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TOTD 19 Jun 2001

In my view corporations are like predatory animals. They were created to make money, not to make people happy, not to improve the world, not to operate in a just or moral fashion. They perpetuate and grow themselves by whatever means they can, including modifying the environment around them (regulatory & perceptual) to their own advantage.

-Michael Parker

American corporations are addicted to marketing, and they are powerless in the face of this addiction. By that I mean even if a corporation thinks that a practice is abhorent; that it is wrong to do this, it will be driven into a bad marketing practice if its competitor or competitors do it.

-Alex Molnar

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saint_monkey
Jun. 19th, 2001 12:21 pm (UTC)
there ain't no justice
in our country, sadly, it has always been so... Early arguments taken to the supreme court that focused mainly on the 14th amendment (Due Process,) focused on the events and circumstances that warrented it's crafting..

"The one pervading purpose" [of the 14th Amendment] "was the freedom of the slave race, the security and firm establishment of that freedom, and the protection of the newly-made freeman and citizen from the oppression of those who had formerly exercised unlimited dominion over him." Justice Miller 1873.

But as early as 1877, these challanges ceased, and almost exclusively, cases brought to the court during the next 100 years or so focused not on the individuals rights, but on whether corporations should be protected as "Persons" under this ammendment.
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment14/ Look under Annotations, "Persons Defined"

This has allowed them not only the protection of law for corporate assets and goods without "due process" (including freezing accounts of pollutors before they can move their profits offshore to their multinational holdings, and then declaring bankruptcy in the US, forcing Superfund to foot any cleanup costs...) But far more damaging, the power to lobby. This gives corporate america with it's deep, deep pockets, far more ability to sway our elected officials than the average person could ever muster. They get the protections intended for individuals, without anywhere near the criminal accountability of an individual.
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