What is Conservatism?
In 1979 Governor Longley invited the heads of Maine's most prosperous industries to produce a report and to lead the Legislature in reinventing Maine government. The Legislature declared that centrally managing the economy is "an essential government function" and that it must be done by public private relationships. The plan to achieve the desired transformation.
The Maine Legislature charters the Finance Authority of Maine corporation to concentrate and redistribute capital and centrally manage a wide agenda from health and environment to manufacturing and education. Introduction of the premise that a centrally managed economy organized through public private relationships is identical in structure to Mussolini's Doctrine of Fascism.
Various new financial tools and strategies are put into place. The Department of Economic and Community Development corporation is chartered, A court rewrites the Constitution. The argument continued that targeted sector economics is identical with the ideology of fascism. Observations about the inflationary effect of targeted sector economics, public benefit vs common good and global capitalism.
The Legislature charters three former military bases as municipal corporations serving as instrumentalists of the state. The Legislature charters a region of municipalities as an economic development corporation making the municipalities responsible for the corporation's debt. The towns of Gardiner and Rome try to get out from under the burden of debt created by the KRDA corporation.
The City States
Washington County is Maine's poorest county. This chapter tells the story of manipulations devised by public private partners to transfer the valuable real estate property at the Washington County Naval Base to a private non-profit corporation leaving the base, newly chartered as a municipal corporation and instrumentality of the state, empty handed
Examination of ambiguous language used by the Maine Legislature to structure private wheeling and dealing into publicly subsidized state corporations and the codification of intellectual property rights streamed through the public private network via the Maine University system.
Governor Baldacci markets "the creative economy" lead by "the creative class". A comparison made between the philosophy embodied in creative class rhetoric and the Mussolini's belief that society should serve quality over quantity. The Pine Tree Zone Tax Credits are passed, State manufacturing is expanded via the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine. A short history of the University of Maine from its origins as a land grant college under the United States Morrill Act. A short history of MPERS from its mysterious origins to socializing the risk and privatizing the gain with a MPERS venture capitalist fund.
Governor Lepage, Tea Party Corporatist
A quote from James Maddison about government works when consistent with the American political philosophy.
Suggestions on how to return to a free enterprise system and governance by the Maine and United States Constitutions.