Corporate Personhood MUST DIE DIE DIE!
by Erik on 1/26/2010 @ 12:07am
|Corporations gained personhood through aggressive court maneuvers culminating in an 1886 Supreme Court case called Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific.|
Until then, only We the People were protected by the Bill of Rights, and the governments the people elected could regulate corporations as they wished. But with personhood, corporations steadily gained ways to weaken government restraints on their behaviorï¿½and on their growth. After steady progress over the decades, they made huge strides in the 1970s through Supreme Court rulings that awarded them Fourth Amendment safeguards against warrantless regulatory searches, Fifth Amendment double jeopardy protection, and the Sixth Amendment right to trial by jury. These blunted the impact of the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act, and the Consumer Product Safety Act, which were enacted to protect workers, consumers, and the environment.
They also won court battles that awarded them First Amendment guarantees of political speech, commercial speech, and the negative free speech right not to be associated with the speech of others. On the surface, when the big corporations and We the People have the same rights, they are equal, and the playing field is level. But disparities of scale tip the field toward the corporations at a steep pitch. If a nation-sized corporation with its huge treasury and squadrons of lawyers wants to exercise its free speech rights in a shouting match with a citizen who is exercising her or his free speech rights, can this be a fair fight?
by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2010 @ 12:30am
|here is a true-story science fiction nightmare come to life. MEANWHILE, Looking forward to Obama's state of the union address, should be interesting no?|
by The Jinxmedic on 1/26/2010 @ 5:52am
by Altered Chords on 1/26/2010 @ 7:08am
|Do corporations pay taxes?|
by Jesse on 1/26/2010 @ 8:25am
|It's time for campaign finance reform and/or publicly funded campaign money (only) elections.
by panachronic on 1/26/2010 @ 8:36am
|I wonder what will happen when government bailouts meet unrestricted corporate campaign financing. Can anybody envision GM contributing to Republican candidates? Or will GM become a Democrat Party campaign cash cow?|
by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2010 @ 9:00am
|flag waving will happen where the money is. |
by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2010 @ 9:09am
|maybe we have a very good reason for ultra-strong unions again? Workers of the world unite!|
by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2010 @ 10:16am
|Izenmania is thinking about buying this cartoon.. he is a true free thinker and patriot.|
by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2010 @ 4:10pm
|SOLD! to the man in the bowler hat.|
by Erik on 1/26/2010 @ 4:33pm
|Nice to sell another one. Izenmania may have a Tacomic collection approaching mine.|
by izenmania on 1/26/2010 @ 4:48pm
|This will be Tacomic #5 for my collection, I believe.|
by Mofo from the Hood on 1/26/2010 @ 5:16pm
|Well for starters, this Tacomic is kinda funny, like a 1950's B-movie.
In reality, there are corporations as well as individual persons who have a net worth larger than many nations.
At the moment, however, I can't think of any corporations or persons who have a net worth less than the U.S..
By the way, those robots wearing coolie hats---Are they American robots or imports?
by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2010 @ 6:05pm
|American vs. imports? That is obsolete thinking friend. These are robots of global scope! Each robot is a walking united nations. Hey maybe this isn't such a bad thing...|
by L.S.Erhardt on 1/26/2010 @ 9:24pm
|You know, the old laws were put in as an incumbent protection system.
I'm actually pleased with the decision.
Politicians have always been bought. Now it's easier to figure out who owns who.
by LogJam on 1/31/2010 @ 9:22pm
|RR's awesome "robots wearing coolie hats" appear to be based on illustrations by Alvim Corréa from the 1906 Vandamme edition of "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. Beautiful, hilarious takeoff, RR!|
by dltooley on 2/5/2010 @ 12:18pm
|A couple of months ago I finished a book that also used the 'War of the Worlds' tech metaphor - Orson Scott Card's 'Empire'. This was a near future sci-fi speculating on the possibility of civil war (instigated, absurdly, in this book, by tech wielding lefties). Good action and the ideas, if flawed, worthy of reflection.
Last night I saw a documentary on Corporations, very well done - including extensive footage of a very young (and genius) Naomi Klein. Five Stars, and available on NetFlix.
The documentary had an interesting stat regarding the 14th Ammendment regarding slavery. Paraphrasing, through the early 20th century it was used 320 times in Supreme Court cases, 280 times for the justification and rationalization of corporations!
@Erik - I wonder if one could make the argument that corporations are foreign bodies and the 5 Supremes are guilty of treason?
by NineInchNachos on 2/5/2010 @ 1:07pm
|good eye LogJam!|
by NineInchNachos on 2/5/2010 @ 1:13pm
|the corporation, that's where they give corporate personhoods personality tests to find they act like psychopaths?|
by Altered Chords on 2/5/2010 @ 2:31pm
|Mr. Tooley. There were only 3 members of the Supremes. You may not like their music but that hardly makes them guilty of treason.
by NineInchNachos on 2/22/2010 @ 12:49pm
Justice is served! A wrong is righted! And we get to the heart of why the law sees corporations as people.
Last week on This American Life our own Alex Blumberg had a story about corporate personhood. The idea was actually pitched by Alex's dad, who was pretty upset about the recent Supreme Court ruling that essentially said: Hey, giant companies are like people. So they get to spend money on political campaigns just like you and me. It was Alex's father's dream that Alex get to the bottom of this issue. He wanted Alex to call up Exxon Mobil and say: "Who do you think you are?" Alex's story went on the radio-- but halfway through the crew over at TAL cut it off. They thought it was too boring. We here at PM felt otherwise. Apparently you did too. We got lots of emails and tweets from listeners asking for the rest of the story. So today, we bring you Alex's full story on corporations as people. We also check back in with his dad.
by NineInchNachos on 2/22/2010 @ 2:27pm
We know that our legislature and our Governor- we're convinced that these people are bought and paid for by the corporations that buy their campaigns and pay for their campaigns. But what we hoped was that at least we could get a fair hearing in the courts, that at least the judicial branch of government would be open to us, and we'd have equal access to the laws and the protections in the law. But instead of that happening, they're giving all the protections to multi-national corporations, and the citizens are being shut out.
by Warren on 2/22/2010 @ 2:57pm
|Love it! Nice tip of the hat billboard too. :) The courts are bought and paid for just like the politicians just like the stuff we buy from the the Big Box Stores. sendables.jibjab.com/originals/big_box_m...|
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