In this piece, Gonzalo Lira takes on corporations broadly defined to include governments, military, unions, GSEs and companies. Repeatedly he illustrates how the corporations are shielding individuals from consequences for their actions. Meanwhile, unaffiliated individuals are easily and often prosecuted, even unjustly. He starts with a case of individual injustice that you need to click on the article to read. The main point though it that the protection of individuals from accountability is now all pervasive.
All of this underscores the same problems we are having throughout our society in the Industrialized West: Corporate entities, be they corporations, unions, the military, or the government, act lawlessly—anarchically—trampling the individual without hesitation, yet coming to accomodations between one corporate entity and another.
In other words, our society has become a neighborhood where street-gangs—corporate entitites—battle one another for position. Even the Government is just another street gang.
People allied with a particular corporate entity have rights and the full protection of the corporate entity to which they belong, much as street gangs are fiercely loyal to their individual members. The higher up in the corporate entities’ hierarchy—CEO, General, President—the more untouchable he or she is.
This is damningly true and with the reach of these enterprises it is little wonder that there is very little discussion of how the behavior and decisions of the “subjects” of these enterprises are created and supported by the enterprise itself. The protection racket is both ways. The enterprise protects the individual and so the individual is obligated to silently protect the enterprise.