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  •  I think it's pretty easy to join (0+ / 0-)

    I think Justina will probably send you an invite message.

    While democracy doesn't automatically lead to progressive outcomes, ending corporate dictatorship will make activism a lot easier. Think about how much $ is spent by corporations on propaganda and lobbying and other things that corrupt our minds and government. And if people are directly engaged in the decision making process they will begin to learn better ways of relating to each other.

    I definitely agree with you on emulating capitalist advertising which has been very effective. The 30 second commercial can really draw people in if done right. That old spice guy commercial got 30 million people to watch for free on youtube.

    "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of overcoming it" Helen Keller

    by Johnnythebandit on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 12:53:31 AM PDT

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    •  yes, goal one is to rescind corporate personhood. (0+ / 0-)

      Corporations should have the following rights and no more:

      a) the right to exist

      b) the right to buy, own, and sell property

      c) the right to sue and be sued in their own name.

      Officers' and directors' limited liability protection, and that of managers lower down in the org chart, should not extend to criminal violations of which they had any knowledge.

      And it should be possible to declare a corporate death penalty whereby the entity would be taken over by government and its management replaced, and optionally the whole thing scattered to the four winds.  

      Further, officers and directors should be liable for a penalty whereby they would be prohibited from serving as officers or directors of any publicly-traded corporation or any private corporation above a threshold size limit (such as a "small business" size limit of e.g. 50 employees).  

      So goal #1 should be to insert the word "natural" before "persons" in the 14th Amendment.  That is such a simple change, understandable on its face, that there should be no problem whatsoever in getting the public to support it.  Plus or minus the biggest corporate propaganda campaign in the history of the human race, opposing it.  

      BTW, I can tell you from experience, that workplace democracy can be thwarted entirely by office politics and by individuals who are motivated by "the will to power."   There is a definite need to educate workers to think like owners, and also to not engage in office politics or power struggles.  In the end any kind of job is about this: earning one's living by producing goods and services for others.  The purpose of management, no matter who is in that role, is to facilitate the work and keep things moving smoothly and productively.

      So as well as training for worker-owners, there is also a serious need for training managers in the worker-ownership model.  

      Yes we'all here could write a few dozen books about these things.  

      Meanwhile I'll look forward to hearing from Justina.  

      "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 03:39:11 AM PDT

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