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Citizen or Consumer?

On July 4, declare independence from corporate rule.

A corporation is not a person. It is an abstraction: an organizational structure that feels no remorse and has no morality, no life, no soul. Yet the modern corporation – still just an arbitrary legal entity – enjoys the same rights as you or I. It has the right to free speech, to own property, to lobby government officials and protect against self-incrimination.

Today corporations run rampant, controlling our political, economic, environmental and cultural agendas. These globalized conglomerates are able to commit grievous environmental and societal crimes with little fear of recourse, tipping the scales of power to leave civil society in the dust.

But it wasn't always this way. Early Americans treated corporations with distrust. Corporations were kept on short leashes – their powers limited to specific and necessary functions. Citizens still retained and exercised the right to revoke corporate charters. The people – not the corporations – were in control. Many of these checks and balances have since been destroyed by decades of deregulation and laissez-faire capitalist ideology. Profit margins have ballooned to unimaginable dimensions, and in turn our democratic freedoms have been replaced with market selection.

Our oppression under corporate rule has lasted long enough.

We need a contemporary insurrection to reclaim our democracy, our freedom and our country. Flying the corporate American flag as a symbol of our rebellion, let’s make this July 4 the beginning of the second American Revolution, where civil society reasserts its power over corporations.

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Shawn Michel de...

Actually, no. Nationality does not matter. Mindset does. Awareness does. Spirit does. I highly recommend Erich Fromm's The Sane Society for everybody reading this post. Also David C. Korten's When Corporations Rule the World, and his follow-ups as well. Excellent reading all. The herd mindset is shown by just about everybody around you. Probably by you, the reader, yourself. Corporations--and every other form of gang behavior you can name--is exactly that herd mindset, only given sociopathic reign over life itself. There is no accountability in a corporation (or in any other gang form you can name), from the CEO to the Board of Directors on down to the cubicle cattle who do their bidding and the janitors who clean up at night. And this is the way most of humanity wants things. Look around. Problem is, that mindset is destroying the planet, and will likely eviscerate the human species well before the end of this very century. Wake up. This is not an American issue, a Chinese issue, an Italian or South African or Australian issue. It's a human issue. It's about the vast majority of the human species denying their very individuality in order to make a buck and not rock the boat. Moo. ~~*~~

Shawn Michel de...

Actually, no. Nationality does not matter. Mindset does. Awareness does. Spirit does. I highly recommend Erich Fromm's The Sane Society for everybody reading this post. Also David C. Korten's When Corporations Rule the World, and his follow-ups as well. Excellent reading all. The herd mindset is shown by just about everybody around you. Probably by you, the reader, yourself. Corporations--and every other form of gang behavior you can name--is exactly that herd mindset, only given sociopathic reign over life itself. There is no accountability in a corporation (or in any other gang form you can name), from the CEO to the Board of Directors on down to the cubicle cattle who do their bidding and the janitors who clean up at night. And this is the way most of humanity wants things. Look around. Problem is, that mindset is destroying the planet, and will likely eviscerate the human species well before the end of this very century. Wake up. This is not an American issue, a Chinese issue, an Italian or South African or Australian issue. It's a human issue. It's about the vast majority of the human species denying their very individuality in order to make a buck and not rock the boat. Moo. ~~*~~

Anonymous

To be human is to consume something eventually. Such a broad and bland platitude. I live near Berkeley and will try to make it there.

Anonymous

To be human is to consume something eventually. Such a broad and bland platitude. I live near Berkeley and will try to make it there.

Anonymous

we have reached the point of diminishing returns.......and that's a good thing......being a shopper is no more American than gassing people is German. It was a short and very unfortunate chapter in history - the Germans redeemed themselves, not it's our turn!

Anonymous

we have reached the point of diminishing returns.......and that's a good thing......being a shopper is no more American than gassing people is German. It was a short and very unfortunate chapter in history - the Germans redeemed themselves, not it's our turn!

ak

You morons. Yeah, that's right, send us back to the middle ages and control corporate charters. Let's limit competition and decide whose right for the people. Just because you liberal arts dipshits can't tell the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement and think corporations are out to get them doesn't mean the world has to march to your out of rhythm drummer. Thank god greater minds laugh at you.

ak

You morons. Yeah, that's right, send us back to the middle ages and control corporate charters. Let's limit competition and decide whose right for the people. Just because you liberal arts dipshits can't tell the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement and think corporations are out to get them doesn't mean the world has to march to your out of rhythm drummer. Thank god greater minds laugh at you.

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