We The People + Corporations vs. People
First Program: We The People
Corporate rights are at the core of almost every environmental and social justice problem that we face. Corporate power grew immensely toward the end of the 19th century with the dismantling of legal restraints and the redefinition of corporations as persons with free speech rights. Today, the level of corporate power over the political system and the economy is unprecedented. And it shows no signs of lessening. The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling made a bad situation worse. It allows for unlimited penetration of corporate money into politics. What does it mean for the workings of a self-styled democracy to have corporations calling the shots in Washington and the state houses? We the people are on the short end of the stick. How can citizens change this unfair and unequal situation?
Second Program: Corporations vs. People
The Citizens United Supreme Court decision gave corporations a green
light to secretly funnel in as much money as they want to elect
candidates. The justices in their supreme wisdom have once again
privileged corporations over citizens. The results have been dramatic.
Even with a weak economy a record amount of cash has flooded political
campaigns. Although corporations are not mentioned anywhere in the
Constitution or Bill of Rights a series of legal decisions have given
them the rights of personhood and free speech. Focusing on limiting or
even stopping corporate harms is an inadequate response to a
fundamental problem. And that is corporations rule and not the people.
Citizens are marginalized and are left with Coke and Pepsi choices.
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