Government vs. Markets
chen at intuit.com
Wed Oct 5 17:17:01 PDT 1994
I wasn't sure whether to respond to this message, or your other one,
which admonished that this is off-topic.
nelson at crynwr.dom writes:
> From: chen at intuit.com (Mark Chen)
> Date: Wed, 5 Oct 1994 15:57:03 -0700 (PDT)
> It would be helpful if we could define the word "government." Is a
> government any organization of people, or is it any organization
> wherein some people hold coercive power over others?
> It's any organization that is allowed to have a monopoly on legitimate
> coercion. When the IRA collects taxes, and provides protection,
> that's thuggery. When the British Government does the same thing,
> that's perfectly fine. <cough!>
And within the scope of their operations - among their employees -
corporations have a monopoly on the means of economic coercion
(forgive me if I omit your editorial use of the word "legitimate").
They have exclusive control over livelihoods.
> In either case, how are corporations different from governments?
> In the main, corporations persuade and governments force.
So maquiladora workers are "persuaded" to work twelve hours a day for
fifteen cents an hour. Salvadoran workers are "persuaded" (at
gunpoint) to contribute to the welfare of their latifundista
benefactors for either a handful of beans or nothing at all.
Similarly, I am "persuaded" to contribute my labor to the designs of
my employer - truly, because if I don't like it, I can leave.
Perhaps your will elaborate your assertion.
chen at netcom.com
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