I presume “an unholy alliance of the state and corporations” according to your perspective would be any regulatory framework that would limit what corporations A-Z might want to do.
That is such a bogus argument that is made by “free marketers” – that any act of a central government regulating capitalism is itself what leads to corruption, that “unholy alliance”.
Balderdash. It is the taking over of regulatory agencies by corporate governance that makes an absolute mockery of neoliberal economics. What is neoliberal economics without corporate takeover of governance? Without redistribution of public assets to maximize privatized profits?
Your feigned ignorance relative to large corporations getting all manner of assistance from their corporate sponsors in whatever government is laughable. What, you aren’t aware of such assistance by the central government of the US to these corporations? Are you kidding me? So much for my argument being merely a “straw man”.
Large corporations complain about taxation (which at this point hardly exists) while at the same time they are quite happy to receive the services of the State Dept helping them “liberalize markets”, the US military protecting their assets or helping round up death squads in developing countries, the public funded courts to protect their intellectual property rights, the publicly funded highway system and other infrastructure that maximizes their market potential, and of course their bought off politicians who turn a blind eye to every manner of corrupt behavior by these super wealthy powerful individuals that don’t give a flying cluck about the freedom of anyone else when it comes to externalizing their costs on the public.
Save your neoliberal think tank arguments for someone more naive.