When last we left our hero, he was definitively solving the problem of elections in the United States. You’re welcome. Today, I’d like to talk about another serious threat to Democracy: Capitalism.
Now, before you get all bent out of shape about how Capitalism is awesome and is responsible for a lot of the inventions and progress we as humans have made so far, let me say that I agree with you. Mostly. There should be a very fine dividing line between Capitalism and Government if a Democracy is to thrive. Capitalism has a way of perverting Government to the point where the wants of the few end up outweighing the promotion of the general Welfare our Constitution calls for. Much of this perversion comes from the outlandish amounts of money corporations can throw at our politicians. It is high time for a partial schism between Capitalism and Government.
Corporate taxes should be 0%: Corporations should not pay taxes on income. Other taxes would still apply. This, like most other suggestions that will follow has to do with keeping corporations as far removed as possible from governmental activities. It would also require a restructuring of the individual income tax system and would require all individual income to be taxed equally and would necessitate more high income tax brackets to make up for the loss in corporate taxes.
Corporations should pay for everything an employee needs: Corporations will pay a salary of some sort. They should also have to pay a stipend for any activity or expense an employee might run into during employment hours. Dress code? Corporations pay for it. Lunch hour? Corporations pay for it. On the job injuries? Corporations pay for it.
Corporations are not people: Corporations should not be given personhood. Given various Supreme Court rulings qualifying corporations as people, this will likely require a Constitutional Amendment. And speaking of the Constitution, the Constitution should not apply to corporations. They are simply a governmental creation which is entitled to the rights that the government allows them to have. So there should also be a Corporate Bill of Rights.
Money is not speech: This is probably one of the biggest ones. Again, given various Supreme Court rulings, this will likely require a Constitutional Amendment to fix. The government makes the money. The government distributes the money. The government can dictate where and how the money can flow if it so chooses. Yes, this means that the government can force you to buy health care or broccoli.
Governmental regulations still apply: Yeah, these aren’t going anywhere. The government still has a huge part to play in keeping its citizenry safe and corporations are by far the largest malefactors in that. Water, air, land, it’s all worth protecting and we can not rely on corporations to protect it.
Have we achieved nirvana yet? I can’t solve all the world’s problems myself. What are your ideas?