Degrees of Socialism - Part III

The creation and maintenance of a military is one of the rights that is usually restricted to sovereign nations.

One of the frequent complaints leveled against some recent conflicts have been that the US Military has been used to support the corporate (frequently oil) interests rather than the interests of the US people.  Further, it has been complained that the oil companies have enjoyed unprecedented profits in recent decades, presumably enjoying the externalities of not being required to pay the entire cost of their own security.

Should large corporations be permitted to raised their own private armies and fight thier own wars at their expense rather than the expense of tax payers?
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Anthony RussoCommented:
Excellent discussion Razmus.

Military has always been a government entity in history. In many science fiction universes though, corporations tend to control the military, and in turn the governments.

The biggest danger is when a corporation becomes more powerful than the government. What if Apple decided to build a military to preserve it's interests in China for manufacturing. What if they decide it's easier to just build here, but the laws are too stringent and decide to take over the government with their military?

If a corporation has the money and resources, it would be possible. Where do you draw the line between a security force and a military force? Is it just in the name with military meaning government backed?

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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterAuthor Commented:
> Military has always been a government entity in history
Not quite always, although this statement is more true in recent history.  Control/ownership of the military tents to allow an organization/person to establish control over a region and therefore become the defacto government.  In previous centuries, if you didn't like the current government, one option was to raise an army and replace it.  Organizations like the Templars, and mercenaries like the Landsknechts (and there are lots of others), and Huscarls (or house guard) have proven significant exceptions.  Modern organizations like Blackwater start to blur the line in modern times, to which you alluded.

But I believe you are correct... corporate military/security organizations have the potential to destabilize a weak civil government.

Right now corporate entities fight with large budgets paid to lobbyist or directly to members of the legislature as campaign contributions to change laws.  I'm not certain it would be more financially expeditious for them to fund a military coup in this country.  Although, in how many smaller nations is this already accomplished out of direct sight of the media?  Would it be better or worse to simply let those military organizations wear the trademarked logos of their sponsors?
Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterAuthor Commented:
And again, I thank you.
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