Corporations would not have legal rights were they not granted charters by governments. The early corporations were created as monopolies. In fact the Dutch East India Company, with its monopoly on trade with the Colonies, had a lot to do with inflaming the American Revolution. The Stamp Act was passed for their benefit, that corporation being owned by a number of members of the British government.
Corporations served as a means of amassing large amounts of capital, and the argument could be made that was beneficial to industrial development. Could partnerships or sole proprietorships have done the same thing is a question, but from a political point of view a large corporation or any other large non-corporate business seemingly could have wielded the same political influence.
I think the problem is not so much the form of organization, but the size and amount of wealth that a business or individual controls. Would it really matter if it is a wealthy individual or a corporation that lobbies Congress to get laws that rig the market in their favor? The reality is that wealth takes control of government, politicians are venal, and government is difficult to restrain; it always degenerates into the ruler/ruled system of plunder and control, with the few at the top gaining most of the wealth. It is only periodic uprising that tames government, and even that is temporary since any replacement government formed follows a predictable course of growth and increasing subjugation.
We are not going to restore freedom by tinkering around the edges, and conditions will likely lead us to civil war or revolution in due course.
"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.
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