The financial page – Unlikely alliances

I was glad to read that big business is now the toughest opponent of states trying to limits LGBT rights.

Some of America’s biggest companies are pushing a progressive agenda in the conservative heartland. In a nutshell, their position is not philanthropist but stating that the laws are

“bad for our employees and bad for business.”

A little corporate muscle flexing can work wonders, it turns out. The article is full of examples of corporations fighting for social justice:

  • Apple, Pfizer, Microsoft, Marriott, Lionsgate Studio, Deutsche Bank, PayPal in North Carolina;
  • G.E., Pepsi, Dow in Mississipi;
  • Disney in Georgia;
  • Citigroup and Wells Fargo in South Dakota;
  • Walmart in Arkansas.

It also quotes a comprehensive 2014 study of two decades of public-opinion data by the political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page showing that the views of business leaders and the economic élite matter far more to politicians than what ordinary voters want. Social conservatives have been the most loyal Republican voters for thirty years. But now they are waking up to the fact that their voice counts for less than Disney’s.