If so many Americans believe in ‘Free Market Capitalism’ – for that is surely the loudest voice in the room – then would they consider balancing the scale by supporting ‘Free Market Individualism’?
I suspect not.
If a corporation can be expected to police itself, then should not an individual be expected to police him or herself? Would it not be in the best interest of an individual, family or community to police itself much like it would be for a corporation? Is this a ridiculous idea? Perhaps.
But I would venture to wager that a corporation – or even an entire industry – would fail to properly police itself if it felt it could get away with it. I would have already won that wager as history has proven. Here is an impressive web site in case you cannot recall any instances of corporate malfeasance: http://malfy.org/
I ask you, my fellow citizens: Why is it considered acceptable to discuss the government’s regulating such personal things as ‘gay marriage,’ ‘a woman’s right to choose,’ and ‘a person’s right to get high if he/she wants to’ — yet politicians and pundits alike seem to avoid discussing real regulation of corporate actions and behaviors – behaviors that cause harm on a global scale, from climate change to economic strife? Would that lead us down the dark path toward the dread ‘Socialism’ or the evil ‘Communism’?
I doubt it.
So let’s have that dialogue. If senior fellows at right-wing think tanks can justify a ‘laissez faire’ approach to our capitalistic economy, why then can’t they accept a ‘laissez faire’ approach to the way you and I want to live our lives – our personal lives? Literally translated, ‘laissez faire’ means ‘let do’. Either let me do what I want with my life, or subject corporations to the same level of limitations.
If they want to try to justify ‘regulating’ our personal behavior, then let’s make them ‘regulate’ the behavior of the many corporations that impact our lives in such tangible and profound ways – dare I say rule our lives. I want the supply of gasoline to be regulated so that it is not subject to the greedy whims of petroleum companies who tighten supply to increase price.
I want corporations to be as afraid to pollute the environment or mistreat employees as I would be to sell a pound of cocaine in front of the DEA’s headquarters. Tell me, what’s wrong with that?