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Is there, as J.D. Vance posited, “no meaningful distinction between the public and the private sector in the United States of America?”
By William Benson, Crisis Magazine, May 23, 2023
William Benson is a writer who has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Lone Conservative, and The College Fix.
At an event entitled “Regime Change and the Future of Liberalism,” held at The Catholic University of America last week, Senator J.D. Vance landed in hot water, left and right, for claiming “there is no meaningful distinction between the public and the private sector in the United States of America.” Of course, Vance is absolutely right.
It should go without saying that he was merely summarizing the current state of affairs and not necessarily offering insight into what he believes should be the model for public-private relations. The outrage at Vance’s statement is what is most noteworthy. Immediately, members of the libertarian business class took to criticizing Vance, going so far as to call him an “authoritarian.” Most shocking, however, was Stephanie Slade in Reason claiming that “corporations have rights.” …