- Corporations are not people.
- Property rights are not absolute.
- Scale matters.
Corporations are not people.
Corporations are a good concept that needs boundaries. We don’t let them vote. Their influence on public matters must have limits. I think this is an unwritten tenet of PPAU politics.
When they get too much influence over public policy, the profit motive comes to dominate the public sphere. We know this. It happens in modern elections and is the source of most political corruption. .
Property rights are not absolute.
We reserve the right to take it back for the greater public good (eminent domain). PPAU land tax policy is premised on the idea that the public should be continually compensated for being excluded from land as a result of private ownership.
We used to limit media ownership because it afforded too much influence in the public sphere. Now we all live in filter bubbles.
Would you find it acceptable if corporations owned most of Sydney and used that to control what could be said in Sydney? That’s more than just hypothetical actually. In London city, a lot of streets are becoming privately owned. Protests are shut down by private police.
One in seven people globally are on Facebook. Google answers all of our questions. They are the new defacto public space, but they are privately owned, they are profit led, and they enforce their own opinions about what we can say.