[FoRK] Cato Unbound: The Case for the Libertarian Democrat

Stephen D. Williams < sdw at lig.net > on > Tue Oct 3 09:41:25 PDT 2006

I don't buy that gov. and corp. power is anything alike.  In fact, they 
are opposite in many ways.
Gov. influence is mandatory, corp. influence is discretionary.
People seem to confuse decisions by others as always being out of their 
control.  This might be true of some possibly large fraction who are, to 
some extent, sheep, but it is not true of everyone.

It might be sad when we take a long time to realize that something is 
bad for us, but we will eventually reward the good corps. and trash the 
bad ones.
Corps. are vulnerable, gov. is, generally, not.  Happily, screwing up in 
a corporate setting is ever more dangerous which will make them 
comparative bastions of purity compared to gov. (and whichever party has 
been in power too long, Republicans these days).


Tom Higgins wrote:
> On 10/2/06, Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> wrote:
>> [I do tend to agree with the assertion that corporations should scare
>> a committed libertarian even more than government given our economy,
>> and with the assertion that the current republican party should scare
>> a committed libertarian even more than the current democratic party.]
> I never have understood the supposed delineation of raw power to
> control our lives between the gov and corps. Corps can set a lifestyle
> that peope will willingly buy into and thus set the groundwork for the
> very fabric of political debate, such as it is.
> The Three Ring Circus image of American Gov forgets that its the
> Corporations that supply the tent, the popcorn, and the ads that bring
> folks into the circus.
> -tomhiggins
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