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  •  Yes, but corporations (artificial bodies) are (2+ / 0-)
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    Lisa Lockwood, kurt

    created by legislative bodies (mostly states but some by Congress) and those bodies are, in turn, subservient to the electorate. Legislators across the board have been successful in denying their own culpability. They blame the executive, lobbyists,  private corporate pressure, the courts -- everyone but themselves.  But, if the effort to destroy unions in Wisconsin and Indiana and depriving the cities of Michigan of their charters should have taught us anything, it's that the legislators have the power and authority and, if they misuse the law to abuse individual rights, they need to be removed from office. There's a reason why these offices are up for review every two years.
    We need to remember that legislators and private corporations have a common interest and perspective. Legislative bodies are also corporations (public artificial bodies) organized for specific purposes and to provide the individual participants with personal immunity from the consequences of their actions by letting them delegate functions. This is a useful strategy because it lets people take risks that they would not take if their personal safety were at stake. Corporations can afford to be more innovative because there is someone to back people up in the event of error. What they risk is supposed to be limited by their limited mission. Of course, that's out the window when their mission is reduced to generating a profit or, in the case of punitive legislators not spending resources except to promote their own longevity in office.
    While I'm not in favor of fixed term limits, we out to be wary of people who hold on to public office for decades. Also, we need to question the claim of corporate distance from government. There never has been a time when enterprise didn't suckle at the public teat. "Free market" obviously refers to free resources being taken to market for a profit and the free enterprise ideal is not to have to give anything back. Now that our natural resources have either been depleted or all doled out as private property, legislators resort to contracting out their obligations to deliver public services, giving private corporations an easy and guaranteed profit. That gives us an advantage, if we bother to look at the accounts.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 04:13:07 PM PST

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