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[liberationtech] Fw: [progressiveexchange] Facebook interfering with activism Pages

Erik L. Arneson dybbuk at
Wed Sep 22 15:08:16 PDT 2010

On Tue, 21 Sep 2010, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Exactly, and think about the fact that corporations are a fairly modern phenomenon.  We didn't really have corporations in the US until after
> 1860, and corporations did not dominate the US economy until the early to mid 20th century.  What today is done in corporations was once done in
> the US in voluntary associations, or more rarely, in corporations of the era, which were joint ventures created by the government to engage in
> large-scale projects such as building canals, ports, railroads, etc.  

Well, I'm not sure that's true.  We went through a phase of big
corporations before the current one.  Think of the various East Indies
companies and the horrible stuff they managed to propogate.  Currently
we have big evil corporations doing all sorts of evil things to
individuals and groups, but it's at least more subtle and far less
bloody than wholesale, unapologetic annexation of entire subcontinents
to our empire.

The US never had an East Indies company, but all of the European ones
were seriously chopped down to bits right around the same time US
corporations started using the 14th Amendment to work their "magic."

Erik Arneson <dybbuk at>
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