NEVADA: CORPORATIONS AS GOVERNMENTS
Today's blog is about a story near and dear to my heart: crony crapitalism and the power of corporations. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against corporations or good old fashioned entrepreneurial capitalism, thrift, and enterprise. But one would have to be blind not to see the concentration of power and wealth in fewer and fewer hands, corporate hands that have no regard for basic natural God-given rights, and to whom governments are mere instruments to enact favorable mercantilist policies. In rehearsing a long litany of corporate excesses over the years, I return often to two themes: (1) the utter mistake of making corporations persons in law (by a process of convoluted theological and jurisprudential reasoning), and (2) the fact that corporate charters and corporate behavior make no room for those natural God-given rights.
Well, with that in mind, consider the following story that was submitted by quite a few people this week:
Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments
Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.
The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services. (Boldface emphasis added)
Needless to say, this prompts all sorts of ideas to swirl around in my head, none of them too good. Note firstly that there is a certain ineluctable logic here, one that, surprisingly, has taken a rather long time to arrive at, but which - if examined from the standpoint of elucidating the basic steps along the development of that logic - should come as no surprise. It would go something like this. Step one: in our system of government, individual persons are sovereign, and possess by nature certain rights that are not granted and therefore cannot be circumscribed by governments. Step two: as such, persons have the right to ban together and form, reform, or dissolve, governments, as laid out in this country's Declaration of Independence. Step three: somewhere along the way, corporations became persons in law. This step was actually first undertaken in the middle ages for reasons we needn't get into here. So step four - elaborated in Nevada's recent attempt to woo corporations to that state - should come as no surprise, for if corporations are persons in law, then they have the same rights to form, reform, or dissolve governments as any other group of persons.
So it should come as no surprise that the next step in the arsenal of politicians' tricks to woo business to their states should be to allow corporations in effect to form local governments, establish courts, impose taxes, and so on, in effect creating private jurisdictions.
We can imagine how corporations will handle courts, taxes, and schools. Just look at today's courts, taxes, and schools, and put all of it on steroids. Whether or not the measure succeeds in Nevada is, at this stage, a moot point. The important point is that at long last we have arrived at the fourth step in that logic that has been under way for centuries in the West. It is the ultimate fruit of a step taken long long ago, i.e., to view an individual person as part of a great collective called the corporate person, in this case, the corporate, "federal" person called Adam, and his inheritance as being one of moral culpability by dint the inheritance of a fallen, "sinful nature" or "sin nature." (And for those inclined to throw bible verses at me, don't waste your time. There's a great deal of difference between "eph ho pantes hemarton" and Jerome's mistranslation "en quo omnes peccaverunt." And if you don't know what I'm talking about, go do some homework.)
And that recalls a statement of St. Photios the Great, famous Patriarch of Constantinople in the 9th century, whom I paraphrase: to say that there is a sin of nature is a heresy.
So where's the high octane speculation? Well, one might opine where this will lead. There has been a little writing recently on the idea of "infinite debt" and how it makes all humans slaves to that debt. All one needs to complete the picture is a "social credit" system, supplying small remissions of that debt (we might call them indulgences) if one behaves well and obediently submits to the authority that has control of the ledgers. In the middle ages, that was the papacy. In the modern age, it looks like corporations. But the system hasn't changed much.
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It’s possible that this scheme of making corporations their own “government” is a test run of how things might go in outer space – either on the Moon, Mars, or space station outpost.
Sisolak touted his plan his plan on Twitter Wednesday, saying he was glad he was getting national attention[by design] as a “Top Tech Agenda”.
He also said that Blockchains, LLC committed to building a “smart city” that ran on its technology following the bills passage.
Michael Rectenwald says: “The Google Archipelago represents the convergence of state and corporate power. This proposal offers the creation of particular islands of the Archipelago, in which one’s rights will be determined by the corporate masters and one’s personal autonomy will be a thing of the past.
He then plus his book –
The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom
Sept 30, 2019 by Michael Rectenwald.
[I’m getting it thru Interlibrary loan]
The corporate construct is solving the Free will dilemma of wants and needs; which never seem to occupy the same reality. Instead of finding a natural balance, they just get rid of wants which they have manipulated profitably for ages. However, it appears that the new management is pressured to streamline operations.
I see a geometry in the terms “infinite debt” A spiraling vortex of gravity, i.e. a black hole, meat grinder, call it what you want; it is going to get ugly.
I can already see the new world map. A polka dot hodgepodge of corporate city states.
Is this one manifestation of the “going direct” plan that CAF talks about? This would be corporations taking direct control of everything without having to waste time and money going through governments in order to exercise control.
May I add another song appropriate for today’s post “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” one of its lines goes “When Will They Ever Learn”.
I think people idolize the rugged hyper-individualism but it’s neither a sustainable model of freedom or entirely productive. If you’ve ever driven around rural USA you’ll see “freedom lovers” burning garbage and a half dozen broken down cars decorating the landscape. Freedom in theory is wonderful, but freedom in practice turns out to be gross.
Are you suggesting collective and/or corporate collectives with the power of government are going to improve on this?
Read something about this.
If you thought the company town was bad;
wait till you meet his Big Brother; Tech.
… to the post
Nothing good comes from the re-set corpse.
