Ron Paul, "The Fed negates the very foundation of a free market by artificially manipulating the price and supply of money — the lifeblood of the economy. In a free market, interest rates, like the price of any other consumer good, are decentralized and set by the market. The only legitimate, Constitutional role of government in monetary policy is to protect the integrity of the monetary unit and defend against counterfeiters."
Why do you think Ron Paul has never been nominated? He doesn't get his campaign $$ from corporations. if it were the case, he would be number one right now!
Your making the argument more complicated than it needs to be. It's not possible in America's consumer economy, global, and special interests to achieve what you are hoping for. Complete separation of politics and lobbying ended with the creation of the Federal Reserve. Corporate influence will NEVER end in the US. Maybe we can put a stop to it during elections. But companies have the chance to bend the President, and his policies for four years! That's why there is so much flip-flopping in politics.
The way I see it is we do live in a corporatacy. The entire modern Consumer world does. And all of your claims about European countries getting rid of corporate influence are just completely false. The reason the European Union was formed was to protect certain companies that are now Multinational European Corporations! The European Union was formed so international barriers could be eliminated and trade or selling and buying for easy transactions between the countries would be as simple as between American States
Every single major Political Initiative has been funded or has been help grown by corporations! It's the sole reason America is a world power, or any country for the matter.
I feel I must answer to the blatant "know-it-all-ism" in this post.
Firstly, to answer to that Ron Paul quote. One of the reasons why many countries manipulate their currency is because they wish to protect (Incl. USA) their national industries by providing a de facto advantage in export when your currency is lower than that of the importer ( See: Yuan-manipulation). Otherwise when as a strong economy your currency is too high others won't import from you because of said cost. (See: Why Germany flourishes with the Euro) To let the Fed stop manipulating the dollar would absolutely devastate the American exports and expedite your economic decline in certain ways.
Secondly, "complete separation of politics and lobbying ended with the creation of the federal reserve?" . Did some history book dictate that when you found a central bank to help regulate and aid both currency and economy slightly you invite people to ask/bribe the government for earmarks or favoritism? I must have missed that class => explain your reasoning here please.
Third," And all of your claims about European countries getting rid of corporate influence are just completely false".This has been declared false by who now?
I'm not saying that a few countries haven't got any corrupt officials but to declare that "European countries haven't gotten rid of corporate influence" you must have some almighty source I haven't heard of, being a European resident myself. Personally, I don't visibly notice any impact of businesses/corporations on the policies in my tiny nation. I think they've done a great job regulating and controlling the negative side-effects of economic growth that Right-wing libertarians tend to forget about.
Growth is not and should not be the "holy grail" of a government, the objective to strife for. The objective should be growth with a nuance, that nuance being growth that is both sustainable and brings forth greater wellbeing/welfare and not expressly "Growth and prosperity".
Finally, I don't dispute the fact that the 1 market idea that reigns in the EU is good for businesses because that's what could bring Europe out of the devastation of The War and 60 years down the line both wellbeing and prosperity because businesses were allowed to grow without the burden of the cost that exchange rates can have on economies (Fully aware of some hick-ups recently + many other factors). Not to mention create a greater interdependence that would curtail the war ready behavior of the European states. (See: Franco-German enmity), (See: Anglo-Dutch wars), (See: Napoleonic era), (See: European nationalism late 19th century), just a few examples.
But the main thing is that over here neither political parties nor political figures have to be inherently funded by corporations or persons, so when or if there is a corrupt individual, it is just that, a corrupt individual.
Not an entire party that feels it must aid in bringing the case of their lobbyist supporters forward in the spirit of "saving" the free market.
Take all my remarks with a grain of salt. My knowledge and understanding is not absolute but my knowledge of that prevents me from stating
" Corporate influence will NEVER end in the US"