Posts Tagged ‘corporation’

Vermont Working to Tighten Leash on Corporations

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Lawmakers from the plucky little state of Vermont have begun the process of removing the right of personhood from corporate entities. This resolution, once it passes, will strike a significant blow against corporations across the state and will help drive forward the anti-corporatist agenda in America.

Corporations, in their modern form, wield so much influence over the political landscape that they can effectively undermine democracy.

For example, under the Citizens United ruling, corporations can use their status as a ‘person’ to fund – without limit – independent broadcasts for election campaigns. This means corporations can spend as much as they want on commercials to promote their ideal candidate, or they can drag the name of anyone with an opposing viewpoint through the mud.

Democracy is supposed to reflect the will of the people, not the will of powerful business entities. When politicians and lawmakers serve as shills to corporate interests, we run into a situation Honest Abraham Lincoln warned us about:

“Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

For the sake of democracy around the world and the freedom of humankind, it is imperative that we actively work to keep corporations on a short leash today.

fu bp

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

BP messed up, bad. And they’ve kept on messing up, too.

Why haven’t they stopped the oil? Seriously, its been what, 2 months now??? It seems as if their priority is not to plug the hole, but rather to keep it flowing and try to catch it – which is a big FU to the environment.

deepwater oil spill

(deepwater horizon oil spill as seen from space)

Considering BP’s disregard for the environment, their utter lack of a back-up plan, and overall gross incompetence, protesters in Atlanta have concisely summed up the voice of the people:

fu bp

(this message was sprayed on a bridge. time-lapse video below of it being made)

Given enough time, the ecosystem will recover. It just sucks for now.

One thing we aren’t hearing enough of is how dirty fossil fuels are. Bad for the environment, it seems. And on that same note, it bears mention of our shared responsibility for this catastrophe – our dependence on oil and reluctance to shift to greener solutions.

It also bears mention of how corporations are pushed to profit and cut corners wherever they can. Corporations will try to get away with as much as they can. It is up to us – average consumers –  to hold them accountable for their actions. When corporations grow too large and too powerful, both people and planet can suffer.

Examples of corporations run amok can be seen with the big oil companies in Africa, where what has happened in the gulf apparently happens there all the time. In fact, further highlighting the importance of fettering corporations, companies like Shell have THEIR OWN FREAKIN ARMIES. Hired goons to enforce the company’s bottom line… glorified security teams complicit in human rights violation. Privately funded, unaccountable forces are just one of the scary prospects that can happen when corporations have too much influence.

So the lessons that the 2010 Gulf Oil spill can teach us are:

  • It is time to do a major shift towards renewable energy. Let our burning of oil be to propel us forward into a new age of greater technology.
  • Keep corporations on a short leash! Corporations need to fear the will of the people, not bend the will of the people.
  • Maybe have a backup plan when you are doing something potentially catastrophic