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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Suppose a government does something to annoy a company, what would stop the company from protesting the action by stopping the sales/providing their services? For example a hardware company such as ...
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In the US, why are corporations people?

In the United States, corporations are people. A movie like The Corporation is highly critical of this, and in a reductio ad absurbum, concludes that the corporation as such can be diagnosed with ...
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Why doesn’t the U.S. have a bracketed corporate tax?

This might be a question better-suited for Economics StackExchange, but I figured I'd try my luck here first. In the U.S. we have a bracketed tax system for personal income tax, which serves to ...
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Does any country apply corporate tax based on where money is earned, rather than where the corporation is based?

To reduce corporate tax avoidance, Gabriel Zucman has proposed to tax corporate earnings where they are earned, rather than where the corporation is based: Say Google’s parent company Alphabet makes $...
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How is it that a corporation would not derive rights from the people inside it. (speech in particular)

This is a political issue that I genuinely don't understand very well. I don't have to go very far to hear opposition to the fact that currently corporations are protected under the first amendment. ...
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What are the main reasons for the massive increase in CEO pay inequality over the last thirty years?

Using Switzerland as a paradigmatic case, the ratio of CEO pay to the worker with lowest pay increased from 6x in 1984 to 43 x in 2011 (source: The Guardian). What specific policy or policies have ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny or downplay man made climate change?

In Australia, do networks and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch, generally deny or down play the impacts of human actions on climate change? If so, what are some major cases where they advocated ...
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Has there ever been an attempt to base employee pay on percent of top salaries in a company?

Rather than a mandatory minimum wage, would it be possible to institute that the lowest total compensation is a certain percent of the highest compensation. For example if a CEO makes 1 million, the ...
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Any problems with zero corporate income tax?

Larry Kudlow (who is currently Trump's National Economic Council director) had proposed in 2014 zero corporate income tax, arguing that Readers know that corporate tax reform is my single-favorite ...
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Can the US government delist a private company like Alibaba from US Stock Exchanges?

It has been reported that the Trump administration is considering delisting Chinese companies from the U.S. stock exchange. Trump administration officials are discussing ways to limit U.S. investors’ ...
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What does "breaking up" a company mean?

Oversimplify it for me, what does "breaking up" a company mean when used commonly among politicians? What would a broken up wells fargo look like? Google? Is there historical legislation doing this, ...
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Why is the City of London governed by a corporation?

The municipal governing body of the City of London is the City of London Corporation. Is there any special meaning to the term "corporation" in its name? (As opposed to simply a historical name, a ...
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Is Tasmanian Style, and Optional Preferential Voting the same thing?

I was recently at a NFP's AGM (Not For Profit's Annual General Meeting). An election for 3 members of the board was carried out. (Board of 9, each with 3 year term, staggered such that 3 come up for ...
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What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated?

What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated? Only the Dutch manufacturer ASML makes the ...
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Where is the support for remote work based on social and environmental benefits?

Work from home (WFH) vs in-office has been continuously debated since the start of the pandemic. Some articles report better productivity with WFH. Others report the opposite. Setting aside the ...
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Can countries prevent foreign corporations like Apple from acting as private police in their own territory? [closed]

Recently Apple has started scanning all the photos users have on their devices to detect possible child abuse, other corporations are already scanning all the content uploaded to the cloud. Therefore, ...
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Does Cenk Uygur support secret ballots in union elections?

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and liberal political talk show host Cenk Uygur talked to the Huffington Post about the unionization efforts of the employees at his digital media company The ...
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How does the public know that many large corporations paid zero Federal tax last year?

So the press is reporting that many large corporations paid zero Federal taxes see here for 2018 under the tax act passed under the Trump Administration. Considering the concern that people have ...
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Reducing Corporate Influence in Politics

In America, at least, businesses have a good deal of influence in politics. Many policies surrounding, for example, the agricultural sector run contrary to the preferences of voters but adhere to the ...
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Why was Google grilled by congress for prototyping a censored search engine?

Sudar Pichai was summoned and grilled by Congress regarding numerous topics: among them was the Dragonfly censored search engine for China. What exactly is the problem with Google creating a state ...
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Is Corporatocracy a result of Corporatism?

