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  •  Watch several in a row and it is impossible to (9+ / 0-)

    deny that the US government has been nearly completely captured by corporations at every level.

    Even when an action of government denies one corporation what it seeks, there are inevitably bigger corporations or venture capital funds or private equity funds who stand to gain in the millions to billions.  Every. Time.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:53:02 PM PDT

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    •  Quite a nice arbitrage racket they've got there (2+ / 0-)
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      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:09:23 PM PDT

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    •  Corporations are creatures of the law. (4+ / 0-)

      That includes the corporation we refer to as the United States of America. So, the office holders have much in common. The office holders in public corporations used to have an advantage in that, until the passage of the Federal Tort Claims Act in 1947, none of their official actions could be challenged in a court because, perhaps as an oversight, their sovereign immunity had never been repealed. Now that it has and office holders at all levels can be held to personally account for their performance in office for either malfeasance or misfeasance or negligence, public officials perceive themselves at a disadvantage, especially since, unlike their cohorts in the private sector, their access to secrecy/privacy is significantly restricted since the adoption of FOIA.
      Indeed, I would argue and have that much privatization has been driven by the desire on the part of public officials to partner with the private sector just so they can escape public supervision and review. Patent rights and proprietary information and confidentiality provisions is what makes partnering with private corporations particularly attractive. Secrecy, that's the ticket.
      Secrecy is the key to power. Individual privacy is the key to people power. It's no wonder the right to privacy is not explicitly addressed in the Constitution. A prohibition against "unreasonable searches" does not protect it -- not one's castle and not one's pockets, as stop and frisk in NY proves. (Never mind that prohibitions in general are ineffective because there are always exceptions to get around them).

      I don't think we need an equal rights amendment; we need to assert the right to individual privacy and bodily integrity. It has to be a positive directive applicable to natural persons only -- not the artificial kind.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 02:27:57 AM PDT

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