A good quote not to be buried in a comments section.
From Hayek, …”the arrogation of arbitrary powers by Parliament was regarded by the spokesman of the American colonies as the ultimate cause of te break with the mother country. This was most clearly expressed by one of the profoundest of their political philosophers, James Wilson, who
‘rejected Blackstone’s doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty as outmoded. The British do not understand the idea of a constitution which limits and superintends the operations of the legislature. This was an improvement in the science of government reserved to the Americans.
Back to Hayek, “We shall not further consider here the American attempt to limit in their Constitution the powers of the legislature, and its limited success. It in fact did no more to prevent Congress from becoming primarily a governmental rater than a truly legislative institution…
Sadly he is right. The root of the problem is not private influence of government, but rather the unlimited nature of our government.