By now I’m sure you realize I think corporations are out to take over our world. Their lobbyists have bought our “representatives” so laws can be written to favor corporate interest over the interest of the people. The corporations on the other hand have not purchased our entire supreme court. They saved money as they only purchased five of the nine members which gives them the majority they need. The Supreme Court recently, by a 5-4 majority, favored Wal-Mart who was being sued by 1.5 million women in a discrimination case. In April, by a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court gave corporations a victory by blocking a class action lawsuit by consumers against a cellphone company. The court also struck down restrictions on corporations about how and when they spend money on advertising and other communications during campaigns. The ruling further enforces that a corporation is a person. The ruling begs me to ask; if our nation goes back to the draft for the military, will a corporation be drafted and sent to a war zone? The five conservatives on the court say they stand for tradition and precedence on the bench when it comes to interpreting the constitution. We see their hypocrisy when they instead go for judicial activism in cases involving corporations. That is because they believe our country belongs to the corporate powers.
July 4th has me thinking about how our forefathers took on one of the first corporations, the East India Company during the Boston Tea Party by dumping the corporation’s tea in the harbor. What if anything did our Founding Fathers say about corporations? James Madison said, ” The end of democracy and the defeat of the American revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” He also said, “There is an evil that ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by….. corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.”
Thomas Jefferson expressed this, “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our governments to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” Jefferson had also talked about how banking institutes were more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Our 16th president Lincoln stated, “I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. [As a further undesirable consequence of the war…] Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.” He also said, “The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace, and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies, all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes.”
I am left thinking about the movie, “Rollerball” that was made in 1975 and remade in 2002. It is the story of how corporations share running the world after an ugly corporate war. Earth no longer has continents but instead has corporate owned sectors. It is science fiction but in light of what is happening in our politics and courts it seems like a glimpse of what is to come if these corporate powers aren’t kept in check.
Three Quotes from, “Rollerball”:
1. “What do you want books for? Look Johnny, if you wanna learn somethin’, just get a Corporate Teacher to come and teach it to ya’. Use yer Privilege Card.”~ Moonpie
2. “Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions.”~ Bartholomew
3. at the start of the Tokyo game]
P.A. Announcer: “Ladies and gentlemen, will you stand please for the playing of our Corporate Hymn.”
This July 4th as Mrs. E and I go to see some fireworks I want them going off during the U.S. National Anthem not the “Global Corporations National Anthem.” George Washington said, “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” The same can’t be said of the corporate cause of profits before people. Happy Independence Day!
To see the propaganda on tort reform we have been fed by corporations and the media they own check out the excellent documentary, “Hot Coffee” on HBO.
Dave Alvin: Fourth of July
also: Out of Control
Now as through this world I ramble, I see lots of funny men, Some rob you with a six gun, And some with a fountain pen.” –Woody Guthrie in “Pretty Boy Floyd