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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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Anonymous

I all for making sure the little people (collective of individuals) aren't taken advantage of by the remorseless corporate whores of this world, but come on, get real. Your gonna have to do better than that (flag with corporate logos). It's not gonna change anything Look what the French do when companies try to screw them over. What about Iran? That's a new twist, wouldn't you say? And what about the Tibettans who tried to tell the Chinese to stop f*cking with their lives. If you want to stop the bastards (Monsanto, A.I.G., McDonalds, Exxon, Walmarts, etc.), you're gonna have to stop being pansies and get your hands dirty. Remember what happened in Seattle during the W.T.O. meetings way back when? They won't listen, unless you make them listen.

Anonymous

I all for making sure the little people (collective of individuals) aren't taken advantage of by the remorseless corporate whores of this world, but come on, get real. Your gonna have to do better than that (flag with corporate logos). It's not gonna change anything Look what the French do when companies try to screw them over. What about Iran? That's a new twist, wouldn't you say? And what about the Tibettans who tried to tell the Chinese to stop f*cking with their lives. If you want to stop the bastards (Monsanto, A.I.G., McDonalds, Exxon, Walmarts, etc.), you're gonna have to stop being pansies and get your hands dirty. Remember what happened in Seattle during the W.T.O. meetings way back when? They won't listen, unless you make them listen.

tms

Exactly people! Adbusters is good at rabble rousing, its up to everyone to actually make change happen! If its through the laws or whatever other means, use this opportunity of July 4 to stand up and say what you think! Just being cynical isn't going to start any fires...

tms

Exactly people! Adbusters is good at rabble rousing, its up to everyone to actually make change happen! If its through the laws or whatever other means, use this opportunity of July 4 to stand up and say what you think! Just being cynical isn't going to start any fires...

Anonymous

protests by hippy sudents do nothing, we all must understand how what we buy is the only thing that effects the world. Buy used, buy things that you can trace the production. we empower the corporations with our money.

Anonymous

protests by hippy sudents do nothing, we all must understand how what we buy is the only thing that effects the world. Buy used, buy things that you can trace the production. we empower the corporations with our money.

clvngodess

Wow, lots of angst here. First of all, corporate rule of the resources in this world, along with the body politic, and other things like insurance, healthcare and food is not free market at all. It's actually a form of communism, when you actually think about it. It's also not fair market either. Yet we the people do have the power to take the market back from these fascists and oligarchs. We have to vote with our money. It's not enough, as one mentioned earlier, to just get off the couch and scream in protest. This is a strategy that requires action and for some lifestyle changes. And that means getting out of your comfort system. Make one small change today. Don't settle for peasant mentality or imprisonment.

clvngodess

Wow, lots of angst here. First of all, corporate rule of the resources in this world, along with the body politic, and other things like insurance, healthcare and food is not free market at all. It's actually a form of communism, when you actually think about it. It's also not fair market either. Yet we the people do have the power to take the market back from these fascists and oligarchs. We have to vote with our money. It's not enough, as one mentioned earlier, to just get off the couch and scream in protest. This is a strategy that requires action and for some lifestyle changes. And that means getting out of your comfort system. Make one small change today. Don't settle for peasant mentality or imprisonment.

jrdavis

What you can do? If you don't like the answer "shop," consider REVOKING the corporation's charters! "Quo warranto: by whose right do you exercise these powers?" Corporations were originally chartered only for "public purposes." By gaining the status and rights of a person, the corporation effectively has transformed itself into a true frankenstein- a monster that can't die, has no morals and is designed to make continual profit, at any cost to people or the world. A CEO who makes a choice to NOT make a profit can be sued for failing to uphold his "responsibilities" to his stockholders. Until our legal system reflects that people are more important than laws, words that exist to allow certain people to injure others and not pay for it, we will continue to be slaves of the corporation kings. The future war will be people against corporations.

jrdavis

What you can do? If you don't like the answer "shop," consider REVOKING the corporation's charters! "Quo warranto: by whose right do you exercise these powers?" Corporations were originally chartered only for "public purposes." By gaining the status and rights of a person, the corporation effectively has transformed itself into a true frankenstein- a monster that can't die, has no morals and is designed to make continual profit, at any cost to people or the world. A CEO who makes a choice to NOT make a profit can be sued for failing to uphold his "responsibilities" to his stockholders. Until our legal system reflects that people are more important than laws, words that exist to allow certain people to injure others and not pay for it, we will continue to be slaves of the corporation kings. The future war will be people against corporations.

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