The issue of corporate influence on government has long been a source of concern for many. While it may seem that corporations have taken over our democracy, the Founding Fathers were well aware of this possibility and sought to prevent it. This is why they created the system of “interventionism” we have today, wherein corporations can hire lobbyists to attempt to influence legislation in their favor.
Today, with money playing such an important role in political campaigns and lobbying efforts, it’s no wonder that people are concerned about what kind of impact this has had on our democratic process. It’s true that corporations do take advantage of the system, which often results in laws being passed that don’t benefit ordinary citizens – these laws typically benefit those who have the biggest pockets. However, simply reforming lobbying regulation won’t solve this problem because citizens still have a right to petition their government and voice their concerns.
The real solution lies in getting government out of the business of passing out favors so as to remove any incentive for corporate influence. If politicians were more accountable and less susceptible to temptations such as money or power then perhaps more laws would be put into place that are truly beneficial for all citizens, not just a few special interests groups.
It’s clear that we need change if we want our democracy to represent everyone equally. To learn more about this subject, we recommend watching “The Corporation” – an eye-opening documentary about how corporations are influencing politics around the world. By seeing what is happening beyond our borders we can gain insight into how best to protect our own democracy from corporate control and make sure that all people enjoy equal rights under the law.