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– A Simple Credo to Quell the Corporate Coup –

"This country, with all its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it."
- from the 1861 inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln,
a true man of the Sixties.

WE BELIEVE that our Constitution guarantees sovereign power over our nation's fate to "We, the People," the human inhabitants of this land, and entrusts its future to our mindful care and living will.

WE BELIEVE our democratic rights as persons, as affirmed in the Bill of Rights, the 14th Amendment and modern Civil Rights laws, rank among our species' hardest won and most precious evolutionary achievements, and should properly be enjoyed by all humankind, including incorporated workers.

WE BELIEVE the corporate virtues of hierarchy, subordination and synchronized obedience befit primitive despotic states more than free societies, and that children primarily instructed for incorporation will be dangerously ill prepared to exercise or defend our precious liberties and rights.

WE BELIEVE the word 'person' as used in the Constitution clearly means a human adult, a man or woman, a living, breathing individual citizen.

"I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
- Thomas Jefferson

WE BELIEVE our nation's founders were deeply aware - and wary - of large corporate entities, since their revolt was largely provoked by Britain's tyrannical chartered corporations (the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Companies, the Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland Companies, etc.); and that they purposefully omitted any role for these bodies in either politics or governance.

WE BELIEVE our ancestors saw that bodies which cannot feel or value love, family, justice, spirit, sensuality or the green surround are too primitive to deserve any voice whatever in social policy-making, let alone the final word.

"We still have autocracy in industry as firmly seated on its throne as theocratic kings ruling in the name of god, or aristocracy ruling by military power; and the superceded forces represented by these twain, have become the allies of the power which replaced them."
- George W. Russell

WE BELIEVE our founders wisely entrusted the power to create, control and dissolve corporate bodies to the citizens of each state, who could best judge their true costs and benefits.

WE BELIEVE corporate bodies are thus in fact not fellow citizens, but our subjects - subject to our sovereign will, and can never rightfully equal citizens in practice or theory nor surpass us in political power.

"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence by the military-industrial complex. Its total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democracy."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

WE BELIEVE that like the Sorcerer's Apprentice we heedlessly animated these artificial servants to build our roads, canals and schools, but now watch aghast as they assume lives of their own and the right to overrun our world.

"Our priorities are that we want to dominate North America first, then South America, and then Asia and then Europe."
- David Glass, Wal-Mart CEO

WE BELIEVE vast corporate bodies are indeed largely pathological, that their unbounded growth and rapacity cause or worsen most ills now afflicting our air, water, food, health, democracy, spirituality, sensuality and evolutionary future.

"This is government of the people, by the people and for the people, no longer. It is government of corporations, by corporations and for corporations."
- Rutherford B Hayes

WE BELIEVE we cannot ever regain sovereign control over these bodies or restore our eco-social health until we strip away the illegitimate personhood immunities that fortify and shield them.

"I do not believe the word ‘person' in the Fourteenth Amendment includes corporations... A Constitutional interpretation that is wrong should not stand. I believe this Court should now overrule previous decisions that interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to include corporations."
- Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

"There was no history, logic or reason given to support this [personhood ruling]."
- Justice William O. Douglas

WE BELIEVE with Justices Black and Douglas that the 1886 Supreme Court's mindless grant of personhood to corporations is not morally, legally or rationally defensible, and that neither that Court nor any other has ever had the Constitutional authority to so radically pervert the meaning of democracy, 'we, the people' or our founders' clear intent. We believe, for example, that large corporations' personhood claims:

  • to unlimited political spending (as 1st Amendment protected free speech) corrupt our electoral, legislative and referendum processes; and have created our present coin-operated governance;
  • to 14th Amendment rights (to forbid community 'discrimination' against their entry and introduction of mall sprawl, ad drench, chain stores and trash storms) imperil our public health, cultural vitality and natural environment;
  • to 4th Amendment guarantees against unreasonable searches (to shield toxic dumps or workplace hazards from public inspection) are inexcusable and absurd.

"The government has ceased to function, the corporations are the government."
- T. Dreiser, An American Tragedy

WE BELIEVE that despite this threat, We - the real People - still retain enough intelligence, craft and power to reclaim our land and future from corporate domination, if only we awake and act in time.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

THEREFORE ON BEHALF OF OUR PLANET, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND POSTERITY, we pledge to end corporate personhood and to support the democratic primacy of natural persons everywhere.

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