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  •  Yes, Kurt Sperry! (12+ / 0-)

              What a wonderful surprise--power!  The people have not been aware of the tremendous leverage they have to influence corporations and require their proper behavior in areas like privacy, security, freedom, respect, honesty, and so on--things that are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

                The people power in this matter arises from the fact that society allows corporations to exist and to have special privileges in return for benefits that society gets from the corp.  If the corp. becomes a detriment to society, that special permission can be withdrawn, either through political or economic means, (e.g. legislation or boycott).

                The purpose of a corporation is to make a profit for its shareholders, and to survive.  Corporations have no intrinsic humanistic values; they make decisions on the basis of what generates profit and promotes corporate survival.   (Individual owners of the corporation may express their humanistic values via the corporation, but that's optional.)

                Knowing that Corporations lack human values, such as compassion, love, conscience, honesty, EXCEPT insofar as necessary to give an appearance of having them for purposes of corporate survival,  it becomes our civic duty to guide corporations toward humanistic behavior.  We have been pleasantly surprised at how responsive they are to our good influence.  Kurt Sperry makes the excellent observation that our influence on corporations could be our best path to regaining control of government.

                 I make no judgement about the morality of corporations.  They have none--it is not built into their "legal DNA".  We could require morality to be incorporated into their governing documents like Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were built into the operating systems of the robots in his fictional future world.  

                 But, until we change the laws, corporations will operate and move among us like a robot that is not required to discern whether it is stepping on a brick or a baby.  And until that time, we must actively guide corporations in directions that are good for society.  They should cooperate with our guidance because their need to survive IS hard-wired in their corporate DNA.

    Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

    by Zydekos on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:39:08 PM PDT

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    •  That's a very insightful comment. Thanks. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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      •  Thanks Ray! (4+ / 0-)
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            I've been alarmed at the growing power of corporations for a while.  I even wrote a diary on the subject last June.  

             I didn't have any good solutions in mind until I read  Sperry's comment.  That gives me hope.  Now I'm headed over to read the article in Atlantic that you said gave you hope.  These days, I need all the hope I can get.

             I see a potentially big problem in regulating the power of giant multinational corporations.  Since they are not chartered within a community, they lack the constraints of a society around them that could revoke their charter if they become offensive to public morality.  

        Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

        by Zydekos on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:08:04 PM PDT

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        •  that is why the countries (1+ / 0-)
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          that have big markets must come together to get them under control. Sadly they control the countries and the markets.

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          by Jlukes on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:52:51 AM PDT

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