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.