posted on Oct, 26 2005 @ 02:28 AM
I would like to redirect things here, my original post is being misinterpreted. I stated that corporate PERSONHOOD, as in the legal structure behind
the modern corporation, would lead to the downfall of man. A corporation is a complex entity. On one hand, it is a group of individuals working
together to accomplish some goal or provide some service. On the other hand, a corporation is a legal person, with full constitutional rights,
established in the US Supreme Court citing the 13th amendment through a series of decisions around the turn of the century.
Now these corporate persons are legally bound to one goal- creating large sustained profits for the owners of their stock. Individuals within the
corporation are thus also acting towards the same goal. Their goals are not to better society, to protect human rights, to advance peace, equality,
and justice. All of these things CAN be accomplished through the corporate structure, if the goals of the corporation can be expanded to include
these things that I would hope we can all agree would be positive goals for society. The corporate person, a liability shield for the stockholders
and employees, is a flawed legal structure.
The system I described in my original post was merely my thoughts on an ideal economic system, if I was able to design one from scratch. I think
corporate personhood is a large barrier to any movement towards a more equitable system.
45% of the world's population currently survives on less than $2 per day. Costs are rising as every commodity is privatized, yet thirld world labor
costs remain absurdly low. These people are starving to death, and they don't have to be. In the West, we are brainwashed by marketing, fooled into
constant buying, constant spending, constant consumption. Our wants and needs are manufactured for us, and our lives have become commercials. Quick-
look around the room you are in and count the corporate logos you see. These logos are the emotionless faces of the corporate person, not the moral
people enslaved by it. Through our conspicuous consumption, yes, we fuel economic growth in the near term, but we also fuel the corporate person,
ever bound to produce MORE MORE MORE!
Further, commodities are limited. Some day in the next century, if things continue at their current pace, there will be no oil, no clean oceans, no
undeveloped land, no old-growth forrests. We take our seemingly endless resources for granted, ignoring that fundamental principle of modern
economics lies NOT in supply and demand, but in SCARCITY.
Take plastic- this simple creation we take for granted requires for it's creation not only pollution, but also the use of petroleum and other raw
materials from the earth. Some day folks, the earth will not abide our calls. Then, it is carelessly discarded, and will remain for the half-life of
its chemical components. Every obsolete computer, every piece of laminated junk mail, every tupperware container and soda bottle, will all be with us
for millions of years. What they are made of will not "grow back."
At the root of many of these problems is the legal structure of corporate personhood, I would advance. Hopefully I've clarified.
[edit on 26-10-2005 by RogerKint]