Democracy. Republic. Socialism. Fascism. Communism. Monarchy. Despotism. There have been countless forms of government in the history of mankind, but none quite like corporatism. The concept in the black swan series can be best described as an interesting blend of fascism, socialism, communism, and capitalism. Let’s look at all three.
Fascism is “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” America incorporated is not led by a CEO with complete power as he reports to the board of directors, but it is more authoritative than the presidency was in the United States. All industry and commerce are definitely regimented under this system, and aggressive nationalism is nothing more than aggressive belief in the parent corporation.
Socialism, as the American socialist Daniel de Leon defined it, "is that social system under which the necessaries of production are owned, controlled and administered by the people, for the people, and under which, accordingly, the cause of political and economic despotism having been abolished, class rule is at end. That is socialism, nothing short of that." and we might add, nothing more than that! By this narrow definition, America incorporated doesn’t sound like a company that embraces socialist principles.
But this is the muddiest of political ideologies. America Incorporated follows a more market socialist model which is a compromise between socialism and capitalism. In this type of society, the government still owns many of the resources, but market forces determine production and demand. Corporate workers are also enticed with incentives to increase efficiency. The parent company has eliminated internal competition among the people and put everyone on a level playing field. Every employee in the corporation is expected to work, and as a result, everyone reaps the same benefits and prospers equally (the qulis are a different matter). Therefore, everyone receives equal earnings, medical care and other necessities.
Communism is “a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state. It is a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party. As America Incorporated owns all property within the sphere of influence, this concept applies, at least in part.
Capitalism is “a system of economics based on the private ownership of capital and production inputs, and on the production of goods and services for profit. The production of goods and services is based on supply and demand in the general market (market economy), rather than through central planning (planned economy). Capitalism is generally characterized by competition between producers.” In the black swan saga, capitalism is a feature most seen on the global scale between the mega-corporations that make up the IGI. Only in a few corporations is internal competition embraced.
Corporatism borrows from elements of each of these major political ideologies to varying degrees, although readers who are proponents of one or another may beg to differ. Employees of America Incorporated and the other world corporations are believers in the superiority of this system. With few exceptions in isolated geographic locations, there is no crime, war, poverty, homelessness or unemployment. The class system that exists (ivies, middies, qulis) are more of an emergent culture invented by employees. Under parent companies (again with the exception of qulis), employees are regarded as equals in status if not position. There is no gender or race discrimination. Sexual harassment in the workplace is met with severe consequences in the rare instances it happens.
The competition between corporations negates the criticisms of listlessness levied against socialist and communist forms of government, although the central control unique to fascism does not allow capitalist forms of entrepreneurship and innovation to thrive. In essence, corporatism seeks to find a balance of these four ideologies that allows the people of the world to live in peace and prosperity.
Does it work? Is this a form of government you could live under?