Category Archives: Corporatism

‘Corporations are people,’ says every American politician

Out stumping on the campaign trail this week, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney committed the following “gaffe” when confronted by some liberal hecklers: “Corporations are people, my friend. . . . Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes … Continue reading

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It starts with an ‘F’ (and the answer’s not ‘freedom’)

In economics, like in war, the best propagandists prefer the language of euphemism to straightforward, ignoble fact, the latest in obfuscatory jargon to the jarring reality of truth. Why, that’s not a dead mother whose children are uncontrollably weeping over … Continue reading

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‘The rules are written by those who profit from the status quo’

It wasn’t the federal government’s land to begin with. It was, to quote some guy, “made for you and me.” So when environmental activist Tim DeChristopher interfered with a Bureau of Land Management attempt to sell off pristine Colorado federal … Continue reading

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Privatization is theft

Taxes entail coercion; this is why they’re not called donations. Accordingly, one might think self-styled advocates of free markets and smaller government, Ayn Rand aficionados especially, would be cognizant of the fact that, when it comes to a moral claim … Continue reading

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What Ronald Reagan’s stupid face taught me about capitalism

It was the summer after 10th grade when I learned everything I would ever need to know about corporate capitalism. Chalk it up to boredom, a wish to spend some time away from my parents and asshole friends, or a … Continue reading

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The United States of British Petroleum

If you’re anything like me, or if you’ve spent more than five minutes over the last decade glancing at the headlines, you’re probably suffering from some form of outrage fatigue. Well, make room for one more thing to get mad … Continue reading

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BP and the federal government: ‘unlikely partners’?

President Obama determinedly trying to remember what it feels like to care. “I’m absolutely confident BP will be able to meet its obligations to the Gulf Coast and to the American people,” President Obama proclaimed following his meeting with the oil giant’s chairman, … Continue reading

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