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

Note that those free services have some way for the company to make money. This can be by way of advertising or gathering data which they can sell or otherwise use to make money (for example provide ...
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Why doesn’t the U.S. have a bracketed corporate tax?

The discussion whether such a taxation system would be useful or politically wanted would be a matter for a more discussion-oriented website. But regardless of where you stand on the question of ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Doing something like that on a large scale would not be in the interest of the company except in specific circumstances. The company will want to maximize profits and/or shareholder value, so taking ...
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Federal government's power to mandate the sale of specific product

Yes, under the current interpretation of the Commerce Clause, the Federal Government can regulate (in the sense of control rather than "make regular") commerce. It can, for example, mandate ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Some US based newspaper groups (and some other websites) have blocked access to their websites to EU-based users. This is in reaction to the data protection requirements of the General Data Protection ...
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Any problems with zero corporate income tax?

Yes. The problem is an elementary one which explains why the corporate income tax was created. If you can have a 0% income tax rate in undistributed corporate income, but shareholders must pay a non-...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Nothing would stop them other than the desire to not lose business. Some companies aren't willing to take that kind of loss, but some have principles they hold more important than revenue. For a ...
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What does "breaking up" a company mean?

The Air Mail Act of June 12, 1934, the vertically integrated United Aircraft and Transport Corporation (UATC) was broken up into three companies: United Air Lines Transportation Company, United ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between communism and corporations?

You are not the first one to notice that there are states which officially follow a communist agenda but do in practice behave very similar to capitalist corporations. The Soviet Union and China are ...
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How does the public know that many large corporations paid zero Federal tax last year?

It's not too clear what the question actually is, but public and private US corporations are held to different public-reporting standards regarding their taxes; the former need to apply GAAP, the ...
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What are the main reasons for the massive increase in CEO pay inequality over the last thirty years?

This question has seen a massive amount of research. It appears that the question of the cause of increased CEO pay is not settled and there are many competing theories. Here are a few which I've ...
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Can countries prevent foreign corporations like Apple from acting as private police in their own territory?

In your example it seems you're not actually worried about police work, but about "big brother" type observation. Countries can simply make it illegal* for cloud providers to access their ...
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Does any country apply corporate tax based on where money is earned, rather than where the corporation is based?

Income Is Taxed Where It Is Earned The premise of the question is mistaken, at least in terminology, even if not in terms of basic thrust. While the title makes it sound like the question is about ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Harassing a company until they leave the market is often a primary goal of the harassing behavior. It works on the same logic as protectionist tariffs. When a dominant company outcompetes your favored ...
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What is a corporate embassy and how does it compare to a normal one?

A "corporate embassy" doesn't have anything to do with a "government embassy". While a government embassy represents a government in a foreign country, a corporate embassy represents a corporation in ...
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Why is the City of London governed by a corporation?

Why questions are tricky, but here goes: Treatment of a municipality as a corporation seems a result of the incremental reform in government. The City of London is historically important in that ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny or downplay man made climate change?

Since this question was posted, the 2019-2020 bushfire season in Australia has amplified climate change debate throughout Australia, making this question far easier to answer. Many publications, ...
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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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What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated?

ASML has to license intellectual property from US IP owners. This means USA has capability to demand US IP owners to not allow these technologies to be transferred to China, and they would be forced ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

The answer will depend a lot of the locale (laws) and, above all, what sectors are affectd by the boycott. Discriminating between government and non-government entities could easily go against local ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Legal obligations If there is no legal requirement for a company to do business in country X, then there is nothing to prevent said company to end its activities. If the company determines the ...
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Any problems with zero corporate income tax?

I found a simple but interesting argument from two economists (Eric Toder and Alan Viard) who have changed their opinion on this (from 0% they proposed in 2014 to 15% in their 2016 proposal), namely ...
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Corporate income taxes in U.S only 11% of government tax revenue?

The basic theory behind U.S. income taxation is to tax all income earned one time to the beneficial owners of that income. Under this theory, there is no theoretically valid reason to tax income both ...
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Why is the City of London governed by a corporation?

To expand on Burt_Harris' excellent answer, the meaning of "Corporation" here is a legally generic, rather than special one. a. Law. A body corporate legally authorized to act as a single ...
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Why was Google grilled by congress for prototyping a censored search engine?

Congress is interested because the technology used to censor searches in China might be used to censor speech on protected grounds here. For example, if politically incorrect keywords appear, what's ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between communism and corporations?

I'll start this answer by clarifying, there is no such a thing as a common agreed definition on what a "communist country" is, different regimes through time have called themselves communist while ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between communism and corporations?

If we follow Marx's reasoning, nations like the PRC and the USSR are socialist regimes, not communism, and socialist regimes are an intermediary stage. Socialist regimes do not change the capitalist ...
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Why might the size of companies make it harder for governments to tax them?

The "changes of the 60s and 70s" refers particularly to the founding of OPEC, and the subsequent oil crises The point of the oil companies being too big to tax is that, prior to OPEC the oil ...
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