HomeWhat’s the thin line between capitalism, cronyism, and corporatism?EducationAtlas University
No items found.
What’s the thin line between capitalism, cronyism, and corporatism?

What’s the thin line between capitalism, cronyism, and corporatism?

|
July 10, 2023

Question: What’s the thin line between capitalism, cronyism, and corporatism?

Answer:  Capitalism is when there’s a principled separation between the economy and politics: between business and government. Cronyism is when there’s supposed to be a separation, but there is cheating. Connected politicians and business people are given and receive special favors that they’re not supposed to be doing. Corporatism is when the official policy is that the government is running the economy, working hand-in-hand with business professionals. So, the lines between them are thick, rather than thin. The thin-line cases, though, come up in the mixed economy cases when sometimes it’s very hard to tell whether the given tax break or subsidy or certain types of lobbying are legitimate or count as cheating or receiving special favors.

Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
About the author:
Stephen Hicks Ph.D.

Stephen R. C. Hicks, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society.

He is author of The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis (W. W. Norton & Co., 1998), Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy, 2004), Nietzsche and the Nazis (Ockham’s Razor, 2010),  Entrepreneurial Living (CEEF, 2016), Liberalism Pro and Con (Connor Court, 2020), Art: Modern, Postmodern, and Beyond (with Michael Newberry, 2021) and Eight Philosophies of Education (2022). He has published in Business Ethics Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics, and The Wall Street Journal. His writings have been translated into 20 languages.

He has been Visiting Professor of Business Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Visiting Fellow at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, Visiting Professor at the University of Kasimir the Great, Poland, Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University, England, and Visiting Professor at Jagiellonian University, Poland.

His B.A. and M.A. degrees are from the University of Guelph, Canada. His Ph.D. in Philosophy is from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

In 2010, he won his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

His Open College podcast series is published by Possibly Correct Productions, Toronto. His video lectures and interviews are online at CEE Video Channel, and his website is StephenHicks.org.  


Instagram Takeover Questions:

Every week we solicit questions from our 100K followers on Instagram (a social media platform popular with young people. Once a month we feature Stephen Hicks' answers to select questions, transcripts below:


Also several articles, selected for likely interest to Objectivist audiences:

No items found.
No items found.