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    annieli, Minnesota Deb, a2nite

    people who want no laws talking about being law-abiding.

    The law, as it applies to individuals is prohibitive. The gun nuts want no prohibitions, period.

    On the other hand, the law, as it applies to corporations, is permissive. So, for example, the manufacture of lethal weapons is a permitted activity, conditioned on certain restrictions being met. That's actually true of all corporate enterprise. Where we fall down is in not setting conditions for their operation which insure that their activities are not harmful to either man or nature.
    Because of our failure to set appropriate pre-conditions on corporate operations, corporations not only enjoy the same presumption as individuals (that all behavior is good, unless it is demonstrably not), but, as a consequence of their concerted actions, their operations are almost certain to become unmanageable.
    So, corporations end up being more hazardous and less restricted than any natural person.

    Whom shall we blame? Since most private corporations operate with state charters, the states are to blame for being lax. Indeed, one of the reasons Citizens United was decided as it was, was because the Congress had arrogated powers to control corporations over which it has no jurisdiction.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:30:47 PM PST

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