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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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ari

Hey ak, Maybe you need to be enlightened, and I will gladly do that for you. These liberal arts "dipshits" you speak of, are at least thirty times more intelligent than you, considering the fact your intelligence level is at that of an eigth graders'. Maybe you should read a newspaper, and possibly a book or two before you decide to run your mouth about anything, you incompetant fuck.

ari

Hey ak, Maybe you need to be enlightened, and I will gladly do that for you. These liberal arts "dipshits" you speak of, are at least thirty times more intelligent than you, considering the fact your intelligence level is at that of an eigth graders'. Maybe you should read a newspaper, and possibly a book or two before you decide to run your mouth about anything, you incompetant fuck.

Anonymous

this part is totally wrong__ We need a contemporary insurrection to reclaim our democracy__ we are not a democracy we are a republic thats how bad people are misinformed now a days and if you want to make a difference become a sovereign citizen like we all were intended to be flying a flag isnt gonna make a shits difference they will laugh at you or you can do some thing real and claim your naturaul right to be sovereign and become a freeman do some hard research you'll find the truth not that wikipedi bullshit THE TIME IS NOW

Anonymous

this part is totally wrong__ We need a contemporary insurrection to reclaim our democracy__ we are not a democracy we are a republic thats how bad people are misinformed now a days and if you want to make a difference become a sovereign citizen like we all were intended to be flying a flag isnt gonna make a shits difference they will laugh at you or you can do some thing real and claim your naturaul right to be sovereign and become a freeman do some hard research you'll find the truth not that wikipedi bullshit THE TIME IS NOW

Andrew H.

I would love to know how you people can actually write about hating the corporations and not gag? You people who drive a car, wear clothes, eat food, have a cell phone, watch television, wear makeup, and comment on a computer all made by corporations!! You say what you want but in the end you really want these corporations to make things for us to be able to afford and keep prices low with competetion. Just look at all the television brands out there, all of which happen to be corporations. If you want to pick a fight, do something useful and pick it with yourself. Do the right thing, be an AMERICAN, or get the FUCK out!!

Andrew H.

I would love to know how you people can actually write about hating the corporations and not gag? You people who drive a car, wear clothes, eat food, have a cell phone, watch television, wear makeup, and comment on a computer all made by corporations!! You say what you want but in the end you really want these corporations to make things for us to be able to afford and keep prices low with competetion. Just look at all the television brands out there, all of which happen to be corporations. If you want to pick a fight, do something useful and pick it with yourself. Do the right thing, be an AMERICAN, or get the FUCK out!!

dharmadude

Of course most modern amenities are manufactured by corporations, but they don't necessarily have to be...they only are because thats the way the system is set up to be. And not all corporations are bad...just the ones that put their priority on profits while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the negative consequences of their actions and stupifying us through media sources to be ok with it. In Adbusters #83, I read that Honda has eliminated waste from their factory, and runs half of the factory on solar panels, and the other half on waste heat generated from the plant itself. This company is one which is taking money it's executives could pocket to actually make a difference and restructure it's layout to be more environmentally friendly... in other words, it's putting people and environment over profit. The above call for American's isn't necessarily to put an end to corporations themselves, it's to make them more accountable for their actions by being accountable to their shareholders and customers. And since this is how it was in the beginning, this idea could be called one that is more authentically American. So often we get so charged with emotions we don't really know what we are saying. Let's all relax, realize we're all human on one planet Earth, and help one another by calling for the entities we supply with our hard earned pay to be fully accountable to our needs. And yes, this was written by a proud American liberal arts dipshit. A little Plato never hurt afterall...

dharmadude

Of course most modern amenities are manufactured by corporations, but they don't necessarily have to be...they only are because thats the way the system is set up to be. And not all corporations are bad...just the ones that put their priority on profits while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the negative consequences of their actions and stupifying us through media sources to be ok with it. In Adbusters #83, I read that Honda has eliminated waste from their factory, and runs half of the factory on solar panels, and the other half on waste heat generated from the plant itself. This company is one which is taking money it's executives could pocket to actually make a difference and restructure it's layout to be more environmentally friendly... in other words, it's putting people and environment over profit. The above call for American's isn't necessarily to put an end to corporations themselves, it's to make them more accountable for their actions by being accountable to their shareholders and customers. And since this is how it was in the beginning, this idea could be called one that is more authentically American. So often we get so charged with emotions we don't really know what we are saying. Let's all relax, realize we're all human on one planet Earth, and help one another by calling for the entities we supply with our hard earned pay to be fully accountable to our needs. And yes, this was written by a proud American liberal arts dipshit. A little Plato never hurt afterall...

Anonymous

Quote : 'I would love to know how you people can actually write about hating the corporations and not gag? You people who drive a car, wear clothes, eat food, have a cell phone, watch television, wear makeup, and comment on a computer all made by corporations!! You say what you want but in the end you really want these corporations to make things for us to be able to afford and keep prices low with competetion. Just look at all the television brands out there, all of which happen to be corporations. If you want to pick a fight, do something useful and pick it with yourself. Do the right thing, be an AMERICAN, or get the FUCK out!! — Andrew H.' What does 'being an American' have to do with buying products? Is that what you've reduced your identity to,an atomised consumer? Most of the things you mention such as computers, cars etc. however useful were not invented by corporations, it's you American taxpayers who paid for it all through your Defence Department and through subsidies to the rich. Like another poster put it, these things don't have to made by private tyrannies for them to be made availabel to the citizen, they just are because of centuries of corruption.

Anonymous

Quote : 'I would love to know how you people can actually write about hating the corporations and not gag? You people who drive a car, wear clothes, eat food, have a cell phone, watch television, wear makeup, and comment on a computer all made by corporations!! You say what you want but in the end you really want these corporations to make things for us to be able to afford and keep prices low with competetion. Just look at all the television brands out there, all of which happen to be corporations. If you want to pick a fight, do something useful and pick it with yourself. Do the right thing, be an AMERICAN, or get the FUCK out!! — Andrew H.' What does 'being an American' have to do with buying products? Is that what you've reduced your identity to,an atomised consumer? Most of the things you mention such as computers, cars etc. however useful were not invented by corporations, it's you American taxpayers who paid for it all through your Defence Department and through subsidies to the rich. Like another poster put it, these things don't have to made by private tyrannies for them to be made availabel to the citizen, they just are because of centuries of corruption.

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