Remember that now famous line uttered by Willard? The media was all over this statement and bloggers jump it too….but you realize that this is NOT a new vision? What can I say…..this idea is over 110 years old and it came from the mouth of a Supreme Court Justice……sound familiar?
Read it and weep……..the HufPo writers have done an excellent job as far as the history lesson goes…..http://t.co/OQMO7Z2L
The idea of corporate personhood was once viewed as nonsense. A corporation was formed to limit the financial liability of its owners in pursuing their business: If the corporation went broke, debtors couldn’t come after its owners. That such a company might also have all the rights of citizens was a concept on the fringes. Yet by force of judicial will, Field pulled it right into the mainstream.
Field was as much concerned with protecting business investments as he was with working the Lord’s will. He was heavily invested in railroads and other industries that came before the Court, so much so that the chief justice at the time pressed him not to weigh in on certain cases. “There was no doubt of your intimate personal relations with the managers of the Central Pacific, and it would tend to discredit the opinion if it came from someone known as the personal friend of the parties representing these railroad interests,” the chief justice warned Field,
A fascinating article with lots of facts and history……please read it again…..http://t.co/OQMO7Z2L
If we want to fight the People United decision from the bought off judges….maybe we should start with the Constitution…….all us bloggers that want6 to fight the “Corporations Are People” crowd then we should print or bookmark these writers efforts to inform us…there is a wealth of information in the article and all of it can be useful….
Unless you are an activist you probably do not know too much about the recent Occupy Wall Street protests and all the bad choices the police have made in dealing with the protesters….I have written about and all my “lefty” friends have also….but not many “regular people” know that the occupation of Wall Street was not the end but the beginning of the story….
The American people are seeing that the corporate bosses are screwing the country into the ground and protests are popping up everywhere…… including in Europe……from an article in Raw Story…..
Small groups of demonstrators in major American cities have started their own “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations and organizers are planning further actions in more cities across the United States.A diverse coalition of people have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate greed and the financial system’s undemocratic influence on the U.S. government.
The protesters have been camped out in New York’s old Liberty Plaza, one block from the Federal Reserve, since Saturday.
“The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99 Percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the one percent,” said a statement on the Occupy Wall Streetwebsite.”Occupy Los Angeles” protesters plan to begin a demonstration at City Hall on October 1. The “Occupy Los Angeles” Facebook page had nearly 2,000 likes as of Tuesday afternoon.
Another demonstration popped up in Chicago over the weekend. Around 20 “Occupy Chicago” protesters gathered at Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, on Friday and then marched to the Federal Reserve Bank. Some protesters have remained camped out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the organizers said the “occupation” had grown from 4 people to about 50.
Other “occupation” protests are being planned for Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Boston, Phoenix, Seattle, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The site occupytogether.org has been set up in hopes of coordinating the protests.
Go to the websites and see if there is an “Occupy” near you….then go and be part of the movement….be part of the solution…….let your voice be heard…..let Washington know that they are part of the problem…..let the greedy bastards know that we are tired of their shit!
The country needs YOU! The American people need YOU! Help the movement get the news out…the media will not….it is up to YOU!
College of Political Knowledge
Subject: Class Struggle
I was recently surfing my butt off when I ran across an excellent piece in “The Smirking Chimp” and it right along with a piece that I had written about the possibility of a class war which used a graphic that I uncovered on another wordpress blog, “runawaylawyer.wordpress.com”…….
Even if you are not a socialist you have to see where the decisions being made in the Congress and in the party ideology shows signs of a coming class war, though some will say that it is already here…….
A little class resentment to spice things up? Try a pinch of this: Mother Jones found that American CEOs make 185 times more than the average workers, another gap that has widened in the last three decades. These are people who are “lucky” enough to have jobs — many with limited or no benefits — as the unemployment rate has hovered near 10 percent for two years.
More tasty morsels? Currently, 6,736 households are in foreclosure in Connecticut; in some parts of the country, 1 out of every 84 houses is in foreclosure. Meanwhile, the sales of Rolls-Royces were up 171 percent last year, and someone called Richard Mille makes a wristwatch that costs $500,000 and can’t keep up with demand. The tax rate on the top dogs in the U.S. is at its lowest level since 1945, and thanks to the craven bipartisan work of Congress, the Bush tax breaks, which funneled most of the nation’s wealth to the top, are still in place.
There has always been an income gap in this country and the fact that poverty existed “in the richest country on earth” was a source of shame to some Americans, including members of Congress who once declared a war upon it. However, in past eras when the wealth gap was as dramatically severe as it is today, such as the Gilded Age, the Robber Barons at least built railroads, infrastructure, libraries, universities, etc. Today’s robber barons use money to make more money, creating absolutely nothing in the process other than chaos in households across America as retirement funds and bank accounts are wiped out by investment scams gone wrong. The perpetrators of the scams then award themselves bonuses while their victims foot the bills.
(from the Smirking Chimp)
Nothing being offered in Washington says anything different than a class war…..nothing is being done to protect the middle class and the working poor….instead everything is done to prop up corporations and their bank accounts…….
(Sorry Quin…I just had to go there!)