Posted by: graemebird | July 28, 2009

More On The Place Of Corporations In Society

The reason we may choose to discriminate or choose not to hinges on whether the corporation is an institution which has fidelity to the concept of freedom of association. And to what extent that remains true.

Let me give you an example. There was a rich man who believed in liberty in about the same vein as the great freedom warrior Milton Friedman. This man established a foundation to spend part of his estate. That foundation was to promote liberty and classical Western values. It was to do so for a number of years and then wind itself up.

This foundation was to wind itself up. It was a mortal foundation. It was to wind itself up prior to the resources of its founder being able to be taken over by leftists and Gramscian interlopers.

WAS JOHN M OLIN SO VERY WRONG IN HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE IDEA OF GROWING AGENCY?

I think John M Olin had it right. I think that the Ford and Carnegie foundations are outrages against the founders, and that the Rhodes scholarship must have crossed some evil threshold when William Jefferson Bligh (oh alright “Clinton”) took advantage of it.

Clearly once a managerial elite has taken over this non-persons resources, and most particularly a leftist elite, or some elite out of keeping with the original intention of the founders of the new legal entity……

….. clearly this is no longer a pure expression of freedom of association. And rather has become a farcical expression of a largely government-influenced corporation, somewhat in contempt of the real individuals, dead or alive, whose rights we must protect….. as against the non-person corporation whose rights we ought to respect PROVISIONALLY if the system we are working under tends to have it that these corporations tend to be expressions of the principle of freedom-of-association.

There is simply not enough done on this in libertarian circles.

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Got it? It says “WE THE PEOPLE”

It does not say WE THE CORPORATIONS. Nor does it say WE THE PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS ALIKE.

It says we the people.

Now don’t get me wrong. We need corporations. We need corporations to be able to separate a talented mans many interests. To be able to let someone break free from the family or the church and establish a sort warm pond of independent nurturing for the goals of this project along. Independent of the many slings and arrows that may be thrown against the founder and possibly independent of the founder himself.

We DO NEED these non-human legal entities. But we need to think real hard about them. Because in an environment of decades of government regulation and abuse they are really now, for the most part, creatures of government.

And the last thing we need is for corporations, to be Frankenstein-by-osmosis.. creations from hellfire and abuse…. just being there and just hanging there getting in the way of the liberty of the real people, breathing and living.

I have a sentimental idea to get rid of them totally. Phase them out over a half century or so. But on a technical level I realise that this would not be the right thing to do.

More is the pity.

Chodorov
28 Jul 09 at 5:43 pm

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