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  •  Constitutional Crisis? (0+ / 0-)

    To my eyes it's appearing that with information technology the economy has outgrown the people, and with that, the framers' theories of government.

    In any area I look, gains for the people seem to require immediate tangible losses for corporate ownership, whether it's education, health care, awareness of current events, incomes, environmental protection, worker safety, all the social safety net from cradle to grave --you name it.

    The best we can say to corporate America is that if the people are given a little better deal, the country might be more pleasant to live in.

    But since corporate America can now automate or hire every needed bit of human input discretely, it no longer needs to bear the inevitable regulatory cost of a healthy, aware middle class. Education? It can hire design and innovation from offshore. Wages? There are now 3 billion competitors for every job.

    And so on.

    The economy and the people are almost totally adversarial, stuck in a system of government conceived for an economy that was largely owned and run by masses of people. I don't see how a party can represent both the people and much of the economy at the same time, other than by agreeing with ownership that ownership must become aristocratic while the masses' living standards must plunge, but perhaps managing it more humanely than the other party.

    I wish I had a quick fix in mind.

    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 Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 07:23:53 AM PDT

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    •  I don't believe this at all, G'rock (3+ / 0-)
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      GayHillbilly, ohiolibrarian, MO Blue

      You make it sound as though there were some natural, evolutionary progression from an economy that supports ordinary working people, towards an economy that is so corporate-riven and corporate-driven that ordinary working people get screwed.  There is no such natural progression.  The ascendency of corporate power, influence, and wealth has been initiated by -- and buttressed by -- a series of deliberate government policies, many (most?) of which are Republican in origin.

      The grant of corporate status as 'persons' -- and then expanding rights to corporations as though they were human persons, are not the product of natural evolution -- they are policy choices.

      The grant of monopolies, and the grant of rights conferred by patents, are not the product of natural evolution -- they are policy choices.  

      Limitations on the rights of laborers and depredations of the power of trades unions are not evolutionary -- they are policy choices.

      Failing to protect ordinary workers from less-than-living wages is not evolutionary -- it's a policy choice.

      Permitting American multinationals to pay wages and benefits overseas at rates far lower than are paid domestically, is not evolutionary -- it's a policy choice.

      Protecting corporations from products liability is not evolutionary -- it's a policy choice.

      Protecting corporations from liability for discrimination based on age, gender, race, sexual preference, and the like, is not evolutionary -- it's a policy choice.

      Equating expenditures of campaign or lobbying money, with the free speech rights of natural persons, is not evolutionary -- it's a policy choice.

      I don't believe for one minute that corporate power can no longer be reigned in, or that corporations have to exist at the expense of ordinary working people.  Corporations come into existence by grant of the state; they can be regulated by the state.  Failure to do so is a policy decision.

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