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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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"Corporations currently out-spend labor organizations on political campaigns by a margin of 7-to-1 and citizen organizations by a margin of 10-to-1. Of the world’s 100 largest economies, 50 are corporations. Over 70 percent of U.S. adults believe business has gained too much power over American life. Currently, corporations exercise free speech rights, live forever, operate after breaking the law, and vest their management with almost complete immunity from liability." http://www.celdf.org/ProgramAreas/CorporationsDemocracy/CorporationsDemocracyIndex/tabid/108/ctl/Edit/mid/429/CorporationsDemocracy/ACitizensGuidetoCorporateCharter/tabid/104/Default.aspx

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"Corporations currently out-spend labor organizations on political campaigns by a margin of 7-to-1 and citizen organizations by a margin of 10-to-1. Of the world’s 100 largest economies, 50 are corporations. Over 70 percent of U.S. adults believe business has gained too much power over American life. Currently, corporations exercise free speech rights, live forever, operate after breaking the law, and vest their management with almost complete immunity from liability." http://www.celdf.org/ProgramAreas/CorporationsDemocracy/CorporationsDemocracyIndex/tabid/108/ctl/Edit/mid/429/CorporationsDemocracy/ACitizensGuidetoCorporateCharter/tabid/104/Default.aspx

Anonymous

The American War Of Independence was actually fought more against the actions of corporations (East India Tea Company and Hudson Bay Company) than their British government enabler and benefactor. ak, I'd like attach some (or any) credibility to your statement(s). Can you direct me to any reference or evidence that demonstrates that corporations promote competition? Also, why the pejorative use of "liberal arts?" Are you an amateur practioner of the "dismal science?"

Anonymous

The American War Of Independence was actually fought more against the actions of corporations (East India Tea Company and Hudson Bay Company) than their British government enabler and benefactor. ak, I'd like attach some (or any) credibility to your statement(s). Can you direct me to any reference or evidence that demonstrates that corporations promote competition? Also, why the pejorative use of "liberal arts?" Are you an amateur practioner of the "dismal science?"

GILBERT ANTHONY...

ok bro, you sound informed....uh?....what about the outcome of your shortsighted corps. FUCK a ballance/income sheet.. wtf? HOW ABOUT YOUR PROFIT SYSTEM IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THE SHIT WE SWIM AROUND IN. assholes like you try to empty mad cans of fuhbreeze to make smell different, but we know its shit..we know YOUR SHIT...so i say rabble..RAGE..get in the faces of kooks like this AK...greater minds? divisionist fuck..SPREAD THE knowledge..SPREAD THE HEALTH

GILBERT ANTHONY...

ok bro, you sound informed....uh?....what about the outcome of your shortsighted corps. FUCK a ballance/income sheet.. wtf? HOW ABOUT YOUR PROFIT SYSTEM IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THE SHIT WE SWIM AROUND IN. assholes like you try to empty mad cans of fuhbreeze to make smell different, but we know its shit..we know YOUR SHIT...so i say rabble..RAGE..get in the faces of kooks like this AK...greater minds? divisionist fuck..SPREAD THE knowledge..SPREAD THE HEALTH

Anonymous

Rabble-rousing is great, but let's also focus on changing the LAWS that enable corporations to operate above the law and enslave us.

Anonymous

Rabble-rousing is great, but let's also focus on changing the LAWS that enable corporations to operate above the law and enslave us.

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