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  •  Corporations Are At Best Psychotic. (14+ / 0-)

    They have no intrinsic method of being rewarded for restraint, they only are rewarded for action. All humans, cultures and really all organisms have intrinsic rewards for inaction under many conditions. If they didn't, people at least would be judged mentally ill.

    So to launch an active entity into society that can grow as powerful as a million or a billion people, which is missing half of what makes humans viable and productive members of society, is a very dangerous step to take.

    The question of good or evil is beside the point. The point is that corporations lack basic self control and so are dangerous. This has been understood by some of us since before we were a country.

    It was a global corporation whose tea our eventual founders angrily dumped into Boston Harbor. Two of our key framers, Jefferson and Madison, wanted the Bill of Rights to include a freedom from economic monopoly as a fundamental human right. But their system ultimately was well behind its own times in understanding the evolving economy it was intended to govern.

    Because of that, our economy went through a constant series of booms, panics and depressions from our founding till the New Deal.

    Essential inhibitory mechanisms must be supplied by government regulation to keep all manner of corporate behavior civilized. The country and the world need a champion for this essential national security function of government; liberals have in the past been that champion and they need to push back clearly and hard against our past 1/3 century's libertarian small-government madness.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 05:28:38 PM PDT

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