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I do not believe that corporations have control over my life.

Posted by: DonS ( USA ) on November 15, 1999 at 10:30:26:

In Reply to: Only CONSPICUOUS control is bad? posted by Stoller on November 12, 1999 at 11:40:27:

: Stoller:
: Government---or business, little difference---IS force, the force of one set of property relations upon another.

: Don: The difference is substantial. The buisness down the street isn't going to have some sturmtruppen break in my door. The government might. I don't have to buy what the buisness sells or give them money if I don't want their product. Not so with the government.

: Only conspicuous control is bad? Covert control is OK?

Don: I do not believe that corporations have control over my life. Covert or otherwise. As a consumer, I exert more control over them then they do over me.

: Stoller:
: To advocate a society where there exists no government is to advocate a classless society.

: Don: I see no reason why a class system would not exist in the absense of government.

: That's a triple negative there, Don; it's a bit unclear what you're saying...

: But if you ARE saying that a class system would exist WITHOUT government, you have nothing but arid theories to back you up.

Don: Yes, a class system can exist without government.

: Squatters would not be 'dealt with'?

: Or do you support the feudal notion that 'protection' should be private?

Don: I support a minimal state, which will include a justice system.

: Exxon would not like THAT one bit.

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