May 17, 2009

Thoughts Turn to Corporate Power

I'll confess to posting without a concept in mind. I do this on rare occasion when I feel behind on my blogging and remember it IS a web log originally intended to be an on-line diary of sorts.

What's on my mind that anyone else would care about? Getting arrested in the Senate hearing chambers to further expose the elephant in the room on Health Care; Congress has literally been taken over (captured) by corporate power... the corporations have become more powerful than our legislative and executive branches.

Some folks believe the judicial branch is similarly corrupted, for instance many of the people engaging with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD). They have researched, organized and documented strong historical evidence, mostly since the US Civil War (1860s), explaining how the corporations have accumulated powerful constitutional rights that undermine human rights... literally "undermine," as in land subsidence.

In Pennsylvania Coal Co. v. Mahon, 260 U.S. 393 (1922), the US Supreme Court ruled that coal corporations must be compensated for property value lost [mineral rightst profits] due to laws protecting homes from mine subsidence. [43]

The list of Supreme Court decisions granting incremental increases in corporate power have accumulated over 100 years, amounting in what we have today. This potential state of affiars was summed up well by former US president Franklin Roosevelt.

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Psssst... Do Something


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