Conservatives vs. the corporation

Conservatives vs. the corporation


For generations, big corporations were almost synonymous with the Republican Party. As recently as 2019, 54% of Republicans said large corporations have a net positive effect on the corporation. Today, just 26% of Republicans think big corporations are good for the country, not much higher than Democrats at 25%.

Rethinking the conservative movement’s relationship with big business has always been a foundational theme to the Edmund Burke Foundation’s National Conservatism Conference, and one of the first breakout sessions at this year’s conference in Washington, D.C., tackled the subject of “Corporations Against Conservatives.”

Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) chief counsel, John Ehrett, spoke first, identifying what he called “the myth of Citizens United.” That myth is that “the business corporation is autonomous, natural, and organic, something set

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