As Trump’s haphazard Muslim ban began to impact travelers, the most fortunate victims played their trump card. Corporations went to work around the clock to get relief for their employees. And it was corporations, not the ACLU or the US government, that worked to deliver the most comprehensive relief to date from our new white nationalist regime.
A new post at Forbes explores the rising value of a ‘corporate passport’ as the protections once afforded by an American passport or green card come under attack.
Advantages that came with a US passport have been weakening in relative terms for decades. The US is no longer alone as a global magnet for talent and investment. Countries in East Asia and Europe are offering a combination of freedom, business opportunity and stability that makes them attractive havens. But beyond just global competition, a new brand of citizenship is beginning to compete with a US passport or green card as the world’s greatest source of personal power and protection. In the age of Trump, US citizenship or residency no longer delivers the protections of due process that holders once took for granted. A new identity is emerging as the most coveted source of humane, rational protections. Our most crucial trump card is an employee ID badge, your corporate passport.
The rising power and influence of corporations is not a happy development. However, in a climate dominated by an increasingly unstable US regime, it is a comfort to know that there is an alternative power center available. A corporate ID offers at least some protections against abuse by police and immigration officers in the ‘land of the free.’