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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

The audience of Adbusters seems then to be self-defeating. If even the advocates of change are unwilling to be inconvenienced what hope can there be for the general mass? The modern corporations is what makes life convenient.

Anonymous

The audience of Adbusters seems then to be self-defeating. If even the advocates of change are unwilling to be inconvenienced what hope can there be for the general mass? The modern corporations is what makes life convenient.

Angela000

Nationality does not matter. Mindset does. 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.

Angela000

Nationality does not matter. Mindset does. 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.

Phil Mink

We need corporations, but they don't need to control everything, everywhere, all the time. Corporation rights over individual rights was never intended in the Constitution. They have all of the power because of their financial strength and there is no end, ever. Not so with individuals. Phil

Phil Mink

We need corporations, but they don't need to control everything, everywhere, all the time. Corporation rights over individual rights was never intended in the Constitution. They have all of the power because of their financial strength and there is no end, ever. Not so with individuals. Phil

Anonymous

The public is to blame for the state we're in. We allowed checks and balances to be gutted and happily embraced the consumer lifestyle. To ask "the people" to revolt against that which they have created is absurd. Ben Franklin was quite prescient when he remarked in 1776 "Now you have a democracy, let's see if you can keep it." The answer is "no."

Anonymous

The public is to blame for the state we're in. We allowed checks and balances to be gutted and happily embraced the consumer lifestyle. To ask "the people" to revolt against that which they have created is absurd. Ben Franklin was quite prescient when he remarked in 1776 "Now you have a democracy, let's see if you can keep it." The answer is "no."

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