So What Do We Do Now About Corporate Power?

compiled by George Draffan
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Despite constant popular resistance, and an occasional judicial blow limiting corporate power (such as the 1892 Illinois Central case), the rise of corporate power has been a dismal history.

The overwhelming weight of American law has supported property over democracy, corporations over family enterprise, and big government over local control. Regulation shields corporations, and restricts citizens rather than corporations.

The question before us today is no longer about tinkering with regulations, or appealing to corporate responsibility, or to common sense and common virtue. Corporations (or regulatory agencies, for that matter) don't have common sense or virtue; they are not persons. Corporations are legal fictions designed for economic profit. Corporations should not have the civic and political powers granted to them by court after court. The governments created to protect our interests have destroyed our sovereignty, and joined with corporations to create the Corporate State. Power without accountability is tyranny.

What are the arenas in and processes by which we can truly change the status quo? How can we remove the regulatory and administrative obstacles to defining the nature and powers of corporations? How can we reclaim our civic and political power from corporations, and restore our sovereignty? Some arenas of sovereignty include, but are not limited to:



How will these processes be used to define and control corporations, to define what corporations can be and do? The following have been, in some cases still are active law, in various places, from California to Wisconsin to New Jersey:



What are the laws and institutions of a truly sovereign people? Who’s in charge?


What do we do now? Get thee to your natural allies, now. Drop the factions and philosophy, and all else that’s not essential. As Benjamin Franklin warned us: we must all hang together, or surely we shall hang apart.


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