Brad OH Inc. is a person/corporation who has contributed to Between the Shelves. Below is Hal J. Friesen's interview with him.
Brad OH Inc. is a thought conglomerate consisting primarily of
Brad OH, who is based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Brad OH has a background
in psychology, with a philosophy minor. Brad OH Inc. writes with the
intention of entertaining, while drawing attention to a variety of
social and interpersonal quandaries. The Brad OH Inc. blog can be found
at http://bradohinc.com, and includes both posts and short stories, as well as information about his upcoming novel, Edgar’s Worst Sunday.
1. First things first: do you believe that people should be Corporations as well as vice versa?
BRAD OH INC: That’s a great line of inquiry, and we here at Brad OH
Inc. are thrilled to see your appreciation for such crucial issues.
Really though, we think this may be two questions, and therefore we
would be remiss to provide any less than two answers.
I’ll answer the second first, as it’s the easier answer. Let it be
abundantly clear that the question of whether or not Corporations are
people is no question at all: just ask Mitt Romney!
If you ignore the blathering after his key statement, we believe the
point is made abundantly clear. But if you need it better articulated,
you’ll find it here.
Yes, there can be no doubt whatsoever that Corporations are not only
people, but they are the very best of people. They are the creators and
providers, they are the ones who inspire and build where others only
talk and dream. This of course leads us to your other, more relevant
question. Namely: Should people be Corporations?
This too is an easy answer—although again it requires some
clarification…perhaps even a moderate touch of filibustering.
Specifically, we need to discuss the word ‘should’. If we’re to take it
in its proper sense, then we can say at the least that all people should endeavour
to be Corporations, even if they will not all be able to achieve it.
Obviously, people should strive to be their very best. Corporations are
the best possible expression of humanity, and therefore we would
encourage every person to strive to grow into a Corporate person. The
benefits alone are outstanding: tax breaks, immortality, and utterly no
risk from bankruptcy just to name a few.
Now, you may expect me to quote Ayn Rand here, but I’ll do you one
better. In ‘The Republic’, Plato encourages a group of enlightened
elites to lead the demos. What better expression of an enlightened elite
than the Corporation? Our goals, clearly, are more evident and better
pursued than the fickle worries of ordinary humans. That alone should
suffice to illuminate the pressing need for Corporate leadership.
Therefore, it behooves us here at Brad OH Inc. to encourage all basic
people to aspire to greater accomplishments—namely, becoming Corporate.
After all, an increase in Corporate presence is the highest hope for
humanity…at least until we can achieve the end-goal of Corporate
2. Have you or any members of Brad OH Inc ever had any embarrassing
moments in a library? Any responses will be strictly off the record.
BRAD OH INC: Here at Brad OH Inc., we hold ourselves to the highest
possible standards of behaviour. Furthermore, we have a team of legal
professionals on call at all times, ready to denounce responsibility for
any perceived transgressions; so that clearly precludes the possibility
of any officially acknowledged embarrassment.
With that out of the way, there is one incident we recall that may
fit your need to publically deride the creative origins of our
Corporate-Personhood. When we were just a young Corporate Human, we were
reading aloud at a public library to a table of peers. Our chosen book
was something about ‘Gnus’—those abominable animals that can’t quite
decide what they are. The entire point of the book was that the word
‘Gnu’ sounds just like ‘new’ and ‘knew’, however this point was missed
on our still developing phonetic-mandates. Therefore, we pronounced the
word ‘Gnu’ as ‘Ga-noo’—entirely destroying the already limited humour of
the book, and causing us significant lasting shame.
3. Is Neve inspired by a member of Brad OH Inc?
BRAD OH INC: Yes in fact, very astute of you to see this. There was a
young girl we kept down in the copy room, from whom the name and
likeness of the titular character are entirely derived. Have no fear
however, the process was entirely by the books.
You see, Neve owned a small rat named Clarice, who one day managed to
saw through one of the printer cables with its savage little teeth.
Neve’s salary was insufficient to pay for the damages, and so,
mercifully, we here at Brad OH Inc. appropriated her legal name and
likeness, knowing well that we’d sooner or later find some way for it to
pay off her debt. The story in this anthology is the fulfillment of
Neve has since been terminated.
4. At what point in your own reading development did you move like Neve away from purely “happy” stories?
BRAD OH INC: Looking back, we’d have to say that happened pretty
early. Certainly, there were a number of happy-go-lucky stories read to
us before we were officially granted our Corporate-Sovereignty, but even
then, some of our earliest official recollections involve having ‘The
Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ read aloud to us—and those are
bitter-sweet at best.
If you’re at all familiar with our efforts—which you certainly should
be—you’ll know that creation and meaning are imperative to the purposes
of Brad OH Inc. To that end, we’ve found that simple, happy stories do
little to address the questions so essential to the human/ Corporate
experience. It’s through struggle that we grow…and heedless expansion is
one of the key goals of Brad OH Inc.
5. Which Corporation has had the greatest inspiration on Brad OH Inc.’s mission statement?
BRAD OH INC: That’s an interesting question. As far as our Corporate
structure is concerned, we’ve worked hard to emulate all the greats:
Enron, Lehman Brothers, JPMorgan Chase…all the essentials.
As far as our personal, creative goals, you probably already know
that our Corporate Summary Statement is: ‘A thought conglomerate
founded on the fundamental imperative of expounding erratically extreme
philosophic tenets firmly grounded in hubristic narcissism.’ …it doesn’t
get much more clear than that!
As for companies that inspire us on these grounds, the best example
is probably Psychopathic Records. The self-founded label of the Insane
Clown Posse, this label has succeeded not just in developing them from a
tiny local rap act in metro-Detroit, but into an international force to
be reckoned with. Their dedication to the absurd has helped launch
countless acts throughout their existence, and their passion for
ethical-provocation and philosophical exploration is admirable. At Brad
OH Inc., we hope to be as successful in providing such varied, yet
philosophically consistent material.
-Brad OH Inc.
Check out Brad OH Inc’s story “Neve Uncovers the Ultimate Truth of All Things” in Between the Shelves, available now on Amazon and Createspace!