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I live in this fantasy world where there is a two-state solution to the ideological divide in our country. In this fantasy we make a rule that allows business owners to ignore ALL laws, all of them, as long as they put the word "republican" somewhere in their business' name.

Big Al's Bait Shop would become Big Republican Al's Bait Shop or Big Al's Bait Shop, A Republican Business. Big Al could have the freedom to decide. Big Al loves freedom... for him.

The trade off for Al is that he no longer gets access to the courts, the police, the fire department... any government service for that matter. This is good for Al because all these things are in the way of his success.

The idea behind this plan is judo inspired: use your opponents strength against him. In this case use your opponents idiotic ideology against him.

If you knew a business had no obligation to provide safe food you wouldn't eat there. If you couldn't sue if you slipped on his un-shoveled sidewalk you wouldn't go there. If Al couldn't call the fire department if his shop was on fire... he might (might) think twice about this plan.

The idea of this plan is to let Al find out for himself that his anti-government bootstrap nn-sense is essential to his customer's expectations of commerce and they will not engage him without certain expected conditions. So as Al's business dried up as a result of his ideology, so would his ridiculous ideology.

It's all fantasy. I know. I don't need you to tell me it's a fantasy in the comments, I get that it's a fantasy. It's fantasy because there are two many details to work out, but also because Al doesn't think about things like this. When business dried up he'd find a new scapegoat for his failure and nothing would be solved.

Here's what's not though: R-Corps.

Right now there are C-Corps, S-Corps, B-Corps.... in short there are myriad ways, depending on the state in which you register your company, to register your corporation and we should get a new one: the Religious Corporation.

The R-Corp allows the owner's religious beliefs to be codified in their charter. Boom: We now know, upfront, this hobby supply store believes wife beating is biblically prescribed (it is) and we can avoid that store from the beginning. We now know this car dealership believes plural marriage is allowed by the bible (it is) and we can buy our car somewhere else. We now know this dry cleaner believes double espressos cause abortions...

The R-Corp is not a good idea because it would be a good idea fr corporations to have religious beliefs. It's not. It's a terrible idea. It might be a good idea, however, because it gives us a tool, just like the word "Republican" in Big Al's sign, to avoid companies who believe their religious beliefs are an important part of the exchange of goods and services.

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  •  Thanks for the fantasies. (0+ / 0-)

    Because it is a fantasy, R Corps might take the former - the ability to do whatever they want in the name of their religious beliefs - but would insist on their right to all the benefits of a non-R Corp.

    But how about adding a requirement to your fantasy that they make available to customers a statement of those religious beliefs - using your examples, say, in a true/false format.  I'd throw in one about usury just for the heck of it.

    The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin

    by penelope pnortney on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 06:49:45 AM PDT

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