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A Chapter by Chapter synopsis of Public Private Relationships and the New Owners of the Means of Production


The author's definition of conservatism told in the context of the political grass roots environment of 2015 influenced by the alt right as Donald Trump was gaining political momentum. A discussion of the Kelo vs New London Supreme Court decision.

In 1951 the Justices of Maine delivered a constitutional interpretation of Article IV Part Third Sections 13 & 14, that did not use the text of the Constitution as their measure but instead cherry picked words from Governor Connors Inaugural Address.

Governor Longley’s Architects of Transformation

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 Development Foundation

A discussion of the legislative justification for chartering the Maine Development Foundation Corporation and the conflation of  "public benefit" and "profit motive" in interpreting "common good" and "general welfare".

The Fame Corporation

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.

Governor McKernan Doubles Down

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.

To Be or Not to Be Sovereign

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

The Angus King Years: Back Room Dealings

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.

The Baldacci Era: A New Class Society

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 closer look at the Legislative session of 2013 and beyond. The far reaching impact of a bill called "Industry Partnerships" and the financial manipulations used to fund it. A comparison between the inner mechanisms of the Cate Street Scandal and the inner mechanisms of the State  Lepage sabotages a multi-billion dollar investment and then seeks a radical expansion of the Pine Tree Zone tax incentives. Changes are made in the Seed Capital Tax Credit and  appropriations are dispersed disproportionately. Legislation defines Maine's relationship to China and the Confucius Institute is instituted at the University of Maine.

Remembering James Madison

A quote from James Maddison about government works when consistent with the American political philosophy.

Conclusion

Suggestions on how to return to a free enterprise system and governance by the Maine and United States Constitutions.



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