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Inequality Incorporated


Nov 06, 2009


"The successful defense of domestic liberty against Imperial power raised the problem of reconciling power with liberty under new forms of government at home. State and federal constitutions sought a synthesis of power and liberty through a separation of powers into different branches of representative governments that were based ultimately on popular sovereignty. Defenders of the new forms argued that republicanism made power dependent upon liberty, since republican rulers depended on the suffrage of those they governed. Suffrage itself was limited to property owners, who were presumed to represent the interests of everyone in their households. In disfranchising household dependents and other adults without property, republicanism incorporated the inequalities of eighteenth-century society. Among freeholders however, republicanism posited the equality of rights, duties, and privileges, which is how a wealthy slaveowner named Thomas Jefferson could become a popular symbol among yeomen and mechanics."

I ask you friends, having read the paragraph above, what do we believe the origins and nature of modern corporations are? What does their economic liberty synthesize, and what does it defend against? What do they posit, and how is it that by the continuous and merciless destruction of lives, they have become popular symbols among yeomen and mechanics?

What is it that corporate rulers represent?


Part of the series: Zwingli