We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Does Corporate Personhood Have to Do With Climate Change? Everything.

Click here to access article by Carl Gibson from Occupy Wall Street.

After furnishing an outline of steps in which the capitalist class in the US have gradually perverted provisions of the Constitution to serve their class interests, the author then launches onto the issue of communities and their legal ability to determine how and if corporations are allowed to function in their communities. Following this, he introduces the experience of people in Humboldt county (northern California) to prevent Walmart from establishing a retail store, and a lumber company from cutting down redwood trees. Since then the people of this county, who played by all the legal rules and processes, have suffered one legal defeat after another. But this does not discourage Gibson from proposing a fix in the form of another legal, and very expensive, process within a society that now exhibits overwhelming capitalist control of all institutions: a Constitutional amendment taking away "personhood" from corporations. 

Most ordinary Americans abide by the "golden rule" and most of the Biblical commandments, especially "thou shalt not kill". Yet, our ruling capitalist class have never had any difficulty getting us to stop what we're doing and go off to kill people in foreign lands as we are now doing in Syria and Iraq. Our ruling class have assassinated people in our own country who stood in the way of their access to wealth and power. So, do you think that they won't be able to stop such an amendment, ignore it, or reinterpret it to suit their needs by judges they appoint? Do you Gibson and others seriously think that a piece of paper will get in their way of plundering the Earth?

No, I insist that American activists grow up and realize that having been defeated by these criminal forces throughout US history in their efforts to promote social justice, the only real solution is to attack the system on which their power is derived. Any efforts short of that are like pissing in the wind, and will only result in the eventual extinction of human beings either through nuclear wars or catastrophic climate destabilization. Somehow, this reminds me of a song: