a reply to: zackli
The problem is that both governments (small groups of individuals who got where they are by being the best at backstabbing, notionally selected by the
people, who are forced to chose between the best of two or more turds, AT BEST, in most cases) and corporations (small groups of people who got where
they are by being the best at backstabbing, who have no notional responsibility toward anything but collecting currency), operate to the detriment of
the whole of the people.
Both do so by exerting CONTROL. Governments are not supposed to control their citizens. Citizens are supposed to control their governments. It is not
for governments to dictate to their people, but for them to grovel before their people and obey their every command and whim, or suffer unpleasant
consequences when they fail to do so. This is something which is not in evidence in this modern age, but it none the less true.
Corporations however, do not even have to keep up the pretense of being publicly responsible, since they have no connection with people, other than
the fact that people are their revenue stream. Big business feels no responsibility toward the individual consumer, only toward ensuring that they
continue to to business, and furthermore, they do not in the main, consider their staff of any great worth either, deeming them a drain on resources,
rather than an asset to be cherished.
So boiled down to its bare essentials, there is very little to pick between the two, aside from this, crucial point...
Governments are SUPPOSED to be controlled by the people, and corporations are controlled by shareholders and CEOs. At least with a government, one has
the understanding that whether or not one has any actual control over ones government or not, one knows that if the government is controlling the
people, something is wrong, and at least has the notional ability to act to change it. However, people have no control, notional or otherwise, over
Therefore, for all that is wrong with them, governments are better than corporations because they are meant to be controlled by the people over whom
they seek to watch, and protect. Their mandate comes from the people, not from shareholders, and therefore is legitimately democratic in purpose.
However, in government, one ought to be beholden to the will of the whole of the people alone. No other factor should ever be allowed to enter the
decision making process on the part of the politicians who act on the behalf of the people.
And yet this is obviously not the case, in any way, shape, or form. Governments spy on innocent citizens, allow corporations to buy their
co-operation, allow shady companies to swindle the taxpaying citizen, spend taxpayer money unwisely, and against the will of the people, make law
which harms the people, make policy internal and external, which can only have a negative effect for the people as a whole...
The fact of the matter is, that government and corporations both, are toxic by their nature, because whether done blatantly as in the case of
corporations, or by the backdoor subtlety we have come to expect from powerful governments, they take power away from the majority, and place it
solely in the hands of a disconnected, amoral, self interested minority. While the rights and needs of every individual in a nation must be weighed
and respected, the whole of the people must be the ones who provide, enact, enforce, and create law. Government is supposed to be self control on a
nationwide scale, not dictatorship in all but name.
And yet, every time power is collected in a place, it is misused, and that is what a government is. It is a collection of power. The only system
which can ever work fairly, is one where no central power exists, where all power is distributed, where there is no head, only many hands making light
work, and the only control exerted, being exerted by the whole of the people, over those who threaten the whole of the people.