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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    A corporation may not technically qualify as a dictatorship, but that technicality is no matter, because as a government structure corporations are still highly authoritarian, which means the important essence of what Lateralus was saying is still correct.

    In plenty of authoritarian nations there are multiple, divided factions influencing the power structure. A Soviety citizen could always count on that. It did not amount to much for the Soviet people, however, because it was a system in which they themselves still had no influence.

    The corporate employee finds him/her self in the same position. What should the employee care about the shareholder's impact on the executives, when the shareholder has no accountability to the employee?
    A republic can be more authoritarian than a dictatorship. Whether or not a corporation is authoritarian is well beyond the scope of anything I've said or anything I've meant to be interpreted.

    I was discussing the idea of a corporation as a republic to invite comparison to say, national governments. Often both are republics, with constitutions, a currency, debts, and the larger they are, often the more levels of bureaucracy that follow. That you say corporations can be authoritarian like national governments supports what I'm trying to express. Keeping in mind that republics can be authoritarian, disputing what I'm saying with saying they're more a dictatorship (unelected) is simply incorrect.

    A republic is a government where people vote - even if a limited amount of people are allowed to vote. If everybody were allowed to vote, it would be a democracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaunward View Post
    A republic can be more authoritarian than a dictatorship. Whether or not a corporation is authoritarian is well beyond the scope of anything I've said or anything I've meant to be interpreted.

    I was discussing the idea of a corporation as a republic to invite comparison to say, national governments. Often both are republics, with constitutions, a currency, debts, and the larger they are, often the more levels of bureaucracy that follow. That you say corporations can be authoritarian like national governments supports what I'm trying to express. Keeping in mind that republics can be authoritarian, disputing what I'm saying with saying they're more a dictatorship (unelected) is simply incorrect.

    A republic is a government where people vote - even if a limited amount of people are allowed to vote. If everybody were allowed to vote, it would be a democracy.
    Do you actually have anything to contribute to the thread? Or are you going to continue with your school lessons? If so, I suggest you start a thread called "shaunward pontificates". Make sure you create it in the philosophy subforum, not the current events subforum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    Troll?
    You asked how many people did Disney kill, no?

    I asked if you knew of a corporation that has killed more than Disney. I assume you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marduk View Post
    You asked how many people did Disney kill, no?

    I asked if you knew of a corporation that has killed more than Disney. I assume you do.
    How many people do you believe Disney has killed?

    Stop trying to be cute. It's annoying.
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