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Corporatism

Private and public were meant to be apart. They are now combined.

There is a space that is private and the concepts of republican limited government espouse protections of the private from the public.

The public is government in some form. The state. The public was broken up into various federalist layers of government from local to state to national. Each level of government was established in a republican format with a division of powers between executive, legislative and judicial.

When the public begins to disregard the rights of the private, circumventing and/or ignoring the law (such as Bill of Rights), then the lines between public and private becomes foggy.

When the public appropriates land from one private party to award to a different private party, that is pure corporatism. See Kelo vs. New London.

When private corporations buy congress and congress passes laws that favor those corporations over the public good, there is corporatism.

When the NSA collects data with the help of private corporations and then gives private corporations the private data of citizens to use for marketing or employment purposes, that is corporatism.

When labor unions are able to get the national congress and presidency to stuff shareholders and bondholders but award bailouts to workers when a large corporation fails, that is corporatism.

Read August Compte. He is considered the grandfather of sociology. He called for government by a combination of the most elite bankers, industrialists and scientists. This was over 100 years ago. Fascism was an early attempt at this. Different countries have experimented with different ways of combining public and private so that neither are distinguishable from one another for 100 years now. In the USA, this has been going on since 1913 and in earnest since the New Deal of the 1930s. It keeps tweaking its implementation, but it is the same beast.