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  • perpetuallyphil 7:46 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink |
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    Why not a Movement? 

    Take Back Democracy, a few easy steps for today via http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/13-5:
    • Click!  Your TV remote is a powerful weapon.  You don’t have to listen to corporate lies and propaganda.  When you see corporate-sponsored political ads on TV, press the mute button.  Get your information about candidates from more reliable sources — from newspapers, news web sites, and other sources that you trust.  Don’t believe the hype.  Stay informed (read below for more background on corporate personhood and power).
    • Take the ‘Democracy For Humans’ pledge: “I will vote for no candidate who takes corporate money.”  Let’s elect candidates who work for our own best interests and ideals.  Let’s declare our independence from political parties and politicians who depend on corporate campaign contributions.
    • Amend the US Constitution: demand a new amendment declaring that rights belong to people, not to artificial legal creations (corporations), that money is not speech, that everyone has the right to vote and every vote must be counted.  Call your US Senators and US Representative, tell them to sponsor, promote, and vote for a ‘Democracy For Humans’ amendment — or you’ll never vote for them again.  More information: http://www.movetoamend.org (Sign the petition)
    • Demand that Congress pass fair election laws.  Congress can require that campaign advertising include full disclosure and reveal who paid.  Congress can require TV and radio stations that use the public airwaves to broadcast ads by candidates who aren’t swimming in corporate money.  State legislatures can pass ‘clean election’ laws that assist candidates who don’t take corporate checks.
    • Help make ‘corporate personhood’ a major political issue.  Write letters to the editor, call talk shows, post information online, challenge candidates at forums and debates.  Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors.
    • Urge your local city council to pass a resolution opposing corporate personhood.  Arcata, California, and other cities and towns have already passed such resolutions (http://www.californiademocracy.org/corporations/resource/ArcataRes.html).
    • Use street theater: public rallies, with puppets and other kinds of spectacle are a great way to educate the public.
    Its kinda a cornerstone issue….
     
  • perpetuallyphil 8:11 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink |
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    corporate personhood 

    i made this video for a class/work project that i am involved with. corporate personhood is at the root of a lot of our regulation problems and leads us to fascism. it is being debated in the Supreme Court right now and there is a movement in the works to amend the Constitution to change the policy. Corporations have been citing our ‘Bill of Rights’ for some time now which has enabled them to escape any real punishment for the atrocities that they cause to our planet.

    http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/

    http://ultimatecivics.org/

     
    • pissedandtart 8:53 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink

      What exactly is it that corporations are doing that couldn’t be done by the executives or shareholders?

    • perpetuallyphil 1:52 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink

      @pissedandtart: i dont know if i understand your question. but here is an answer:

      corporations pool resources and money together and then act as one. thats all well and fine. but it gets dicey when they perpetrate crimes against our environment or communities. when they do that, they are not held responsible as individuals for what they have done collectively. the corporation gets punished and the members who made decisions dissolve and reassemble in another corporation, no harm done (see philip morris becomes altria). you cant send a corporation to jail, even if they commit mass murder like chevron did in the amazon killing thousands. you can only punish them financially. this punishment only works to an extent tho, because the corporation when sued, puts on its citizen hat and claims trail by jury and due process instead of simply having a fine levied. this happened with the Exxon Valdez oil spill when exxon reduced a 5 billion dollar fine to 500 million over a 20 year court trial, which by the end of and still to this day, Exxon became the largest corporation in the world. father, there is the problem of using corporate resources to donate their “free speech (read: money)” to elections to get the laws that they want. even further, they can claim the 5th amendment when labeling or not labeling products i.e. GMO foods. in a scary future the corp could claim 2nd amendment rights allowing them to bear arms… really its just the problem of a corporation being and entity when its beneficial and a person when its beneficial, with no accountability to be handed down due to the circumstances. limited liability. someone takes the fall, business continues as normal.

    • waterling 5:57 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink


      though, do you think corporations have been static the last ten years? ie do you have hope that the world can function without corporations, entirely, realistically?

    • perpetuallyphil 5:01 am on December 13, 2009 Permalink

      i dont think that we need to operate without the means to act collectively. i just think that we need to be able to control the most powerful interests that exist. there are some corps that do good things, and pooling resources happens for a reason. when corps we first enabled there were really strong regulations, because the gov new how powerful they were. the original statutes require that corps were in “the interest of the community at large.” that is not the case any longer, clearly. i just want us to at least return to a place where we can check their power and have them serve the purpose of helping our collective.
      this is more powerful than the false premise of “corporate responsibility” that is little more than a marketing ploy.
      thats all i am saying

    • pissedandtart 7:50 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink

      Corporate officers and executives have been and can be criminally prosecuted for crimes they committed as officers of a corporation. Corporations actually cannot murder anyone, as murder requires forming a specific intent and engaging in a certain action (“pulling the trigger”). What would happen is that an agent of the corporation forms the intent and takes the action, and they can be prosecuted when they do so.

      As for when a crime has actually been committed by the corporation, of course it should get a fair trial. The money of the corporation is essentially the money of the shareholders, so why should the shareholders be fined without due process?

      By the way, if corporations didn’t contribute to campaigns, the individual board members and executives would do so themselves.

  • perpetuallyphil 11:27 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink |
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    corporate personhood 

    quick hitter

    basic violation of our "un-alienable rights"

     
    • perpetuallyphil 1:52 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink

      The yes men (http://theyesmen.org/):
      Yes, I want to say something about freedom. People criticize us because we tell small lies, but they are (small lies) that reveal bigger truths. And our lies are revealed instantly.

      Meanwhile, corporations and lobbyists are telling huge lies, like government sponsored healthcare will take away our freedom, which is a major lie. You have more freedom if you have health insurance.

      There are so many examples of where smart government — not more, but smart — can increase our freedom. We have to reexamine our priorities in how we make our government work for us, and not just for the richest.

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