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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 believe in Adbusters, I have a subscription but to here them say fight consumerism buy this flag seems hypocritical!

Anonymous

I believe in Adbusters, I have a subscription but to here them say fight consumerism buy this flag seems hypocritical!

olrichde

Thank you for creating a website that reminds us that, as citizens and as consumers, we need to live our values, not just give them lipservice. I thought there was a time of a social contract between business and citizen-but maybe I am wrong. If we imbue corp. with the same rights as a person, then the responsibilities of a person should be required as well. We only have to look around us to see what this heavy reliance on corporate culture has done to this country.

olrichde

Thank you for creating a website that reminds us that, as citizens and as consumers, we need to live our values, not just give them lipservice. I thought there was a time of a social contract between business and citizen-but maybe I am wrong. If we imbue corp. with the same rights as a person, then the responsibilities of a person should be required as well. We only have to look around us to see what this heavy reliance on corporate culture has done to this country.

Anonymous

Curious, why is it that everything you buy on this site uses Mastercard and Visa? I understand that AdBusters is still very much a business, but isn't this a tad hypocritical?

Anonymous

Curious, why is it that everything you buy on this site uses Mastercard and Visa? I understand that AdBusters is still very much a business, but isn't this a tad hypocritical?

darcdante

Online shopping would be a huge pain in the ass if you couldn't use credit cards. I don't feel like ordering something, then mailing in a check, waiting a week for it to clear, then another week to actually receive my order. Like you said, this place is a business (albeit an anti-corporate one). Their job, as a business, is to appeal to their audience. Their audience is a lot more likely to make a purchase if it's easy to do so. With the state of the modern world, you can't really run an effective online business without a little bit of corporate stink.

darcdante

Online shopping would be a huge pain in the ass if you couldn't use credit cards. I don't feel like ordering something, then mailing in a check, waiting a week for it to clear, then another week to actually receive my order. Like you said, this place is a business (albeit an anti-corporate one). Their job, as a business, is to appeal to their audience. Their audience is a lot more likely to make a purchase if it's easy to do so. With the state of the modern world, you can't really run an effective online business without a little bit of corporate stink.

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