[shorthand for corporations; under the re-set context].
“God-given rights under corporations are true oxymorons.
[corpse speak; hot branding initials that are used for communication between corporate slaves; even their brainwashed CEO’s[initials].
Two major red flags, among many.
1) Calling corporations “living”;
by branding them persons, under the color of law.
2) Corporations; in truth, will not suffer the living.
The undead is as close they’ll come to life in context.
Thus God, living spirit[s]; do not exist, in the corporate hive-mind-set.
And God Given Rights? The but of corpse-speak jokes, at best.
The Dead Re-Animation Bill; er, Tech Companies To Create Frankenstein Governments; er, Tech Companies and Their Social Credit Governments; er, Tech Companies and Their _________ Governments.
[you get the idea; but hopefully; not not suffer their DOA Government$]
Pocket watch says.
Sounds like mini-me; Venetian City State, w/limited liability status.
Perhaps sovereignty status, can be negotiated at a further date?
Steve Sisolak has the right initials for this new class of infrastructure:
an SS governing hierarchy; or, if the corporation prefers; a ruling class structure of an oligarchy composed of merchants and aristocrats; or, a technocratic authoritarian state on high-tech steroids.
The schools; courts; taxes; and other government services can be administered by just-in-time algorithms; 5th, 6th, 7th, or, whatever generation has been recently hatched.
Hey, perhaps there can even be new classes of transhumanist innovation zones; a future perfect vision dominated by a concentration of information platforms; to control ideas and opinions that promise a “shared” abundance and grand prosperity. Or, a transhumanist zone of centralized power; where there’s a concentration of truth and weaponization of information, synonymous w/the new smart corporate cities and its countless, untold myriad of $ilenced PR disaster$.
Loved your “basics steps along the way” analogies!
I wasa thinking along the same lines: The narrative starts out, “free, open, creative space” > then moves faster than a big bang inflation at hyper-speeds towards these Nevada Twilight Opportunity Zones; that would literally serve mankind; where a Great Re-Set Harvest is promised.
Why the contracted employees could be bough & sold like Tampa Bay Super Bowls winners; or, Kansas City Chief losers. Auction Block-Chains could stage the mass sale of employees guaranteeing: monopolization of creative talent; startup forced acquisitions and corporations built to maximize profits w/o any iota of concern given towards any imagined social good.
The corporate-zoned citizen-person; can look forward to a cotton plantations’ type of digital futures, replacing any other for mankind.
“You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store.”
Though it not as apropos to the post, I always liked the Homer & Jethro version…
“You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Slack in your pants and soaked with sweat
Saint Peter don’t you holler for me today
Cause I’m a diggin’ the other way.”
Genesis is about construction of cosmos, by clock & calendar. That connects Man, Clan and Year. (Micro-, meso-, and macrocosm).
Race is racing cycle through time – the race of being reborn within bloodline. Race is stream, flow and run, in orbital spin.
Agrarian worldview is cyclical, and about sowing and harvesting timely, whilst being fruitful and plentiful.
Bad blood is broken race. That is fall from grace, the original sin. Empires say otherwise, while breeding slaves.
The company town taken to the ultimate level.
Yep, been there done that. Corporate script and all. Don’t think it worked out too well back then.
My thought exactly. Corporate feudalism.
Maybe Nevada’s first smart city will be named “Roller Ball or Roller Baal”.
Town revenue from slot machines generating digital “currency”. Compulsive gamblers have their souls downloaded into the net….
…Repo Men on STEROIDS ?¿?
Correspondence between running staffers and the breaking of the seven seals:
1. Act of being born – (seal zero).
2. Upbringing – seal one.
3. Puberty – seal two.
4. Learning trade – seal three.
5. Law giving – seal four.
6. Rule of law – seal five.
7. Law enforcement – seal six.
8. Creation of cosmos – seal seven.
Each seal broken is controlled, by four running staffers, who repeat the seasonal year cycle. The ring-shaped witship is a vessel of integrity, a logical system, footnoted and verified.
Breaking seventh seal is creating kingdom by grail quest. Instruction manual for nation creation:
Casinos and vice already have a lot of leverage in Nevada as it is. This will, in effect, grant casinos and mafiosi with governmental authorities not seen since the Ancient times. It will become a very pagan culture without the religious attachments. Perhaps this is how the fascists intend to implement their “green” agenda in Nevada.
“Your religion was written upon tablets of stone by the iron finger of your God so that you could not forget. The Red Man could never comprehend or remember it.” – Chief Seattle, 1854.
I think this is more about giving tech giants the kind of leverage casinos etc. already have than it is about expanding the casino crowd’s power.
” Sin of nature ” sums up nearly everything currently going on around us. The affect of a theological/ philosophical error knows no bounds
” Sin of nature ” sums up nearly everything currently going on around us. The affect of a theological/ philosophical error knows no bounds.
Will they privatize Area 51?
Perhaps Area 51 was the beta test case…
Groom Lake is already pretty private,,,try going over the security fence there and watch what happens next.
Didn’t Eisenhower discover that, in effect, it already had been?!
The only socializing in Area 51, is the cost;
or, the narrative myth compliance – for the ‘citizen’.
Everything else is privatized away to the Breakaway Civilization[$].
I wonder how many “51’s” are off planet?