Editorial: Corporate influence in government

Do you believe that corporations have too much influence over the United States political system? I do. For decades corporations have used government power as a tool to control the market. These corporations would rather legislate their competition out of the market than offer a superior product or service. So how do we put an end to rampant corporatism? The answer is simple; let’s take away the tools of predatory monopolies. Let’s get the government out of business entirely. Let’s decentralize power. If a corporation becomes corrupt individuals may choose to take their money elsewhere and stop supporting that corporation, but when the government becomes corrupt we are all forced to use its services with no alternative. Increasing the size of government will do nothing to end corporate influence over American politics; it will only make the problem worse.

You must ask yourself, what is the government exactly? What is the government made of? The government is made of people just like you and I, but these people have been given the exclusive right to the initiation of force. Now let’s be clear that there is nothing supernatural about bureaucrats and elected officials, they are all governed internally by the same biological processes as each and every one of us. They are all in fact self-interested and there is nothing wrong with that. Self-interest is what empowers us as individuals to create many amazing things so that we may share them with others through the market and mutually benefit. Self-interest does not become a problem until you remove accountability. There is accountability in the free market; if a business treats people poorly they will not be in business for very long. That destructive company will go out of business because they cannot force anyone to buy their product or service. The government on the other hand CAN force you to pay for the services they provide, whether those services are destructive or not. This monopoly on the use of force removes all accountability from the government, and many large corporations have discovered that it is possible to hijack the system and sidestep the consumer accountability present in the free market. Let’s make all corporations accountable to us again. Let’s slowly reduce government to its original purpose of national defense. Let’s empower the individual and regain our freedom!

Bill Slantz is the Libertarian Party candidate in the race for Missouri 8th Congressional District

About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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