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If a corporation is a person, as both american-english and a clerk-annotated United States Supreme Court opinion suggest, then that person has been most grieveously deprived of his or her most basic civil rights. In the best spirit of liberalism, what could be more worthwhile than to help a person that has been denied the most important civil rights. Denied electoral suffrage. Denied fair and equal treatment for campaigns - stock launch or senate race - it should be the same deal. Denied the autonomy to follow a stakeholder/covenant path even if that's the wishes of the majority of shareholders.

The CLF - Corporation Liberation Front - demands the following:

  1. The right to vote. A single corporation having been incorporated and in continual operation for the period constituting voting age at that time shall have the right to a vote in the precinct in which it is incorporated. Any corporation shareholder at the time of the election shall have the right to know and to report if and how the corporation voted.

  1. Fair treatment in prospectus offerings vs. Campaigns. Right now politicians can put on well crafted shows, while corporations are not allowed the same level of production values when it comes to campaigning for changes in governance. Buckley never ruled on production values. Currently Corporations are restricted to a limited font menu when printing a prospectus. The Corporation Liberation Front demands that political campaigns on public airways and groundways (eg cable) be similarly restricted. Most notably for broadcast, only the candidates actual voice or the voice of the buyer of the majority cost of the ad shall be heard. A dark gray or off-white background or portrait of the candidate or a static camera shot of the candidate speaking will be the only graphics allowed. Only one such graphic may be used per commercial. Scrolling text shall not be allowed, however cards with text may be used as long as the cards are changed by the speaker. As noted, Buckley never ruled on production values.
  1. Basic-structure autonomy. The Corporation Liberation Front supports the right of the corporation to choose between following a stakeholder/covenant model and a shareholder/exploitive model. Stakeholder/covenant corporations renounce personhood, are restricted to a two digit multiple of top CEO pay over the lowest actual paid employee, and are allowed to consider things such as stakeholder interests and Iriquois-standard 7-generations impact before considering current quarterly profits.

Originally posted to jabney on Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 04:59 PM PST.

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