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  •  What we are witnessing in America is (4+ / 0-)
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    a contest between the public corporations (usually referred to as states and nation), in which membership and decision-making authority depends on citizenship and residence, and private corporations in which membership and decision-making authority (nominally) is by purchase.
    Now, although these private corporations are actually the spawn of public corporations, they are competing for control of the nation.  Many have discovered that "government by the people" is not their cup of tea.  
    (Which makes the Tea Party movement somewhat ironic, if not outright dangerous).

    The mistake we've made, I think, and which contributes to the aggressive attitude of private corporations which want to rule, is that we have no effective controls over these off-spring in place.  States charter corporations without regard to where their enterprise is slated to take place and without regard, apparently, to the fact that one state has no jurisdiction over the behavior of the artificial persons it has created when they operate in another state, never mind another nation.

    So, private corporations are virtually autonomous.  Any regulation that's attempted serves merely as a bribe to get them to comply with a minimal standard of social obligation.  You'd think they'd be content.  But that's not how it works.  Corporations are, after all, made up of people and people, when they enjoy a privilege, often come to see privilege as an entitlement and the next step is that any challenge to that privilege is interpreted as a threat and resented.

    Deregulation, I now realize, was an effort to remove some of that privilege corporations had come to expect (monopoly service areas, free natural resources, free money, free labor from state employees).  It was thought that if they were subject to competitors coming into their territory, they'd improve their operations.  That has been proven to be a mistaken expectation.  What our artificial persons did instead was turn into predators whose definition of success is to wipe the competition out.  So, we've had thirty years of cut-throat competition and acquisition which has resulted in ruined industry and commerce and now the corporate titans are looking for new arenas in which to wreck havoc.  Rearing up the next generation of humans seems a fertile field.  If parents were really concerned, they'd do it themselves.  So, since they're willing to farm the children out, they're available to be exploited like any other natural resource.

    Beware of people who speak of children as our greatest resource.  Humans are fungible resource, because we can always make more.

    Is letting corporations make their intentions to exploit the rearing of children a strategy to make it obvious that they shouldn't be allowed near them with a ten foot pole?  I hope so.

    When it comes to corporations we probably have more than a half century of damage to undo.

    The Constitution is not a menu for an exclusive diner.

    by hannah on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 07:53:20 AM PDT

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