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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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