RE: `capitalist' character values

From: Jerry Mitchell (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 17:28:27 MDT

> A note on taxation as theft--people who'd never think of knocking down
> another person and stealing his money are often happy enough to do this
> through an agent, even in countries such as the U.S. where principals are
> legally responsible for the acts of their agents. I think this is, at
> in part, a symptom of the corporate fiction which sees a corporation or a
> state as a separate entity rather than a number of individuals acting
> a common banner.
> Barbara

You bring up a valid point here, and one I've thought about a few times. How
is it that a business can belong to noone in particular? Is this a state
imposed distortion? Would this be possible in a "Minarchist" state? If I
want my company to go from my sole ownership to some multiple ownership
situation, sure I could just get all parties involved to sign a contract.
But who then is responsible if the company hurts someone? All the owners I
would assume at that point. Corporations seem to be sheltered from
responsibility a great deal (which I assume is the point of making one). Is
there an alternative to this that doesn't involve the initiation of force on


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