(Original post by SunOfABeach)
Lol, Chomsky claims that you have two illegitimate powers. State power and private power - the corporations. They are both illegitimate but one more than the other. The state is somewhat accountable to the public (because people vote) whereas the corporations aren't (?...).
Both points are disputable ofc. First of all, voters do not know what the hell they are voting for. And I don't exempt myself. I voted for the Lib Dems but I didn't know **** about their policies. I was interested in their social policies but I knew nothing about foreign or economic policies of the party. So I kind of screwed the general public because of my ignorance. Caplan has a book about this - The Myth of the Rational Voter. The cost of individuals educating themselves about public policy far outweights the benefits therefore the public (me) remains ignorant of public policy for a good reason.
That doesn't mean that democracy in general is inefficient. But the kind of democracy which Chomsky (and other Anarchists) currently root(s) for, namely representative democracy, does NOT work.
The second point ofc is ridicilous. I do not know why corporations aren't accountable to the public. There's such a thing as marketplace democracy and Chomsky admits that (even Moore does). The problem is that once corporations get into trouble, marketplace democracy goes out of the window and Obama comes in. But check Sweden. What happened to SAAB? Swedes and, I guess, the rest of the world, decided that SAAB was not producing cars they wanted to buy. And the company went bankrupt. Why is that not a good example of the accountability or the democracy of the marketplace when the government does not interfere?
I find his state and corporations suck but state sucks less argument very odd, because I agree with him in saying both are bad, but I prefer corporations for a few reasons.
Firstly most states are NOT democratic/accountable, does Chomsky think corporations are more oppressive then the North Korean state? Your argument covers democratic states well, but you're being too generous in starting there, democratic states are a minority now and throughout history.
Secondly I agree with you that corporations are accountable. It takes mass effort which is difficult, but it IS possible to defeat a corporation by not working for them and not going there. In the UK we could bring down tescos ourselves and use butchers, grocers etc again. Its difficult, but its less so then getting rid of a dictatorship state.
Finally, without the state there would be less corporate clout anyways, because the government gets lobbied by big business to suit its interests, because taxes/regulations hinder a small business more than a large corporation and so on. So Chomskys evaluation of the private sphere isn't valid because he isn't looking at it, hes looking at STATE capitalism.
But er, whats any of this to do with anarchists supporting income tax, by the way? As interesting as this is!