Friday, June 03, 2016

Jefferson

A consistent liberal?


The Chaos of a Hillary Clinton Presidency: Corporate Dominion and Open Rebellion by Richard W. Behan

Reform is neither difficult nor unprecedented. Our history displays a number of means of subordinating corporate interests to the welfare of the American people. More than a century ago—in the “Gilded Age”—the nation faced a similar crisis and dealt with it successfully. And a century before that, effective mechanisms were in place to restrain corporate dominion, even though the threat of it was already visible.

This is what Thomas Jefferson said about the issue: “I hope we shall crush… in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

Note Jefferson’s concern was merely prospective, wary of potential. Corporate enterprise was not yet dominant, only pushing to be. At the time, corporations were very strongly circumscribed, to assure their subservience to public well-being. Perhaps Jefferson feared they would escape the control mechanisms early corporations faced:

*they were chartered for a limited period of time, typically twenty years

*they were chartered for a single specific purpose, say to construct a toll road

*the charter could be revoked if the corporation’s behavior violated public interests

*stockholders, directors, and officers of the corporation were personally responsible for the corporation’s obligations or transgressions

* a corporation could not buy or otherwise merge with another corporation

Mr. Jefferson’s fears were realized.

As the 1800’s progressed corporations in America—particularly the great railroads—fought vigorously and successfully to have these constraints relaxed, and all of them were. The corporate structure escaped any meaningful public control.

Eventually corporations could grow without limit by absorbing others; they could live in perpetuity; they could undertake multiple tasks and change them at will. Personal liability was limited to a pittance, and charter revocation virtually disappeared. Then, in 1866, corporations as artificial persons became legal persons: the Supreme Court case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad extended the rights of U.S. citizenship to corporate entities. They were granted equal protection under the law, their rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. (The grant of legal personhood, Thom Hartmann discovered, was technically illegal, but it has endured. See his book, Unequal Protection.)

The Red Turtle

A Letter to Momo

Three

They're Just Not Liberal Enough for Liberals

The Old Charge Resurfaces: Catholics are Un-American by David Carlin

But there are plenty of Catholics (of all rites) who are neo-Yankees and can be a SJW as much as a non-Catholic one.

Man Up

Rod Dreher is frightened by Trump and his rise as a white identity candidate. Vox Day.

A "Constitutional Scholar"



Good riddance.

A Pascha Video

Out of season but found it on FB today.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Private Resistance But Public Black-Knighting

Why shouldn't feminists, SJWs, and those who have surrendered to them reap the consequences of their beliefs? What have the American bishops said about this, or all of the policy changes that paved the way to this? (Not to mention the giving to women the right to vote.)


Churches Must Oppose Female Conscription by Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster and Bob Miller

If you don't address Catholic feminism, you're not addressing the issues

A Traditional Catholic Wife? by Randall Smith

Yes, women have always worked -- what is at issue is the change in interpersonal dynamics caused by the adoption of feminism, etc.

Economic Freedom and Political Freedom Go Hand in Hand

Land of the Free? Not Economically by Kirkpatrick Sale

Hence liberalism/capitalism justifies the reduction of both economic freedom and political freedom. Though Sale does not go into it in here, the problem is scale, not with legislation, and a definition of justice that overrides any other moral consideration.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CWR Blog: Cardinal Sarah: In facing liturgical East, we experience "the primacy of God and of adoration" by Carl E. Olson

An Overrated Director at the Helm?

CWR Bog: A small film with a sad villain and boring story
5/31/2016 5:36:33 PM
By Nick Olszyk
"X-Men: Apocalypse" has many problems, including an over-reliance on mutant superpowers and special effects rather than story and characters.