The way I understand it so far (and I could be wrong so fact-checking appreciated): capitalism can lead to corporatism, which can lead to corporatocracy? The nuances are tricky and have lots of ...
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How can a state (or a union) deter a company from developing technology related to censorship / human rights violation?

Background I have recently heard about a project that was developed by Google (Dragonfly search engine) and eventually shut down. This article provides more information about the main issues of this ...
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What management structure permits democratically elected managers or bosses?

Has anyone performed an abstract analysis of management structures, almost like what game theory is to games? And which management structure permits democratic elections, which is a political process, ...
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Did USPS grant a preferential treatment to Amazon?

I asked this question, but it was closed on the ground that it didn't have to do with politics. However if a government owned organisation helped a company with a dominant position on the market to ...
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Would capitalism function or exist if corporations were required to be democracies? [closed]

Nominations to the board Nominations would be done via multiple nominating committees that are affiliated with the nominating commission (electoral commission). The committees would be different ...
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In Canada, is a crown corproation the same as a federal government corporation

For example, the CPPIB is listed as a crown corporation. Does this mean it is a public sector company? The same as a federal government company? I am considering applying for a job here. All I want ...
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What bodies exist to foster cooperation amongst transnational corporations?

Sometimes competing corporations meet and discuss solutions to common problems and create trade organizations or political lobby groups. Sometimes countries with similar economic interests form ...
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Federal government's power to mandate the sale of specific product

Can the Federal government (Congress/agency) mandate that private firms offer a specific product? Example: Seller of wood tables MUST also offer plastic table. OR... All hardware stores (defined ...
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Corporate income taxes in U.S only 11% of government tax revenue?

(I had initially asked this on Money.SE, but was advised this would be a better question for Politics.SE.) I'm having a hard time understanding why corporate income taxes form such a small part of ...
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What possible laws have been proposed to modify limited liability of corporations?

I wonder if there’s a workable tweak to the limited liability of shareholders that would make it less profitable for those who wish to indirectly indicate to their flunkie ceos that they better cut ...
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Has anyone called for the elimination of limited liability?

One of the justifications that liberals make for the regulation and taxation of corporations is that corporations are by their very nature government-subsidized enterprises, because the government ...
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Why might the size of companies make it harder for governments to tax them?

Before the changes of the 1960s and 1970s, the size of the oil firms and their ability to collude made it almost impossible for governments to collect the rents from oil companies that by right should ...
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What happens when you antitrust a multinational corporation? [closed]

What happens when you want to break up a toxic corporate trust when said trust is multinational in nature? I get the idea when it comes to companies that are firmly within one nations system. But ...
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Longest known chain of command? [closed]

What's the longest known chain of command length for any government, military, or large organization, (legal or illegal)? For example, WP's abstract military organization chain length is 11: ...
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Correlation between companies' tariff exemptions/exclusions and political social media postings

The U.S. has recently had tariffs on the import of steel under two administrations by opposing political parties. I would assume, but don't know, that a 25% difference in the cost of raw materials ...
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How do international corporations have the right to free speech?

If corporations are made up of people...and international corporations are made up of people from different countries...then how do international corporations have the right to free speech in America, ...
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What is a corporate embassy and how does it compare to a normal one? [closed]

The NY Times reports that Facebook opened a "corporate embassy" in China I'm wondering What does a government embassy do? What laws typically apply to it? How does that compare to the power and ...
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Is there a movement to replace some aspects of Democracy in the United States with Corporatocracy? [closed]

There is already a long history in the United States of Corporations influencing legislation. Most notably legislation that: Directly affects their regulatory requirements (or lack thereof). Allows ...
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Could a government's standing military forces be entirely hired away by private interests? [closed]

Say, for example, a corporation obtains enough money to pay all the military (which isn't hard- investment banks manage trillions, the military salaries are a fraction of that). Then, the military ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between communism and corporations?

I was just thinking that essentially, a communist country like Maoist China did not seem very different than a very large corporation. Both are centrally managed, tightly control their citizens/...
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Is America really a corporation? [closed]

I have read several articles and websites that have stated that America is actually a corporation... But I don't think this is true since we have so many rights and freedom. Is America really a ...
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Why does Apple not ship the new iPhones with software that would block use in Russia? [closed]

Russia is reported by Hungarian media to be arranging for black import of the new iPhones on a governmental scale. Why does Apple not set the new OS up so that it would brick on its own if someone is ...
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