turn round and denigrate themselves as the beneficiary of white male straight privilege, instead of as the beneficiaries of dedication and hard work?

    Proposed free market solution: attack the weakest link in the chain — ineffectual Boards of Directors.

    If every Director was required to have (say) 20% of his personal net worth invested in common stock & bonds of that company, in a trust that could not be sold until 3 years after the Director resigned, we might see an entirely different relationship between Boards and the CEOs who are ruining the shareholders’ investments.

  11. On the whole we are too rich and have too much time, this coupled with the demise of religion and social conformity means we can indulge in suicidal cultural revision, I’m sticking with the Chinese half of the family.

  12. @Tim N

    A number of US media giants have publicly stated they will reconsider filming in Georgia if the state’s strict new abortion law takes effect.

    Disney, Netflix and WarnerMedia have all objected to the legislation….

    Lefty SJW activists have added Northern Ireland (eg Game of Thrones, Liine Of Duty) to ban list

    imo live & let live, go where you want, film where you want

    Lefties should watch Chernobyl and Learn

    protected by regulations they helped write which create high barriers to entry

    +1 and explains why unregulated “qualified” builders, mechanics*, plumbers etc demand same as electricians obtained.

    * MOT testers are regulated and must pass annual CPD burden. Also, Gov’t dictates time an MOT takes – good/bad, fast/slow banger/pristine all must conform to ~1/hour rule

  13. @The Meissen Bison on May 31, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Yes.

    D&C the polite term used in private hospitals. DNC – the polite term used for undemocratic socialists & KKK supporters.

  14. “* MOT testers are regulated and must pass annual CPD burden. Also, Gov’t dictates time an MOT takes – good/bad, fast/slow banger/pristine all must conform to ~1/hour rule”

    An hour?

    Fixed at 20 mins here… First MoT after 4 years and then every two years.

    What the bleddy hell do they do for an hour?

  15. Just finished the front end for a Nigerian project, they told us as how they expected 60% Nigerian content; the one bid for valves I did had the Nigerian clown planning to buy in valves (tested and approved) from an Indian firm, pull them to bits and ship them as parts and then reassemble them in Nigeria. Not happening sunshine says the Engineer, why not says Client, we want it. Because says Engineer, your bloke is not qualified to work on these valves, let alone test and requalfy them as fit for purpose. If they fail, as they certainly will, people will die, and fairly horribly! But it’s our policy says Client. Fine says Engineer, you sign them off then, I wont, and the Company won’t. Silence came the reply, no 60% wishful thinking.

  16. it seems quite recent that corporations have taken it upon themselves to help stamp out the last vestiges of social conservatism in America.

    Nope. Been going on at an accelerating pace for at least 20 years now. Years ago those who said it needed to be taken seriously were not taken seriously.

  17. @Bloke in Cyprus on June 1, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Twiddle their thumbs, watch youtube, leave MOT on 4 post ramp and work on car on a 2 post….

    Gov’t – run by “if it prevents one death” loons

  18. “On the tube yesterday I saw a bloke wearing the lanyard of wage-slavery,…”

    When on the Tube, I never cease to marvel at the people who are seemingly oblivious to the fact they are wearing, in public, something that identifies them! I bet they’d all claim to be against national ID cards…

  19. Just finished the front end for a Nigerian project, they told us as how they expected 60% Nigerian content; the one bid for valves I did had the Nigerian clown planning to buy in valves (tested and approved) from an Indian firm, pull them to bits and ship them as parts and then reassemble them in Nigeria.

    I’m impressed by his work ethic. Back in my day he’d have just imported them, slapped 20% on the price, and gone back to sleep.

  20. 20% ? Has MBA taught you nothing?

    You’re too low, make it 100% markup and give me half Get with multi-culti diversity

    /sarc

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