Attn D.C. Reasonoids: Free Drinks on Tuesday, Some Debate to Follow

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On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the AFF will host a debate on "Big Business: Friend or Foe of Big Government?" Major corporations have long been viewed as a natural—indeed, essential—ally of free markets and, by extension, classical liberalism. But is that conventional wisdom correct? Just how strongly does big business really support free markets? How strong of an ally is it for those who want to shrink the size of the state? Has the Republican Party's own efforts to pare back government and regulations been helped or impeded by its alliance with corporations?

These issues will be debated in a special AFF roundtable dedicated to the new book, The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money, by Tim Carney, longtime columnist for AFF's online magazine Brainwash. Carney, also a former reporter for Human Events, the Evans/Novak Report and a recent fellow at both the Phillips Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will lay out his argument that today the largest corporations have mastered the art of working with, and expanding the size of, big government. Joining him in the debate will be Veronique de Rugy, resident fellow for tax and budget policy at the American Enterprise Institute, and J. Peter Freire of The New York Times. Sean Higgins, Washington correspondent for Investor's Business Daily, will moderate.

The event will take place at the Fund for American Studies, 1706 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, near Dupont Circle. Drinks at 6:30; Roundtable begins at 7:00. Roundtables are free for members, $5 for non-members.

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  2. Major corporations have long been viewed as a natural — indeed, essential — ally of free markets and, by extension, classical liberalism. But is that conventional wisdom correct? Just how strongly does big business really support free markets? How strong of an ally is it for those who want to shrink the size of the state?

    Well, as an employee of a major corporation, I can tell you the one I work for loves big government. A few weeks after 9/11, they had a feature plastered across our corporate intranet titled “Big Government Means Big Business”. They were watering at the mouth at the prospect of getting their grubby meathooks on some of those contracts. What incentive would they have for shrinking the state? They can afford the costs of minimum wages and complying with regulations. It’s their smaller competitors who can’t. Big government hurts the small businesses, not the large corps. A free market is the last thing large corps want to see.

  3. Big doesn’t set out to be Bad.
    Big just doesn’t know its own strength.

    It’s hard to pet a mouse.

    Plus Big loves company.
    What’s Bigger than Government?

    Fe fi fo…

  4. liberalism loves big bussiness? its the neocon/rep. who have given corp. free reign to the point of destroying our country. hell, they own the pres. and congress now.and baby they’ve got they’re war on and they’re makin’money. at our expense. unrestrained capitalism is death to democracy, roosevelt understood that and saved this country from the depresion by instituting the new deal. look it up DONT BELIEVE REPUBLICAN LIES

  5. One thing that needs to be remembered is that small business owns the underground economy. Hardly any of big business ventures into illegal business, which is a large fraction of the economy that’s probably overlooked in many discussions of this kind. So this is one way that big gov’t favors small over big biz.

  6. Big government and big business are natural allies for one simple reason: Free Markets are destructive. They generally overheat and then melt down – people in government and business who have been burned by free markets are savvy on two fronts: Espouse Free Markets, and at all costs, Prevent free markets. It’s a protection game.

  7. I notice that on the mornings following “Reasonoid cocktail hours in D.C.”, no new topics are created until late afternoon.

  8. Urp, should have read, “On the days…”

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    Meanwhile, since Comments were disabled yesterday, I want to add in here my own response to the “probability odds of dying in terrorist action” posed by BAILEY yesterday.

    Out of concern that I might die in a suicide bombing at the mall I’m adopting a new strategy.

    On all future trips to the mall, I’m donning my own suicide bomber vest packed with plastic explosives.

    I figure the odds of their being TWO GUYS at the SAME mall with bombs strapped to their chest are pretty damn long.

    Statistics rule.

  9. The answer…

    http://www.cato.org/research/articles/cpr28n4-1.html

    July 21, 2006

    Big Business and Big Government
    by Timothy P. Carney

  10. The answer…

    Big Business & Big Government

    July 21, 2006

    Big Business and Big Government
    by Timothy P. Carney

  11. While studying in Sweeden I came across a writer named Rojas who argued the Third Way favored big buisiness at the expense of small. I guess Ikea, Volvo, Ericsson, and a few others are the big engines of the Sweedish econ. Maybe it’s not as true now. Also, last I checked, Finland relies heavily on Nokia. I guess I would still rather live in a cell phone republic than a banana republic.

  12. “There are as few laissez-faire capitalists in corporate boardrooms as there are saints in pulpits.”

    That’s my quote. Feel free to use it.

  13. Please support small (struggling) business.

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