Inhumanity is (unfortunately) Rational – Vignette Four

[Steve’s note – this continues the various short vignettes highlighting parts of Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man Here are links to parts one, two, and three.]

Congress asked the CEOs of insurance companies how they could justify withdrawing healthcare from sick people. (It’s about 30 minutes into the episode of This American Life found here.)

“It was allowed under the laws of the state,” they said.

It makes sense, after all. They are representing companies, beholden to the stockholders. The real customers of our corporations are not the people who buy their products. The customers are the stockholders. Therefore, they must maximize profits.

Real people denied the care they need never becomes part of the equation.

It’s only rational.

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