Under the Radar: The Movement to End Corporate Personhood
Three years ago, the Supreme Court, in what Keith Olbermann correctly called “Our Dred Scott,” ruled that corporations had all of the rights of human beings and, more importantly, that any attempt to limit their campaign contributions violated their First Amendment right to free speech in the infamous 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC decision.
Since then, there has been a growing movement to overturn that decision. Today, on Democracy Now!, thanks to a college NPR station on my way home from work, I heard the following exchange:
I did not know that Senator Sanders and Congressman Deutch had introduced a Constitutional Amendment to ban corporate personhood and forever overturn Citizens United. Neither did I know that 11 state legislatures had passed resolutions calling upon Congress to pass such an amendment, nor that similar resolutions are moving forward in other states. I suppose that’s no surprise: why should the corporate media report this development that is potentially inimical to their own interests?
Not to mention that my time is limited. I’m lucky enough to have a job, but it’s mostly on a computer, so I prefer to do other things than surf the net during most of my own time, believe it or not.
This is potentially very important. There are all sorts of people across the political spectrum who find the idea of corporate personhood ridiculous at best and insidiously dangerous to representative government at worst. The movement to abolish the abomination of corporate personhood has the potential to create a truly powerful popular movement that can effectively challenge our corporatist oligarchy’s transparent attempts to turn this nation into a neofeudal aristocratic plutocracy.
IOW, I think it’s a Good Thing. I think it’s definitely worth some of my time to follow, and to participate in. I’m curious to know if anyone else feels the same way.
Feedback is welcome. Even, maybe especially, from you, Pope Francis I.