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Should corporations have the same rights as individuals? Should corporations, many of which have a greater turnover than entire countries, be free to finance the politicians they favour – in direct competition against little ‘ol you and me? Well, the Supreme Court of the United States thinks so, and has ruled this into law. This means the term ‘Corporate America’ is now completely accurate. Corporations now effectively own the U.S. (We already knew this, but now it’s law.)

Can we expect virtue, compassion, wisdom and foresight to overcome great odds in a presidential race, when the sky is the limit for funding its profit-centric opposition? Of course we cannot. This law must be overturned!

The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it. – Edward Dowling

That’s right, step right up folks – democracy is going cheap here. Get it while it’s hot. Get it while you can!

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7 Responses to “Democracy for Sale by the Corporate Citizen”

  1. Glen Novello

    Scary stuff, sounds like the legal system has become so arrogant that it can do whatever it pleases and get away with it. Its about time the legal systems of certain western Countries were accountable to their people instead of the current self perpetuating exclusive system we have now.

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  2. Thomas Fischbacher

    Hm… I wonder how much longer it will take before a corporation holds a judge’s seat on a court…

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  3. Michael Spillane

    What democracy? The two party system of the US? The preference based system of Australia? What democracy? (The list goes on) There is no and was no democracy — its all a smokescreen.

    May I ask what this has to do with Permaculture?

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  4. Craig Mackintosh

    @Michael:

    >>What democracy? The two party system of the US? The preference based system of Australia? What democracy? (The list goes on) There is no and was no democracy — its all a smokescreen.

    Fully agree – anything short of localised participatory involvement of the masses in politics is not democracy at all. Short of the kind of grass roots movements I’ve tried to write about and inspire people with, we don’t have democracy at all.

    >May I ask what this has to do with Permaculture?

    Um… having the president of the world’s largest economy bought and paid for by corporations whose extract-and-compete basis is the very enemy of the permaculture concepts of self-sufficiency and cooperative labour has absolutely everything to do with permaculture. By trivialising this as being of no interest or relevance to permaculturists only prolongs the present state of permies not getting involved to change political systems to reflect the localised needs of people and place.

    By saying ‘what has this to do with permaculture?’, we’re saying – just ignore what’s happening at the highest, most systemic levels to destroy permaculture and leave these people to get on with the task of destroying people and place as quickly as possible for profit.

    If the alternative to our present political state is a relocalised participatory democracy, then how does ignoring these profit- and extraction-based political events encourage people to do what needs to be done to change the system?

    It doesn’t.

    We need to be fully aware of what is going on. These posts remind us what we’re challenging, and remind us of the mammoth task we have before us if we’re to move this world onto a sustainable platform.

    Don’t ignore it. Rather, consider and discuss how to fix it.

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