Monsano Effect

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While analysts pursue medication for harmful diseases, such as HIV and AIDS, one neglected disease continues to plague millions of individuals: corruption. For example, in the United States, political action committees, commonly known as Super PACs, raise unlimited contributions from corporations, labor unions, and billionaires to influence political candidates, namely Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz. In effect, these “donations” negate preferences and demands proposed by the middle and lower class. Monsanto, an agrochemical corporation, sends private investigators to infiltrate community meetings and monitor local farmers. These companies hope to ruthlessly protect their patents and ultimately control humanity with genetically modified seeds.…show more content…
For instance, when salaries became accessible to the general population, organizations began ranking various Chief Operating Officers (CEOs) by pay. In response, executives ' salaries skyrocketed. Now the average CEO makes 369 times as much as the average worker (Ariely 17-18). However, studies revealed that salaries indirectly correlate with the livelihood and wellness of individuals. Instead, these corrupted modifications were caused by sheer envy, qualities Claudius proudly exhibited towards his beloved brother, Hamlet. Another factor resulting in corruption derives from previous experiences. According to the New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice, criminal behavior is largely attributed to “factors such as social inequality, the influence of peers, social disorganization in a community, and the consequences for an individual of being unable to achieve social success” (Ministry of Justice 3). This explanation justifies Claudius’ irrationality. During Old Hamlet’s reign, noblemen frequently harassed his position and characteristics. As a result, Claudius’ insecurity and naivety emerged, ultimately leading to the murder of his brother. Now, “those that would make mouths at him [would] give twenty, forty, fifty, a hundred ducats apiece for his picture in little” (2.2.387-89). Without neglect or harassment, these corrupted decisions would…show more content…
A notable example relates to Enron, a business focused on the production and transmission of electricity. These corporates manipulated the market through several methods, such as megawatt laundering. Megawatt laundering was the practice of hiding the origin and source of electricity being traded. This corrupted activity was particularly profitable in California, where electricity originating from other regions could be charged at higher prices. Thus, Enron created an appearance that electricity was generated out of state to maximize profits (Clemens 954-55). Such manipulative practices depict the true nature of transnational corporations. These businesses desire government subsidies and profits compared to the livelihood and wellness of consumers. Ultimately, economic greed led to deceitfulness, traits Claudius presented throughout the play. For example, Claudius urged Hamlet to travel to England to “relax.” In reality, Claudius convinced Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to deliver a message about Hamlet’s upcoming fate in England: death. In other words, Claudius deceived his family to protect his reputation and wealth, which is treason, the highest criminal offense in a territory. Another example of economic corruption relates to the subprime mortgage crisis. When the Securities and Exchange Commission’s net capital rule relaxed in enforcement, large investment banks expanded their issuance of mortgage-backed securities,
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