I'm watching a really good film right now, The Corporation. If you haven't seen it, do. Its a documenary about what a corporation is, how they came to be, what they are (conclusion: psycopaths), and the implications (not good, not good at all). Now, I admit, being a scholar of Earth Science, often my concerns rest in time scales of millions of years. Thinking in quarters is not my forte. Hence, I sought refuge in the Ivory Tower of academia, where time is often measured on semi-decadal time scales (and in the South, nontheless, where time just moves slower in general) and where my efforts largely have no profit agenda. But higher Education is increasinlgy modeling itself after big business, and so my planned escape of reality may ultimately be foiled.
To be honest, I think a lot of our woes as a society, and soon as a planet, stem from the epidemic of short-term thinking. I do take some small comfort in the fact that my occupation gives me an opportunity to convince members of Generation Y to take their attention spans off Shuffle and think about the impact of a new cell phone every 2 years for their entire lives, not to mention every Big Gulp cup that will end up in a land-fill and the CO2 output for every kilowatt hour of central air they enjoy. Plundering of the Earth is on-going, what are We going to do?
Luckliy there are people out there trying to find ways to get these publicly chartered organizations back to being responsible to the public whom they supposedly serve. Check out the Center for Corporate Policy, because the U.S. government has its hands stuck in too many pockets of Big Buisness to do any legitimate policing of it.
If you're bored sometime, read up on Monsanto. Evil incarnate.
Then, if you are motivated to act, look up a few links here.