Corporate Personhood is Killing Democracy


The Supreme Court last Thursday, 26 June, 2003, chose not to hear the case of Nike v Kasky. This is a good thing. If you are reading this, and you are at all concerned with democracy, you MUST check out this fantastic article by Truthout.org’s Jennifer Van Bergen. Van Bergen cites this fantastic quip from activist William Meyers:
“Corporate personhood allows the wealthiest citizens to use corporations to control the government and use it as an intermediary to impose their will upon the people.”
This is exactly what is going on in our world right now. The wealthiest people in the world are surely the CEOs and other executives of the largest multinational corporations. They are also the most powerful, because they can buy out governments. Not just the US gov’t, but governments all over the world.
Surely we knew about the corruption going on in other, poor, third world, countries, countries in which tyrants sell the work of the citizens and the natural resources of the land for their own monetary gain. But the same exact thing is going on right here in the USA. Remeber the Grisham story/film The Rainmaker? In that story, a huge insurance company refuses to pay for an experimental cancer treatment that could save a young man’s life. After much digging, the young lawyer who is representing the cancer victim finds that the insurance company’s CEO recommended the company invest in the very same experimental treatment they had refused to pay for for their sick client because of its very experimental nature.
Anyway, please do some research on Corporate Personhood. It is the single biggest social/political problem facing humanity right now. ReclaimDemocracy.org is a great resource to get you started: http://reclaimdemocracy.org/personhood/

2 thoughts on “Corporate Personhood is Killing Democracy

  1. I have a friend who is a corporate lawyer in DC. He says that the subject of corporate personhood never comes up, that it’s one of those things burnouts form the 1960 care about.

    Obnixioius response. I would like to know more about where this issue is at in the US of A.

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  2. I was born in the 1960s! I’ve always felt like a hippie, too!

    You should make your own decisions about such issues. Do some research, and then search your heart to find what’s important to you, what speaks to you.

    For a good overview of the issue of Corporate Personhood, check out Reclaim Democracy’s Corporate page: http://reclaimdemocracy.org/personhood/

    In my opinion, if you are a breathing, feeling human being, then the issue of corporations being “legally human” is a HUGE one indeed. I mean, a corporation doesn’t die, can’t be declared legally insane, has no social responsibility, and doesn’t require a healthy environment. THAT’S SCARY to THIS living, breathing, feeling human being…

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