Thursday, January 28, 2010

Resources: Books and Movies related to Corporate Personhood + Requirements for a Constitutional Amendment

Resources: Books and Movies related to Corporate Personhood
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Important resources for understanding the "Corporate Problem"...

The Corporation (movie), by Baken, Achbar, Abbott.

Watch online: Protection (book), by Thom Hartmann

The Corporation (book), by Joel Baken. of America (book), by Ted Nace
Read online:

Defying Corporations, Defining Democracy (book), by Richard Grossman & POCLAD Corporations Rule the World (book), David Korten

Requirements for a Constitutional Amendment

A note about a proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution

I have seen two similar proposed Amendments to the United States Constition regarding the Citizens United v. FEC case, one by Public Citizen ("don't get rolled") and one from Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).

The Edwards amendment begins wonderfully:

"The sovereign right of the people to govern being essential to a free democracy..."

yet, both versions have similar flaws.
  1. There is a "free press" exception for corporate media owners. Why?
    The corporate media is a big problem, so that's a big loophole!!!

  2. Neither addresses the core problem: Corporate Personhood.
Making an amendment to the Constitution is really difficult! As long as we are
going through all the effort, let's go all the way, and make it something really useful.

Here's what is vital in a Constitutional Amendment:
  1. The Supreme Court just rolled back 100+ years of law, but revoking the Tillman Act (1907).
    Let's go to the heart of the problem and roll back Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad (1886)
    which granted corporations the rights of persons. Corporations are not persons!

  2. Let's clarify that money does not equal speech.

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