Corporatism

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    So this may be a dead horse for some of you, but I find regular confusion in USMB posts on the term "corporatism". This entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica seems to be representative of most definitions I'm finding on online:

    The main point here is that corporatism has virtually nothing to say about the debate between socialism and capitalism, or any of the other issues that dominate our typical left/right pissing matches.

    The most common mistake I've been seeing is the use of 'corporatism' as though it applies specifically in incorporated business. That's a natural mistake, giving the similar terminology involved, as we usually refer to these businesses as "corporations", but it's important to recognize that the 'corporation' used to define corporatism is different.

    Also, corporatism is not, as many seem to assume, dominance of government by incorporate businesses - though such a thing can occur under corporatism.

    In my view, the most important feature of corporatism is that it is fundamentally about group rights and opposed to individual rights. It governs society by delegating power and privilege to groups organized around common interests, preferring negotiation and quid-pro-quo to rule of law and egalitarian rights. In short, your rights depend primarily on which 'corporation' you belong to.

    Corporatism strikes me as decidedly un-American, and the current trend by prominent leaders in both parties (e.g. Romney and Obama) to embrace it, disturbing.
     
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    Not just dominance of government, but politics and rights.

    It's always abused over and over. to the point where they bribe congress into passing illegal laws, do backhouse deals with the government if they cant get their way, bribe their ways to unfair and illegal taxbreaks, and promote politicians who work for them.
     
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    I prefer the term Politicorp.
     
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    I think corporatism the natural result of the way we finance elections. Without public financing it makes sense to form "corporations", subordinate to the state or not, to increase ones influence. The problem comes when politicians make expensive promises to those "corporations" to get monetary backing for their campaigns.
     
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    Uh... you seem to be missing the point. Corporatism has nothing to do with businesses influencing government.
     
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    I suppose it could avoid some of the confusion over the term 'corporation'.
     
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    It is about the collusion between private business and government bureaucracy to oppress a people, spawned most often from the government. The closest we saw in this nation for the reverse being true was in the late 1800's with the rise of the trusts and monopolies that bought the protection of political machines like Tammany Hall.

    Of course in the early 1900's before the progressive era began even, much of this was thwarted by the Sherman Anti-Trust Act which spawned a slough of legislation that CORRECTLY prevented this kind of collusion helping stop it.

    Today, the reverse has been happening and government is the force corrupting business into collusion through protective laws and subsidies in exchange for votes and control.
     
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    So what term does describe the system we have now where the money that our politicians get from corporations and lobbyists carry more weight than the votes of the American people?
     
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    HUH?

    "Corporatism is a system where businesses are nominally in private hands, but are in fact controlled by the government. In a corporatist state, government officials often act in collusion with their favored business interests to design polices that give those interests a monopoly position, to the detriment of both competitors and consumers."

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    Unfortunately, it's become a typical corrupt republic like so many around the globe on the verge of going corporatist if something isn't done quick to stop people voting themselves goodies from the public piggy bank, and tyrannical politicians using this as a way to personal enrichment and power.
     

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