Be wary of CEO worship

  People ignore their original intentions and their own values, and tout the CEO’s management wisdom as the basis for success, and regard this wisdom as the fundamental remedy to solve the structural problems of the global free market. The CEO society is an unequal society. People judge heroes based on success or failure, but this judgment standard occupies the moral commanding heights.
  On November 9, 2016, to everyone’s surprise, Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States. His victory surprised the whole world. For some people, they rejoice and think that this is a blow to the corrupt economic and political system, but for others, they are afraid that this is the rise of racial discrimination, sexism, xenophobia and authoritarianism. Almost everyone agrees that liberal democracy and capitalism are full of uncertainty, and it has only been ten years since they achieved their indisputable status. In fact, in the process of running for the presidency, Trump is not the only one who questioned the status quo of the United States. Despite the election failure, the election of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is itself a welcome advancement for many people. It is a manifestation of anti-system grassroots forces injected into the deep-rooted American oligarchy and elite regime.
  These events did not happen in a vacuum. They marked that the populist attacks on the orthodox position of neoliberalism and the free market in Europe and the United States have become more and more violent, and even reached a commanding height. From politicians and decision makers to ordinary people, they are all aware of the danger of out-of-control neoliberalism. Trump’s popularity in this situation is even more frightening. The strange thing is that, despite all sectors of society questioning the globalization of the free market, thousands of Americans voted for the super-rich CEO to be elected president.
  Generally speaking, even at the most dangerous moments in the history of capitalism, people still fantasize that business leaders are the backbone of the real thing. The irony is that business leaders, the incarnation of capitalism—the chief culprit of economic crises, political corruption, and environmental destruction—have been sought after and thought to be desperate to change the status quo. Why is his heroic image so deeply rooted in the hearts of the people?
  Good and Evil CEO
  CEOs are the most noticeable and contradictory images in contemporary society, and they are also one of the most famous groups. The new generation of CEOs, such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, have become the envy and admiration of the public, just like business leaders such as the deceased former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. However, everyone has different opinions, coupled with the rapid changes in political factions and news media, any CEO may be admired or cast aside. They may be portrayed as utopians and realists at the same time. They are both moral models and negative textbooks. They are both generous philanthropists and selfish collectors. They are both the key to success and a stumbling block to success. Therefore, people’s attitude towards them is both love and hate, thinking that they are a threat to the world today, and that they are the savior of the world.
  How should we understand this contradictory modern character? Why do people always believe that the CEO has virtue again and again? A brief description of the functions performed by these business leaders will give an explanation: it is they who lead the enterprise to promote the development of the global market economy. However, such a simple and crude explanation cannot capture the attractiveness and power of CEOs in today’s era, nor can it reveal how CEOs use this attractiveness to avoid outside accusations against them-people accuse them of gaining them at the expense of others. Privileges, they are representatives of the elite rich class. For many people, CEOs are great prophets and heroes with the strongest action. They not only run businesses and make profits, but they are also positioned as the main producers of global wealth.
  Is the admiration of the CEO community surprising? In today’s era, inequality is getting worse and business leaders are getting more money. It seems normal for people to look up to these obvious social winners with ambition. With generous economic returns and social praise, everything that CEOs have seems to be well deserved, as if each of them has gone through hardships and achieved today’s brilliance on their own.
  This description of the CEO has undoubtedly penetrated into the hearts of ordinary people and affected their judgment. This effect is particularly obvious in some countries, because these countries combine neoliberalism with liberal democracy and global capitalism to form the current world order.
  However, there are also different versions of the story about the CEO. Some business leaders are considered to be the initiators of the 2008 financial crisis, and some have been controversial due to various corporate scandals. The stories of these CEOs are even more exciting. The media’s description of the stories is not a common praise tone, but believes that these CEOs should be removed from the altar and be relegated to the most feared villains. Although CEOs may be praised as innovative pioneers who create value, they may also be portrayed as psychopaths and parasites. If it is the latter, the problem people face is no longer how CEOs save the economy, but how to save our society and economy from the greedy clutches of CEOs.
  In spite of the ills and setbacks, CEOs continue to be portrayed as the embodiment of capitalist virtues. Even if they cause so many disasters, they are still regarded by the public as an indispensable force for achieving social and economic progress. From this point of view, CEOs are the ones who can explore smart ways to fight climate change. Only they can cut the burden of red tape and balance economic growth and responsibility. Have CEOs become the last and greatest hope of saving the world? For some people, the answer is a resounding “yes”!
  Is the CEO turning the tide?
  People not only admire the CEO, but also try to imitate the CEO, which reflects the precipitation of market rationality on the social level. Market rationality advocates that human wisdom and enthusiasm must be used to win the game of society, politics, economy, and life. However, the common phenomenon today is that people have fallen into rivals in survival and wealth. A good life seems to belong only to those who are rich or noble. People think that CEOs can give them the money and power they need to realize their dreams. The only thing they have to do is to win the game by unscrupulous means. Only then can they finally win and get happiness. .
  The CEO society is the product of decades of neoliberal political and economic reforms. It is not limited to the management level, nor is it just the application of corporate management practices to non-corporate organizations. The values ​​it contains have been closely linked with the CEO at the cultural level and have been applied to all aspects of human life. CEO society is anti-democratic, highly individualistic, and respects means, decisiveness, competition, profitability, efficiency and effectiveness.
  In the CEO society, the CEO is not only an elite position, but also represents a way of life of seeing things and dealing with things, and can be accepted by different cultures, classes and personal circumstances. If you want to be promoted, the wisdom of the CEO can teach you how to become prosperous in the workplace; if you want to get a wonderful love, you can use the method of the CEO to get the love of the girl in your dreams. In the face of difficulties in life, a motto often said by Christians is “If it were Jesus, what would he do”, but now, people may want to imagine “If it were a CEO, what would he do”. It is said that the answer to this question will enable you to live a life that is otherwise unattainable.
  However, obsessively learning about CEOs will harm society and bring profound effects to society. CEOs socially exclude other concepts, promote competition, means, and exploitation, advocate the principles of tolerance, justice, cooperation, deep thinking, equality, and collective transformation, and summarize human survival into a set of market formulas, driven by the desire of individuals to succeed at all costs promote. In addition, the CEO society will give people a good wish that individuals can have strong power, and this phantom will only deepen people’s powerlessness, and then make people at the mercy of the instigator. Not criticizing, questioning, or overthrowing this status quo will inevitably lead to social degradation and moral bankruptcy.
  For example, the 2008 financial crisis particularly profoundly challenged the power and influence of contemporary CEOs. In 2016, in the United States, regarded as the modern bastion of the free market revolution, Bernie Sanders, who did not take the usual path, ran for president. Behind his rather moderate social democratic policy is a profound revolutionary force that promotes change. This is a sign that CEO values ​​may undergo a fundamental change worldwide. But if you want to further realize this kind of change, you must dig further and critically understand why CEOs are still attractive in the face of ironclad evidence that undermines politics and the economy.