Daily Topics - Monday January 25th 2010

unequal protection 1 imagesQuote: “If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution” -- Abraham Lincoln

Hour One - What will a brave new America look like now that corporations are king? (pt 1)

Hour Two - What will a brave new America look like now that corporations are king? (pt 2) Plus -  Christian Norton www.workingamerica.org What is Labor's campaign against the banksters

Hour Three - A debate! - Why should corporations have human rights? Peter Ferrara www.theacru.org

Comments

Loretta (not verified) 5 years 31 weeks ago
#1

Dday,

That's such a cool offer! I'll be done with my writing by the end of April, so maybe then? I would love to come and help out with the democratic party and push back against Palin. I'm a good cook too, and a massage therapist. That would be so very much fun. Thank you very much for the invitation. My email address is lorettamarielong@gmail.com if you want to write to me.

Thank you,

Lroetta

Blake (not verified) 5 years 31 weeks ago
#2

It seems like alot of people are upset that corporations now have the same rights as people, and are poised to take over our democracy after the SC ruling. So here's an idea...

Similar to the Move Your Money campaign... lets start a Vote Your Dollar campaign. If people realized more powerful than their voice at the ballot box is their voice at the register. We the people ultimately decide which corporations are going to have the power by buying their products... so if you want to take the power away, then stop buying from them. In addition to moving your money to a small local bank, also patronize small businesses, avoid national chains, or at least avoid shopping at national chains who ship jobs overseas, or have poor labor standards, or are anti-union, etc. The point is your dollar is your vote.

If we could awaken everyone to this reality... to make them aware that everytime they spend money... they are voting "yes" for that business. So do you want to vote for small businesses... or big corporations? Then make your voice heard, and let your dollar be your ballot.

Jeremy (not verified) 5 years 31 weeks ago
#3

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner”. --James Bovard
Corporate Personhood is one wolf being given State's rights to devour the other two, being given a patent on the process of digestion, and exempted from the "Personal Liability" to clean up his own crap.
"All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others." --George Orwell, " Welcome to the "Animal Farm."

Jeremy (not verified) 5 years 31 weeks ago
#4

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner”. –James Bovard
Corporate Personhood is one wolf being given State’s rights to devour the other two, being given a patent on the process of digestion, and exempted from the “Personal Responsibility” of cleaning up his own crap.
“All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.” –George Orwell, Welcome to the “Animal Farm.”

Matt Harris (not verified) 5 years 31 weeks ago
#5

I have seen alot of post about this corporate personhood issue. In one sense because of the way law has been written corporations "have" to be ( and i use that term very lightly) considered a person of sorts. For taxation purposes, etc. they have to be considered a person. Until this is removed for the wording and a separate law is written to regulate corporations it will continue to have a valid arguement but ill conceived one none-the-less.

That being said I think there is one arguement that I have not seen to discount the fact that they are a "person" and the reason why many laws need to be repealed and rewritten. I am talking about the issue of corporate veil protection. Under the corporate veil protection in not so few words basically says that the people of the corporation can not be held liable as a "person" unless negligence etc can be proved. If this is true, and this is where it gets me excited, then the corporation cannot be considered a collection of persons because the law specifically says they are not. They are an entity of the corporation. The corporation then has no rights as a person based on the arguement that they are a collection of persons. By the ruling that they do have these basic rights of humans, then corporate veil protection no longer exists and leaders of corporations can be tried in civil and criminal court. I could be wildly wrong but I think this issue has some standing to be researched further in this debate over "personhood".

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