Posted by: jackslife | April 27, 2009

Big Corporations = Big Government?

From William Brafford at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen

As for economics, I observe that the laws of the United States are geared towards the corporation, which is indeed an efficient economic unit, but that large corporations are prone to excesses which will always ensure that people support a large government as a counterweight

This has been something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently.  Is the drive toward a larger, more centralized marketplace inherently likely to bring about a larger, more centralized government?  Are the very people who complain about Obama’s “socialist” policies the ones partially responsible for their birth, or at least for their acceptance by the American populace?



  1. Thanks for reading! I had a short post over at my old blog where I tried to flesh out that line of thinking a little more.

    I’m not content with it; maybe I’ll be able to do it better at the League. I’d been reading Michael Sandel and Amatai Etzioni…

    • William, thanks for the reply and for sharing that blog post. I’ve had some very similar conversations with some of my friends recently, so I appreciate the points that you make there. My only complaint with your blog so far is the claim that North Carolina has the “world’s best barbecue”. I simply can’t approve of this as a Texan. 🙂 Actually, I have not had the pleasure of trying authentic North Carolina barbecue, so I will withhold judgment for now.

      Also, thanks for the reading list. I’m always up for some new material to check out.

      • Specifically, it was Sandel’s Democracy’s Discontent and Etzioni’s The Moral Dimension. Both of them are pretty great as communitarian primers from different disciplines, though Etzioni’s book relies on a lot of economic and sociological research that must be outdated by now.

  2. Excellent! As a newcomer to the ideas of communitarianism, I can use the primers. I’ve been finding that I have had communitarian sympathies for quite a while, and just lacked the specific knowledge to identify it. I’ll have to check out both of these books. Thanks.

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