From Big Tech to Big Pharma, to Big Ag and Big Oil, it is plain to see how uncaring huge companies are towards their customers, and perhaps more shockingly, how little regard they have for the planet and the societies that have been making them rich. The concept of corporate social responsibility has been around for at least half a century already, but it is crystal clear that the expectation of many governments and citizens that individual corporations and whole industries could be trusted to self-regulate their practices in order to ensure that they are ethical, and have beneficial, or at least benign impacts on society, was naïve to say the least. What is surprising is that many people are only just waking up to this blindness now, when in many cases the damage wrought on the environment, people, and cultures of the world by profit-driven greedy, selfish, and destructive businesses may be irreversible.
This latest case against Shell, one of the biggest extractive businesses in the world, that is responsible for an enormous share of the damage done to the environment and a monumental contribution to global warming, is only the tip of the iceberg – a rapidly melting iceberg, thanks to the global heating that these bastards have been directly causing. Their indefensible positions that they are just giving the world what it wants, referred to here as the “drug-dealer’s defence”, is as inexcusable as it is reprehensible. Whether or not these leeches will be held accountable for their colossal devastation remains to be seen, but at least this case draws attention to the raping of the earth that has been carried out under the guise of “economic activity” for much too long.