Thursday, May 31, 2007

"Thus corporations finally claimed the full rights enjoyed by individual citizens while being exempted from many of the responsibilities and liabilities of citizenship. Furthermore, in being guaranteed the same right to free speech as individual citizens, they achieved, in the words of Paul Hawken, 'precisely what the Bill of Rights was intended to prevent: domination of public thought and discourse.' The subsequent claim by corporations that they have the same right as any individual to influence the government in their own interest pits the individual citizen against the vast financial and communications resources of the corporation and mocks the constitutional intent that all citizens have an equal voice in the political debates surrounding important issues.": -- David C. Korten - Source: in his book, When Corporations Rule the World, 2001


Michael said...

The silver lining of corporations personhood, is most real people, when confronted with this concept and its ramifications, are sicken by it. And when I say, "confronted" I don't simply mean reading a book about it, or hearing someone talk about it, but truly confronted by having their rights usurped by corporate rights. This creates a paradigm mind shift in how we think about democracy in our society.

We need to adopt an organizing model that challenges this concept of corporate rights head on. This will produce a reaction by the corporate state that drives further organizing efforts. The regulatory system is insufficient for doing this type of work and communities must refuse to operate in that realm.

Mr. Natural said...

Thanks for your comment Michael. The bush years have certainly been boom time for corporations, haven't they? I mean this whole "empire expansion" push is all about corporations and profits isn't it?

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.