These past weeks were filled with consternation, both from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ move to strip The Walt Disney Company of its special-governing status. That followed a fierce public battle in which Disney trashed Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law, vowing to see it overturned. That law simply forbids the teaching of sexuality or so-called “gender theory” to small children, K-3rd grade.
Things really touched off, though, once a leaked video from an internal Disney meeting showed producers and executives talking about a “not-so-secret gay agenda” and the forcing of sexuality into programming meant for kids.
The question of whether DeSantis actually had the ability to do what DeSantis did is not really open. Evidently corporations don’t have the legal right to control their fiefdoms at tax payers expense. Instead, philosophical arguments took center stage. Namely, whether the Florida governor’s move qualifies as suppressing free speech.
The decision appears to be paying off. The Wall Street Journal reports that CEOs are asking themselves how to stay in control of their future.
WSJ reports on Florida’s successful strike against Disney. https://t.co/J14zO5uB9P
— Jason Willick (@jawillick) May 2, 2022
Over the last few weeks, business leaders in high-ranking positions have asked the same question. How do we prevent becoming next Walt Disney?
Following the latest political spat between Disney World and Florida Governor. Executives and their advisors say Ron DeSantis has caused concern in corporate leadership and raised the difficulty for chief executives to deal with charged issues.
Rest of the information is hidden behind a paywall but you get an idea. Following the DeSantis case, business leaders worry that they may lose tax incentives and other crony capitalism arrangements that provide them an advantage over others.
The answer is: Very good.
I know some on the right disagree with me, and I’ve made peace with that. Life would not be as interesting if we were all to agree all the time. Even those here at RedState who hold a different opinion are still my friends, and we’ll be right back in the foxhole together on the next issue. This issue is a case in point. I find no fault with corporations that make themselves a state ward and suffer the consequences. Crony capitalism should not only have benefits but also risks. The main risk is that taxpayers will be held responsible for funding these special deals.
Look, I don’t want this to have to go any further. I don’t want a full-scale war between normal Americans and major corporations. I understand the value of both to the society we’ve built. That’s why DeSantis’ brushback pitch was so important. It’s a chance to reset the clock and signal that it’s time for everyone to take a step back. Companies can push for tax cuts or policies in their area of responsibility. If they are determined to encourage the sexualization, however, then there will be resistance.
Do I wish it didn’t have to come to this? Yes, it would have been great if the megacorporations had not become government apparatchiks. They are far too often pushing dangerous far-left agendas. But that’s not the world we live in. Either you fight for the existing ground or you hope for something better. DeSantis chose the latter. I’m not going to fault him for that.