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That's a refreshingly accountable perspective I don't hear as much these days.
I grant its a fact the corporations give lots of money to various candidates. However, I am not sure there a strong relationship between how oppressive a government is and how much they receive from corporations. If there was a strong relationship, then the USA government would be much more oppressive than Europe. And generally, I don't think one government is any more or less oppressive than the other (I think USA has more freedom of speech, actually). And the USSR would have been a much less oppressive society than the USA. In my opinion, evidence suggests a weak relationship between how oppressive a government and how much it receives from corporations.
I said specifically "if you're talking about America." Governments can be oppressive without corporations too. As for there not being a tie, I think you need to have a quick look at the recent stimulus bill the U. S. congress passed. It essentially keeps the U. S. population in poverty while giving a shitton of money to the corporations. Corporate influence also makes many politicians opposed to things like raising the minimum wage. Thus helping to keep people in poverty. I don't know if you would call that oppression, but I certainly would.
I didn’t pick corporations but they do play a lot of games with their customers. ISPs are definitely one of them.
@Snakeyes7 What types of games? Do you mean with their prices?
Oh yeah. They also change up their speeds and tend to have terrible customer service because they have their districts and are not allowed to intersect so there isn’t any competition. They can be as shitty as they want to their customers with faith that they can’t choose another company over them.
If corporations don’t have many competitors nor any regulations, they could behave monopolistically. If this corporation is also responsible for something that is needed by people, then they could act in a way that is detrimental to people.
Yes, they are related, but they are also distinct. Corporations are about making profits. If they don't they ultimately fail. Most countries across the West have been running debts for decades. And will continue to do so. They still thrive and exert power. Also, although corporations influence laws, they don't have the final say. Sometimes their interests get rebuffed by government. For example, obviously corporations would like to pay $0 in income taxes. Some corporations do pay %0 in federal income taxes, but that is not the normal, proving they don't have complete control of government. https://itep.org/notadime/
Aha, I get it now. I mean by that that I begin to understand which kind of oppresion by government and which kind of opression by corporations you mean. But I should confess that I don't know much about either. Thanks for explanation and correction though!