By ‘perks’, I’m not talking about bribes, trips, discounts, etc, I’m talking about hiding the negative side of their behavior to prevent powerful and influential people from turning against organizations that do not want powerful enemies.
When a nation brings dignitaries over, they usually try to prevent them from seeing the more unpleasant side of the nation. So the homeless are cleared out of the way, the building are repainted, pollution is cleaned up, etc (this happened with the olympics in China as an example). The goal is to make the powerful visiting dignitary believe the nation is a better place than it actually is by keeping them in the dark about how things really work when they are dealing with powerless people.
In the documentary Maxed Out, which was about predatory lending, there was a consumer advocate who claimed about 90% of credit ratings had errors, and that these errors led to higher fees and rates. He said it was easy for companies to eliminate these errors, but they didn’t want to (probably because it let them get money from the errors). But he also said that the companies did a good job of scrubbing the records of influential people like congressmen/women, and I believe celebrities. The implication was to keep powerful people in the dark by hiding the more negative aspects of day to day life, because powerful people (people who have political power or social capital) who turn on these companies could actually do some damage. The vast majority of people who get screwed over cannot really fight back.
And I’ve heard health insurance companies do not really perform rescissions or denials of coverage on powerful people for the same reason, they do not want to make powerful enemies. They’ll do rescissions and denials to people who are fairly defenseless, but not to senators, congressmen, governors, etc. because they don’t want powerful enemies. If you refuse to cover surgery to the daughter of a senator with 20 years in the senate, you’ve probably just created another Bernie Sanders. If you do it to Joe Blow, he has no real recourse other than a few LTTE.
So what other perks do powerful and influential people get from the corporate world to hide them from the negative side of things? Their credit records are scrubbed of errors, they supposedly get few/no health insurance denials or rescissions, but what else is done to keep them in the dark about economic or social injustice?