Not to beat a dead horse, but the whole Indiana hysteria thing caused me to remember a piece from last year by Patrick Deneen. He found it fascinating, as do I, that there was a very observable cozy relationship in the LGBT movement between the gay activists and the corporations. In his words:
One of the more remarkable partnerships that is least remarked upon today is the coalition that has formed around the effort to advance gay marriage—namely, left-leaning gay activists and corporations. If any political antipathy seemed to be permanent and unchangeable, one would have believed that it would be the Left’s hatred of the Corporation. Corporations, by the Left’s telling, represent almost everything that is wrong in contemporary America—crony capitalism, structural inequality, environmental degradation, worker indignity—in short, legalized immorality. Occupy Wall Street designated the corporation as Enemy #1, and the Left generally begins foaming at the mouth at the mere mention of Citizens United as, effectively, a coup by corporate America against democracy.
Yet, generally unremarked upon has been the deep friendliness between the Left and corporations in the most burning issue of the day (according to the Grammy Awards at least)—gay marriage. It has been particularly noticeable to me as a recently transplanted Hoosier, given recent efforts to defeat the proposed amendment banning gay-marriage in Indiana by a combination of Left gay-activists and corporations. To the extent that the amendment has run into trouble, it has been arguably because of the concerted resistance not by the activist Left—who were always going to have limited traction with an overwhelmingly Republican state legislature—but corporations.
Yes yes, indeed, the corporations have joined hands with the Left for the purposes of uniting together on the Important Issue of Our Time. Odd. But then again, marketing is vital to the success of any business and so, making an entrepreneurial judgement, the Big Bad Corporations have sought to show that they Really Care. Apple’s CEO, for instance, has indicated that he is jumping on the “boycott Indiana” bandwagon. He takes to the Washington Post to
create a public image vent about the Indiana law. He declares he won’t put up with discrimination. This is marketing, nothing else. How do I know? Because, as this piece points out:
However, Cook made no mention of Apple Inc. expanding to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last year. As reported by Arabian Business on Dec. 20, 2014, Apple opened two new stores in Riyadh and Al Khobar. According to Apple’s official website, the corporation has well over 14 retail stores within the Kingdom, as well as numerous other stores the width and breadth of the Muslim World. A number of the same Muslim-majority nations also adhere to Islamic Shari’a law which clearly states homosexuality to be illegal.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes it a bit further. Saudi Arabia executes homosexuals. Publicly executing homosexuals isn’t the only Shari’a compliant move taken in the oil rich nation. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the powerful Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared in 2012 that it is “necessary to destroy all the [Christian] churches of the region.” Not finished with calling for the death of homosexuals or bulldozing churches, the Sheikh also gave the official thumbs-up for 10-year-old girls to be married off against their will.
And of course, as was mentioned yesterday, Angie’s List is declaring war on discrimination by discriminating against Indiana. Fascinating times in which we live.
But Big Businesses have to compete and so a whole collection of other corporations have taken their own steps to
create a public image vent about the freedom law and stand firm with the Left on this social movement. That is to say, they are siding against the small business who would be forced if they are not “allowed” to discriminate, by the strong arm of the State, to provide goods and services to government protected interest groups.
The Left, while portraying itself as the grand protector of minorities and society’s rejects, have the corporate elite on their side. Any movement which is backed by some of the wealthiest members of the American Business and Media class is not a proletariate movement, as they want to pretend.