Will someone please define exactly what “power” a corporation yields over me (eminent domain abuse doesn’t count, as it is power reserved for the government).
McDonald’s has never given me a speeding ticket, Coca-cola has never busted me smoking a joint, Microsoft has yet to throw me in jail for buying a Mac.
What is this corporate power? Advertising? If you’re so fucking dumb that you obey every advertisement you see, then I suppose it’s not difficult to believe that companies hold power over you!
I have always been fascinated by the idea that I should resent and fear a large corporation which can do nothing to me without my consent and active participation, while at the same time I should love and trust the government, an institution based wholly on forcing me to do things I do not wish to do.
Bill Gates (or the evil robber-baron du jour) cannot set one foot on my property without permission. Yet, the local dog catcher can enter my property, remove my beloved animals and sell them off, and I can do nothing about it without risking a violent confrontation with the near-infinite physical power of the state. Given this dichotomy, why should I fear the rich individual or the corporate entity more than the least government employee?
Corporations don’t present less of a threat than the state because the people in them are more inherently moral and trustworthy than people in government. Instead, corporations present less of a threat because we structure them to function in a voluntary, non-violent environment. It seems obvious that to build a better, safer world, we should concentrate on moving as many functions as possible into the realm of non-violence and reduce the functions we accomplish by threats of violence.
Now if you will excuse me. A SWAT team from McDonald’s just kicked in my front door because I no longer supersize.