Most workplace governments in the United States are dictatorships, in which bosses govern in ways that are largely unaccountable to those who are governed. They don't merely govern workers; they dominate them. These are feudal forms of tyranny and coercion.
- Algorithmic Prison (18 links)
- The algorithmic prison idea is that big data allows business and government to deny us loans, jobs, right to travel, etc. without our knowing why or being able to contest and change the data. This also makes us very vulnerable to dirty tricks.
- Belated Feudalism: Labor, the Law, and Liberal Development in the United States (book)
- Trade unions and the New Deal institution of collective bargaining helped end the feudal common law of master and servant that made capitalism so inegalitarian and undemocratic.
- How bosses are (literally) like dictators [More...]
- "Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies." A short summary of Elizabeth Anderson's book "Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives".
- Libertarian Org Ready To Sue Instagram For Allegedly Removing Its Account [More...]
- "Libertarian nonprofit The Atlas Society (TAS) says its Instagram page, which it used to post political content and promote its work, was taken down roughly a month ago with little to no explanation in an apparent act of censorship." But Instagram is private property. By libertarian lights, they can do what they want.
- Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (book) (1 link)
- We normally think of government as something only the state does, yet many of us are governed far more -- and far more obtrusively -- by the private government of the workplace.
- Private ownership on the scale of a state. (1 link)
- Private ownership of large areas is not much different than a state, except that the profit motive can incentivize harming the people. Atrocities result, as we see with the Congo Free State and the British East India Company.
Until unemployment no longer holds out the prospect of death or dishonor every employment contract is made under duress.
Dale Carrico, "Dispatches from Libertopia: An Anthology of Wingnut Chestnuts and Democratizing Remedies"
Most workplace governments in the United States are dictatorships, in which bosses govern in ways that are largely unaccountable to those who are governed. They don't merely govern workers; they dominate them. This is what I call private government.
Elizabeth Anderson, "Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives", p. xxii.