Journal article

What Rendered Ancient Tyrants Detestable: The Rule of Law and the Constitution of Corporate Power

Julian Sempill

Hague Journal on the Rule of Law | Springer (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2018


The phrase ‘‘corporate tyranny’’ might seem to be nothing more than empty rhetoric, a muscular slogan with a plausible ring, but one lacking principled roots in the great tradition of political language which it echoes. In this Article, I aim to show that, on the contrary, it is indeed meaningful to apply the term tyranny in connection with contemporary corporate power—meaningful, that is, according to the criteria governing the use of that term within the limited government tradition’s Rule of Law discourse. I also aim to demonstrate that, according to traditional criteria, certain terms used to lament the harms occasioned by manipulative state power—namely, arbitrariness, slavishness and c..

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