"You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me, 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store"
—Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Sixteen Tons"
"Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!
Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs! Moloch whose factories dream and croak in the fog! Moloch whose smoke-stacks and antennae crown the cities!
Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Moloch whose name is the Mind!"
—Allen Ginsberg, "Howl"
“Wealth aggregates and becomes political power. Simple as that. ‘Corporation’ is just the most recent name for it. In the Middle Ages it was the Catholic Church. They had a great logo, too. You might have seen it, and they had more branches than Starbucks. Go back before that, and it was Imperial Rome. It’s a natural process as old as humanity.”
—Daniel Suarez, Freedom™
Doctor: You blood-sucking leech! You won't stop until you own the entire galaxy, will you? Don't you think commercial imperialism is as bad as military conquest?
Collector: Mm, we have tried war, but the use of economic power is far more effective.
"It's a security system worthy of Shinra. After all, all the power in Midgar and the world, for that matter, is controlled by them."
"When deep space exploration ramps up, it'll be the corporations that name everything: the IBM Stellar Sphere. The Microsoft Galaxy. Planet Starbucks."
"Who do you think runs Congress? Big Pharma. It's the big pharmaceutical companies, Glenn, that make all the big decisions. Big Pharma paves your roads. Big Pharma delivers your mail. Who do you think teaches your kids how to read? Teachers? Try again: Big Pharma. Big Pharma took us to war in Vietnam, synthesized crack, and killed Kennedy. Big Pharma came from outer space, invented Ben Franklin, started a little company called the Internet, and polluted the ocean with high-fructose corn syrup. We're everywhere, Glenn."
— Ben Hayflick, Childrens Hospital
"And when at last it is time for the transition from megacorporation to planetary government, from entrepreneur to emperor, it is then that the true genius of our strategy shall become apparent, for energy is the lifeblood of this society and when the chips are down he who controls the energy supply controls the planet. In former times the energy monopoly was called "The Power Company"; we intend to give this name an entirely new meaning."
— CEO Nwabudike Morgan - "The Centauri Monopoly", Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri
"Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill."
— CEO Nwabudike Morgan, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri
"Of course we'll bundle our Morgan-Net software with the new network nodes; our customers expect no less of us. We have never sought to become a monopoly. Our products are simply so good that no one feels the need to compete with us. "
— Morgan Data Systems press release, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri
"WESAYSO: We know what you want. We know what you need. We know where you live."
"Take a close look at the track record of this company. You'll see that we've gambled in markets usually regarded as nonprofit. Hospitals. Prisons. Space exploration. I say good business is where you find it."
— Richard "Dick" Jones, RoboCop (1987)
"Large corporations welcome innovation and individualism in the same way the dinosaurs welcomed large meteors."
Tak: All they see is another faceless corporation, not a plan for world conquest.
Dib: Wait... is there really a difference?
"What do we do? What don't we do?"
— Massive Dynamic motto, Fringe
"You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today... The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime."
— Arthur Jensen, Network
“The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest. They always did. They always will… They will have the same effect here as elsewhere, if we do not, by [the power of] government, keep them in their proper spheres.”
—Gouverneur Morris, co-author of the U.S. Constitution in 1787
"El pulpo meant the Octopus, also known as the United Fruit Company, whose annual revenues were twice that of the Guatemalan state. Recently, their workers had gone on strike; selfishly, they had wanted to be paid $1.50 a day for their interesting work."
—Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
"Those on the left backed by NGOs will say that access to air is a human right. However, oxygen is just like anything else. It's a commodity. People want it. And a market value should ascribed to it...Once we know what air is worth, we'll know how large the subsidies need to be to keep poor people breathing."
—Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, former CEO of Nestlé
"Goldman Sachs is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
“It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions — you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism.”
"Turns out [Steve] Jobs might have literally been speaking in the first person when he started slapping I's in front of everything he sold. As in, "I am Steve Jobs and I just sold you suckers a gadget that iDesigned, iControl and iBreak if you break my arbitrary rules."
"Leave it to Disneyland to turn Snow White into the preschool version of Paris Hilton, kids into celebrity stalkers and parents into slightly disgruntled paparazzi."
— Rick Vanderknyff, 10 Things I Miss About Disneyland
"Evil empires are a mainstay of RPGs and adventure games. To most gamers, they are things of the distant past... So Final Fantasy VII gives us Shinra, a megaconglomerate that had dominated the world's market to such an overwhelming degree that it has become the Planet's most influential entity. Shinra is technically nothing more than a business firm operating in (what appears to be) a capitalist system, and yet it has grown so powerful that it has superceded the government of the country in which it has based, take over other cities (like Junon), and even maintains its own military force. I'll spare you the arguments and extracurricular materials and assume you're capable of connecting a few dystopic dots yourself."
—Pat R., "This Game Are Sick"
Ruby was sitting next to the heir to the single wealthiest company in the world. The Schnee Corporation had their hands in everything Ruby could name. They did anything and everything and had... well, whatever they wanted.
— The fanfic Hypothermia